This year's photo tour to Costa Rica in conjunction with Worldesigns, LLC was a frog fiesta! Normally visitors to Costa Rica search in vain for the elusive Costa Rican icon, the Red-Eyed Green Tree Frog. The casual traveler encounters them at a reptile house, known as a 'serpentarium' or, occasionally, a Ranarium. Rana, being the Spanish word for frog. The frog is normally nocturnal, limited to certain habitats and its visibility is highly-dependent upon the recent rainfall.
There were so many frogs, each photographer separated from the group to photograph their own!
3 nights into the 15 day tour, we found ourselves on a guided night hike with one of my favorite and most productive Costa Rican guides. The rain, which had fallen for several consecutive days continued. I lead our small army of head lamp-bearing, plastic-bag covered photographers along the trail to a small pond. I had relatively little hope for a great frog experience with the weather thwarting us and a many-year history of scant frog sightings dogging our steps. Boy, was I wrong! Within 10 minutes of arriving at the pond, several frogs had been sighted. There were even enough for each photographer to separate from the group and photograph their own frog! Taking turns holding umbrellas the group became quite successful at photographing the Red-eyed Green Tree Frog in the dark jungle night.
A few of us returned a second night to see if the frogs were still hanging around. The rain had stopped and our ponchos and baggies were no longer needed. The frogs were still there! It was a much more comfortable shoot the second night and we got some great images. I've included these in the short glide-show that follows.