Ceiba Tree, Montepio, Mexico

Ceiba Tree, Montepio, Mexico

This image was captured with my 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" twin lens reflex camera on one of my visits to the swampy area of Montepio. It was during this visit that I saw an orange snake about 15 feet in front of me. Being from New York City, I was naive about snakes but quite proud of myself for seeing one in this remote area. It was only after I returned to the center of Montepio, and told someone about what I had seen, that I became aware that it was a coral snake, and that a bite from it results in death within 30 minutes. I was a bit shaken hearing this, but oddly enough, also exhilarated to think that I escaped harm from a deadly snake, even though I wasn't that close to it. I carried a stick as I had been instructed to do, and made sure I made noise with it by poking the ground in front of me as I walked. I wanted whatever animals might be around to move away from me.

A giant in the rain forests, the ceiba or kapok tree can reach up to 200 feet in height. The ceiba tree is one of the Mayan's most important sacred trees because it is their Tree of Life