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Rainforest Stream at Twilight | by BlueOakPhotos
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Rainforest Stream at Twilight

Darkness descends quickly in the tropics, especially in the forest. It is already nearly dark under the trees, but the opening above the stream provides illumination.


Imagine the night:

"A walk through tropical rain forest at night is an experience to savor, a sensual journey that shouldn't be rushed. There is much to see and hear, and if you walk too quickly much will be missed. The interior of a tropical forest is almost always still. In the blackness of night it takes on an existence of its own, charged with mystery and pulsing with the beat of unseen life. Standing in the middle of tropical rain forest on a moonless night without a flashlight on is an experience that is undeniably organic, but it always makes me feel a bit claustrophic after a few minutes. This feeling subsides once I switch my lamps on, but it never disappers entirely. Although I know that the chances of anything untoward happening to me are slim, there is a residual unease that thousands of hours spent in the blackness of the rain forest night have failed to completely dispel...

This is a world we find endlessly fascinating. It is a place so alien to creatures of the day like ourselves that it never becomes familiar and comfortable, no matter how much time we spend there."

from the book Tropical Nature, by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata.


This stream is in the Costa Rican rainforest, near the Pacific coast.


Best viewed large - you can see a tall wading bird, possibly a heron, in the left fork of the stream. You can also see the epiphytes - individual plants growing on the lower tree branches coming in from the right.


Exposure 2.0 seconds, ISO 200

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Taken on July 1, 2006