Costa Rica


The slopes of volcanoes are often covered with cloudforest, so called because at these altitudes, between periods of sunshine, clouds are drifting in; temperatures can change quickly. The most accessible volcano - a popular day-trip from the capital San José - is Poás, still active and steaming now and then, and not far away from it lies the Barva.
The most conspicuous bromeliad here is Werauhia ororiensis.


Between the town of Fortuna and a lake, volcano Arenal is permanently active and at night one can see glowing rockstones tumbling down. Being close enough in the daytime the dusttrails are visible and the sound of it can be heard. The photographs below were taken there, the bromeliad on the tree is Werauhia kupperiana.