Saturday, September 17, 2005

North Island of New Zealand

North Island of New Zealand

New Zealand Photos

Friday, September 16, 2005

Strawberry poison-dart frog in bromeliad

Strawberry poison-dart frog in bromeliad. Dendrobates pumilio, the strawberry poison dart frog, is common in the Atlantic lowland tropical forests of Central America especially Costa Rica. Dendrobates pumilio is well known for its parental care. The female typically lays 3 to 5 eggs in a jelly-like mass that keeps them moist and both parents visit the eggs to ensure their survival. Once the eggs are ready to hatch, one of the parenst steps into the jelly-like mass, freeing the tadpoles. The tadpoles respond to the movement and climb onto the parent's back, where they adhere to a mucus secretion. The parent then carries the tadpoles to up the canopy where they are often deposited in water caught in the upturned leaves of bromeliads. Each tapdole is deposited in a separate pool to increase the likelihood that some offspring will survive predators.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Green caterpillar in Madagascar

Green caterpillar in Madagascar.

More photos of insects in Madagascar

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Refugio de Vida Silverstre Cuero y Salado, Honduras

The Refugio de Vida Silverstre Cuero y Salado is comprised of 13,225 hectares of mangove-covered wetlands. Located 30 km Southwest of La Ceiba (Honduras), the reserve is home to jaguar, white-faced and howler monkeys, manatees, crocodiles, and 196 species of birds. Cuero y Salado was the first privately administered wildlife refuge in Honduras and stands as a model for newer parks and reserves.

More Honduras: Cuero y Salado Photos

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Road from Dubrovnik to Split along the Dalmatian Coast

Fourteen years ago Croatia was a war zone. Serbian forces occupied about one third of the country and shelled the historic city Dubrovnik. Ethnic cleansing and atrocities were committed and thousands of people were displaced. Today, peace has returned to Croatia and the country is experiencing a tourism boom. With some of the best weather in the Mediterranean and the sparkling waters of the Adriatic there are good reasons that Croatia has regained its former glory at a top tourist destination.

More Croatia Photos