Central Costa Rica Trip 2011(Monteverde Cloud Forest)

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1 We took a boat trip across the Lago Arenal to avoid taking a 2-hour around the lake. Jason drove the bus on up to Monteverde in the meantime. When we got to Rio Chiquito on the opposite shore, we were met by 2 drivers with SUVs. This was a shot of the ...

We took a boat trip across the Lago Arenal to avoid taking a 2-hour around the lake. Jason drove the bus on up to Monteverde in the meantime. When we got to Rio Chiquito on the opposite shore, we were met by 2 drivers with SUVs. This was a shot of the ...

We took a boat trip across the Lago Arenal to avoid taking a 2-hour around the lake. Jason drove the bus on up to Monteverde in the meantime. When we got to Rio Chiquito on the opposite shore, we were met by 2 drivers with SUVs. This was a shot of the dirt road that we took up to Monteverde, fortunately it had been recently graded to level out the potholes! The locals don't want the roads paved to help cut down on the numbers of people going up to that area. In my severely broken Spanish, I asked our driver, Eduardo, if there were a lot of accidents on this road. He smiled and said, "Not locals, only American tourists!" We were amazed to see trucks barreling down this narrow dirt road. 1162
2 A typical Costa Rican landscape. We were fascinated by the living fences across the countrysides.

A typical Costa Rican landscape. We were fascinated by the living fences across the countrysides.

A typical Costa Rican landscape. We were fascinated by the living fences across the countrysides. 2191
3 I tried to learn a little bit of Spanish before the trip and it certainly came in handy on this day! When we passed this little school along the dirt road, I said to the driver, "¡Para, para, por favor!" (Stop, stop please!). I snapped a couple of pho...

I tried to learn a little bit of Spanish before the trip and it certainly came in handy on this day! When we passed this little school along the dirt road, I said to the driver, "¡Para, para, por favor!" (Stop, stop please!). I snapped a couple of pho...

I tried to learn a little bit of Spanish before the trip and it certainly came in handy on this day! When we passed this little school along the dirt road, I said to the driver, "¡Para, para, por favor!" (Stop, stop please!). I snapped a couple of photos and the children waved at me. I said to them, "Soy una maestra en America" (I am a teacher in America). They ran in and got their teacher, so once again I had to explain why I was taking photos of the kids and the school! I wish I had had more time to try to talk to her. 1259
4 Our driver, Eduardo, knew this "caballero" (cowboy) who we saw as we made out way up the road to Monteverde. I shot this photo quickly through the SUV window. 
Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves, are very happy and friendly people. Many of the loc...

Our driver, Eduardo, knew this "caballero" (cowboy) who we saw as we made out way up the road to Monteverde. I shot this photo quickly through the SUV window. Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves, are very happy and friendly people. Many of the loc...

Our driver, Eduardo, knew this "caballero" (cowboy) who we saw as we made out way up the road to Monteverde. I shot this photo quickly through the SUV window. Ticos, as Costa Ricans call themselves, are very happy and friendly people. Many of the locals in the larger towns speak English, but not so many of the people in the country do. My attempt to talk to the locals in my very limited Spanish made for some interesting moments! :) Our driver who took us to the airport teased me saying I sounded like, "Me Tarzan, you Jane!" Well, at least I tried! Trying to learn a new language made me better understand the difficulty that foreigners encounter when they come to the U.S. 1125
5 We also saw these men with a load of sugar cane along the road to Monteverde.

We also saw these men with a load of sugar cane along the road to Monteverde.

We also saw these men with a load of sugar cane along the road to Monteverde. 1245
6 <em>Kohleria spicata</em><br>Rio Chiquito, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 25, 2011

Kohleria spicata
Rio Chiquito, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

Kohleria spicata
Rio Chiquito, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011 This is a common roadside wildflower along the mountain roads.


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7 One of the nice things about going on a photography tour was that we would stop often to take photos of landscapes, animals and birds, etc. This was a beautiful view of the Rio Chiquito valley below and the distant mountains.

One of the nice things about going on a photography tour was that we would stop often to take photos of landscapes, animals and birds, etc. This was a beautiful view of the Rio Chiquito valley below and the distant mountains.

