Walkway between the houses. This mural is by Sandy Statz, now an Ecuadorean citizen who lives up the road about 2 miles in a house she designed herself.
The main house at El Refugio de Intag
Typical view at a sunny moment – it rains and rains and rains. The dirt in the foreground is from the road construction company that is improving the road from Cotacachi.
Naranjilla plant blossoming. The fruit is one of many special tastes in Ecuador – delicioso! con sucre en jugo.
Peter Joost, naturalist, bird watcher and owner of this refugio is leading another hike. He found and identified more bugs, botanicals and birds than I thought possible!
Peter holding a surprise for Sandy!
A neighbor drops by during nap time. I’ve never seen a horse halter or bridle strung this way, but it is how all the horses are harnessed here. It seems to be gentler.
A few petals from the floor of the cloud forest that I find on our hike this morning – and it looks so green!
and this is the way to the front gate – so many birds!
Blue grey tanenger. Photo taken by Peter Joost!
Four bedroom house on the other side of the river, still on the property – it can be rented out!
The black and brilliant yellow ones are euphonia. See the belly of the bird by the tree branch? And the bright orange bird to the far left. I need to find their names.
Painting by Sandy Statz. Table top weavings by ladres in the community. belt by Nilda of Chinceros, Peru. Flowers are ones I picked on my nature walk this morning.
Embroidered “painting” by multi-talented Lupe who does all the cooking here, too.
Lupe, Oswaldo and the twins!
Peter watching his new quail – on their second day here – there are seven somewhere!
Quail learn under and over.
Ariel the cat and his best friend.
Peter at the main house – Bienvenidos!
The one and only banana bird feeder!