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Costa Rica - Monteverde Cloud Forest

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 25 December 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The cloud forest is amazing. Always at 100% humidity, it is hard to get a good landscape which really shows it off to full advantage. I decided to stop beneath this amazing tree, which seems to be a host to all sorts of vines, and just point the camera skyward. This gives you a pretty good sense of the amazing canopy on the cloud forest, the verdant vegetation everywhere, and the ever-present clouds. This forest is home to a huge variety of epiphytes - a plant that grows on another plant - including more than 500 orchid species. To see the orchids in bloom, one must visit in March, at the height of the rainy season. Rainfall here, on average, is more than 8 feet a year.

NIKON D90 1/60 second F/10.0 ISO 1000 33 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Maria Draper from California, United States

wow!!!!!!!!! what a beautiful photograph...amazing tree...

25 Dec 2010 6:28am

guillaume from Paris, France

magic shot and atmosphere ! Well done ! Merry Christmas to you !

25 Dec 2010 10:19am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

This is a fabulously gorgeous image! Beautiful detail. Excellent composition--my eye travels up the trunk and out the branches to the leaves--a subtle S. The lighter BG makes the tree the focus of the image, while suggesting the forest around it. Excellent work.

25 Dec 2010 11:27am

eversmile from Aix-en-Provence, France

Hi Barbara

The atmosphere reminds me the first images of " The thin Red Line" the movie from Terrence Mallick. Where the soul of the nature seems to breathe in the light... It is wet of mystery and we would not be surprised to listen the heart beat of the tree pulsing in its roots like veins... Congratulations.

25 Dec 2010 11:58am

parisa from shiraz, Iran


25 Dec 2010 1:48pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

What a fantastic place! There must be millions of organisms living here.

25 Dec 2010 2:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

amazing! Wishing you a joyous Christmas!!

25 Dec 2010 3:36pm

David from Detroit, United States

Beautiful! What a stunning tree! Merry Christmas.

25 Dec 2010 4:08pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

très beau point de vue.

27 Dec 2010 9:46am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fabulous perspective looking up the tree! the texture and detail of the tree are really wonderfully in a twisted way ;-)

27 Dec 2010 1:15pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Wow, this is just awe-inspiring. Wonderful light.

30 Dec 2010 3:49am

S. Fann from Seoul, South Korea

spot on nature marvel piece natural-light works magic here.

6 Jan 2011 9:27am

Maria from California, United States

This is one of my favorites, and I could not see it on your site, at least not under the Trees category

21 Oct 2011 12:25am

1/60 second
ISO 1000
33 mm (35mm equiv.)