One of the nice things about going on a photography tour was that we would stop often to take photos of landscapes, animals and birds, etc. This was a beautiful view of the Rio Chiquito valley below and the distant mountains. 1228
8 We shot this spectacular landscape on the drive up to Monteverde.

We shot this spectacular landscape on the drive up to Monteverde.

We shot this spectacular landscape on the drive up to Monteverde. 1259
9 <em>Columnea scandens</em> / Gesneriaceae Rio <br>Chiquito, Costa Rica <br>Feb. 25, 2011

Columnea scandens / Gesneriaceae Rio
Chiquito, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

Columnea scandens / Gesneriaceae Rio
Chiquito, Costa Rica
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10 Our SUV driver, Eduardo, quickly learned that I like wildflowers. When I asked him to stop so I could photograph some large white orchids through the window, he got out and picked 2 of them for me. I cringed at the thought of these beautiful wildflower...

Our SUV driver, Eduardo, quickly learned that I like wildflowers. When I asked him to stop so I could photograph some large white orchids through the window, he got out and picked 2 of them for me. I cringed at the thought of these beautiful wildflower...

Our SUV driver, Eduardo, quickly learned that I like wildflowers. When I asked him to stop so I could photograph some large white orchids through the window, he got out and picked 2 of them for me. I cringed at the thought of these beautiful wildflowers being picked, that goes against everything I teach!!! I appreciated the gesture though. :) All I could do is smile and tell him a big "¡Muchas gracias!" when he handed them to me! 1213
11 I posed with the orchids when we made a stop at a small store. 
Photo by Ken Light

I posed with the orchids when we made a stop at a small store. Photo by Ken Light

I posed with the orchids when we made a stop at a small store. Photo by Ken Light 1191
12 Kris and Kenny at the Hotel El Sapo Dorado (The Golden Toad) in Monteverde. Unfortunately, these beautiful toads are believed to be extinct, none have been seen over the past few years. 
(Photo by David Monen)

Kris and Kenny at the Hotel El Sapo Dorado (The Golden Toad) in Monteverde. Unfortunately, these beautiful toads are believed to be extinct, none have been seen over the past few years. (Photo by David Monen)

Kris and Kenny at the Hotel El Sapo Dorado (The Golden Toad) in Monteverde. Unfortunately, these beautiful toads are believed to be extinct, none have been seen over the past few years. (Photo by David Monen) 1230
13 The Hotel Sapo Dorado duplex cabin where we stayed in Monteverde. It was nice to wake to the sounds of birds and insects chirping early each morning. One morning I saw an agouti grazing in the front yard.

The Hotel Sapo Dorado duplex cabin where we stayed in Monteverde. It was nice to wake to the sounds of birds and insects chirping early each morning. One morning I saw an agouti grazing in the front yard.

The Hotel Sapo Dorado duplex cabin where we stayed in Monteverde. It was nice to wake to the sounds of birds and insects chirping early each morning. One morning I saw an agouti grazing in the front yard. 1073
14 <b>Blue-crowned Motmot</b> "Momoto Común"<br><em>Momotus momota</em><br>Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 26, 2011

Blue-crowned Motmot "Momoto Común"
Momotus momota
Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 26, 2011

Blue-crowned Motmot "Momoto Común"
Momotus momota
Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 26, 2011 This stunning bird sat a posed on a branch at the El Sapo Dorado for a long time. We were able to get some great photos of him!
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15 I've never been one to photograph food, but I decided to give it a try on this trip. We had lunch at a great Italian restaurant in Monteverde, I had a delicious seafood pasta. It didn't take long to get past the squeamish thoughts of eating little squi...

I've never been one to photograph food, but I decided to give it a try on this trip. We had lunch at a great Italian restaurant in Monteverde, I had a delicious seafood pasta. It didn't take long to get past the squeamish thoughts of eating little squi...

I've never been one to photograph food, but I decided to give it a try on this trip. We had lunch at a great Italian restaurant in Monteverde, I had a delicious seafood pasta. It didn't take long to get past the squeamish thoughts of eating little squid and octopus tentacles to enjoy a great meal! 1119
16 One thing about visiting the tropics, it helps not to be freaked out by large insects! This huge <b>Tarantula Hawk Wasp</b> was on the window sill in the restaurant of the Sapo Dorado. Our guide, Willy, is an ecologist and he shared many interesting fa...

