January in Minnesota and not a flower in sight. So Kelly flew five hours south to Costa Rica in search of sun, sea, and color. Although January is the early part of the dry season in Costa Rica, there were plenty of flowers and green to counteract the Minnesota white she left behind. And she learned that, later in the year, 1300 different kinds of orchids will bloom in Costa Rica. (Minnesota, by comparison, has 49 orchids.) Just as Minnesota’s state flower is an orchid, Costa Rica’s national flower is also an orchid.
In Minnesota coffee beans keep us warm and awake. In Costa Rica in January Kelly saw the delicate blossoms that will become our precious beans, along with hibiscus, bird of paradise, red ginger, and so many more colorful flowers we have yet to identify.
Flowers are not the only beautiful things to see in Costa Rica. You could easily mistake a colorful toucan for an elegant flower, and hummingbirds, like flying flowers, are everywhere—50 of the 338 known species of hummingbirds can be found in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica in January is balm for the Minnesota soul. We are already scheming to take a trip to Costa Rica when we can go together and the orchids will be in bloom.
Author: Phyllis Root
Photographer: Kelly Povo