Toucans to tarantulas
Trip Start Apr 08, 2012
10Trip End Apr 13, 2012
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One of my favorite things is the glimpse of canopy plants you get by coming across Litter from above on the trail -bright yellow petals, a leafed-twig, or blossoms that are not from any plants within sight.
A highlight of our hike with William, an earnest 18 year old Tico guide, was hearing, then seeing a laughing falcon flying through the trees above. We learned more about termites, lianas, strangler figs, and spiders. One particularly notable spider has yellow on its leg joints, is 3 inches in diameter (legs included) and spins an orb web. The web becomes yellow when the spider has been there for a while, and is very, very strong. The sight of a dew covered series of orb webs, sparkling, backlit by the early morning sun is one I couln't capture on film, but will hold in my mind for a very long time.
Our night hike guide was charming, funny, and extremely knowledgable about the forest at chilemate, which is where he and his father hunted when he was a boy. He knew the science as well as the practical uses of rainforest plants and Animals, as well as some superstitions about various creatures. I could only think of his knowledge of the medicinal uses of rainforest plants when we were in the central market looking at stalls filled with dried herbs.