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Amazon: A Reluctant Goodbye

Well, it's time to move on from our week in the Amazon. At least to the exclusion of the rest of the world. No doubt Rosario Costa Cabral and the planet's other inspirational farmers, gardeners and environmentalists will continue to be our guests on Talking Plants.

A few parting shots, if you will; not a whole lot to say, just some photos I have yet to share.

Early (and I mean early) one hot, steamy morning, Rosario's stepson Manuel agreed to act as tour guide on the Mazagao River, a tributary of the Amazon, and the family's "street" address. photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

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photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR

Pea-family purple, lobster claw helioconia red, and the canteloupe-colored blossoms of a river flower I'd like you to identify! photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR hide caption

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photo credit: Ketzel Levine, NPR

The lime green of what we call water lettuce is a crunchy, cool color with pretty extraordinary foliage texture, and one of the only Amazon plants I grow outside (albeit just in summer). photo credit: Ketzel Levine hide caption

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photo credit: Ketzel Levine

A reluctant goodbye to a magical place. Obrigado, Brazil!!! photo credit: Ketzel Levine hide caption

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photo credit: Ketzel Levine

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