Photo of the Week #1

During the time in 2010 that I will be on site I will post images that seem to me to capture something of the essence of Mount Totumas Cloud Forest. Here are two photographs taken during the past week that capture the awe inspiring beauty of these cloud forest mountains. The first is a Rothschildia Silk Moth that appeared at the UV bug light I set up on a cloudy still night. It was a pristine specimen and the following morning I set it on an old oak post and marveled at the velvety texture of its coloration, imaging this insect deep in the cloud forest were I later released it hidden amongst the deep colored textures of the epiphytic laden branches of the forest trees.

From MT – Photos of the Week

The second photo is of an orchid species Oncidium carinifera commonly found at Mount Totumas at all elevation levels and well into La Amistad NP as well.  This specimen was on the trunk of a tree only about 6 feet above the ground at eye level at around 2000m inside La Amistad NP. It had at least 75 blooms and was only one of several large old specimens in the area. To walk in a forest and see such an abundance of flowering orchid specimens each several decades old is truly remarkable. There are few forests left on the planet so untouched that you can find specimens like this so accessible in full splendor that remain uncollected.  Your eye can wander from the micro scene of taking in the full beauty of this orchid and then pan back to the macro scene of the forest with ancient oaks and laurels all covered with epiphytes. One is left grateful and humbled by such scenes.

From MT – Photos of the Week

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