COSTA RICA 2008
Its easy to see why eco-tourism is Costa
Rica's number one industry. There is tremendous diversity of animal and
plant life, most of it being relatively easy to observe. The people of
Costa Rica are friendly, the weather is good and the U.S. dollar is accepted
everywhere. The photos below are a small sample of what we saw in our nine
days in the country.
The wild mammals in Costa Rica stay mainly in the
trees. We saw two-toed and three-toed sloths, as well as white-faced
Capuchin monkeys and howler monkeys. One of the howlers was transporting a
new-born (second picture from right).
I am not a real birder, but I think these identifications
are correct. Top row, left to right: Roseate Spoonbills, a Green Heron, a
Cormorant, a Northern Jacana, a Little Blue Heron, and an Amazon
Kingfisher. Bottom row, left to right: an Anhinga, Mangrove Swallows, a Great Egret, a Collared Aracari, a Chestnut-mandibled
Toucan, Hummingbirds, and a Ringed
Even the insects and amphibians are colorful in Costa
Rica. In this collection you can see a Walking Stick (second from left), a
lizard that can literally walk on water (fourth from left), and a rhinoceros
beetle (third from right).
Not surprisingly Costa Rica has a wide range of colorful
plant life. Many of the flowers and leaves found here are also common in
Hawaii. Orchids are plentiful especially in the cloud forest that we
visited. Coffee beans, as seen here in the middle of the bottom row,
contain beans of varying maturity according to their color. Green beans
are immature, red are ready to be picked, and black are beyond the use by date.
Costa Rica has it all - sandy beaches, rain forests,
cloud forests, jungles, rolling hills and everything in between. The
pictures above contain a cold water lake in an extinct volcano cone, and a woman
flying over a rain forest canopy.