|This is a picture of the farmers tan that I'm developing|
|This is one of the ticks on the end of my knife|
After that, we moved on to bee catching. Running around with a net, looking for exotic bees to catch gives one a strange mix of feelings. At first, I felt like a little kid again. But if you let yourself get carried away, you start to feel like a lion stalking it's prey. And then you realize that you look ridiculous. In spite of the emotional roller coaster, we managed to catch a large variety of bee species. One group bagged 11 different types of bees. Me and my partner only had 8. Can't win 'em all.
|Us trying to catch very small and fast parasitic bees. We got 30 in the end!|
|Dung beetles proving their namesake|
On Saturday, we took a trip the Kerio Delta. The Kerio River is about thirty kilometers south of TBI, but short distances can take a long while on sand roads. The delta was beautiful though. As soon as you get near the water, the normally barren environment gives way to a dense forest that you have to crawl through on hands and knees. Unfortunately, most of the vegetation has been replaced by invasive prosopus plants that were originally introduced to provide food for goats. But the plants are both extremely bitter tasting (I tasted one) and toxic in larger amounts. So because nothing can eat them, they've multiplied exponentially and nobody really knows how to kill them.
Nonetheless, the delta was gorgeous. We took a boat ride and looked at some of the birds in the area. There were some truly beautiful birds, my favorite being the Goliath Heron, which is about five feet tall! I've never seen a bird even half as big. I couldn't get the camera out in time to photograph it though.
When we got back from the boat trip, we hung out with some local kids from Kerio Primary. They were really fascinated with our digital cameras, and so we spent a half hour taking pictures of each other and laughing.
|This was taken by one of the kids|
On the way back to camp, we parked near a school. As soon as we were in view, all of the children swarmed around us and surrounded the truck. They climbed in through every opening, smiling and laughing the whole time. It was really wonderful. I hope being the center of attention won't inflate my ego. By the time I return to the states I'll expect people to treat me like a movie star!