Randy has a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from U. of Wisconsin and practices his craft at universities and USDA-Agricultural Research Service.
During the last five years, I have had the opportunity to see many different things while living in Costa Rica. As a former plant pathologist, botany has always been an interest, as well as the biological diversity that can be seen in the forests near where I live, Liberia in Guanacaste province.
You find exotic flowers in many different places. There are resorts that have beautiful gardens, like Blue River Resort, a hot springs-spa that is in northern Alejuela province, bordering Guanacaste. Several of the photos you will see below are part of the ornamental garden that adjoins a butterfly garden.
The Damiana Flower
Damiana is a common weed in the Guanacaste province. It is a rather ordinary looking flower, but it has a reputation as being used by some because it has mind-altering properties and it is also purported as being an aphrodisiac. I haven't tried it, in either of these senses, but it is well known in this region for its mind-altering properties. Regardless, it seems that most of the residents of the region prefer other mind-altering substances for their diversion.
Exotic Flowers from the Blue River Resort
This tropical garden at Blue River is on the northeast slope of the Rincon de la Vieja volcano. It is about 150 meters by 50 meters in area and has various types of bananas, plantains, ornamental bananas, many varieties in the ginger family and many plants that I don't have a clue as to what they are. The garden is a nice place to sit and watch the birds and hummingbirds. There is also a mud spa and sauna area next to the garden, and at its far end, there is the butterfly enclosure.
Below are a few of the Heliconia flowers in that garden. Other photos from this location follow further down, including an orchid picture from the orchid garden area.
The rest of the flowers below were found in various locations in Guanacaste province. The caption for each photo gives the relevant information.
I previously published an article about the flowers of Costa Rica, which is quite popular. I am adding to that library of photos here in this article. For many of these flowers, I do not know the names. I will add them as time and my research permits. If there is anyone who is viewing this article who knows any of the unnamed flowers, please comment below.
Exotic Flowers, Birds and More in Costa Rica and Panama
About the Photography
Most of these photos were taken with a Sony alpha 200 camera fitted with a macro-zoom lens, however I also have a Sony WSC-100 point and shoot that takes excellent photos of 8 GB resolution. Currently, I am enjoying taking photos with a Sony A57 camera (16.6 Mp) and am using a variety of high-quality lenses. As time permits, I will add more photos for your viewing pleasure.
The Region Where The Photos Were Taken
© 2013 Randy McLaughlin
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 01, 2018:
Love love beautiful flowers such ad you have shared. Thank you. Angels are on the way today. ps
Daisy Russel on October 01, 2018:
These are exotic flowers indeed! These are beautiful!
Anon on November 25, 2017:
Not sure if anyone else answered this yet; could "Uknown ornamental shrub at Blue River Resort" be a Zingiberaceae? It looks to me like maybe Costus laevis
Winchestery on February 13, 2013:
Beautiful photos :)
JITENDRA from INDIA on February 11, 2013:
A nice collection of photos as since i am a flower lover the photos are highly attractive me......i have seen the beauty of Costa Rica in national geography it is really a beautiful place to live
Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on February 11, 2013:
Thanks, sgbrown, praseotio30, Mike Robbers, tattuwurn, loksmi, Hui, janshares and comfortB! Check out my photos in my other Costa Rica-related hubs if you have time. Meanwhile, I will check out some of your work...
Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on February 11, 2013:
Congrats on Hub of the Day! Your pictures are beautiful! We had a chance to go to Costa Rica and missed it, I sure regret it! It must be a wonderful place to live. So much beauty in one place! Up and beautiful!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on February 10, 2013:
I had never see the flowers from Costa Rica. Beautiful hub, my friend. I really love all the pictures here. Thanks for posting and share with us. Voted up!
Mike Robbers from London on February 07, 2013:
A great hub! And the photos are absolutely wonderful! Voted up and beautiful!
tattuwurn on February 06, 2013:
We also have some of these flowers in the Philippines, like the Heliconia species and the red flower which you referred to as "common ornamental" (I'm trying to find a name of this flowers, still). But all the other flowers I think are endemic to Costa Rica, I think they're really unique and beautiful.
