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    Shooting Orchids on location in the Tropical Forest

    The Alexander von Humboldt National Park is the biggest National Reserve of Cuba. It measures 70 hectares and is located on the Eastern coast of the island, 50 Km North of Baracoa. It is worth a visit, but not many people venture into this inhospitable region. The Baracoa to Moa road by which you reach the entrance of the park resembles a river bed more than a road. A guide is mandatory, as you would get lost in the immensity of the park, where there are no signposts or other indicators. Our guide his name is Indio already had experience with photographic expeditions. Last year he was with a team of the German TV filming a documentary on the park, and carrying the heavy tripod of the TV camera.



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    Prostechea cochleata
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    Re: Shooting Orchids on location in the Tropical Forest

    Hehe, Peter, it's great to see you doing the job !!

    Isn't your "Prostechea cochleata" 180 inverted ?
    Or are they really hanging down ?

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    Re: Shooting Orchids on location in the Tropical Forest

    A bust of Alexander von Humboldt (1769 –1859), the German naturalist and explorer is shown at the entrance of the reserve. In over 21 years he described the biology of Latin American fauna and flora, and notably of Cuba.




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    Re: Shooting Orchids on location in the Tropical Forest

    Quote Originally Posted by f6cvalkyrie View Post
    Isn't your "Prostechea cochleata" 180 inverted ?
    Or are they really hanging down ?
    They are really like this, Rafael

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    Pigs, hens, cows, goats and sheep graze freely on the road. You better be attentive when driving. Killing a cow is punished with five years in prison. Killing a person is usually less, and on probation. An antiquated law that has never been changed and is still applied in Cuba



    The main road from Baracoa to Moa that takes you to the park.
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    Encyclia moebusii
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    The smallest frog in the world is the Mount Iberia Eleuth, a frog only recently discovered on the Balcon de Iberia mountain within the Humboldt Nature Reserve in Cuba. Specimens have been found that are only 8.5 millimeters long. It is considered Critically Endangered by the IUCN and is found in only 2 small areas on Cuba. The Mount Iberia Eleuth of the Northern Hemisphere is in competition for the status of smallest frog in the world with the Brazilian Gold Frog at 9 millimeters.





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    Encyclia sp.
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