One thing about visiting the tropics, it helps not to be freaked out by large insects! This huge Tarantula Hawk Wasp was on the window sill in the restaurant of the Sapo Dorado. Our guide, Willy, is an ecologist and he shared many interesting fa...

One thing about visiting the tropics, it helps not to be freaked out by large insects! This huge Tarantula Hawk Wasp was on the window sill in the restaurant of the Sapo Dorado. Our guide, Willy, is an ecologist and he shared many interesting facts about the plants and animals with us. He told us that male wasp's size depends on how big the tarantula the was that his grandmother laid his father's egg on! The larger the food source for the larva, the larger the adult will be. The male wasps gather in a lek to attract a female, she will choose the largest one as her mate (thus carrying on the healtiest genes). 1124
17 This unknown tiny white flower grew in the yard of the Sapo Dorado in Monteverde. I came across many unknown wildflowers during the trip, it will be a challenge to identify them.

This unknown tiny white flower grew in the yard of the Sapo Dorado in Monteverde. I came across many unknown wildflowers during the trip, it will be a challenge to identify them.

This unknown tiny white flower grew in the yard of the Sapo Dorado in Monteverde. I came across many unknown wildflowers during the trip, it will be a challenge to identify them. 1165
18 <b>Amethyst Flower</b>
<em>Browallia americana</em> / Tobacco family
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

I was delighted to find these beautiful little wildflowers growing in the yard of the Sapo Dorado. I had tried to photograph them the previo...

Amethyst Flower Browallia americana / Tobacco family Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 I was delighted to find these beautiful little wildflowers growing in the yard of the Sapo Dorado. I had tried to photograph them the previo...

Amethyst Flower Browallia americana / Tobacco family Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 I was delighted to find these beautiful little wildflowers growing in the yard of the Sapo Dorado. I had tried to photograph them the previous day from the bus with a 300mm telephoto lens on a very bumpy road with no luck.


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19 "Botuo de ouro"<br><em>Jaegeria hirta</em><br>Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 26, 2011

"Botuo de ouro"
Jaegeria hirta
Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 26, 2011

"Botuo de ouro"
Jaegeria hirta
Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 26, 2011 I found this wildflower growing in the yard of the Sapo Dorado. I love looking for weedy areas near where we stay.


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20 We enjoyed spending over an hour in the Hummingbird garden at Selvatura.

We enjoyed spending over an hour in the Hummingbird garden at Selvatura.

We enjoyed spending over an hour in the Hummingbird garden at Selvatura. 1257
21 <b>Violet Saber-wing Hummingbird</b> 
"Ala de Sable Violáceo" 
<em>Campylopterus hemileucurus</em> 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

These were the largest and easiest hummingbirds to photograph at the garden. They would hover for much long...

Violet Saber-wing Hummingbird "Ala de Sable Violáceo" Campylopterus hemileucurus Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 These were the largest and easiest hummingbirds to photograph at the garden. They would hover for much long...

Violet Saber-wing Hummingbird "Ala de Sable Violáceo" Campylopterus hemileucurus Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 These were the largest and easiest hummingbirds to photograph at the garden. They would hover for much longer than the other birds. See more birds on the Birds of Costa Rica gallery. 1393
22 <b>Purple-throated Mountain-gem Hummingbird</b> male 
"Colibrí Montañés Gorgimorado"
<em>Lampornis calolaema</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

"Colibrí" means hummingbird in Spanish. This little bird is well-named, when the sunlight ...

Purple-throated Mountain-gem Hummingbird male "Colibrí Montañés Gorgimorado" Lampornis calolaema Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 "Colibrí" means hummingbird in Spanish. This little bird is well-named, when the sunlight ...

Purple-throated Mountain-gem Hummingbird male "Colibrí Montañés Gorgimorado" Lampornis calolaema Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 "Colibrí" means hummingbird in Spanish. This little bird is well-named, when the sunlight hits his head just the right way his feathers glow with brilliant hues of turquoise and amethyst. 1453
23 <b>White-nosed Coati</b>
"Pizote"
<em>Nasua narica</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

These animals are related to the raccoon and have many of their same habits. This guy had raided a garbage can at Selvatura and was later seen scavengin...