Voted up, and beautiful.
Hui (蕙) on February 06, 2013:
Beautiful place, exotic flowers. I imagine the season when all flowers in blossom and all birds flying about...
Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on February 06, 2013:
Breath-taking. Thanks for the treat. Congrats!
Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on February 06, 2013:
I love your collections of flower images. They are beautiful! And congratulations on winning the HOTD award.
Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on February 06, 2013:
Thanks, everyone! I have been sitting on most of these photos for a while and finally decided to make a hub with them. Much to my surprise, I got Hub of the Day!
And I will be updating this with more photos.....come and visit again.
Agaltom on February 06, 2013:
Lucky you - being able to see all of these wonderful plants. I love your pictures!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 06, 2013:
Gorgeous pictures...congrats on HOTD...hope to see more of these lovely photos. Sending Angels to you and yours :)ps
Serena Cassetta on February 06, 2013:
Those pictures are beautiful, very nice.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2013:
You certainly take wonderful photos! Congratulations on your HOTD award. Voted up and beautiful.
Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on February 06, 2013:
Some gorgeous images with some super depth of field. I particularly like the second image. I recall seeing some of these in South Africa. Nice to be reminded of their beauty. Thanks for sharing.
Andrew from Canton, Ohio on February 06, 2013:
Hey, great job on the video. I'm currently in Brazil and maybe soon I'll make a similar hub.
Leah Lefler from Western New York on February 06, 2013:
I love looking at those gorgeous tropical flowers, particularly since I am stuck in the ice and snow! The heliconia pendula is amazing - what spectacular blooms!
Penny Lulich from Indiana on February 06, 2013:
Wonderful hub! And congratulations! Your photos made me think if Maui where some of these same tropical flowers can be found.
Arun Rakta from Himachal pradesh (shimla) on February 06, 2013:
KerryAnita from Satellite Beach, Florida on February 06, 2013:
Wow! Beautiful Photos!
Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 06, 2013:
I spent two weeks in Costa Rica, and would love to go back. I wrote a Hub about my experience.
We grow some of these flowers here in Florida, like Bird of Paradise and Heliconia. I believe that is a Swallowtail butterfly on the flower.
Congrats on HOTD. Voted UP and will share.
Valene from Missouri on February 06, 2013:
Ohhh, I wish I was back in Costa Rica! I went there on a school trip once for a few weeks and have always wanted to go back.
Such beautiful flowers and so unique! Those yellow, bell shaped ones remind me of some we saw in Monteverde at our school, except they were kind of blue-ish pink and they were so large we put them on our heads like hats.
Olde Cashmere on February 06, 2013:
Wow, I loved reading this and the photos were superb. Beautiful all around hub and quite enjoyable. Voting up and rating awesome, beautiful, and interesting :)
Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on February 06, 2013:
Oh, you so deserved Hub of the Day! Those are fantastic shots and the video is wonderful! I have nothing but superlatives for your work here.
Thank you for letting us know the cameras you used. I'm always curious about that.
Voted way, way up and beautiful.
Abbyfitz from Florida on February 06, 2013:
This is a very beautiful hub! I have many photos I have taken of flowers I have come across and have wanted to make a hub about it but never knew how. You made your article very eyepleasing and informative. Good job!
Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 06, 2013:
Congratulation on the HOTD. These are beautiful flowers. One of these flowers, Birds of Paradise is in my garden in the Philippines. Voted up and more. Thanks for sharing.
Fellow Mumbaite from India on February 06, 2013:
All pictures are simply breathtaking..beautiful :)
anuramkumar from Chennai, India on February 06, 2013:
They look terrific. Some of these flowers are there in my garden.
Randy McLaughlin (author) from Liberia, Costa Rica on February 04, 2013:
Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on February 01, 2013:
They are absolutely gorgeous.