Hiking up to an open ridge overlooking the rainforest and the Tiputini River that boarders Yasuni National Park I photographed the sun setting. Located in the Ecuadorian Amazon, Yasuni National Park is an Unesco Bioshpere Reserve and World Heritage Site.
Onychophoras, commonly known as Velvet Worms, are the "missing link" between annelids and arthropods. Hitching a ride on it's mother's back I was able to snap a few shots before they escaped into the dense foliage of the Ecuadorian Amazon's terre firme rainforest. Not wanting to disturb them other than a few shots, I let them escape because they are known for squirting an adhesive slime.
This tiny jeweled frog found within the Yasuni National Park boundaries, but not on the other side of the Tiputini River in the park's buffer zone, is Ranitomeya duellmani. Quick and toxic I find myself sprawled out on the rain forest floor to get this shot, leaving me covered in mud.