Monday, July 14, 2008

"March" of the cascading roots

These roots seem to be marching, or perhaps slithering, down the slope in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Hollywood could perhaps turn them into creatures in a movie.

This photo, in combination with my posts from previous days, should give an idea of the diversity of plant life in the park. There are dry forest plains in the area with the volcancitas and fumaroles, and there is a dense cloud forest, such as the area shown in this picture, at a slightly higher elevation just a short hike from the dry forest plains. On July 5th, I posted a photo of a tree with a flying butress trunk from the same area of the forest.

The plants in the park include the most plentiful growth in the wild of the orchid that is the national flower of Costa Rica, the guaria morada (cattleya skinneri). At higher elevations, the park has barren volcanic craters.

I will show more photos from the park in the future, including some of the waterfalls, but not right away. Tomorrow, I will resume showing more of the wildlife in Palo Verde National Park, starting with a crocodile.


Hilda said...


A couple of months ago, my husband and I watch a Filipino horror movie (well, three short films marketed as one movie, rather). One of the segments featured a man-eating tree. This could very well be it. (Btw, tThat segment was awful!)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

David: What a great shot of the tangled root system.

Steve Buser said...

David, I think you might have an idea for a new movie here. I thought they were snakes at first.

Thank you for your kind comments on

This week I have a new batch of bird photos to show. Today, Momma zooms in between the trees, belly full and ready to feed her brood.

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Great shot! These look like snakes!

Jim Klenke said...

I dont think I would want to go walking over these. They might attack.

Unknown said...

Very nice pictures in this blog of a beautifull country i was lucky to have visited.

Greetings from Lisbon.

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