Monday, October 1, 2007
The rain forests of Central America are so close, yet so exotic
Macro lovers will find plenty of wild-looking insects to photograph at just about every turn in the rain forest.
Professional photographers should keep a low-key approach. Never argue with customs officials. And pros should have contacts in the countries they’re visiting who can help them with the latest information on customs and any problems that occur.
Close And Exotic
Central American rain forests are terrific places for U.S. photographers to visit because they’re so close, yet so exotic. You won’t find any location that will offer more natural diversity to capture with your camera. Plus, most of the Central American countries love Americans. Costa Rica, for example, has a long history of being a peaceful country, without even an army, and it welcomes visitors from the U.S.
In addition, visits by photographers reinforce the value of these incredible locations. That keeps locals and their country interested in keeping rain forests as rain forests, not new pastures. Tourism can be a valuable part of their economy.
That’s not to say that too many people might harm locations. I’m sure that’s a problem in places, but there are so many great locations that you can find spots that aren’t being threatened. In fact, many private landholdings are set aside as preserves for limited numbers of people.
Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Panama and nearby countries all have rain forests waiting to be discovered by American photographers. These can be places for photographic trips of a lifetime.
Rob Sheppard will lead a digital workshop and tour to Costa Rica in December. For more information, visit the Holbrook Travel website, www.holbrooktravel.com (click on the Nature Travel link).
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