Tim Flach (b. 1958, London, United Kingdom) is a photographer best known for his highly conceptual portraits of animals, particularly horses. His images of animals are a departure from traditional wildlife photography and he has been described as “a potent example of a commercially trained photographer who’s now reaching a global audience through the boom in fine art photography.” He is the author of the books Equus and Dogs Gods.
I still find it amazing that great realistic art has been around for at least 32,000 years. Neither the discovery of linear perspective in the Renaissance nor the invention of photography have been able to improve upon it. See these paintings of animals made with very primitive means, discovered in 1994 in the Chauvet Cave in France: http://www.donsmaps.com/chauvetcave.html
Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve spans the Tilaran Mountain Range on the Continental Divide in Costa Rica. It spans over 10,500 hectares of tropical rain forest, with six ecological zones, 90% of which are virgin forest. One can walk through the canopy of the cloud forest on a wired bridge with a visilibilty of less than fifteen feet due to fog.