Tag Archives: Gran Sabana

Palicourea sp

A common shrub on the savanna. I saw several on the way to Roraima tepui, and on the way to Angel falls, where this photo was taken. This is the only portion of the boat journey to Angel falls where we had to leave the canoes behind, as the long section of rapids in the […]

Tibouchina sp

The boat journey to Angel Falls was interrupted only once by a long section of rapids where we had to disembark and walk for about 20 minutes on the open savanna. This flowering shrub was located along this path. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Tibouchina sp

The boat journey to Angel Falls was interrupted only once by a long section of rapids where we had to disembark and walk for about 20 minutes on the open savanna. This flowering shrub was located along this path. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Chamaecrista desvauxii

The boat journey to Angel Falls was interrupted only once by a long section of rapids. Here we had to disembark and walk for about 20 minutes on the open savanna. This flowering shrub was located along this path.

Merremia sp

On the boat journey to Angel Falls, there was only one section where we had to disembark and walk for about 20 minutes on the open savanna. This flower was located along this path. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Leaving Angel Falls IV

Now the landscape widens, and so does the river, which is now the Carrao river. The table mountains are now fewer and far between, compared to an hour ago upstream. Very soon this fantastic trip will be over!

Leaving Angel Falls III

One might say that all the clouds is unfortunate, but if the air was dry and all the table mountains fully visible, I wouldn’t have seen the dramatic changes – minute by minute. Here only a few portions of the tepui visible, and it hints something incredible lurking beyond the veil of moisture. A clear […]

Leaving Angel Falls II

Early morning (07:37) in a landscape seemingly inpenetrable and with no visible trace of human activity! The experience was magnified by the fact that I was sitting in the only boat, and 10s of kilometres away from any dirt road and no mobile network! Only later in the day would boats normally be coming up […]

Leaving Angel Falls I

The trip downstream is much faster as you ride the flow, and this cuts travel time in half – just 2 hours opposed to 4 going up! The high speed of the boat leaves little time to catch the pristine beauty in the morning light, so I memorized the interesting locations I missed on my […]

Angel Falls flower 002

These flowers grow on a tree on the the last remaning soil before two rivers meet – the Kerep river (fed from Angel Falls) and Chrurun river (a tributary of the Carrao River). . Please help me classify it – leave a comment :-)r

Angel Falls mushroom

One of several species of fungus growing in the moist and dark forest surrounding the Auyantepui – the source of Angel Falls. These are growing on and outcrop by the path up to the lookoutpoint to the falls.

Espicia sp

This plant grows in the moist and dark forest floor below the Angel Falls. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Cheiradenia cuspidata

The forest below Angel Falls is dense, moist and dark and this was the only orchid of this species I found in bloom.

Angel Falls

A sandstone outcrop is located a 40-50 minute walk from the boats, and provides awesome views of the falls. Under normal circumstances I would have shared this lookout point with people from all over the world. Today I could sit by myself. Fantastic! Much of the water “evaporates” on the way down as it’s carried […]

A glimpse of Angel Falls

When the clouds are low in the sky it’s hard to locate the falls, unless you know where to look. Even if you know where to look, it can be hard to see the falls from the jungle. From the right position alongside the the Kerep river (fed by Angel Falls), the river will provide […]

Boat trip to Angel Falls III – the confluence

On the right, the river Kerep flows into Churun river. This smaller river is the water that just a few minutes ago fell off the Auyantepui as Angel Falls – a near 1000 metres waterfall and the highest of any in the world! This was the camp site, and it was completely deserted. As this […]

Boat trip to Angel Falls II

As we moved further up the Churun river, the river changed into a winding snake of rapids and turns. Some sections the river was calm, deep and narrow and the forest canopy almost covered the river. We only met one other canoe on our way upriver, and I wondered how many accidents occur, as it […]

Boat trip to Angel Falls I

The journey to Angel Falls begins only metres from where the Carrao River plunges into the huge Hacha Falls, and takes about 4 hours to reach the base of the Ayantepui from which Angel Falls originates. The transportation is a mix of old and new – with Yamaha outboards attached to a dug-out tree trunk! […]

