A Caiman surfaces in the reflections of the jungle.

Today is very grey and damp. We are now in Arenal, and our hotel is situated about 3 miles from the centre of theΒ  volcano. Unfortunately it’s covered by cloud and shrouded in mist, so unless the weather changes drastically, I won’t get any pics.

Instead, I thought I’d take you on a little jungle boat ride down the network of black-water canals in Tortuguero. The extreme dark colour of the water is caused by the tannins from certain trees and plants along the water’s edge, and the mirror reflections of the massive tree roots and dense foliage were amazing. (Click on any image to enlarge.)



I really loved this pic.


One can’t help wondering what might be lurking in these waters.


Aha! Think I think I spotted something hiding in a nice shady spot. Could it be a crocodile?


Sadly, I think it was just a croc-shaped log, but I wasn’t disappointed for very long, because suddenly this gorgeous guy swam out to inspect our boat. He was not a a crocodile, but a Caiman, a much smaller member of the crocodylian family.


Looks like Mr Caiman’s parents didn’t send him to the orthodontist when he was a kid. Poor guy really should have had braces.


Now I see that he has a sticky-out tooth on each side. Do you think they could be his wisdom teeth?


Thankfully, he didn’t find us nearly as interesting as we found him, and we eventually moved off, leaving him to reflect in peace about his impromptu photo shoot.


Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. Have a really wonderful day with family and friends.

74 comments on “A Caiman surfaces in the reflections of the jungle.

  1. The photos of the trees and foliage are fantastic. A very different kind of wilderness. The water seems creepy because of what could be in there … like el croco.
    WOW … very nice adventure. Thanks for letting me join you with this post.

  2. immagini strepitose ed avvincenti per questa tua nuova avventura di cui ci fai partecipi, davvero molto emozionanti amica giramondo!
    passa un fine settimana ancora piΓΉ avventuroso e bello

    stunning and compelling images for your new venture we do participate, indeed very exciting friend giramondo!
    pass a weekend even more adventurous and handsome

  3. Ooh I know some people may frown upon it, but I just ate a crocodile! That creepy creature is a snob. You really don’t want to get near it anyway.It’s just gonna be awkward. πŸ˜€

  4. I see what you mean about the root reflections. It took me a few seconds to work out what was going on in that second picture. The water was like a mirror.

  5. These are really great pics AD… not the place to swim though.. those teeth might look misplaced, but they would definitely be painful if they bit you on the butt…

  6. Gorgeous pics Sylvia. I am glad that Caiman didn’t want to have you as his dinner. I bet it must be because of those teeth. LOL! Thanks for sharing hon. πŸ˜€ *hugs*

  7. what fabulous reflections in these photos…awesome tree trunks! Yes I think I would wonder what was lurking under the surface of the water as well! Congrats on the wonderful photos of the Caiman…a real beauty! Happy Thanksgiving to you AD…we had our Thanksgiving in October.

  8. What gorgeous water reflections! Wow. I hope you were in a bigger boat then the skiff you photographed! πŸ™‚ This truly is one of the most beautiful places you’ve been, Sylvia. At least for photographs! Have your own special day in paradise! πŸ™‚

  9. Pity about the volcano, but that is the luck of the draw.
    The visitor was quite crocodilly enough to satisfy anyone!
    Another set of lovely shots taking us with you on your latest adventure.

  10. Your Cayman Orthodontist reminds me of the little boy who was taken to see his orthodontist. When the got to the office the building had scaffolding erected all around it.
    Said the kiddie: “WOW. Even his office has braces!”

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