The Spirit of Costa Rica: Honoring the Elements
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Love & Biodiversity
by Chris Migliaccio
In 1992, my family and I traveled to Costa Rica for the first time. I quickly fell in love with the land and its people, so I've been returning at least once a year since that time - traveling all over the country and shooting photos. Some of my most memorable life experiences have come from these adventures.
In 2010, I co-taught a college Honors Earth Literacy & Sustainability course in the Monteverde area. We used David Suzuki's "The Sacred Balance" as our primary text and the combination of readings, fieldwork, and student responses to his unique perspective sparked the ideas that lead to this book. Two additional Summer visits to create images followed by countless hours selecting and reprocessing images produced this view of the elements with a Costa Rican flavor.
173 color photos of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Love and Biodiversity feature native Costa Rican flora, fauna, land and seascapes.
Viriditas [Latin, literally "greenness," formally translated as "viridity"; "the greening force of Life, expanding into the Universe" (Kim Stanley Robinson)]. This is my inspiration. While spending time in Nature here in South Florida and abroad, I've often had experiences that guided me beyond my own limited senses - standing on a prairie in the Big Cypress Swamp miles from the nearest road or sitting quietly in a Costa Rican cloud forest with eyes closed, feeling a deep connection to all life and to the physical environment as well. Being "in the zone" with camera in hand has been some of the happiest, most ecstatic times of my life. Through these experiences, I'm just now beginning to understand the fundamental unity that underlies all things. And as I put my eye to the viewfinder, I'm trying to capture that elusive feeling of oneness with Nature - that greening force of the Universe - that can't be truly be understood by anything but the heart.