Yesterday I posted some hiking photos from Campanario. Campanario is near Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica, and it qualifies as lowland coastal rainforest. We also stayed at two other biological stations: one in a very high elevation montane cloud forest (over 3,000 m) and one in a middle elevation montane forest. This second station is owned by the University of Costa Rica in San Ramon, and can only be accessed by scientists and students.
Because it is higher in elevation and higher in rainfall, this forest looks very different from the lowland rainforest of Campanario. I think it’s fun to compare the photos I posted yesterday to those of today. You can see that this forest is a lot greener and denser, with many more epiphytes, vines, and ferns. It’s also very cloudy in all of the photos…that’s its natural state!
As someone commented yesterday, these forests are very dark, even when the sun is out. There is so much competition for sunlight that little reaches the forest floor, making photography a challenge! I often used my flash in broad daylight in these forests.
Strangler figs are amazing
Look at all of the epiphytes on the trees!
The rugged road to the station
No inch of bark is spared from something else growing on it
Melastomataceae is a dominant plant family here
Students admiring a strangler fig
This trail is rooting for you!
A lot of the trees have mechanical defenses…these spines are sharp!
This river provides a little hydroelectric power to the station (which is far beyond the reach of cables!)
Hopefully you can see why I love the rainforest so much!