Eyelash viper

More wildlife from Costa Rica:

It’s perched on a heliconia flower. Not as cute as a frog, and not something you should get close to, but they are beautiful. This one was quite small. On this trip I learned that there are many color variations of this eyelash viper species – green, yellow, yellow/brown, and many more.

Rainforest frog

A Strawberry Poison Dart frog on a tree root:

Taken on my trip to Costa Rica last month.

Pollen drop

A drop on a leaf, with floating pollen at the top:

Here’s the story: it started to shower, and I noticed a plant that had rows of shiny droplets, each with a bit of white at the top. At first I thought the white was reflected light from the sky. At high magnification, I could see that the white was specks of pollen that had floated to the top of the drop. As rain entered and enlarged the drop, the contents of the drop swirled like a shaken snow globe. The pollen (and other stuff in the drop) was constantly in motion, sometimes shifting slightly, sometimes a chaotic whirl. The darker areas are the reflected trees nearby.

I went back after the rain, and the drops were mostly gone. This sight was only visible while the rain was falling.

 

Grape hyacinth

A closeup of a grape hyacinth taken from above:

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Not, it’s not from Costa Rica – taken just before I left, and neglected as I was getting ready for the trip…

Toro ravine

Sorry I’ve been absent from blogging – I’ve been away in Costa Rica. Here’s an image from Costa Rica, a view of the Toro River valley near the Toro waterfall (Catarata del Toro):

Hyacinth drops

Raindrops on a grape hyacinth. The main drop acts as a lens; as you look through it, you can see blurred grape hyacinths and the distant trunk of a tree:

Syrphid fly

A tiny flower fly on a dandelion:

Drop space (tulip)

A drop on a bicolor tulip petal:

Taken at high magnification, around 4x.

Willow anthers

An extreme closeup of the anthers of a flowering willow catkin:

I went out searching for some spring color, this catkin was a happy discovery. These yellow anthers are almost as pretty as the Rosegold willow – I don’t know which willow species this is.

Birch patterns

When a piece of birch bark peels off, you see patterns such as these:

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This time I used the directional light to emphasize the shadows and textures on the bark surface instead of reaching for the diffuser like I usually do…