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Island of Ocelots
Photograph by Christian Ziegler

In Panama, high ground peeks through thick fog on the approach to Barro Colorado Island, home of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, dedicated to the study of rain forest ecosystems. The island is in the middle of Lake Gatún, an artificial body of water formed by the construction of the Panama Canal. Although the canal appears to be a barrier to animal migration between North and South America, well-forested islands like Barro Colorado are like stepping-stones for animals attempting to swim across the canal.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS-IV
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: Canon 17-35mm, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Clear skies
Time of Day: Early morning, just after sunrise
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment or Comments: I used an ultralight airplane because it's flexible, flies low, and is cheaper than a helicopter.

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