Lichens, Leaves & Nature Things!

Some wonder what I do with a whole week at one of these very remote nature lodges I visit all over Costa Rica – well, a week is almost never enough time for me to see, experience and photograph all there is in these natural wonders! First priority at El Silencio Lodge & Reserve was waterfalls, then birds, butterflies, and on it goes through nature! Today’s collection is some of those little things like an ear-shaped lichen or a fiddlehead – the furled fronds of a young fern that were the inspiration of some of the colorful Oxcart designs used in this lodge and on the famous Oxcarts of Costa Rica. Enjoy a slide show of those and 23 other designs from nature . . .

Lichens, Leaves & Nature Things!

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. —John Lubbock

¡Pura Vida!

All of my Photo Galleries are Nature-related in Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA.

and I’m finished with the new Trip Gallery: El Silencio Lodge & Reserve or perhaps you would prefer to zero in on my Costa Rica FLORA & FOREST Gallery. ¡Buenas Dias!

¡Pura Vida!

4 Replies to “Lichens, Leaves & Nature Things!”

  1. Q for YOU: Charlie, when we hike in the hills and trails of TN we often wear Deet to protect us from insect bites. With the abundance of rain and foliage in C.R. it would seem to be an “insect’s paradise.” Please comment sometimes in a blog if you have issues with insects and if so, how do you prevent them from lunching on your skin and blood.

    1. Larry, maybe a whole post later with more details. But yes, in the tropics there are actually more insect species than all of the U.S. and Canada combined. Generally they seem to me to be worse at hot times, our summer which is your winter – ironically the time of year we have the most tourists! 🙂 But also location is a big factor, para ejemplo (for example) hotter lowland rainforests seem worse to me than mountain cloud forest like I was in last week. And that includes most beaches which have more mosquitoes for example than I have here in the central valley. But the government has done an excellent job of keeping down the population of mosquitoes because of diseases they carry and I seldom see one. But there are other bugs that bite! And lots of spiders that bite!

      When hiking in the reserves and parks I usually spray with Deep Woods Off (high % Deet) before going out, and occasionally here at home when I see lots of insects. For treatment I always have a tube of Allergel or similar antihistamine gel/ointment /cream to relieve the itching. When you live in the tropics you learn to live with insects! 🙂 Well . . . I guess this is the rough draft of a post! 🙂

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