The February first of the month theme is "paths and pathways." This is the hiking path bridge over a river near the entrance to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. On the far side of the river is the path that leads into the dense cloud forest.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a transitional area, from the lowland coastal dry forest, to the higher elevation cloud forest. The volcano provides the sharp elevation gain, which also causes the 32 rivers and 16 seasonal creeks, plus many waterfalls, to exist in the park.
I have shown some of the waterfalls and geothermal and geyser activity in the park in past photos. The path across the river shown here leads into the woods where visitors can see tropical plants and wildlife. I showed some photos recently of a toucan at the Las Pumas Rescue Center and some readers commented that they would like to see a toucan in the wild. I have seen a toucan in the wild in the trees above the trail on the other side of this bridge. Unfortunately, it was too dark in the forest and he was obscured behind leaves and branches, so we had to enjoy spotting and hearing it, but we were not able to photograph it.
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