I mean, how can I describe the feeling you get when you're flying high above the rainforest canopy. It's simply the most incredible feeling if you love the sensation of flying. The first of the three real cables, you sit up and take it all in, and then for the two big wires, you fly down the cable like superman, or superwoman. It's quite scary putting your trust in a harness, but then it's too exhilarating to be worried. I just thought, if I'm going to die, what a great way to go out.
|The company and activities|
|Getting ready to zipline the cloud forest|
|Demonstrating the braking system which I couldn't get the hang of at all! Let's skip to the good bit where you guys apply the automatic brake|
|Group shot. Photo by Abby Starr|
|First practice cable|
|I think you need to reel me in!|
|Are we getting to the good bits yet?|
|The first of the three real cables!|
|So I guess we're really doing this! Superwoman zipline number 1 above the canopy was immense. Superwoman zipline number 2 was even better. Longest zipline in Latin America! The most amazing feeling as you fly along the cable, can't even describe it|
|Hurtling towards the automatic brake...!|
|Completing the longest zipline (1600m) in Latin America Super woman style! 80m above the ground, flying over the cloud forest canopy at about 60mph|
It was time for more wildlife. Olivia and I had booked a private guide, Henry, to take us for a hike in the lower cloud forest at Curi-Cancha Reserve. We managed sightings of Agouti, Coati, toucans but really far off, heard the national bird of Costa Rica, the Quetzal, another blue Morphos butterfly that we almost got pics of if we hadn't met a group of birders at that exact moment. They stomped past in search of the toucan miles away and that was my photo opportunity done for. What cheered me up was getting my hummingbird fix straight after this happened. I've been waiting to photograph hummingbirds for three years, after missing out in Soroa, Cuba. I was totally in my element!
|And so my love of hummingbird photography is born...|
|... and I could spend hours trying to capture them on camera|