White-nosed Coati "Pizote" Nasua narica Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 These animals are related to the raccoon and have many of their same habits. This guy had raided a garbage can at Selvatura and was later seen scavengin...

White-nosed Coati "Pizote" Nasua narica Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 These animals are related to the raccoon and have many of their same habits. This guy had raided a garbage can at Selvatura and was later seen scavenging for crumbs near the hummingbird feeders. 1311
24 José, the guide at the Selvatura Butterfly Farm, with a butterfly that he found hanging from its chrysalis. He showed me larvae, eggs and chrysalises from different butterflies.  This butterfly enclosure is one of the largest in the world.

José, the guide at the Selvatura Butterfly Farm, with a butterfly that he found hanging from its chrysalis. He showed me larvae, eggs and chrysalises from different butterflies. This butterfly enclosure is one of the largest in the world.

José, the guide at the Selvatura Butterfly Farm, with a butterfly that he found hanging from its chrysalis. He showed me larvae, eggs and chrysalises from different butterflies. This butterfly enclosure is one of the largest in the world. 1136
25 We were thrilled to find this brilliant Blue Morpho Butterfly at the enclosure. It is difficult to photograph them because they usually close their wings when they land. This one had its wings open because it had just come from its chrysalis.
Blue Mor...

We were thrilled to find this brilliant Blue Morpho Butterfly at the enclosure. It is difficult to photograph them because they usually close their wings when they land. This one had its wings open because it had just come from its chrysalis. Blue Mor...

We were thrilled to find this brilliant Blue Morpho Butterfly at the enclosure. It is difficult to photograph them because they usually close their wings when they land. This one had its wings open because it had just come from its chrysalis. Blue Morpho butterflies actually have black scales on the wings, they refract and reflect blue light. 1485
26 A Blue Morpho Butterfly looks very different with its wings closed. This one is eating liquids from an overripe banana.

A Blue Morpho Butterfly looks very different with its wings closed. This one is eating liquids from an overripe banana.

A Blue Morpho Butterfly looks very different with its wings closed. This one is eating liquids from an overripe banana. 1244
27 This is a Blue Morpho Butterfly caterpillar.

This is a Blue Morpho Butterfly caterpillar.

This is a Blue Morpho Butterfly caterpillar. 1345
28 José placed this <em>Tithorea tarricina</em> Butterfly on a flower.

José placed this Tithorea tarricina Butterfly on a flower.

José placed this Tithorea tarricina Butterfly on a flower. 1171
29 <b>Zebra Long-wing Butterfly</b><br><em>Heliconius charitonius</em><br>Monteverde, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 26, 2011

Zebra Long-wing Butterfly
Heliconius charitonius
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Zebra Long-wing Butterfly
Heliconius charitonius
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011
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30 <em>Passiflora costaricensis</em><br>Feb. 24, 2011

Passiflora costaricensis
Feb. 24, 2011

Passiflora costaricensis
Feb. 24, 2011 This flower was growing in the Butterfly Farm at Selvatura. It is a food source for some caterpillars.


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31 I couldn't resist buying this interesting souvenir made from  butterfly wings in a little shop in Monteverde. No butterflies were killed to get the wings, most of these insects live only a couple weeks, so these were collected from butterflies that die...

I couldn't resist buying this interesting souvenir made from butterfly wings in a little shop in Monteverde. No butterflies were killed to get the wings, most of these insects live only a couple weeks, so these were collected from butterflies that die...

I couldn't resist buying this interesting souvenir made from butterfly wings in a little shop in Monteverde. No butterflies were killed to get the wings, most of these insects live only a couple weeks, so these were collected from butterflies that died naturally. 1568
32 The Monteverde Cloud forest is well-named! These mountains top out at around 5000 feet, so the moisture from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans condenses in the cooler air of the higher elevations. It often rains here when it just a mile or so away it is ...

The Monteverde Cloud forest is well-named! These mountains top out at around 5000 feet, so the moisture from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans condenses in the cooler air of the higher elevations. It often rains here when it just a mile or so away it is ...

The Monteverde Cloud forest is well-named! These mountains top out at around 5000 feet, so the moisture from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans condenses in the cooler air of the higher elevations. It often rains here when it just a mile or so away it is dry. The weather changes rapidly, it can go from rain to sunshine to drizzle within minutes. All this moisture makes the lush vegetation possible. 1177
33 <em>Elaphoglossum  peltatum</em> is an interesting little epiphytic fern that grows in the cloud forest. They look a bit like skinny, little green butterflies.

