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Invited: 2 from Costa Rica

I am delighted to report that two of my photographs from Costa Rica have been invited into a juried group show benefit for the Kansas City Zoo. My encounter with this tiny gladiator tree frog happened at Osa Interactive Gardens, a privately-owned habitat restoration project near Puerto Jimenez. The Gardens features numerous small ponds surrounded by native vegetation, and the native Costa Rican frogs are reproducing and thriving. What a contrast! The second image chose for the show is this not-so-cute but, IMHO, fascinating and beautiful in its own way creature, the green iguana. One of the big problems in…

Eco-harmony

So… one more story from Costa Rica. We spent a day on the Sierpe River. I’m sure I mentioned that before. And in addition to many species of birds and dozens of squirrel monkeys swinging through the trees, we saw plants. Of course we saw plants! Costa Rica is an awesomely verdant country. I could go back and spend a week just learning about the plants! But the day we spent on the Sierpe River, I saw one I recognized. Instantly. It was a patch of water hyacinth, and I recognized it instantly because in Louisiana, water hyacinth–however beautiful–is a…

Honorable Mention!

I’m delighted to report that “Red Flags over Atlanta” has won an Honorable Mention at the 27th Emerald Coast National Juried Arts Exhibition. As if the honor weren’t enough, it comes with a cash prize as well! I am especially heartened by this recognition because I have been photographing construction sites for a long time, and for a long time thought no one else would ever see the interesting and pleasing aesthetic in them that I do. I have long used two hashtags with these images. #HardHatArt is my recognition and great admiration of the role of construction workers, who…

Symbiosis

“See this hole?” Diego asks, pointing to a spot on the trunk of the tree just over his head. “It’s where the ants come and go.” I had noticed the trees from the first day in Costa Rica. They have flat gray bark and rings up and down their trunks and limbs. But the leaves… What beautiful amazing leaves! I could not resist turning my lens to the leaves. The locals call them “trumpet” trees. I would call them “umbrella” trees. In a sudden tropical rainstorm, one could do way worse than to take refuge under a Cecropia tree. I…

Day 6: Gimme Shelter

We stepped off the stern of the boat into crotch-deep water and waded to the black sand beach. There we were greeted by Sweetie, a lively spider monkey and ambassador-in-chief for the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Sweetie was 4 days old when a poacher shot her mother, intending to snatch Sweetie for the illegal pet trade. But Sweetie hit a branch as she fell, clinging to her dead mother, and began to scream. The poachers fled, leaving her to die. Today, Sweetie is part of a troop of black-handed spider monkeys that roam the Sanctuary. Every animal at the Sanctuary has…