Kairi wild | Offtrack

Trinidad may be an industrial powerhouse, but it’s also home to wildnerness areas with a rich biodiversity, from forested mountains to mangrove wetlands. Photographers Jason Audain and Brendan Delzin share images and stories capturing the island’s wild beauty

  • Getting close to nature doesn’t always mean hiking to somewhere remote: in the very heart of Port of Spain, the Botanical Gardens are an oasis for wildlife, like this iridescent Euglossa orchid bee. “It was jumping from flower to flower,” says Jason
  • The brilliant green fronds of a small Mexican umbrella fern (Sticherus bifidus) stand out among dry vegetation in the hills of Paramin. Jason Audain remembers that day’s hike as arduous. “On a scale of one to ten, I’d rate it one hundred. The green
  • A neon-hued orange cup fungus (Cookeina sp.) along a trail on Mt Bleu, a peak in the Northern Range near the village of Brasso Seco. “I spend a lot of my time in the forest,” says Brendan Delzin. “Green is the most dominant colour, so when I see som
  • The Balandra waterfall near Trinidad’s northeast coast, near Matura. “Early morning is the best time for this hike,” says Jason Audain. “My intention was to capture the sun hitting the waterfalls. It was mystical.” Photo by Jason Audain
  • A spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus) waits in silence, camouflaged among mangroves. “All I could see were its eyes,” says photographer Brendan Delzin. “I slowly and cautiously approached, trying not to startle him. In a couple seconds, he realise
  • A scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber), national bird of Trinidad, wings past a flock of feeding American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) in the Caroni Swamp. “It was my first time seeing flamingos,” recalls Jason Audain. “We were at the bird sanctuary f
  • A view along Trinidad’s north coast, looking east from Paramin across vertiginous forested slopes dotted with flaming immortelle trees. Photographer Jason Audain remembers the moment: “It was taken at sunrise while we were passing through the [Paramin

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