Elaphoglossum peltatum is an interesting little epiphytic fern that grows in the cloud forest. They look a bit like skinny, little green butterflies.

Elaphoglossum peltatum is an interesting little epiphytic fern that grows in the cloud forest. They look a bit like skinny, little green butterflies. 2351
34 <b>Tree ferns</b>
"Helechos arborescente"
<em>Sphaeropteris brunei</em>

I was excited to see these large tree ferns from the hanging bridge. The cloud forest canopy has an amazing variety of colors and patterns.

Tree ferns "Helechos arborescente" Sphaeropteris brunei I was excited to see these large tree ferns from the hanging bridge. The cloud forest canopy has an amazing variety of colors and patterns.

Tree ferns "Helechos arborescente" Sphaeropteris brunei I was excited to see these large tree ferns from the hanging bridge. The cloud forest canopy has an amazing variety of colors and patterns. 1447
35 One of the hanging bridges of the Selvatura Cloud forest. Taking photos from the bridges is very difficult when people walk across them, we compared it to trying to photograph from a galloping horse!

One of the hanging bridges of the Selvatura Cloud forest. Taking photos from the bridges is very difficult when people walk across them, we compared it to trying to photograph from a galloping horse!

One of the hanging bridges of the Selvatura Cloud forest. Taking photos from the bridges is very difficult when people walk across them, we compared it to trying to photograph from a galloping horse! 1157
36 <em>Begonia convallariodora</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

It was amazing to see so many different species of Begonias growing wild in the cloud forests.

Begonia convallariodora Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 It was amazing to see so many different species of Begonias growing wild in the cloud forests.

Begonia convallariodora Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 It was amazing to see so many different species of Begonias growing wild in the cloud forests.


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37 Nearly every inch of the trees in the Cloud forest have something growing on them - ferns, bromeliads, orchids, philodendrons, mosses, lichens and more.

Nearly every inch of the trees in the Cloud forest have something growing on them - ferns, bromeliads, orchids, philodendrons, mosses, lichens and more.

Nearly every inch of the trees in the Cloud forest have something growing on them - ferns, bromeliads, orchids, philodendrons, mosses, lichens and more. 1191
38 This vine with the ferns, mosses and bromeliad seemed to capture the essence of the cloud forest.

This vine with the ferns, mosses and bromeliad seemed to capture the essence of the cloud forest.

This vine with the ferns, mosses and bromeliad seemed to capture the essence of the cloud forest. 1265
39 <em>Cavendishia bracteata</em> / Blueberry family
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This pretty epiphyte was growing far up in the canopy of the cloud forest.

Cavendishia bracteata / Blueberry family Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This pretty epiphyte was growing far up in the canopy of the cloud forest.

Cavendishia bracteata / Blueberry family Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This pretty epiphyte was growing far up in the canopy of the cloud forest.


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40 <em>Belsleria formosa</em> / Gesneriaceae 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

These thick, waxy orange flowers grow in the understory of the cloud forest.

Belsleria formosa / Gesneriaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 These thick, waxy orange flowers grow in the understory of the cloud forest.

Belsleria formosa / Gesneriaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 These thick, waxy orange flowers grow in the understory of the cloud forest.


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41 Unknown Yellow tube-shaped epiphyte 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown Yellow tube-shaped epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown Yellow tube-shaped epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1274
42 <em>Blakea grandiflora</em> / Melastomataceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This was a strikingly beautiful flower growing on an epiphytic shrub, I took this photo from one of the hangng bridges at Selvatura.

Blakea grandiflora / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This was a strikingly beautiful flower growing on an epiphytic shrub, I took this photo from one of the hangng bridges at Selvatura.

Blakea grandiflora / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This was a strikingly beautiful flower growing on an epiphytic shrub, I took this photo from one of the hangng bridges at Selvatura.


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43 <b>True Myrtle</b>
<em>Myrtis communis</em> / Myrtaceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This epiphytic shrub was seen from one of the hanging bridges at Selvatura.

True Myrtle Myrtis communis / Myrtaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This epiphytic shrub was seen from one of the hanging bridges at Selvatura.

