Spotted Wood Snake from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica This 10″ Spotted Wood Snake was found close to our avocado tree underneath the scattered leaves. This is their normal habitat. They eat insects from the ground. Their defense mechanism is to flatten themselves to the ground when in danger. You can see in the first
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Poke Salad using Pokeweed (Phytolacca icosandra) I was on my way to the creek when I passed this plant with a bright magenta arch and little alien pods that sprouted out of it like it was from a child’s science fiction fantasy. Pokeweed is a very curious looking plant, upon further research I discovered that people
Longest Insect – The Walking Stick The family of Walking Sticks boasts the world record for longest insect in the world. Shortly after finding this gal and getting some images I had the pleasure of researching this amazing creature. Walking sticks can, at will, remove limbs if a predator has a grasp and then regenerate
Hummingbird Eggs in a Nest We found another hummingbird nest and this time we found eggs instead of babies. We have had a lot of wind and rain here in the last two weeks and I keep wondering how those little eggs are making it. I just know that one of the baby birds is
How to get the very best vacation on a budget. Stay with a Peace Corps Volunteer. If you are interested in going beyond the traditional tourist experience, call a Peace Corps volunteer. Seriously, these volunteers live in the most remote villages of the country, speak the language, find the best, cheapest places to eat and
Hummingbird Babies I happened upon this hummingbird nest with hummingbird babies in it as I was doing yard work. The nest is only about 8 feet above the ground and securely nestled in a Manu Plantano tree. I probably wouldn’t have noticed them if I had not seen the mommy hummingbird flying to it. They
Three-Toed Sloth Rescue Video in Limon Costa Rica A Thunderstorm Knocked Stinky, the Three-Toed Sloth from a Tree We recently had some events happen here on the farm that were cause for great distress but as you know periods of great distress are often followed by relief and happiness. When the storms come here there
Smilisca Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota) found in Limon Costa Rica This Masked Smilisca Tree Frog was an excellent model. When we moved her from the bamboo to the lipstick palm she just clung on and waited for us to get the shot. We found her in a puddle surrounding our construction site. She had probably just laid
This orange spider is the Rusty Wandering Spider. It sometimes found in banana shipments from Central America. Wandering in our Plantain I found this orange wandering spider while cleaning our plantain. It secreted a web like substance and it ate the gecko that we fed it. It is not dangerous to humans. Even a bite
Fer de Lance (Bothrops asper) an adult and a juvenile found in San Miguel de Matina, Costa Rica. Barry shot this Fer de Lance using two separate backgrounds. A similar colored tree branch to show the amazing, natural camoflauge of this snake and a large bunch of poisonous, tropical berries as a contrast to display
Three Toed Sloth after a Storm on our Farm in Limon After about 3 hours the rain stopped and Stinky, the three toed sloth, started to get back to normal. He moved around a little bit and ate the plantain that Barry put out for him. When he seemed settled Barry took a few more
Wet Three Toed Sloth in Limon Costa Rica stranded under a heavy tree banch. During a rather heavy storm this weekend this very wet three toed sloth fell about 25 feet when the tree top that he was in broke off from the rest of the tree. We had known that he lived there and
Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) Toucan Images from the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica The collared aracari (air-a-sorry) is a medium sized bird in the toucan family. The razor sharp beak is used to open nuts and fruits. They love mountain papaya. The trick is getting up high because the birds don’t generally come down to the ground
Tarantula Molting We found a tarantula the other day and put him in our “calm down” bucket so that we could photograph him the next day. We also added a cockroach in case he got hungry. When we checked on him the next morning the cockroach was dead and there were two tarantulas. We were
Common Blunt Headed Snake (Imantodes cenchoa) We originally thought this was a Cat-Eyed Tree Snake because of its large, protruding eyes but after a bit more research we believe this to be a Common Blunt-Headed Snake. He was lying in the bananas waiting for a gecko to pass but instead he found Barry’s lens. He
Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophis depressirostris) from Limon, Costa Rica eating a tree frog and on bamboo. This Satiny Parrot Snake had just captured this frog as we came upon it. We had to be sure he knew we were not any danger and that he could finish eating. He was having a bit of difficulty
VW Bus in HDR We live in the backwoods of Costa Rica. The Caribbean side has much less tourism and alot fewer people than the West or Pacific side of Costa Rica. The province of Limon itself is considered an ugly step-child to the mountainous San Jose region. So we were extremely surprised to come
Wood Turtle This is a wood turtle we found in the small creek after a big rain. The creeks and rivers here rise so fast that I can only imagine the thrill ride this guy took to get in that spot. I don’t know if they make a game of it or not but it
This Tropical Night Lizard was found at approximately 10 & 83 under some leaf litter at an elevation of 50 meters, during the day. This Tropical Night Lizard is generally found under leaf litter or decaying logs as much of its diet is comprised of termites. It occurs in the lowlands of Mexico through to
Black and Green Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) in a croton. This Dendrobates auratus poison dart frog is much bigger than the previous ones we have seen. We frequently have the little red and blue ones (Oophaga pumilio) on the bases of our trees and every so often we get to see a cute little black and green
Rio Destierro Barry has been wanting to photograph this river for 3 years now. He’s gone and set up and the river has been to low or to high, started raining really hard when we arrive or something screwy always happens. Well, finally here is the Rio Destierro at the San Bosco bend. I personally
The talking parrot who wants his morning coffee. We have been finding all kinds of interesting life here on the farm. Turtles, tarantulas, snakes, toucans, eagles, parrots, lizards, sloths and the list goes on. We have some kind of adventure everyday. Here is Barry and the turtle Smoky found in the creek. This is the start
This is Rio La Perla in San Bosco, Limon, Costa Rica. The river runs from Turrialba volcano down to where it meets up with Rio Destierro and the two form one larger river that runs on into the Caribbean Sea approximately 30 miles away.
These are the same images but the second processed in HDR. Which one do you prefer?
Pineapples are a big business here in Costa Rica. The big companies use chemicals, to keep pests down, that are poisoning the water. In some cases, they are made to replace a towns water supply with another source but few are made to clean up the existing mess. There are rows and fields and entire
These two Jesus Christ Lizard or Green Basilisks (Basiliscus plumifrons) were photographed near water ways in Limon Costa Rica. This Green Basilisk is also known as the Jesus Christ lizard because it can run 15 feet on top of water as a survival technique. The plumes are full of color including turquoise, see the younger basilisk below. Both
These images are taken of the mountains in mainland Scotland from a commuter plane from the Isle of Lewis. We really enjoyed Scotland and hope to re-visit Edinburgh some day.
Some cacti in the White Tank Mountains of Arizona, outside of Surprise.
Don’t let the funnel cake on your fingers stop you from taking pictures! Although, you may need an assistant to hold your cinnamon hot nuts while you are setting up your shots. Don’t forget to use a shutter release cable to reduce blur.
The senseless killing of Dolphins in Japan It’s September 1st and that means that a group of Japanese men and women will be forcing dolphins (mammals like you and me) into a small cove and trapping them there for days while representatives from Sea World, your local aquariums and water circus’s come to inspect and