A Skipper species of butterfly
Green Honeycreeper, female
Mantled Howler Monkeys lounging just before heading to feed on fruit...
A dragonfly species (updates later!)
Another mystery to solve!
One of the smallest dragonflies I have ever seen, another mystery of identification...
A large, adult Iguana basking along a stream...
A brown basilisk lizard hiding among the vegetation, this is one of the species
famous for being able to "walk on water".
Green-and-black Poison Dart Frogs
Costa Rican Red-eyed Tree Frog
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog, also called the "Blue Jeans" frog
Michael catches a large, tan and golden colored tree frog briefly. As he lets it go, I reach down, capture it gently and then ask, “Michael, could we photograph this one?” He carefully selects a moss-covered limb, and we set up the branch under our incandescent flashlight set for some “light painting.” Before I release the frog onto the branch, Michael tells me, “Pay attention to the foot pads on this frog. They are very strong.” As if locked to my hand, the foot pads give a strange sensation as they release to the safety of the branch. While I have held one of the incandescent flashlights for other frog photos, I am now the recipient of the gift of this gentle light. Michael and Bruce are painting the frog with the light while I make my exposures. A couple of pictures, and I am pleased. We release the frog to the safety of the forest. That’s when Michael tells me, “Be sure to wash your hands before the headache sets it. This one is one of the most toxic frogs, and the alkaloids will give you a bad headache.” While many would find this news alarming, I find myself smiling. This is very cool. I wash my hands under cold water. Suddenly, the pads of my hands feel very, very hot…and insanely itchy. Michael asks me, “Do they burn?” I am experiencing the expected. The itching becomes very mild within a few minutes, then, over the next day, slowly subsides, and I am thrilled to have experienced the reality of the rainforest frogs. I cannot imagine what it would be like to eat a frog like that, and I don’t plan on trying to find out!