True Myrtle Myrtis communis / Myrtaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This epiphytic shrub was seen from one of the hanging bridges at Selvatura.


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44 <b>Bromeliad</b> bloom 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Bromeliad bloom Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Bromeliad bloom Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1199
45 This is the longest bridge on the Cloud forest hike at Selvatura. It really made me nervous changing lenses on the bridges!

This is the longest bridge on the Cloud forest hike at Selvatura. It really made me nervous changing lenses on the bridges!

This is the longest bridge on the Cloud forest hike at Selvatura. It really made me nervous changing lenses on the bridges! 1349
46 <em>Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This flower looks a lot like a zinnia high in the cloud forest canopy.

Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This flower looks a lot like a zinnia high in the cloud forest canopy.

Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This flower looks a lot like a zinnia high in the cloud forest canopy.


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47 Bromeliads often hold water in the leaves. One of the Poison Dart Frogs deposits her tadpoles in these tiny pools of water.

Bromeliads often hold water in the leaves. One of the Poison Dart Frogs deposits her tadpoles in these tiny pools of water.

Bromeliads often hold water in the leaves. One of the Poison Dart Frogs deposits her tadpoles in these tiny pools of water. 1597
48 <em>Satyris warzewiczii</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This is an epiphytic vine that grows high in the canopy.

Satyris warzewiczii Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This is an epiphytic vine that grows high in the canopy.

Satyris warzewiczii Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This is an epiphytic vine that grows high in the canopy.


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49 "Uva"
<em>Drymonia rubra</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

"Uva" Drymonia rubra Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

"Uva" Drymonia rubra Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011


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50 <b>Schefflera</b>
"Cacho de venado"
<em>Schefflera rodriguesiana</em> / Araliaceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This is a very common cloud forest tree.

Schefflera "Cacho de venado" Schefflera rodriguesiana / Araliaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This is a very common cloud forest tree.

Schefflera "Cacho de venado" Schefflera rodriguesiana / Araliaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This is a very common cloud forest tree.


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51 <em>Centropogon ferrugineus</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Centropogon ferrugineus Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

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52 <em>Clidemia globuliflora</em> / Melastomataceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Clidemia globuliflora / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Clidemia globuliflora / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1289
53 <em>Costus lima</em> ?
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011 

This was photographed from the swinging bridge at La Selva.

Costus lima ? Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This was photographed from the swinging bridge at La Selva.

Costus lima ? Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This was photographed from the swinging bridge at La Selva.


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54 <em>Hoffmannia congesta</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Hoffmannia congesta Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Hoffmannia congesta Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011


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55 This pretty little waterfall was in the <b>Children's Eternal Forest</b> ("Bosque Eterno de los Niños") in Monteverde.  This special forest was acquired and protected in 1988 with the help of monetary donations collected by children from 30 different ...

This pretty little waterfall was in the Children's Eternal Forest ("Bosque Eterno de los Niños") in Monteverde. This special forest was acquired and protected in 1988 with the help of monetary donations collected by children from 30 different ...

This pretty little waterfall was in the Children's Eternal Forest ("Bosque Eterno de los Niños") in Monteverde. This special forest was acquired and protected in 1988 with the help of monetary donations collected by children from 30 different countries. 1204
56 Willy had found out from a park guide that there was a snake somewhere in, on or under this tree! We had no idea what color it was or how big it was.  After looking for several minutes, I spotted a little brown snake on the side of the trunk. Willy ide...

Willy had found out from a park guide that there was a snake somewhere in, on or under this tree! We had no idea what color it was or how big it was. After looking for several minutes, I spotted a little brown snake on the side of the trunk. Willy ide...

Willy had found out from a park guide that there was a snake somewhere in, on or under this tree! We had no idea what color it was or how big it was. After looking for several minutes, I spotted a little brown snake on the side of the trunk. Willy identified it as a Parrot Snake, which is venomous!!! I had been wanting to see a snake in the wild on the trip, so I was happy! :) (Photo by David Monen) 1210
57 <b>Yellow Blunt-Headed Tree Snake; Cat-eyed Snake</b> 
<em>Imantodes inornatus</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

This was the little snake that was on the large tree in the Children's Eternal Forest. This was the only snake we saw on the ...

