IMG_5277Dan Doucette was born during the blizard of ’77 in Niagara Falls, Canada. His first traveling experiences were with his family to a resort for a week or two during the holidays. It wasn’t until 1998, when he graduated college as a Horticulturist, that traveling started to become his life’s passion.  Later that year, he went to Perth in Western Australia to visit his brother. The following year he went to Peru. The majestic scenery and amazing wildlife along with the relaxed pace of life, stirred an intense desire in him to visit other tropical countries. ” I developed an insatiable appetite to explore new places and its dominated my life ever since.”

Dan works seasonally as a Horticulturist which translates to working about 7 months and being laid off for 5 months every year.  He saves his money in the summer and travels for 4 months, allowing himself a buffer zone of a few weeks before to prepare and after traveling, for re-entry. “My money goes a lot further in the tropics, which is another reason why I go to this part of the world. Since Peru I have been to Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa  Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Guyana, Ghana, Cameroon, Gabon, Kenya, Uganda, DR Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Madagascar, South Africa, Swaziland, India, The Philippines, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and The Netherlands.”
Dan always seeks out countries with at least some rainforest, but the more the merrier! “The tropical rainforest is my absolute favorite habitat and I feel in my element while exploring it.  However I don’t spend all my time in the forest and also love to check out ancient ruins, climb volcanos, explore caves and go on safari, among other things. The tropical rainforest is the richest habitat on Earth for plants and animals, but also the most threatened. I think everyone should visit a rainforest and experience this amazing natural wonder of the world, before it’s too late.”
Photographic Equipment
These are my bare essentials.
Canon EO-S Rebel T4i (650D)
Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS USM
Canon 70 – 300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon 10 – 22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 25 II extension tube
Benro A-150EXU tripod