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Low-key marvels

What the camera did not capture

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I started this memo on my first night in Costa Rica when the soft darkness of rainforest and its heavy, humid air gently enclosed me. It was one of those passing moments that just cry out for an impressionist painter or a poet. There were many such moments, low-key marvels, I call them. My non-native English won't do them justice, of course, but I'm feeling brave, so here goes!

When dusk settles on the forest pathway, hundreds of tinker bell lights flicker on and off. You can almost hear the fairies giggling.

A coconut rolls in the surf on a secluded beach, lulling you to sleep, until the tide rises to tickle your feet.

Geckoes of all sizes vanish with a flick of the bathroom light.

You feel the tinies breeze on your left shoulder. Hummingbird, he says smiling from the other side of the table. You stare at him, then over your shoulder, incredulously. I'm blessed, you think to yourself.

A whole fried red snapper seasoned in Caribbean style, served with calypso sauce and fried yuca (cassava). A glass of dark, smoky Malbec.

Hammock on every Caribbean porch. Rocking chairs up in the mountains.

There's a trail of ants carrying leaf cuttings on the pathway. It's feeding time in their fungal garden.

A very practical bit of rainforest wisdom: "hear the wind, open the umbrella".

A big, stunningly beautiful butterfly with iridescent blue wings. It's the elusive Blue Morpho. It'll fly past you, kind of dipsy-doodling, and flashing those brilliant wings. It won't stop to pose and it won't come back.

The moment you learn that the cold water pool next to the hot springs is +27 °C. Hilarious.

Out for dinner in the dark with rain pouring down, you suddenly have your flipflops sucked off your feet and end up anckle-high in the mud. And you find it amusing!

Posted by sussesimis 07:03 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged beaches animals birds food rainforest drink weather Comments (0)

Jaguar Rescue Center

Baby sloths and other rescue animals


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Young three-toed sloth

Young three-toed sloth

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I've been taking photos of the incredibly rich nature whenever possible. Just, it's not always easy: these things can hide well, and they move fast. My photos tend to be either out of focus or the focal range of the lense just wasn't enough to bring those elusive little things out of the woods. I'll be adding the few better shots to my gallery as I get them sorted out. Next time you visit the blog, if exotic animals and plants are your thing at all, check out the gallery too.

On my next-to-last day on the Caribbean coast I paid a quick visit to Jaguar Rescue Center located just short bike ride away from the lodge. Taking a guided tour there is one way to support their wonderful work with the rescue animals. Those cute baby sloths and funny little monkeys are everybody's favorites but there are all sorts of animals at the center, such as toucans, owls, and other birds, iguanas, and other reptiles, kinkajous, anteaters, and other mammals, even some wild cats like margays and ocelots.

JRC is not a zoo. The animals were all brought to the center because they were orphaned or injured, often after getting hit by a car or electrocuted on power lines, or bitten by a dag, and sometimes the animals were rescued from illegal trafficing. The animals will be released back to nature, if possible. The rehabilitation process can be painstakingly slow, and you've just got to admire the patience and commitment of the staff professionals and dozens of volunteers working with the animals.

Posted by sussesimis 15:57 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged animals Comments (0)

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