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Mother Nature In Her Glory

#41 – Hike in the rain forest

I love being in nature. At home, I often go for walks, by myself and with others, in the woods. My favourite haunts are near water – a river, pond or lake. There I can see great blue heron, ducks, geese, muskrat and listen to the chorus of birds and frogs.

So I thought it would be fun to explore a rain forest when I was in Costa Rica.

Of course, I hadn’t really planned out the trip. It was more a day by day adventure, so some of the things on my wish list didn’t happen. While there is rain forest everywhere, and we did drive through it and ride horses through it, the hiking idea didn’t materialize until our last day there.

We had taken a “wrong” turn while searching for the entrance to the Tenorio Volcano park and, in the process, discovered a beautiful eco-lodge. It turned out that their extensive property included a hiking trail through the rain forest. Binoculars and camera in hand, off we went.

The first thing I noticed was the deep silence. Surrounded by towering trees draped in long vines and moss, I felt like I’d entered another world. My partner joked about Jurassic Park, and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see pterodactyls soaring above the canopy.

Look up, w-a-y up!

The humidity was intense and soon our clothing was clinging to us. Butterflies of all shapes and sizes fluttered past. We saw one that was tiny and translucent except for a bit of pattern around the wing edges. A large Blue Morpho sailed through the ravine. I’ve only seen such butterflies in enclosed “butterfly gardens”, so it was intriguing to see them roaming freely in their natural habitat.

The only butterfly I managed to photograph

A few lizards stopped us in our tracks, stretched out in sunny patches. Once settled into the perfect spot, they raise their arms and legs off the ground to ensure their abdomen gets the maximum amount of heat. It was quite amusing. It reminded me of kids riding their bikes down the road, hands in the air, shouting, “Look, Ma, no hands!”

Hands-free sunbathing!

I recognized plants that we keep in pots indoors, and others that grow in gardens but only during warm summer months. In the rain forest, they thrive and expand to tremendous heights. I found a fiddlehead as big as my fist, and fully open ferns as tall as small trees.

It was a humbling experience, to be so small and insignificant in such rich natural environment.

Mother Nature, at her best!

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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