they look for animals but all they find are trees by Stijn Van der Linden
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While visiting Corcovado and other national parks in Costa Rica, I noticed other visitors were mostly interested in finding and spotting species of the animal kingdom. I found that they didn’t give the best part of the nature in those places the attention it deserved: the immense richness of species of the plant kingdom. Especially the amount of different tree species that can be found was ungraspable.
During the visits, hikers are guided so they won’t get lost but I ended up getting lost while editing the photographs years after actually being there: trying and retrying endless combinations of photographs or parts of photographs while following the directions of plant growth or their shades of green. It was an extension of the journey and an interesting challenge to convey this experience into a publication.
All photographs were made in 2016 at Corcovado National Park, Cahuita National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Tortoguero canal in Costa Rica and contain animals of 6 families and trees of potentially more than 50 families.