The Night Tour with “The Bug Lady” – Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Last week I photographed a wedding in Drake Bays in the Osa Peninsula, this area is renowned as the most untouched zone on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.  It’s a few hours drive and boat ride from my home in Manuel Antonio, so I decided whilst I was there to enjoy and photograph some of this wild and abundant nature.
I had heard of “the Big Lady” of Drakes Bay through friends, so booked a tour. Tracie and Gianfranco have been living and guiding in the area for 15 years, and know everything about the local bugs, snakes and creepy crawlies. Their 2 1/2 hour hike is PACKED with critters as Tracie and Gianfranco tag-team to find a specimen and then explain fascinating details about it. My favorite is the Trapdoor Spider, though I am not sure I will EVER be able to find one on my own…I will just have to go back!

Location – Drakes Bay, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Thanks to Tracie and Gianfranco for identifying all my photos, you can find details of their outstanding Night Tour on their website.

Nature Photography in the Rainforest, Costa Rica 2012

Over my years here in Costa Rica I have hiked into the jungle countless times, carrying not much more than my camera and water. This is when I feel alive, creeping along listening out for a rustling of leaves, a “ting” of a glass a hunter armed with a gentler sort of Canon. I realized that I have not been sharing these photographs of various Costa Rican critters that I have found, this is a collection of photographs I have taken over the last 6 months…and have been meaning to post!

Most of these photos have been taken at Rainmaker; during some amazing adventures with friends and family, hikes with their incredible nature guides, plus several night excursions, the last photo is of me on one of the hanging bridges.

Feliz Lunes!