[ Yellow Sea horse - Digital Art Photo by BRM ]
In 1970 my first wife and I started out in ecotourism with a small lodge (the "Bahia Lodge") in the Bay Islands, Honduras, and with an ecotourism company ("HOST" - 'Honduras Safari Tours') on the Honduran mainland in La Ceiba. Central America and the Western Caribbean had just been discovered by adventure travelers at that time - so this was a struggling business for several years before finally receiving a death blow from Hurricane 'Fifi' in 1974. After the hurricane there was too much destruction of the country's infrastructure and our own facilities to continue a profitable ecotourism business. Within a year the roads, bridges, and airports were functional again, but I had moved on to what proved to be a more exciting way to survive as well as to learn about the fauna and flora of the world's tropical regions by involving myself into the 'Exotics Trade'.
I continued to live in Central America and the Caribbean after Hurricane' Fifi' for another 5 years. After that I spent extended periods in other parts of Latin America, Micronesia, and Southeast Asia, involved in the capture, breeding, and export of wild animals (mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians), marine tropicals (fish & invertebrates), plants ( tropical foliage cuttings, orchids, and bromeliads), and terrestrial invertebrates (insects & arachnids), to Europe, America, and Japan. Returning from living in Asia in 1996 with my wife Barbara - we spent several years in Florida importing invertebrates, reptiles & amphibians for zoos, exhibitors, and pet store distributors.
In addition to the 34 years of experience in dealing with exotic plants and animals, I have also dealt with all of the other challenges that come from living and working in the tropics - everything from cultural adaptation and unstable governments to project design and development of import/export operations for 'exotics'.
Since 2002 we have been helping the Shipibo tribe on the upper Amazon River to develop an ecotourism project that we hope to eventually call 'Amazon Island'. You can visit the website I have built for them by clicking here: BluePeru.com.
This biographical portfolio can be read like a book, from page to page, or you can jump to any section by these links below;
The age of computers has made many things possible - like instant spell-check! So now I have the patience to write, the opportunity to reach a great many people by building web sites, and a chance to turn my photographs into digital art. To paint with words - that is poetry, another passion. You can read some of my poems by clicking here, but the one below is special, as it sums up my experiences with nature. I hope you enjoy it.
First I read about it,
Then I talked about it
And sought it;
So where in the world,
Did I finally experience it?
That spiritual soaring,
That comes from going out beyond the bounds,
Of physical essences, limits and reminders.
The euphoria of peak experience,
Of being at your most 'aliveness',
And one with the universe.
Moving across moonlit midnight beaches,
Running flat out in the heavy sea mist,
Skipping, bouncing, laughing,
With eyes closed and arms outstretched,
The cool rivulets of moisture running down face and body,
Flying careless, placeless, limitless.
The Timeless Tugging of Tidal Ecstasy.
Clinging to the tops of tall mountains,
Rasping for life's breath in the cold thin air,
While looking down on an oddly diminished world,
A silent planet of patterned rich colors,
With expansive, clear, far away horizons,
A place that seems neither Heaven nor quite Earth.
The Heavenly High of the Mountain Ecstasy.
Wandering along on deserts dominated
By endless days of wavering heat waves,
And nights made bright by unwavering starlight.
A land that seldom asks or gives,
Without great effort or pain,
And unforgiving and unforgettable honesty.
The Desolate Drama of the Desert Ecstasy.
Drawn into equatorial jungle mysteries of green,
A sense of being lost in
Hidden worlds of exotic animals and plants.
Evoking primeval wonder, fear, and curiosity,
Twisting through the moving / living landscape,
Stimulated by the intoxicating odors of life and death.
The Green Garden of the Eden Ecstasy.
Diving the pristine emerald waters of a tropical sea,
Moving in a truly three dimensional world like a high soaring Eagle,
Over the brilliant colored reefs and fishes.
Feeling drawn down by the deeper blue depths,
As I watch shafts of sunlight flash past me
To the unseen bottom of this wet universe.
The Weightless World of Water Ecstasy
Freedom to experience
A simple field of green to roll in,
A rosette sunset to be absorbed in,
A rainbow to see a dream in,
And you too can give in,
To Nature's Ecstasy.