Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
|Signs of things to come: a very narrow bridge. A short distance beyond, the pavement ends.|
|Above: this is the good section of the road.||Below: stream crossing the road.|
|Only 21 more kilometers.
Below: the higher the road got, the better (scarier) the views got.
|Parts of Costa Rica are uncannily like the California Coast Ranges.|
|Above: Santa Elena caters to the tourists who come to visit the
cloud forest. This area is so like northern California.
Left: the church in Santa Elena was nondescript but had this neat creche decked out with tropical flowers and birds.
|The supermarket in Santa Elena|
|You'd think they were boarding Noah's Ark. Being prepared for wet here is one thing, but it never rained or even misted. From left: Sarah Glaeser, Kelly Hirsch, Jenny Rodewald, Jaime Kozloski, Bridget Engebose and Danielle Van Beckum.|
|To get to the skywalk, logically enough, you have to climb into the sky.|
|Our rain-ready students made a colorful sight going up the stairs.|
|The end of the walk seen from the stairs.|
|The tree at center has a bend, but in general I was struck by the near total absence of bent trunks from soil creep.|
|Left: looking up a landslide scar.|
|Slice through a palm trunk.|
|This bamboo flowered and then died. That's the normal life cycle of bamboo.|
|Top view of a tree fern.|
|Left: no, that's not distortion from a wide-angle lens. That's warped
Below: the dorm at Monteverde.
|Above: palatial digs compared to the Research Station.||Below: no happy campers here. Unless "ecstatic" means "happy." Bridget Engebose (below, left) seems mesmerized. Real beds!|
|Left and below: views of the interior.|
|Wow...a modern bathroom.|
|Sunset at Monteverde.|
|For the "I can't believe I'm dressed like this in the tropics" file.|
|Dinner at a nearby restaurant.|
|Above: tarantula by its burrow.
Left and below: when the hummingbirds call it a day, the nectar bats come out. They flitted past me so close I could feel the breeze but avoided my range finder light, so I had to shoot blind.
|Left: a leaf katydid|
|Above: a walking stick.||Below: a tanager tucked in for the night.|
Created 18 January 2008, Last Update 11 June 2020