Travels and adventures of an orchid hunter: An account of canoe and camp life i…


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(4.3 stars; 3 reviews)

This is quite the adventure tale and travelog. We see cities, peoples, plants and wildlife of Columbia and the ports our intrepid 'hunter' visits on the way there and back. It is an interesting period; a canal is being cut through Columbia to the city of Panama by the French (this is before the United States interceded in local politics). The characterisation is appropriate to the time - Europeans and the South American elite are seen as admirable, especially in comparison to the natives and blacks. Indeed, the deaths of several of Millican's native support staff along the way (tumbles over precipices, killed by jaguar) seem to be of minor concern. However, the native who went over the precipice was carrying an important cook pot! Millican describes collecting orchids by cutting down many huge trees for a few plants per tree which, we find out later, are unlikely to even survive the trip back to England. The large areas pillaged by previous collectors are an annoyance since he has to travel further afield to collect orchids. He tells us they don't seem to be growing back in areas already stripped. The hiking and boating into and through the jungles and mountains are impressively narrated, but he reduces our admiration by counting up 9 jaguar skins he's carrying back with him, not to mention the crates of plants. ( Arnold Banner) (4 hr 47 min)

Chapters

PREFACE 2:41 Read by Arnold
On Board the Phantom 19:00 Read by Arnold
Bound for Trinidad 12:31 Read by Arnold
The La Guayra and Caracas Railway 15:38 Read by Arnold
Sailing to Barranquilla 15:45 Read by Arnold
A River Steamboat 23:48 Read by Arnold
Vegetation 19:34 Read by Arnold
Canoe Life on the Lebrija 24:16 Read by Arnold
Shooting the Rapids 26:57 Read by Arnold
In search of Odontoglossum crispum 26:07 Read by Arnold
Pacho 25:10 Read by Arnold
Port of Honda 13:53 Read by Arnold
Expedition to Explore San Lucas 19:55 Read by Arnold
The Spoonbills 22:09 Read by Arnold
On Board the Essequibo 20:10 Read by Arnold