The Walking Stick was among my favorite creatures on this
trip, something I had never seen before. It's quite mobile on
those six legs, able to climb trees, a feast for my camcorder.
This Walking Stick could use some camouflage from
predators, since it really stands out in white, a potential
feast for real.
Our naturalist/guide said this was a frog, even though I
couldn't tell. Frog photography was new to me. One of
these shared my room at the last rainforest lodge. We
left each other alone.
No question that the tiny Blue Jeans Frog looks like a frog. It's
become a symbol of Costa Rica available in souvenir shops. This frog
was a source for poisonous darts long ago. Bright colors often warn
predators against dangerous dining, a form of frog defense.
The Hog Nosed Pit Viper's name was enough to scare me.
I was happy that the snake never moved while I took its
picture. This was my only Costa Rica snake encounter.
|The Bullet Ant gets its name from a sting so terrible it's like being shot
with a bullet. Largest ant in the Americas, I declined any attempt to
measure its size. Instead my camcorder covered the ant grooming
itself and taking a stroll among the leaves.
Rainforest mushrooms come in so many varieties that I
chose this as my favorite, the Ear of Trunk Mushroom. It
grows sideways on trees.
Trimbina is another private reserve, with housing and food for tourists.
I was so fortunate to explore Trimbina in a morning guided tour. Later
that day fierce rain made photography impossible (in the dry season),
but I already had taken the stills you see above, plus great video. The
downpour merely delayed arrival at my next destination, the Arenal
Observatory Lodge, where I could endlessly try for great pictures of the