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Photo: an alligator crowned in butterflies
The Early Years: While on a river trip along the Río Iguazú, Michael Wang, 19, snapped this shot of an alligator crowned in butterflies.

"During a four-day field trip, I was rafting above the falls of Argentina's Río Iguazú when I saw this alligator frozen still just 15 feet (4.6 meters) away from our boat. Even though there were butterflies fluttering above and landing on its head, not one elicited any movement from the beast. Somewhat awestruck, I managed to take eight or nine pictures of the scene. It was very humbling to witness this animal in its natural habitat."

—Michael Wang, 19
Student, Pepperdine University
San Diego, California

DIY: Before visiting Iguazú, consider spending some time at Yacutinga Lodge (www.ecoclub.com/yacutinga/) in Misiones, Argentina. This ecologically sound lodge was built with local materials. Guided boat tours of the Iguazú Falls are possible from the Argentine and Brazilian sides. For more information, visit www.iguazufallstours.com.ar/iguazufalls.html.

Photograph courtesy of Michael Wang

Additional Excerpts
From the print edition, August 2005

• Instant Alaska: Four explorer-worthy fly-in trips.
Hell-Bent for the Arctic: Emerging Explorer Kira Salak takes the ultimate Alaska bike trip
The Map of Us All: Geneticist Spencer Wells's plan to use DNA clues to retrace the origin of humankind
Stalking One Very Cool Cat: Writer Paul Kvinta searches for snow leopards in India
There & Back: Mountaineer Ed Viesturs summits Annapurna
Pelton's World: Our man on the scene explains why he travels alone



August 2005

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