I was lucky enough to go to Costa Rica this summer with my husband and daughter to tour around with a guide and another family from Los Angeles. Costa Rica has successfully managed to diminish deforestation from some of the worst rates in the world from 1973 to 1989, to almost zero by 2005. The country did this by encouraging eco-tourism with a large collection of national parks where you can both observe and preserve plants, animals and insects. Whether this is sustainable in the long run is open for discussion as they have more and more visitors. With my love of learning about plant forms, I had a lovely time...Here are some of my hipstamatic photos which are likely to be the starting point of my next textile collection.