The next few blog entries will detail some of the magnificent sights and sounds of the neotropical rainforest. While most will encapsulate the beauty of biological rhythms, hopefully it will encourage all to visit the neotropical rainforest some day. I find it fitting to begin with a typical schedule of my circadian locomotor activity adopted throughout most of my journeys. After spending three weeks in an environment with equivocal amounts of light and dark in a day, and removed from artificial light, it is amazing how responsive the internal circadian clock is to this particular environment.
0545; AWAKE; whether it was from the exogenous noise of the jacaris and macaws or an endogenous signal from the SCN is to be determined.
0600; COFFEE; strong, smooth, and sweet
0700; BREAKFAST; rice and beans concoction
0800; EMBARKMENT FOR RESEARCH; wading through streams, collecting data, vigilant of poisonous snakes
1200; LUNCH; rice and beans and fruit
1300; FINISH DAILY PROJECT; the post-lunch food coma ensues
1800; DINNER; rice and beans and meat and fruit
2030; BEDTIME; reduced sleep latency and much slow wave sleep facilitated from a day of field work
0100; AWAKE; swat mosquitoes and ensheath my body into a cocoon to keep them away
0200-0400; REM sleep; intense
0445; swatting mosquitoes (part 2)
0545; BEGIN again.