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Before we realized it our Aerial tram ride was coming to an end. We noticed that numbers on the poles were dwindling. We wondered if we could go around again. Sadly it was not to be.

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RainForestt Robert

A few more random photos.

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RainForestt Robert

FYI

Construction of the Aerial Tram begain in 1991 and was completed in 1994. Operations began in October of that year. Approx 40 persons employed there.

Welfia is often called the Royal palm in Costa Rica. The leaves are used for thatching. The trunk is not utilized much because it is so tough.

There is approximately 8 metres of rain at that location annually. There was no rain when we visited.

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amazondk

Rainforest Robert. That sounds good. Great pictures Sr. Selva. The Euterpe precatoria pictures are great. It is nice to see them up there as well.

dk

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We got off the gondolas and posed for a group picture. We had so many digicams that the Aerial Tram personnel thought it best not to offer to sell us their "official" photo.

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L to R: El Hoagie, La Hoagie, Dan "The Appetite" Ashley, Trinidad Bob aka RainForestt Robert, Barry from South Africa and Judith Kay

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While all the others were on the tram we got a chance to look around the gift shop. Just outside was this beautiful Vriesa in bloom.

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Cryosophila

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Inside the gift shop there were many opportunities for shopping. T-shirt specials were everywhere. Many of us took advantage of "Buy 2 Ts, get the 3rd Free". I made sure to buy an Aerial Tram Tshirt because I enjoyed it so much.

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There were many books on sale re: Costa Rica's flora and fauna. I took this photo to reference when on Amazon.

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Of all the gift shops we visited I liked the laid back atmosphere of this one the most.

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With the shopping done it was time to look around some more until it was time to leave. Hey, are those some Welfia seedlings I see over there?

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I really loved the extent to which Costa Ricans recycle. Everywhere we went we saw three bins like these.

Recycling made easy.

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Just beyond the gift shop there was an orchid exhibit or plants that had recently been recovered from the A Tram property. Since they were recently mounted most were not in bloom.

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We were then bused to the highway parking lot where Bus 4 awaited. We all shared stories about the Tram. While waiting for the bus to fill up some of us looked around.

This spider looked so cool as he tried to protect this Bactris hondurensis.

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Braulio Carrillo National Park seemed to be about 5 minutes away from the Aerial Tram.

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We broke up into several groups, each with a guide, and headed out on the trails. Since they are adjacent to each other, this offered an opportunity to see many of the plants we had seen from the air up close. Johnny gave the normal warning about snakes. Before we were finished we appreciated the warnings! It all started out well, we stayed with the group, but within a few minutes everyone was moving at their own pace.

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Johnny was an excellent and knowledgeable guide.

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As I said, this was a chance for close up viewing, checking out the palms in situ, observing their growing conditions, etc. Here are a few.

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Astrocaryum alatum

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This Asterogyne was quite cute.

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Calyptrogyne ghiesbreghtiana showing its spicate inflorescence

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This leaf gives an indication of the high rainfall in the forest. Check out the moss.

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Trees with a variety of life forms..

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Including orchids

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Gbarce

Very very enjoyable!! :D

I hope that there are lots more coming?!? :hmm:

Where is Ryan?! WE WANT RYAN!! RYAN !! RYAN!!! RYAN !!! (chanting over here) :o:o:o

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Gene, thanks for the kind comments. Even I enjoy the postings by the other attendees and I am awaiting Ryan's postings eagerly!

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The trail through the park was well laid out as can be seen in the photo below.

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Just off the trail we spotted an anteater moving along a tree branch. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Costa Rican wildlife.

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There were a number of plants that had interesting leaf color, texture and design. Here are a few.

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Most of these leaves were within a few feet, and in many instances, inches, from each other. Amazing.

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Close up of this very beautiful leaf.

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I wonder how many of these plants are in widespread cultivation?

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A decaying leaf against one in its prime.

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A giant alocasia

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A newly emerging leaf. We called this "The fiddlehead fern"

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All this could be seen mere inches from the trail. I did not see anyone venturing off the trail. It made you wonder what you would find if you really explored the forest.

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I'm trying to give a vertical perspective with these photos

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Another interesting plant that no one seemed to be able to id.

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These two photos show the differences between Iriatea and Socratea seedlings. First the Socratea with the split terminal leaflets, followed by the Iriatea.

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amazondk

Robert,

Some of the vegetation in the park where you took the pictures reminds me of the Atlantic coast rainforest in southern Brazil much more than around here. The park looks very well managed. I wish that were the case around here. We have several large parks in Amazonas the largest beiing the National Park of Jau. Unfortunately it is quite remote and difficult to visit. To give you an idea of the size the Cost Rica park is 47.583

hectares, Jau is 2,272,000 hectares. The total land area of Costa Rica is 5,066,000 hectares or a little over twice the size of Jau Nationa Park. I have been there, altough only at the entrance. It would be nice that some day the infrastructure is in place to be available for more people to visit.

dk

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Welfias were everywhere, each plant seemingly more stunning than the next.

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I believe that these were the last Welfias that I saw on the biennial. They have made a lasting impression.

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After seeing this Eyelash Viper on the roots of a Socratea and desire to venture of the pathway evaporated. Who knows what could be lurking out there.

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Some of the aerial roots were taller that me, and I'm about 6 feet tall.

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Another beautiful bromeliad.

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This stand of palms was one of the best groupings that I saw in Costa Rica.

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Alicehunter2000

What a great time you all must have had. It took me 30 minutes just to quickly scan through the pictures. I will have to go back and read the posts over time. It's great to be able to connect names with faces. You did an excellent job of photo-documenting the experience and posting it all so that you don't have to double click the thumbnails.....thanks Bob for this monumental effort.

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Wildlife along the trail. This little fella did not seem to be fazed by our presence. He just stood there and posed for a few minutes.

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Bromeliad in bloom

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Heliconia flower

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Spent heliconia flower

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Trees in the rainforest can grow really quickly. However, many of them have relatively shallow root structures. When exposed to prolonged running water they can topple. Check this out.

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