17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

The rain tropical Cloud forest of Monteverde, Costarica. With the coral reefs and the ice caps this kind of forest is one of the most sensitive ecosystem in the world. Many plants , especially Epiphytes depends on the clouds and with the climate change the clouds are slowly disappearing creating immense damage to the forest , the animals and the local population. Everything is changing, landslide are becoming frequents and coffee plantation are mutating their course. Epiphytes are fundamental for many reason, they create a secondary canopy which for instance help to stop the rain from falling directly into the ground.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Costa Rica
Camera: NIKON D810
Copyright: © Christian Sinibaldi