The art of nature never ceases to astound me. Talk about assemblages, one of my favorite topics, the Tamana Bat Caves on the island of Trinidad is one of the largest assemblages of bats in the Caribbean. These remote caves are filled with millions of bats representing eleven species of the 67 species living in Trinidad, including Vampire bats and fruit bats.
I didn't have the nerve to actually take these pictures myself, so all the credit goes to my intrepid biologist husband Thomas Mathies who climbed down, down, down into the cave to take these wildly abstract pictures of bats hanging around before dusk.
The last photo, with the green leaves, was taken after dusk. I was standing at the edge of the cave hole while bats swirled out around my head, not a single one hitting me or Tom or the camera. It was thrilling. Better than art, and better than assemblage art, my other biggest passion. As good as life gets!
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