Image of the shrub Pentacalia firmipes in full bloom, with many white inflorescences. Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby

High in the Tropics

The high altitude rainforest or cloud forest, where the Resplendent Quetzal roams, is the gateway to a world of color amid the clouds and the mist. Further up, above the tree line, is the even more colorful garden called Paramo (or Páramo in Spanish).

Images of Bomarea red flowers at Irazu Volcano National Park, Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby
Bomarea red flowers at Irazu Volcano National Park, Costa Rica.

Think alpine meadows crossed with rain forest canopy: bromeliads, tiny flowers, ferns and club mosses growing side by side.

This link takes you to a growing gallery of my favorite images of the Paramo.

Photo of the shrub Pentacalia firmipes in full bloom, with many white inflorescences. Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica. Photo by Eduardo Libby
The shrub Pentacalia firmipes (from the Aster family) in full bloom, with many white inflorescences. Cerro de la Muerte, Costa Rica.

I will be happy to talk to you about this environment I am exploring in depth.

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