Yellow Blunt-Headed Tree Snake; Cat-eyed Snake Imantodes inornatus Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 This was the little snake that was on the large tree in the Children's Eternal Forest. This was the only snake we saw on the ...

Yellow Blunt-Headed Tree Snake; Cat-eyed Snake Imantodes inornatus Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 This was the little snake that was on the large tree in the Children's Eternal Forest. This was the only snake we saw on the trip. 1456
58 <em>Miconia grayumii</em> / Melastomataceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

Miconia grayumii / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011

Miconia grayumii / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011


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59 <em>Platystele jungermannioides</em>Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 27, 2011Willy suggested we visit the Monteverde Orchid Garden ("Jardín de Orquídeas"). It was not on our itinerary, but it was well-worth the $10 entrance fee. The garden has over...

Platystele jungermannioidesMonteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 27, 2011Willy suggested we visit the Monteverde Orchid Garden ("Jardín de Orquídeas"). It was not on our itinerary, but it was well-worth the $10 entrance fee. The garden has over...

Platystele jungermannioides Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 Willy suggested we visit the Monteverde Orchid Garden ("Jardín de Orquídeas"). It was not on our itinerary, but it was well-worth the $10 entrance fee. The garden has over 450 species of orchids (out of aprox. 1400 species) from Costa Rica. It was a real thrill to see the world's smallest orchid! This tiny plant is an epiphyte, its flower is only a couple of millimeters across. clr: 5-y 2045
60 <b>Orchid Comet Halley</b><br> <em>Lepanthes comet-halleyi</em><br>Monteverde, Costa Rica <br>Feb. 27, 2011

Orchid Comet Halley
Lepanthes comet-halleyi
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

Orchid Comet Halley
Lepanthes comet-halleyi
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011 This was an interesting little orchid at the Orchid garden. It was fascinating how the flowers were tucked inside their leaf.


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61 <b>Orchid of one Day</b>
"Flor de un Dia"
<em>Sobralia violacea</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

This beautiful orchid was photographed at the Orchid Garden in Monteverde. This is the same kind of orchid that Eduardo picked along the ro...

Orchid of one Day "Flor de un Dia" Sobralia violacea Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 This beautiful orchid was photographed at the Orchid Garden in Monteverde. This is the same kind of orchid that Eduardo picked along the ro...

Orchid of one Day "Flor de un Dia" Sobralia violacea Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 This beautiful orchid was photographed at the Orchid Garden in Monteverde. This is the same kind of orchid that Eduardo picked along the road to give me! :-0


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62 <b>Papaya flower</b><br><em>Carica papaya</em> / Caricaceae <br>Quepos, Costa Rica <br>Feb. 28, 2011

Papaya flower
Carica papaya / Caricaceae
Quepos, Costa Rica
Feb. 28, 2011

Papaya flower
Carica papaya / Caricaceae
Quepos, Costa Rica
Feb. 28, 2011 This pretty flower will one day become a tasty papaya fruit that may be enjoyed for breakfast.


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63 <em>Sphaeradenia praetermissa</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

The red spikes on this epiphyte are the fruits.

Sphaeradenia praetermissa Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 The red spikes on this epiphyte are the fruits.

Sphaeradenia praetermissa Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 The red spikes on this epiphyte are the fruits.


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64 Begonia

Begonia

Begonia 1312
65 <em>Commelina diffusa</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Commelina diffusa Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Commelina diffusa Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011


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66 <em>Euphorbia hirta</em>

Euphorbia hirta

Euphorbia hirta


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67 <em>Pilea pteropodon</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

Pilea pteropodon Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011

Pilea pteropodon Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011


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68 <em>Piper peltatum</em> / Piperaceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Piper peltatum / Piperaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Piper peltatum / Piperaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011


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69 Epiphytic Yellow Asteraceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Epiphytic Yellow Asteraceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Epiphytic Yellow Asteraceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1252
70 <em>Piper biolleyi</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

I found this plant growing in the Cloud Forest while we were on our cloud forest walk.

Piper biolleyi Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 I found this plant growing in the Cloud Forest while we were on our cloud forest walk.

Piper biolleyi Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 I found this plant growing in the Cloud Forest while we were on our cloud forest walk.


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71 Solanum sp.

Solanum sp.

