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JUNGLE RUN

It was more of a hike. We made it a point not to go on too long of a trek and so we covered most of this 9-kilometre route at a relaxed pace, allowing ourselves to properly indulge in the beauty of what was going to be our first ever tropical rainforest experience.

With that in mind, I'll try to keep the comments light and let the images speak.

Large trunk of an old tree surrounded by greenery in a rainforest of Volcan Baru National Park in Chiriqui province, Panama
Exposure: 1/40 sec, f/5, ISO 500

Roots of a 1,000-year old tree, encompassed in moss and encircled by thick rainforest greenery. There isn't much in the photo for scale, so you'll have to take my word for it - this trunk was truly immense; the thick vines coming down around it looked like spaghetti sticks in comparison. To get around the tree was a walk in itself.


Here Nikki is standing on a trail of old fallen leaves, captivated by this large ancient plant.

Portrait of a woman in a red flower dress, surrounded by rainforest greenery, looking up at a thousand year old tree in Volcan Baru National Park, Chiriqui province, Panama
Exposure: 1/50 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

I won't pretend that this was an entirely candid portrait; after all, you won't make it far into the rainforest on bare feet and wearing nothing but a flowy dress. Rough ground, steep climbs, thick foliage, river crossings. Bugs. The list goes on. Nevertheless, this photo does convey the ambience of the forest perfectly!

Large tropical leaves in a rainforest of Volcan Baru National Park in Chiriqui province, Panama
Exposure: 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 400

Unearthly-sized vegetation (these two leaves aren't much smaller than your average-sized backyard umbrellas), trees stretching up into the clouds, and millions of creatures of varying species silently traversing the woods... The combination of all these things makes you feel quite small and insignificant in contrast to the enormity and richness of the rainforest.

Tropical vegetation in a rainforest of Volcan Baru National Park in Chiriqui province, Panama
Exposure: 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 320

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