Carrao river – Golondrina fall

One of the four spectacular water falls of the Carrao river by the Pemon village of Canaima. The deep rumbling sound of the water is heard from far away and the mist is carried high and far. If you are walking on the plain in the vincinity, you will not necessarily see the water falls […]

Carrao river – Hatcha fall

The Carrao river is the only (easy) means of transportation to the Angel falls other than by air. These falls are located by the Pemon village of Canaima. It’s an awesome sight to begin the journey, at least when there is plenty of water, as was the case here. It should have been much less […]

Carrao river – Canaima lagoon

Over time the huge waterfalls have created this lagoon. In the wet season it’s a big lake and in the dry season just a pool with big sandy beaches which are starting to emerge as seen in this photo.

Roraima montane forest

Close to the walls of Roraima the montane forest is dense, moist and very steep. Roraima is causing constant cloud formation and moisture is brushing against everything that lives here. On days with no rain, the fog can create fantastic dew formations of insects, plants and rock. Up here the water is no longer tropically […]

Double rainbow and Roraima

This is the path to and from from Roraima, and this was photographed on my way from Roraima. Once out of the forest surrounding the walls of the mountain it was very hot. I had a hard time managing my body temperature, and was longing for a rainshower that never seemed to come. The shower […]

Passiflora auriculata

Not only was this plant in bloom, but it was also growing fruit. What color is it when ripe?

Passiflora auriculata

I was surprised to see a Passion flower on the savanna, as out in the open there is nothing to climb on for one. I only found this one – about a kilometre downhill from the base camp to Roraima in a dry and rocky location.

Roraima thunderstorms

The view from the camp site, or “hotel”, atop Roraima was awesome. I was well protected from the elements in the cave, and could watch nature in all it’s ways and never get wet or cold. The “entertainment” was spectacular this evening. Several cumulunimbus clouds produced lightning for what seemed forever. The altitude made the […]

Crepuscular ray between Kukenan and Roraima

About one our before sunset. Most prefer to be in constant movement to forget about the unanswered questions of existence and keep the mind fully occupied. Instead they could simply sit still and watch nature’s countless variations and manifestations. For just one moment the light of the sun was let through as if a giant’s […]

Roraima rainbow

There are countless waterfalls on and off Roraima, large and small. If the sun is out and the angle is right, a rainbow will flash as in this photo. One can walk to such a place, or sit by one and wait until the sun and angle makes it happen all on it’s own.

Roraima crevice

This crevice is huge in depth and length, and in one location a rumbling sound – like a remote jet plane – is heard. It’s the sound of a large waterfall far below – covered by layers of rock. Some time in the future this crevice may have grown to a divide that separate parts […]

Roraima sunrise

The table mountains, or tepuis, of the Guiana Shield, and in this case Roraima, are awesome to see from afar and up close, but to sit atop the highest of them all and see this, you have to stop and simply be silent to experience it. This is but one of countless vistas atop Roraima, […]

Daybreak atop Roraima

What a stunning place to wake up! Just outside my tent this is what I saw – the great wall of the neighbouring Kukenan tepui. Every minute the light, shadows and clouds changed – no human sounds – not even the sound of a plane. Silence…. Watching the sun rising and the shadows shrinking. This […]

Roraima in the clouds

It takes several days to walk to Roraima in the scorching sun on the highland named Gran Sabana. The last day a steep and hard climb to the top of the mountain, through numerous waterfalls and showers finally is rewarded with a landscape like no other. The mountain is often completely covered in fog, or […]

Kukenan in the clouds

Finally arrived at the “hotel”, after a very wet hike up. Now the high clouds are dissolving, and the lower clouds manifest in the heat of the emerging sun. Both Roraima and Kukenan are cloudmakers, and if they are in the clear – just sit and wait, and the updrafts will soon manifest misty rivers […]

Almost on top of Roraima

This was the third day of the Roraima trek. The morning started with a light shower. Unfortunately it lasted for many hours, and we just had to make our way to the top of Roraima. It was a weeeeet walk! Strangely enough I preferred the wet, as that made it easier to climb and not […]

