I’ve finally finished organizing the moth photos I took in Costa Rica in March. I hadn’t done much mothing in a tropical place before, and I’m still amazed at the numbers and variety of what I saw. I watched and photographed moths on 8 of the nights we were there, and saw about 750 different species! Continue reading
Here are some of the flowers and butterflies we saw in Costa Rica. Since we spent most of our time in deep woods, there weren’t a lot of flowers, but the ones we saw were mostly large and brightly colored – I imagine so they can attract the attention of pollinators. Continue reading
Rancho Naturalista is mainly a birding lodge, so the birds – around the lodge, at the feeders and in the jungle behind the lodge – were incredible. I’m not a good bird photographer, so I didn’t take many bird photos, and the ones I have are all the most common species.
The first birds we saw were the hummingbirds. There were hummingbird feeders everywhere, and each one had numerous birds buzzing around it almost all of the time. Continue reading
We just came back from a wonderful trip to Costa Rica. Mike had a meeting in San Jose, so I flew down and met him at the end, and we went on a vacation. Continue reading
Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve is on the equator, between about 5,000 and 8,000 feet; a 2 hour drive west of Quito. When the warm air from the ocean hits the mountains, it rises, and as it cools, it condenses and turns to clouds or rain. The area where it condenses is called the cloudforest. It was cloudy or rainy, and cool most of the time we were there. There were a few moments of sun, but they didn’t last long. Continue reading
This post has loads of pictures. Machu Picchu and the landscape around it is so photogenic – steep mountains, mist rising from the valleys, and bright colored flowers.
Our next stop was Cusco where we took the train to Machu Picchu.
Now I’ll finally get to the traveling part of the trip. Our first stop was Cartagena, Colombia, where Mike attended an ICANN conference. We stayed at a beautiful small hotel about a mile from the conference center.