Life Is a Jungle?
Fresh out of the Costa Rican rainforest, I have a new take on the idea that life is a jungle.
I'm now seeing it as a positive. Jungles (a word I use pretty much interchangeably with rainforest) are full of extravagant, gorgeous life. Plants in the tropical rainforest grow enormous in the effort to catch all the filtered light they can. Animals devise ingenious strategies to attract what they need and to protect themselves. There's so much symbiosis going on that it seems teamwork is as characteristic as competition.
I think the jungle sets us a bold example: Grow big leaves. Reach high. Make imaginative use of the conditions at hand.
Sloth grows algae in its hair, which gives a home base and water supply to the green stuff and helps camoflage the big guy."
Big leaves catch light (Si Como No, Quepos)
One species of frog lays one egg in each orange pod — to prevent sibling rivalry and keep the tadpoles safe from each other.
Under each of these green tidbits is a leafcutter ant, carrying an immense load. These ants use the leaf bits for underground farming inside their huge anthills. The colony has a clear division of labor. In addition to these leafbearers, there is a caste of these ants that carries poop out of the hill and dumps it (which makes for very rich dirt.) I saw some of those workers, but they were less photogenic.)
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