Roraima fireflies

Base camp turned out be quite a spectacle after dark, as the fireflies here were abundant and glowed – yellow! On the savanna the light was blue, and the fireflies mostly on the ground or in between the grass. Here they were quite busy on the ground, as well as in the air. Some only […]

Roraima the rainmaker

This from the deep of the montane forest surrounding the sheer cliffs of Roraima. Without the mountain there would be no forest or streams! It might feel a bit inconvenient for a human to walk in this dripping, moist forest which is showered frequently year round, but it is abundantly clear from afar that the […]

Cisseps fulvicollis

I’m not certain this is a butterfly (Lepidoptera), so any correction is welcome. I only saw this amazingly colored insect only once on my trek to an from Roraima, and this was close to the base camp on the way up. I was unable to get very close before it took off, so quality is […]

The towering wall of Roraima

Closing in on base camp, Roraima seemed lik an insurmountable wall going on forever as it disappeared into the clouds. How to climb this monster?

Vanessa myrinna

This was the third and most common of three species of butterflies that were seen around the path to and from Roraima. It was seen on the path or on rocks close by the path. If disturbed it was quick to mov back and reclaim its territory.

Poecilandra retusa

This small tree grows alongside the path to Roraima and is common all over the Sabana.

Polygalaceae

Grows alongside the path to Roraima. It’s a small plant not easily seen in between the grass. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Irlbachia alata

Grows alongside the path to Roraima.

Gran Sabana flower 017

Grows alongside the path to Roraima and looks like it belongs to the heather family. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Bladderwort (Utricularia humboldtii)

A beautiful flower from a rather deadly plant! The bladders are in fact traps to catch various organisms, and when the prey touches the trigger hairs, it is sucked into the bladder. This is how the plant get its nutrients! It grows on the wet areas of the savanna, and here it was almost like […]

Lindmania guianensis

Grows along the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

A closer look at Kukenan

On the way to base camp, the walls of Roraima and Kukenan slowly came closer, and the sheer scale of them became more apparent. During the day they were both covered in clouds, but that made it even more exiting, as it was never certain what would be revealed next. This was shot at 13:11, […]

Psychotria sp (?)

It’s a small bush that produces these incredibly colored fruits that grows alongside the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Melastomataceae

Grows alongside the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Mandevilla sp ?

Common and widespread along the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Asteraceae

Grows alongside the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Xyris sp

Common and widespread along the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Securidaca sp ?

Grows alongside the path to Roraima. Small flowers and not easy to see among the savanna grass. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Hesperiidae

This was the second of three species of butterflies that were seen around the path to and from Roraima. It had the strange abillity to curl the wings downwards and round when the sun came out. Other butterflies simply open or close their (straight) wings. This butterfly preferred to be amongst the grass. Help me […]

Myrtaceae

A commun shrub seen alongside the path to Roraima. Help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

West Indian Buckeye (Junonia evarete)

On the open grassland that is the savanna (Sabana), there are few birds and a lot of insects – ants and termites in particular. Only a select few butterflies are territorial and also not easily disturbed by either flashlight or careful human movements. This was one of three species that were seen around the path […]

Mahurea exstipulata subsp. extipulata

After crossing Kukenan river on the way to Roraima, I noticed a bush growing among the boulders by the river. Only a few flowes had opened, and they were poorly placed (high) for a photographer. I never cut or remove anything I photograph, as I want to photograph nature as it is. I had to […]

Gran Sabana flower 009

A very small flower and the plant itself is barly visible in between the grasses alongside the path to Roraima. Please help me classify it – leave a comment 🙂

Kukenan tepui free from morning clouds

Just 6 minutes ago Kukenan was covered in clouds, and the light was soft and warm. Now the strong sunlight is coming through and and the harder light of day rules.

Kukenan tepui in morning clouds

The light and clouds change continously, and I could take photos all day long. Here the tepui is almost covered in clouds, while the base is beautifully lit up by the rising sun. Although it’s 07:37 – more than an hour since sunrise, the light is still softened and dispersed by the mist and clouds.

Roraima in the morning

The sun is rising to the right of the photo and Roraima is standing tall and dark against the brightening of the sky and clouds. To the left an early rain shower is moving into the picture.