In the Wild
We discovered our specimen contemplating a potential mating display, deep in a southern rain-forest of Costa Rica.
Choosing a Display
Marking the trunk of a tree that both obstructed the beach, and hung far out over the sea.
The solitary tree
It was quite a remarkable tree, that had, by chance, lost the footing of its seaward roots, and leaned precariously out over the shifting sandy shoals where no other trees grew. The chance nobility of nature, starkly contrasting with itself in this most untamed of worlds.
A most unusual behavior. Parental guidance is suggested before sharing this issue with impressionable young cones.
Searching for the female
This was one of the pictures our photographer took trying to spot the the elusive female, having clambered around the rocks and away from our male specimen.
The missing male
A view of the rocks around which our photographer climbed. In his frustration at being laughed at, with no clear understanding what he had rushed back around the slippery rocks for, he had not yet realized where the male had gone, or the significance of the "tree" in the foreground.
From the female's perspective
From back across the bay, we captured this shot of the male, still atop his display. Marvelous!
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