J. Ryan Shipley

Only 500 years has passed since Europeans discovered this part of the world.  Yet when they arrived previous civilizations had been already been born where warring factions arose to power, kingdoms...

            While on quick afternoon jungle jaunt along Irish Creek something rustled in the underbrush.  Upon closer inspection, the sound was a couple seconds of whirring followed by a loud snapping...

Nights here are often restless, with the warm, humid breezes bathing a weary traveler in sweat. When the British arrived, the early settlers often lamented about the repeated call throughout the...

Grasping the silt laden shoreline – Red Mangroves are commonplace around the low-lying marshes of Hill Bank.  Their aerial roots extend into the water’s edge; providing stability for the soil against...

Lying amidst the murky waters of the lagoon, future guitars await to be unearthed after centuries have passed them by,

Lying for decades beneath the murky lagoon since the British logging era in Belize, twelve foot sections of mahogany have been rediscovered and are being unearthed from their silt laden tombs....

With my colleagues now gone back to the states, I trekked with my local compadre Stephen early before the dawning of the eastern light to open up the nets and see...

I awoke early this morning, long before sunrise somewhere around 4:30.  Outside there was a light rain and I knew a decision made yesterday afternoon was about to pay off.  One...

126 days has passed since I was last here.  It is as though I have never been to southern Belize, as everything appears unfamiliar to me.  Such is the difference between...