Ron Beasley, of Mountain Home, Ark., was photographed in February on a riverboat on the Rio Maranon above the town of Nauta (Loreto, Peru). The Maranon and the Ucayali join below Nauta to form Rio Amazonas, although in Brazil they say that the Amazon River proper starts beyond the confluence of the Rio Negro and the Solimoes Rivers near Manus. He took a friend along with him.