All posts for the month June, 2012

In the Clouds

Published June 25, 2012 by Linda Gerber

One of the really cool things about our visit to Costa Rica is that we got to go see cloud forests and rain forests in the same trip! Okay, so I didn’t know about cloud forests until I got here…

A cloud forest is like a rain forest, except it’s maybe a little cooler, and there’s a foggy mist all around the trees that filters out a log of the sunlight. The effect is kind of eerie, but beautiful in its own way, especially with the kinds of plants that grow in that upper layer. Get this – these plants don’t even need soil; they just grow right in the trees – mosses, orchids, ferns, bromeliads.  This is what it looked like when we went on the “skywalk” in the Santa Elena cloud forest, way up  high in the canopy – like a bridge that disappeared into the clouds on both ends.

Our camera guy Daniel is completely terrified of heights, but he went with us anyway. He had nothing to worry about, though. The safety regulations on the bridges are really strict, so we were completely safe. Can’t say the same for the rain forest we hiked through later, though. Daniel was happy our feet were firmly on the ground, but my tutor  Victoria got bit by a spider right inside her boot. And because she’s allergic, her foot swelled up like a balloon, she ended up in the hospital.(She’s going to be OK). But check out this little guy we saw climbing on a leaf! (Victoria would forgive me for being excited in spite of her injury. She’s first and always a teacher and is happy when I check out the biodiversity, I promise.)

And the winners are…

Published June 21, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Congratulations to this week’s winners!

I’m sending you each an email, so watch for it!

Book winners:

Julie Weathers     Krystalyn

Charm winners:

Alicia Marie     Emily Morris     Roxie Walton     Emily Jackson     Monica Park     Megan P     Sierra S     Patricia Austin     Delaney Calem     hd

Thanks to everyone who played. If you didn’t win this time, keep checking back and playing! There are lots of prizes up for grabs. And remember, you can complete a live puzzle or quiz at any time, and your name will be entered in both the weekly drawing and the grand prize drawing in August.

Hint: You can find quiz clues and hints on my blog… like in the post below, for instance… and on the back of the postcards. Don’t have a postcard? Just ask me*! I’ll send you some!


*send me a note at cassidy AT lightscameracassidy DOT com.

Living la Pura Vida

Published June 21, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Costa Rica is unbelievably gorgeous. We’re staying at a farm right by a cloud forest, which would be great if only the Internet worked! I’m having to update my blog at an Internet cafe in–get this–an old school bus. I am not kidding.

Yesterday we went hiking in the forests at the base of the Arenal Volcano (I can see it from my window!) and our new producer was completely freaked out by the howler monkeys. I shouldn’t laugh, but it was really funny. I mean, look at this guy. Does he look scary to you? (Or she… I can’t tell…)

Pura Vida!

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Hacked in Costa Rica!

Published June 14, 2012 by Linda Gerber

Hi! Welcome to my little corner of the internet. Thanks for stopping in.

Here’s a postcard from our latest adventure in Costa Rica:


Quick tip – just ask* and I’ll send the back side of the postcard to you. It might come in handy in case you’re ever, say, playing an online game and looking for a clue to help fill in a quiz. Or something. Just as a random example…

Come on back to visit as often as you like. I’ll have more postcards to send you, and hints to help you play the games.

Pura Vida!


* Send me an email here: Cassidy AT lightscameracassidy DOT com