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I’m now wearily, happily, home from Costa Rica.

My silence during the final few days of my trip was due largely to exhaustion from so many beautiful hikes in the cloud forests around Monteverde and Santa Elena, and also to the death of my laptop charger. But even if I’d had the energy for blogging and still been on the grid, I wouldn’t have written much. That area of Costa Rica simply overwhelmed me. My pen. My camera. Green and lush and dense, the world was everywhere “life upon life upon life.” Sometimes hundreds of species of plants were living upon a single tree, not parasitically but symbiotically.  How to express it? How to capture it?

I had to “go small.” Turn from the macro to the micro. Focus not on the grand but on the amazing near at hand.

Here are a few photographs (with captions) that offer glimpses of what I encountered. I hope you enjoy them (maybe you can even identify some of them for me!). I’m going to go rest now….

Phyllis Cole-Dai

Phyllis Cole-Dai has authored or edited eleven books in multiple genres, including historical fiction, spiritual nonfiction and poetry. She lives in Brookings, South Dakota, USA.


  • Dudley Zopp says:

    Hi Phyllis, Diane Hebert forwarded me your blog. The photos are lovely! The one where you write “I’ve no idea . . . ” looks a lot like poke weed to me. Thanks for sharing this part of the world.

    • Poke weed, eh? Thanks, Dudley. I’ll learn more, based on that. As for the “lovely” photos, I’m glad you like them, but I only go as far as my iPhone takes me. All the credit to that technology, and most of all to Mother Nature!

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