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A trip to Costa Rica with a focus on its wildlife

By Nicole Hennessy

North Olmsted

Many of Costa Rica’s roads are dirt, except for the ones well-traveled. Those are traffic-filled in Ami Horowitz’s photos. However, scenes of traffic in the more-modern-than-expected country are few, mainly because Horowitz had his lens pointed at more natural subjects.

Poas, an active volacano, north of San Jose. Copyright Ami Horowitz 2012

Last February he explored the country conjoining the Americas. This wasn’t his first time; he’d been here before. This time he decided to take photos of its many birds, monkeys, lizards, plants and, sometimes, sunsets, when the trees weren’t blocking the sky from view. Every time it appeared, the blue seemed shocking and rich, even though Horowitz was dissatisfied with his camera, the model number of which he can’t recall.

After his presentation at the Rocky River Nature Center, part of a two-month-long Friday night series, a woman who’d also been to Costa Rica multiple times was surprised he saw so many birds. She told him she saw very few during her trips, and was impressed with the camera he stressed he hated.

Horowitz says he went out of his way, at odd hours, to get his photos. As an environmental biologist, he’d studied how things work, at what hours wildlife is most prevalent and what animals live in which climate zones.

In Costa Rica, the climate changes according to where in the country travelers are, and this was documented throughout the extent of the mountains, which is the central area of the country covered in forests.

Toucan, chesnut-mandibled, Ramphastos swainsonii, a fruit eating bird. Copyright Ami Horowitz 2012

Costa Rica is a beautiful and peaceful country. In fact, in 1949 a national army, through constitutional means, was abolished permanently. A popular destination, travelers can climb mountains or trek through forests.

Horowitz’s pictures included distant scenery  that showed lush green reaching toward brown mountain peaks. Then back to fungi, ferns, butterflies, birds and plants. Huge sable trees, each with their own personality.

These were the slides he showed last, broadening the view attendees had seen of macaws and herrings.

 

SIDE BAR: Friday Nights With Nature takes place at the Rocky River Nature Center every Friday night in January and February beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is no fee for admittance but seats fill quickly, so people are advised to arrive early.

Blue crowned motmot. Copyright Ami Horowitz 2012

 

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