Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve

I will be staying in a field station at the Alberto Manuel Brenes Biological Reserve outside of San Ramon, Costa Rica for nearly two weeks.  There are several activities planned for our stay here, including (1) research on litter transport and retention in streams and (2) finding cool amphibians and reptiles.  The pictures posted here were taken within the field station.  The entrance is shown on the left, and a view of some clouds rolling through the rain forest from the ‘gallery’ is on the right.cloud-forest-1-3-2008-9-28-37-amalberto-m-brenes-biological-reserve-1-3-2008-1-44-11-pm

Monstrego

monstrego-9-25-2008-10-31-30Monstrego, my male red ear slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), comes up to breath in his 55-g tank.   Monstrego and Barzini are currently in the same tank, and Monstrego is constantly courting Barzini, although I haven’t seen him successfully breed this year.  Barzini has laid three clutches that I’m aware of, none of which  had any hatchlings emerge.  Luckily though, these turtles can live upwards of 30 years if well cared for, and both of mine are about six.  I’ll get a hatchling one of these times…

Monfredi V. Arenal

volvano-arenal-12-31-2007-6-11-44-pmMike battles a chunk of volcanic rock on the Arenal volcano in Costa Rica.  With this kind of attitude, I cannot be sure whether doing research with him in a remote, rainforest location is safe: either Mike is reckless and, therefore, dangerous, or he is a tough, hardworking researcher not afraid to face difficult challenges head on.

Henna and a flower, but not the flower Henna

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On a walk with Chandana (Raja’s niece) and her cousin in India, I was forcfully told to take pictures of flowers the girls were picking.  I say ‘forcfully’ because the girls were telling me to take photos of various objects because they wanted to see the photographic output, which, to them, was somehow better than the real thing.

Fading winter

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The landscape pictured here is covered with a field of Virginia chain fern during the summer months, and, although some may think it’s depressing to see them covered with cold, white snow, I am sad to see that this area currently lacks snow.  The winter in Ohio is moving fast and we’re already experiencing the wild temperature fluctuations associated with spring.  Although we may receive a couple of major snow falls before summer arrives, they will likely melt quickly, leaving behind a depressing landscape of brown, salt-covered, mud.