A waterfall by a trail, in Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve. Nothing in the cloudforest really stays still for long enough to make a blurred-water shot, the result of dripping water, so the leaves near the top are blurred by motion almost as much as the waterfall.
Another Green-Crowned Brilliant, the most cooperative of the hummingbirds in the garden, and certainly one of the finest.
This image had a piece of string removed in post, and the blur on the rear leaf was increased, as well as the normal edits.
Some kind of large brown beetle high in the canopy, photographed from the hanging bridge in Monteverde National Park.
Some form of Dynastes?
The bridge at the canopy layer reveals philodendrons, ferns, orchids, and other plants, all competing for precious real estate on an avocado tree.
One of the distinctive features of Monteverde (now much imitated) is a bridge over a deep valley which allows visitors to walk by trees at the canopy level, seeing the plants that would normally be far above our heads.
A small black-and-red dragonfly hangs onto what I believe is some kind of Solanum sp.. Our guide gave a name, but I have forgotten it. I do recall him saying that the berries are used by natives as a stomach cure, but that one would have to be really sick to make the disease worse than the cure in this case.
Another green-crowned brilliant at Monteverde’s hummingbird garden.
I may just post all photos of these Green-Crowned Brilliants all week, I enjoyed photographing them so much. . .
The male of the Green-Crowned Brilliant, Heliodoxa jacula, to go with yesterday’s female.
The female of the Green-Crowned Brilliant, Heliodoxa jacula, perched on a branch in the hummingbird garden at Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve.