Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cloud Forest - Night and Day

We traveled 5 hours - but scarcely 100 miles - northwest on Costa Rica's winding mountainous roads, to get from the Arenales Volcano recreation area to Monteverde National Park and its cloud forest...

We took nature hikes through the cloud forest, first at night, then in the morning. A cloud forest is a drier rain forest, I suppose. Here, our guard caught some sort of praying mantis...

At the ranger station, a snake in a jar...

The next morning we missed the tour, but the our hotel owner called her friend, a guide-in-training. He looked for tarantulas - and found one!! Don't try this at home, kids...

I love old, gnarly trees with a outsize tangle of roots..

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