I'm just back from the Amazon and I'll never be the same.
I had the best of intentions of sending dispatches while there, but man was that presumptuous. The phone connection was dodgy enough, and after one storm, we lost electricity for a blissful night and day.
photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR
It may look like a toy in a bathtub full of houseplants, but I assure you, this is the true scale of foliage and fact in the Brazilian Amazon.
So I've got pictures for the WOW factor and a story I can't wait to tell. It's about an indomitable farmer who experiments with crops people others say can't grow there: fruit trees and palms that must survive under water twice a day. Words can't describe her accomplishments; that's why there's radio! The piece will air on Morning Edition this month.