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Costa Rican Rainforest

The Other Tree Dwellers


Iguana #3 — Costa Rica, 2001

Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 100~400mm f/5.6L lens @ 360mm
1/80 sec @ f/11 — ISO 400 

Usually when one looks up into a tree if there's an animal present it's likely to be a bird. Not in the rainforest. The trees are frequently home to iguanas as well and some are quite large. This one was at least 5 feet from nose to tail tip.

No. I didn't climb a 100 foot tree to get this shot. Though I hate to admit it this was taken from the side of the lodge's swimming pool. The lodge is located on a narrow ridge and it falls off quickly on both sides. This placed branches which were some 60-80 feet above ground just at eye level while sitting in a chaise lounge by the pool. Several iguana made their home in these trees and I enjoyed shooting them with a 400mm lens in-between dips in the pool to escape the afternoon heat.


Iguana #2 — Costa Rica, 2001

Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 100~400mm f/5.6L lens @ 210mm
1/125 sec @ f5.6 — ISO 400 using Canon 550EX flash @ -1.5 with
Better Beamer Flash Extender

Looking like something from a bad science fiction movie this fellow was encountered on the ground during an early morning hike. I was able to get surprisingly close considering how skittish they can be.


Iguana #1 — Costa Rica, 2001

Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 100~400mm f/5.6L lens @ 360mm
1/180 sec @ f/8 — ISO 200 

Even though these iguana are quite large they are so well camouflaged that it takes a sharp eye to spot them. Usually they can only be detected when they start to move. 

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Concepts: Tree, Rainforest, Apostrophe, Trunk, Branch, Visual perception, Lens, Pool

Entities: Michael Reichmann, swimming

Tags: iguana, lens in-between dips, early morning hike, bad science fiction, Several iguana, swimming pool, chaise lounge, animal present, foot tree, narrow ridge, afternoon heat, eye level, sharp eye, rainforest, large, This one, camouflaged, hate, bird, skittish