Dr Morley Read

Dr Morley Read

I am an independent nature photographer/videographer and biological consultant resident in Ecuador, South America.
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Aerial panorama of the Rio Napo at dawn in the Ecuadorian Amazon with the first rays of the sun illuminating the forest canopy.
Panorama of the interior of montane rainforest with mossy tree trunks and many epiphytes in the  Cordillera del Condor, a site of high biodiversity and endemism in southern Ecuador.
Looking up the trunk of a giant rainforest tree to the canopy, Ecuador
Aerial view of deforestation along a road cut through montane rainforest on the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Ecuador. The forest is being cleared for cattle farming.
Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium iaspidense). Glass frogs have transparent undersides and their internal organs are visible
Tangle of lianas in the understory of pristine tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Blackwater stream in mossy montane rainforest at 1500m elevation. With natural river foam. On a Tepuy (flat topped sandstone mountain) above Rio Nangaritza Valley in the Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador
Completely denuded and barren hillsides in Manabi province on the Pacific coast of Ecuador. The results of slash and burn agriculture in tropical dry forest.
Aerial panorama of the Rio Shiripuno, a tributary of the Amazon, meandering through pristine tropical rainforest in Ecuador
Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador with lichen covered boulders thrown out from past eruptions in the foreground. One of the world's highest active volcanoes at 5,897m.
The Rio Abanico Valley, Ecuador, with misty cloudforest covered hillsides. On the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Morona Santiago province
Open muddy clearing in Amazonian Rainforest, Ecuador, during the wet season.
The extremely rare and endangered Ecuador Horned Treefrog (Hemiphractus bubalus). Roosting at night In its natural habitat the rainforest understory, in the Cordillera del Condor, southern Ecuador.
Interior of tropical rainforest in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
Interior of mossy montane rainforest with many terrestrial bromeliads. High on a Tepuy (flat topped sandstone mountain) above Rio Nangaritza Valley in the Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador
Panorama of understory vegetation in pristine tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon with a backlit Geonoma palm in centre of image.
The Cononaco river in the Ecuadorian Amazon from the air
Webbed hind foot of the Watry Treefrog (Ecnomiohyla tuberculosa), A very rare treefrog from the Ecuadorian Amazon
Amazonian Coral Snake (Micrurus spixii obscurus). A venomous snake from the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Bromeliads growing on a cloudforest tree with a spectacular waterfall in the background on a rainy day. In the Rio Pita Valley near Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador.
Coffee bushes in a shade-grown organic coffee plantation on the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador
Tadpoles browsing on algae in a pond
Army ant soldier with big mandibles
Caterpillar parasitized by an  Ichneumon wasp. The wasp larvae have devoured the internal organs and the white pupae are hanging under the caterpillar, Ecuador.
Coffee bushes in a shade-grown organic coffee plantation on the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador
Male glass frog (family Centrolenidae) guarding a clutch of eggs in the Choco Biological Region in Western Ecuador
Worker and nasute termites on decomposing wood
Aerial panorama of pristine tropical rainforest near Rio Shiripuno in the Ecuadorian Amazon..
A very rare and critically endengered glass frog (Nymphargus anomalus) in mossy rainforest, Morona Santiago province, Ecuador
Bioremediation pond for soil contaminated with crude oil at an oilfield in the Ecuadorian Amazon. With oil well in background.
Bioremediation pond for soil contaminated with crude oil at an oilfield in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Lantern or Alligator Bug (Fulgora laternaria). Isolated profile view. Mistakenly believed to be luminescent. From the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Bioremediation pit for soil contaminated with crude oil. On an oil well platform in the Amazon
The Cononaco river in the Ecuadorian Amazon from the air
Fer de Lance (Bothrops atrox)  a venomous viper coiled in the rainforest understory, Ecuador
Thorny Devil katydid (Panacanthus cuspidatus) in the rainforest understory, Ecuador
geological fault in strata of volcanic ash exposed in a road cutting
Lianas winding through the rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Lantern or Alligator Bug (Fulgora laternaria). Isolated dorsal view. Mistakenly believed to be luminescent. From the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Barn owl pellet opened to show rodent bones
Many terrestrial bromeliads growing in montane rainforest with mossy tree trunks in the  Cordillera del Condor, a site of high biodiversity and endemism in southern Ecuador.
Hourglass Treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus) from the Choco Biological Region in Western Ecuador
Amphibian metamorphosis - Tadpole changing into a frog
Cocoa pods (Theobroma cacao) hanging from a branch in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Interior of tropical rainforest in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador
St. Brynach's Church at Cwm Yr Eglwys, Pembrokeshire, Wales, ruined by the great storm of 1859.
Cocoa pod infected with Frosty Pod Disease caused by the basidiomycete fungus  Moniliophthora roreri, Ecuador
Green leaf mimic bush cricket on a leaf in rainforest, Ecuador
Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador with lichen covered boulders thrown out from past eruptions in the foreground. One of the world's highest active volcanoes at 5,897m.
Aerial shot of an Amazonian highway in Ecuador and a clearing made by a subsistence farmer. Roads bring colonization and destruction of the rainforest to the Amazon Basin.
Aerial panorama over a Tepuy, 1800m elevation, above the Nangartiza Valley, Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador. Fllat topped sandstone mountains with a unique montane rainforest ecosystem.
