This falls outside of what we usually post about, but this spider was too pretty not to put on here! She (?) lives in my garden on some flowers. The whole time I took pictures she stayed perfectly still! A little ant crawled on the flower, and while the spiders eyes didn’t move, in this picture it appears as if she is looking down at the little ant!
Before our most recent trip to Ecuador, Chuck and I talked about trying to document habitats in a way that was directly useful and pertinent to the terrarium hobby. We played around with the idea of making a 2′ wire frame, which would act as a size reference, and additionally help to focus some of the hundreds of forest pictures we would accrue in a short period of time. Over the past few years, I have spent countless days scouring the internet in […]
Trying to find our way to the road where Hylocirtus tapichalaca occurs, Chuck and I ended up staying in a small town further south from where we expected to end up, because the bridge there was closed for maintenance. There was a small central square, and the surrounding area was mountainous and cool. We did not end up finding H. tapichalaca; much of the the forest along the road between Yangala and Valladolid (where the type locality is from) had been […]
This pristine forest occurs alongside the site locale for Excitobates condor, not 2 km from the Peruvian border. Further up the road and slightly higher than where Excitobates condor is known to occur, there are trails leading off the road that are immediately stunning and rich with plant diversity. The altimeter we took unfortunately died, so the elevation is somewhat undetermined, but it was probably around 2000m. There were an incredible amount of orchids blooming in addition to the abundance of filmy […]
This is a little patch of forest in Southern Peru, I think it was by a village called Victoria. We turned off the main road and headed up the mountain into some higher elevation forest, passing through clouds and trees with silvery bark, covered in bromeliads and orchids. The forest was a short hike up the mountain, past a small cemetery decorated with water holding containers and some hydrangea. I don’t know what the significance was but have always wondered. We […]