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humanodon  ·  3117 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Where have you been that seemed other-wordly?

The cloud forests in Costa Rica are very strange. At first it was hard to make out details; it looked like a solid mass of greenery, but as I got used to it, I saw that there was a lot going on, it's just that everything around me had similar coloring.

I also went to a bioluminescent bay on Vieques, a small island off of Puerto Rico. It's ringed by mangroves and there are clouds of mosquitoes. At night, if you paddle out the dinoflagellates react and each stroke results in these glowing blue swirls. You can also see light trails from the fish as they flash by. If you swim in it, it's a bit like making snow angels or wearing an intangible robe made of fireflies.

thenewgreen  ·  3117 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The Cloud Forest looks amazing:

I had to look up the dinoflagellates's, thanks for the introduction. It looks like an amazing experience. Here's a photo that looks like what you are describing regarding the "snow angels".

humanodon  ·  3117 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Heh, dinos are cool little creatures. The only downsides to the cloud forest is snakes, howler monkeys and the less than occasional cloud leopard. Costa Rica is definitely a place I'd recommend and revisit.