back
sloth, costa rica, baby, baby sloth, three toed sloth, wild, , photo
next

Learning the Ropes

Brown-Throated Sloth and Baby (Bradypus variegatus) - Punta Quepos, Costa Rica

A three toed sloth rests comfortably in a tree as her adventurous baby tests its climbing skills on a precariously small branch. Sloths are mysterious creatures. They sleep up to 20 hours a day, and even when awake they stay mainly motionless. Their bodies are designed for lazy life in the forest canopies of Central and South America. Long claws and strong arms give them the grip necessary for live upside down. Sloths are the slowest mammals on the planet, so slow that green algae grows on the wirey fur of the adults. The sloths life revolves around sleeping and eating, they also have what appears to be a permanent smile on their face, which is why I think many find this animal so endearing. I've been fascinated with sloths for a long time and on my trip to Costa Rica I was really hoping to capture an image of one in the wild. Photographing sloths offers a multitude of challenges. One of the biggest challenges is simply finding them. While they are quite common, they typically remain motionless high in the forest canopy, which can make spotting them extremely difficult. If you're lucky enough to spot one, photographing them is still very hard simply because they so rarely move. Mostly when you spot a sloth you see a ball of fur and that's about it. Another big challenge is having to shoot through dense jungle. Leaves, vines and branches more often than not block your line of sight. With all these challenges taken into consideration I feel very lucky to have had such a great moment in the forest with these wonderful creatures. I felt very privileged to be able to witness these intimate moments between a mother and her baby in the wild. Baby sloths typically stay attached to their mom at all times clinging to their bellies. Before I knew it this tenacious little one was clmbing out onto a very skinny branch completely seperated from the saftey of mom. She didn't seem too worried, though and spent much of the time sleeping. Soon the baby grew tired and climbed back into its mothers arms and she wrapped themselves into a ball and went back to sleep. 

Print Only

Print Only

Do you prefer the look of a traditionally framed print? If so the print only option is for you. With the print only option you are free to take your print to your local framer and have it presented exactly the way you would like it.

These photographic prints exhibit outstanding color stability and are resistant to both color fading and staining whether stored under lights or in darkness. The pure whites, rich blacks, vivid colors and clean highlights of this paper give it extraordinary clarity and an amazing sense of depth and dimension. Fuji Crystal Archive paper is also revered for its great longevity. Fuji Crystal Archive paper is known in the industry to be one of the longest lasting printing materials available. Simply choose the size you would like.

Select a print size:

Metal Print - Ready to Hang

Metal Print - Ready to Hang

With metal prints the brilliant surface offers a richness of color that makes viewers take notice.  But they also solve the "problem" of framing. Traditional mounting, matting, and framing can be a time consuming and expensive process. Not so with Metal Prints, the metal surface is naturally smooth and rigid, and with a hanger attached to the back, they are ready to hang right out of the box. This is a great choice for a ready to hang contemporary piece of wall art at a more econonimal price.

Select a print size:

Canvas Gallery Wrap - Ready to Hang

Canvas Gallery Wrap - Ready to Hang

Canvas Gallery Wraps offer a superb way to display your photographs. What makes canvas wraps so popular is that they eliminate the need (and cost) of framing. Your Canvas Wrap is ready to hang on your wall, right out of the box. Once you see your Canvas Wrap, you'll understand why these are one of the most popular trends in decor and display. Canvas wraps are also a great option if you have a room that received a lot of glare. The canvas won't reflect the light like a traditional glass or acrylic frame will.

Select a print size:

Your personal billing and shipping information will be gathered on the next page on a Paypal secure server.

***  You do NOT need to have a Paypal account, you can simply make your purchase with a credit card  ***

If you are an international customer please contact us for a shipping quote.

 

 « Wildlife