March 4, 2013

Yasuní National Park, Ecuador

Photograph by Steve Winter, National Geographic

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From the bromeliads, ferns, and orchids that cover a kapok tree 160 feet above the forest floor to the jaguars that prowl below, Ecuador's Yasuní National Park is home to countless plant and animal species. All of them now face threats from oil development.

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9 comments
Jerry Wolfe
Jerry Wolfe

Unbelievable to think that places like that still exist. It's very hard to believe such a variety of plant life exist in a single ecosystem.

Once again
Once again

this is just magical capture the sky ,the tree,the nice- i don't know is it flowers of some kind -on the tree seems like a little creature.i hate oil it is the source of all evil may be someday we find another source of energy.

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

Thank you for this wonderful image so full of life and textures and variety and light...and nature's own brand of harmony shown with fabulous diversity.  AND Thank you to the great National Geographic organization that continues to educate through vivid, excellent photography and articles portraying the struggles other parts of the world face and why.  Every species impacts our earth...in our species it seems that so many of us are effected by the actions of so FEW who make decisions that destroy the irreplaceable..we can disagree with the few...but the "thoughtless" quest for resources often proceeds unquestioned, as those most effected MOST have little venue to communication...those most effected?..See image above! 

Myra Linara
Myra Linara

Man will just destroy anything in his path in the name of development. Thank you for bringing this to our attention as this picture will not be that pretty in a few years time.

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