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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Scarlet Macaws Carara Nat'l Park, Costa Rica

I recently visited to Costa Rica in January 2017 for Medical Tourism. After surgery to place 5 dental implants, I was determined to see as much of the country as I could. A friendly local, an older gentlemen, we met on the bus to Jaco, suggested a stop at Carara. I am so grateful, as it was one of the most memorable experiences I ever had. How fortunate for my mom and I, to happen to arrive during nesting season and capture some fantastic photos of these beauties over 30 feet up in a hollowed out tree.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2017
Date Uploaded: 09.2017
Photo Location: Jaco, Costa Rica, Costa Rica
Camera: COOLPIX L830
Copyright: © Melissa Snyder