This week's photos are especially for Stella. They are all from Costa Rica, and feature some of the magnificent flora about that small, majestic country. Now, I am not a great naturalist, and I do not have my father's encyclopedic mind for names, so I'd like some help. The first photo is of some incredible orchids just growing in someone's garden. Number two I do know, and it is the wild ginger that grows along the roads, making the car trips memorable. Photo number three is what I presume to be some kind of Mimosa, growing on the banks of the river, but I might be wrong there. Number four is of some wild pitcher plants in the rainforest, while number five is from the same rainforest, but represents some absolutely astonishing orchids. Number six is, of course, one of the multiple varieties of Passion Flower (this being a very bright red variety). For extra credit, you should visit Stella's blog (Light Color Shade), for a nice, more in-depth study of a different variety. Photo number seven is of another flower that grows along river banks, I can't remember what the spanish term is for those flowers, even though one of the wonderful lodges is named for them. And photo number eight is again someone's yard. I think the flower may be some sort of Gunnera, but I really don't know.