Monday, February 1, 2010

Theme Day: Wood

The worldwide Daily Photo Theme for Feb. 1 is "wood." Costa Rica has lots of tropical hardwoods. Here is an example. I took this photo on a hike on a trail in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, which is about 90 minutes from Tamarindo. It is a transitional area with higher elevations and more moisture extending up the slope of a volcano. That changes the vegetation to taller and denser forests than is typical of the hills and plains along the Pacific coast.

Costa Rica planted 7 million new trees last year as part of its efforts to become the world's first carbon neutral country, which it is scheduled to do in 2021.

Costa Rica has excellent artisans who make beautiful bowls and other objects from the tropical hardwoods. I will show an example tomorrow, as I will continue this little wood theme for a few days.

On our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week we are showing the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. If you have not been there, please check out the our website this week. You are in for a treat.

To see how other Daily Photo bloggers are interpreting the theme day of wood: Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

18 comments:

Bergson said...

superb

don't cut

Lachezar said...

I like how the light shines through the canopy! Grea image for today's theme!

Steffe said...

7 million new trees, that worth applauding.

Leif Hagen said...

That's an amazing tree! Great WOOD theme day snap!

brattcat said...

Trees are the nerve centers of the land, aren't they? You really capture that in this theme day entry.

Sharon said...

I remember these trees very well. They are quite amazing in their root structure. And, of course, I have a few pieces of their wood craftsmanship. I love the way they combine woods to make colorful pieces.

Jacob said...

A very nice theme day shot, Dave...looks like one of our Florida ficus trees...or maybe a cypress...

glenda said...

This tree is really neat with the roots comng down along the ground. I guess those are part of the root system.

Jilly said...

What a beautiful tree. Gorgeous shot. Am so pleased to read that Costa Rica has planted all those trees. Brilliant.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

magnificent tree and great information. Happy Theme Day!

Jarart said...

Living wood! Very nice for the theme. I love to see trees like this with roots laying on top of the ground. It somehow makes them seem more....what do I want to say...aware?

Lois said...

What a pretty picture of the tree and its roots. It also looks like an excellent spot for a snake to camouflage itself!

Rob and Mandy said...

You're really living in a nice corner of the woods!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Great post, lovely you captured a closer view of the roots..very informative as well-
Aloha, Regina-

ρομπερτ said...

wow ! looks as if you captured the "floating tree" of life.

Impressive indeed to see his roots, as if in "motion". Please have you all a wonderful Tuesday.

Angela said...

Absolutely gorgeous, the lush greens. And what an amazing tree!! I'm sure more than one horror story has been written with the Octopus Tree playing the lead character! Back to reality, that truly is an amazing feat to have planted all those saplings!

Kate said...

This is wonderful; I love to see how tenacious nature can be. I posted sometime back a similar tree along the banks of the Mississippi. I think I'll go back and photograph it again.

JM said...

The rainforest big trees have the most amazing roots! This one is a beauty!

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