I went back to Costa Rica at the start of the rainy season. The weather is always a roll of the dice at this time of year, and you must be prepared for it at any time. But luck was with us, and despite having two different excursions scheduled most days, we did not get rained out once. The nights were a different story. If you have never been to Central America it’s hard to imagine how much water streams from the sky when night falls. I fell asleep to the rhythms of the rain every evening as it poured down like the end of the world.
I have made some wonderful friends in Costa Rica, and their knowledge of the country, the wildlife, and the amazing guides there meant we were able to get WAY off the beaten path and see things many visitors don’t get to experience.
Walking through the rainforest is like a waking dream. The sights, sounds, and smells are unlike anything else. It’s a feast for the senses. Fantastic birds that you would swear cannot be real appear in the trees and dare you to believe your own eyes. Leafcutter ants march across the forest floor carrying umbrellas of green back to their nests. It’s always dark there, as if the lights were dimmed before a film you cannot wait to see, and as each scene unfolds the story gets ever deeper. Monkeys howl and bark, sometimes seen, and sometimes just a distant soundtrack.
Navigating down the rivers of Costa Rica is as different from the forest as it could be. Whereas the jungle is dark and crowded with gigantic trees and dense foliage, the river is bathed in light and open to the world. Light pours from the sky and careens off the water to light subjects from below as well, giving them an ethereal glow. It’s simply magic for photographers.
My days were spent searching for wildlife, and evenings were spent having beautiful meals with my friends, cleaning mud off cameras and lenses, and removing the odd spider from lens hoods and bags 😊
A million tree frogs and cicadas clocked in at sunset and were there to serenade me to sleep every night. The rain washed away all thoughts of anything else, and I woke up every morning with two things to wish for: Strong coffee, and a strong back to carry my camera pack into the forest for another adventure.