I wonder why I have
always been so fascinated with rain forests like the Amazon. The lushness
of the jungle is surely different from the sparse western plains of
Oklahoma where I was raised, and that could be a factor. Yet much of
the fascination must come from the incredible majesty of the multi-layered
rain forest. Also, the seemingly impenetrable jungle is so fragile that
one knows it wont last; a few persistent natives equipped with
outboard motors, chainsaws and matches are finishing it off too fast.
A haunting charm of the Amazon and other jungles is their transitory
nature, too soon giving way to civilization.