Cassiopeia Bajareque and MTCF Homestead

A misty cloud forest does not evoke an image of clear starry nights. With the rainy season now finally behind us the nocturnal view you see above is often possible during the summer (dry season) from December through May. At 6000 feet above sea level with zero light pollution (except for our homestead) the stars and milky way shine with an intensity reminiscent of the desert.
Cassiopeia is visible as is the milky way and the curtain of clouds draping the ridge top behind the homestead is the classic Bajareque weather pattern. These clouds will ascend and descend the ridge reaching the homestead and it is not uncommon during this season of the year for this blanket of mist to shift several times in a day through the landscape.
When guests inquire to come visit Mount Totumas Cloud Forest we emphasize that the reward of the adventurous journey on the 9km 4WD road is the isolated tropical montane wilderness that you find when you arrive. This image portrays the sense of solitude possible when visiting MTCF. You can’t help but feel awed and humbled by the immensity of the space. You leave the over crowded world behind and you have a chance when visiting to discharge some of the digital noise that more and more is overcrowding our heads these days.

Thanks to Russ Fill who photographed this scene.

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