March 2024 Photo Contest Winner: Kike Calvo, Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

Congratulations Kike! With over 40 photos to choose from, yours received the highest rating among members. You’ve not only brought honor to the Sarasota TCC Chapter, but you have won a year of free dues for yourself. Thanks to everybody who submitted their wonderful “Central America” theme photos for the March contest. They can still be seen and commented on by visiting https://pollunit.com/en/polls/tcc-2023-march.

The theme for our June 2024 contest is “Remote Island Life.” Click for contest details »

Photo: Kike Calvo

The Red-Eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) is known for its striking appearance. While I was in Costa Rica, one intriguing fact I learned is their unusual reproductive strategy: they lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves hanging over the water, and when the tadpoles hatch, they drop into the water below. What’s remarkable is that the male frogs actively visit the water to en- sure their tadpoles’ survival by keeping their skin moist. This behavior highlights their adaptation to the tropical rainforest environment and showcases the incredible pa- rental care exhibited by these
colorful amphibians.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Kike Calvo, Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

Photo: Kike Calvo

In Guna Yala, defying the common request for photography fees by the Gunas, a young indigenous boy shares a touching moment with his cat. This unique image captures the essence of their harmonious relationship, blending humor and cultural understanding. It serves as a reminder of the enduring traditions and authentic connections that persist in this culturally rich region.


Scott Siewert, Cumming, GA, USA

Photo: Scott Siewert

Walking with friends to dinner, I saw this glorious clearing of the clouds in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. I told my friends, “dinner can wait.” As I took this photo I thought to myself, this is truly spectacular — silhouetted surfers, a sensational sunset and shimmering surf.

 

 

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