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There is something of the night about forests.

Even at the height of summer, even under the midday sun, they are places of murk and mystery, blotting out the light with a mille-feuille of foliage. At the heart of every forest is a darkness that bides its time.

And as the sun goes down, after that lovely hour of slanting golden light, this dark spirit reclaims its own. The forest is at its soundest.

On all but the darkest nights, it’s amazing what you can see once your eyes adjust. Wait quietly and patiently where the canopy is thinnest – at the forest’s edge, in a clearing, by the side of a road – let the stars and the moonlight work their magic.

Nocturnal Photography, although very challenging can also be one of the most rewarding photography experiences.

Not only is the time where the strangest and cryptic animals are most active, but in terms of photography, the creative freedom that you have with the lights, the shadows and the composition is fantastic.

Most of the pictures of this story were taken in Braulio Carrilo National Park in Costa Rica, with the help of Cope, an excellent friend and guide of the area. With him, we spent many, many nights walking the trails, and the dry river beds, standing silently for several hours with the attempt to hear the calling of an owl.

Next time you are in the forest, try to go at night and see what you can find. I definitely always learn something new from the experience.

And don’t forget to look up, in case an owl silently sweeps by.

Savour the moment.

Chris Jimenez – TakeMeToTheWild 

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep.”
Robert Frost

The Creatures of the Night, Bats, Frogs, and Reptiles of the Rainforest.

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The photography gear used in this story. Click on the items for more details.


Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark III


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II VC HLD


Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Yongnuo YN 560 III

Phottix Strato II Wireless Flash Trigger

PIXEL Oppilas/RW-221/L1 Wireless Shutter Remote

Gitzo GT0532 Mountaineer Tripod

MindShift BackLight 26L Backpack

Fenix HP30R 1750 Lumen CREE LED Headlamp


The rainforests of Braulio Carrillo National Park and Guapiles





Take Me to the Wild aims to be your window to nature, to forests, to adventure and to the unknown. With our visual stories, we endeavor to take you to places that you have not seen before and experience the extraordinary wilderness of our world. Always seeking to inspire people to celebrate and conserve the natural wonders of our planet. Founded and directed by Chris Jimenez

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