While the ice and snow were falling here, we were enjoying the weather of the tropics. Of course, we had to face the music when we landed at DFW. After an extra long bus trip to Abilene, we were iced in and had to spend two nights in a motel there.
We traveled to Costa Rica with Bilbrey Tours from Abilene, so our starting and ending points were there.
The grounds of our first hotel in San Jose, the capital, exhibited the lushness of a warm climate with plenty of rainfall. I could not resist taking pictures of the beautiful landscaping. We only over nighted here, so these were taken in early morning conditions. Even so, the sunlight was strong and the shadows of the buildings, deep.
Many of the beds were in raised concrete that were tiled. So pretty.
Even though these orchids are growing on a tree, they are not parasites. They are epiphytes which derives its moisture from the air, rain, and sometimes from debris around it. It does not harm the host at all.
During the trip, we saw many different examples of these. Epiphytes can be found in the temperate zone. Examples are mosses, liverworts, lichens, and algae. They also live in the tropics, like Costa Rica’s environment.. These include ferns, cacti, orchids, and bromeliads.
There will be several posts about Costa Rica in the coming days.
“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” Eleanor Roosevelt