Solanum sp. 1354
72 Unknown purple canopy vine 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown purple canopy vine Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown purple canopy vine Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1213
73 <em>Geonoma cuneata</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Geonoma cuneata Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Geonoma cuneata Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011


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74 Unknown small pink epiphytic orchid 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown small pink epiphytic orchid Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown small pink epiphytic orchid Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1225
75 Unknown small purple flower
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown small purple flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown small purple flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1148
76 Unknown Small white epiphyte
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown Small white epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown Small white epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1139
77 <em>Solanum schlechtendalianum</em> / Solanaceae 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Solanum schlechtendalianum / Solanaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Solanum schlechtendalianum / Solanaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011


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78 Unknown yellow Solanaceae 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown yellow Solanaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown yellow Solanaceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1134
79 Unknown thick waxy yellow epiphyte 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown thick waxy yellow epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown thick waxy yellow epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1247
80 Unknown tiny white flower 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This little flower cluster grew in the yard of the Hotel El Sapo Dorado.

Unknown tiny white flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This little flower cluster grew in the yard of the Hotel El Sapo Dorado.

Unknown tiny white flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This little flower cluster grew in the yard of the Hotel El Sapo Dorado. 1274
81 <em>Tibouchina longifolia</em> / Melastomataceae
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

Tibouchina longifolia / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011

Tibouchina longifolia / Melastomataceae Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011


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82 Unknown white epiphyte 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown white epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown white epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1137
83 Unknown white flower 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown white flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown white flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1205
84 Unknown Yellow epiphyte 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown Yellow epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown Yellow epiphyte Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1094
85 Unknown yellow epiphyte Asteracea 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown yellow epiphyte Asteracea Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

Unknown yellow epiphyte Asteracea Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1110
86 Unknown yellow 
Quepos, Costa Rica MANP

Unknown yellow Quepos, Costa Rica MANP

Unknown yellow Quepos, Costa Rica MANP 1188
87 Unknown Yellow epiphytic orchid 
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Unknown Yellow epiphytic orchid Monteverde, Costa Rica

Unknown Yellow epiphytic orchid Monteverde, Costa Rica 1129
88 White tree flower 
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

White tree flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

White tree flower Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1156
89 We enjoyed watching this girl making string bracelets in Monteverde.

We enjoyed watching this girl making string bracelets in Monteverde.

We enjoyed watching this girl making string bracelets in Monteverde. 1119
90 This glass blower in Monteverde made many different animals, including this frog.

This glass blower in Monteverde made many different animals, including this frog.

This glass blower in Monteverde made many different animals, including this frog. 1178
91 I liked the way this boots, belts and hat were displayed at a shoe repair shop in Monteverde.

I liked the way this boots, belts and hat were displayed at a shoe repair shop in Monteverde.

I liked the way this boots, belts and hat were displayed at a shoe repair shop in Monteverde. 1155
92 <b>Orange-bellied Trogon</b> "Trogón vientrianaranjado"<em>Harpactes oreskios</em>Monteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 27, 2011

Orange-bellied Trogon "Trogón vientrianaranjado"Harpactes oreskiosMonteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 27, 2011

Orange-bellied Trogon "Trogón vientrianaranjado"Harpactes oreskiosMonteverde, Costa RicaFeb. 27, 2011 I spotted this beautiful bird sitting on a branch next to the restaurant. He caused quite a bit of excitement when I told the other people in our group about him! 1075
93 <b>Bananaquit</b>
"Reinita Mielera" 
<em>Coereba flaveola</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 27, 2011

Bananaquit "Reinita Mielera" Coereba flaveola Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011

Bananaquit "Reinita Mielera" Coereba flaveola Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 27, 2011 1184
94 <b>White-eared ground sparrow</b> 
<em>Melozone leucotis</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

White-eared ground sparrow Melozone leucotis Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011

White-eared ground sparrow Melozone leucotis Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 1102
95 "Maracuya"
<em>Passiflora edulis</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

There are many different species of Passionflowers in Costa Rica. This one was growing in the butterfly garden at Selvatura.

"Maracuya" Passiflora edulis Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 There are many different species of Passionflowers in Costa Rica. This one was growing in the butterfly garden at Selvatura.

"Maracuya" Passiflora edulis Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 There are many different species of Passionflowers in Costa Rica. This one was growing in the butterfly garden at Selvatura.


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