Bioremediation pond for soil contaminated with crude oil
Upper Amazon Treefrog (Dendropsophus bifurcus) in three poses, from Ecuador.
Cocoa pod infected with Frosty Pod Disease caused by the basidiomycete fungus  Moniliophthora roreri, Ecuador
Large tree in Amazon rainforest
Aerial panorama of an Amazonian highway in Ecuador at dusk with Rio Napo and Galeras mountain in the background.  Roads bring colonization and destruction of the rainforest to the Amazon Basin.
Common big-headed rain frog (Oreobates quixensis)
Thick-lipped Frog (Leptodactylus labrosus) from tropical dry forest in southern Ecuador
Glass Frog (Hyalinobatrachium sp.) in 3 poses, from Ecuador. Glass frogs have transparent undersides and their internal organs are visible
Wandering spider (family Ctenidae) eating a beetle in the rainforest understory at night
Interior of tropcal rainforest in Ecuador
Peripatus (velvet worm)
Slash and burn cultivation in the Peruvian Amazon, clearing in the rainforest planted  with maize seedlings.
Looking up the trunk of a giant rainforest tree to the canopy, Ecuador
Aerial shot of an Amazonian highway in Ecuador Roads bring colonization and destruction of the rainforest to the Amazon Basin.
Barn owl pellets
The extremely rare and endangered Ecuador Horned Treefrog (Hemiphractus bubalus). Roosting at night In its natural habitat the rainforest understory, in the Cordillera del Condor, southern Ecuador.
Winged reproductive male termite in a nest attended by workers and nasutes
Vitreorana oyampiensis - A very rare species of glass frog from Ecuador
row of christmas tree valves on an oil well in the Amazon
Peripatus (velvet worm) close up of body and feet (lobopods)
A large cane toad (Bufo marinus), Ecuador
Aerial view of a cacao plantation (Theobroma cacao) in the Ecuadorian Amazon. An unsustainable farm cut out of the rainforest.
foot of a glass-frog Centrolene sp.
Forest cockroach
Overlooking Fowey Harbour and Polruan, Cornwall, UK in the spring.
Venomous wandering spider (Phoneutria fera) sitting on a heliconia leaf in the rainforest, Ecuador
Aerial view of the Rio Napo at dawn in the Ecuadorian Amazon with the first rays of the sun illuminating the forest canopy.
Aerial view of village Alshi 9 de Octubre, Ecuador. On the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Morona Santiago province.
Aerial panorama over a Tepuy, 1800m elevation, above the Nangartiza Valley, Cordillera del Condor, Ecuador. Fllat topped sandstone mountains with a unique montane rainforest ecosystem.
Wetland alder swamp in Cornwall, UK. Carpeted in green with invasive New Zealand Pygmy Weed (Crassula helmsii).
Aerial shot of an Amazonian highway in Ecuador and a clearing made by a subsistence farmer. Roads bring colonization and destruction of the rainforest to the Amazon Basin.
Reventador Volcano erupting at dawn, August 2016. The mountain is situated in a remote part of the Ecuadorian Amazon surrounded by rainforest.
Orchid (Xylobium ornatum), an epiphytic species from the Ecuadorian Amazon
Mouse opossum (Marmosa sp.)  in rainforest in eastern Ecuador
Aerial shot of an Amazonian highway in Ecuador and a clearing made by a subsistence farmer. Roads bring colonization and destruction of the rainforest to the Amazon Basin.
The Rio Abanico Valley, Ecuador, with misty cloudforest covered hillsides. On the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Morona Santiago province
Reventador Volcano, Ecuador erupting at night. Red hot rocks are rolling down the east slope of the mountain. Reventador rises out of tropical rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Cordyceps fungus infecting a moth in the rainforest understory, Ecuador
Many terrestrial bromeliads growing in montane rainforest with mossy tree trunks in the  Cordillera del Condor, a site of high biodiversity and endemism in southern Ecuador.
Primary rainforest viewed from the air with the Rio Aguarico in the background, Ecuador
Aerial shot of an Amazonian highway at dusk in Ecuador with Rio Napo and Galeras mountain in the background.  Roads bring colonization and destruction of the rainforest to the Amazon Basin.
Cottage, lake and beach at Polridmouth Bay, near Fowey, Cornwall, UK.
Fungus Xylaria telfairii. The liquid inside this fungus is used for ear ache by the Quichua Indians, in the Ecuadorian Amazon
Male Minute Treefrog  (Dendropsophus minutus) on a reed above a rainforest pond.  In the Cordillera del Condor, the Ecuadorian Amazon
Eggs of the Minute Treefrog  (Dendropsophus minutus) suspended over a rainforest pond. The tadpoles will drop into the water when they hatch. In Cordillera del Condor, the Ecuadorian Amazon
Leaf of a rainforest plant after attack by browsing insects
Aerial view of The Trans-Andean oil pipeline passing through montane rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Transports oil from the Amazon to the coast. Clearings have been cut for cattle ranching.
Aerial view of The Trans-Andean oil pipeline passing through montane rainforest in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Transports oil from the Amazon to the coast. Clearings have been cut for cattle ranching.
Aerial panorama of an Amazonian highway in Ecuador at dusk with Rio Napo and Galeras mountain in the background.  Roads bring colonization and destruction of the rainforest to the Amazon Basin.
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