Mara examines this Julia butterfly up close.
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We spent a day helping the construction of a new kindergarten facility at a school in Monteverde.
John and Andy explore a nifty tree along a trail in Costa Rica.
And to think, nearly all the water here condenses directly from the clouds.
Costa Rica trip: With friends, we took a tour of the cloud forest in Monteverde.
Family photo on the continental divide, La Ventana, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
In February we spent a week family vacation in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Pam took the year off; here she is volunteering in construction of a school in Costa Rica.
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Every day a beautiful sunset from the Hooke home.
An "emerald toucanette" bird clings to a branch in the windy evening, while asleep!
A flower in the Hookes' garden.
Our parting view of the cloud forest - today there is a large cloudbank over the ridge.
Andy studies a tiny pond teeming with newts and insect larvae.
A sunny view of this beautiful flowering plant.
A black guan, the size of a turkey, sits in the canopy of the Bajo del Tigre forest.
Andy about to be strangled by this strangler fig.
A trail of leaf-cutter ants.
The beautiful blue morpho - which unfortunately keeps its wings folded while stationary.
a "Hecale Longwing" aka heliconius.
A "Malachite" butterfly.
A "postman" butterfly.
This little Julia would not sit still!
Andy with the Julia butterfly.
Andy tries to photograph this Julia butterfly.
A flower whose name I didn't catch.
A zebrawing butterfly.
Two zebrawing butterflies.
A "Julia" butterfly.
Mara watches the other kids climb the tree.
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The main part of this "Dutchman's pipe" flower is over a foot tall.
Sunset view from the lawn of the Hooke's home.
An "owl's eye" butterfly.
Sergio and the driver try to retrieve fresh cashew fruits.
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At the Monteverde Butterfly Garden, two mating "thoas swallowtail" butterflies.
Looking southwest from Monteverde, we see the Gulfo de Nicoya; the Pacific ocean is just beyond the narrow Nicoya peninsula.
A Coati visits our compost pile; here we see the long tail but the face is munching compost.
A gnarly grasshopper - with body about 2 inches long, visits the parking lot.
A beautiful double-waterfall.
A pair of spotted woodcreepers were building a nest right above the trail.
A violet sabrewing.
Hummingbirds do occasionally sit still.
John's panoramic photo of the horseback-riding tour.
The Monteverde Friends School, started over 60 years ago by a group of Quakers who moved here from Alabama.
Hummingbird visits the feeder near the picnic spot.