Alaska Science Forum: Stranger in a rich land of winter life


Things an Alaskan notices while standing on a road in Costa Rica:

— Trees are shaped like mint-green umbrellas rather than charcoal-green rocket ships.

— Flesh-colored flowers smell like warm honey as they fall with a plop from a tree to sticky pavement.

— A bird perched on a power line has turquoise eyebrows and a double tail that looks like a pair of blue canoe paddles.

— The air does not hurt.

A woman walks beneath a tree with an expansive canopy containing at least three bird nests in a small village of Costa Rica. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)

In a photo taken through a

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