When the Skies Let Loose

by Gail Mooney
February 25 2014

The day had an ominous look to it, with a dark foreboding skyBelen, Peru and choppy water on the great Amazon River.  Erin and I were staying at the APECA base camp upriver from the town of Belen, one of the poorest towns along the river. We were planning to go there that day, by boat – everything is done by boat – there are no roads.

Pablo, Gina Low’s partner at APECA, assessed the situation and decided to go as planned, but he told us it was going to rain and to prepare for it.  The trip to Belen took about an hour if my memory serves me well.  It was open water with just a few villages along the way and aside from the sound of our motor and those of other boats off in the distance; there was an eerie silence.

When we got to Belen, the skies let loose.  Pablo quickly navigated our boat to one of the shacks along the river. We took refuge in this machine shop and watched the storm play out.  We were thankful for the cover over our heads and grateful to Pablo for knowing exactly what to do.  I think that is what continually impressed me the most about the people in our film, like Pablo.  They were all incredibly independent and resilient in difficult situations. They were people you could trust and that says a lot.

 

One Response

  1. Gail, it’s an awesome feeling to be on the river when it’s pouring! I had to repack all my gear into waterproof bags and cases when I traveled up the Ucayali. Fortunately we just had a little bit of rain. People often don’t realize what goes into getting the shot. All the production, all the travel, all the behind the scenes work that lead up to that one awesome photograph or opportunity to grab that sound bite. Kuddos for braving rain and weather and push on to tell the story of Opening our Eyes!

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