Climbing up the hillside that defining the southern edge of El Gigante Bay, I stopped to take in the view and admire this marvelous tree. The bark was sinuous and twisted. Any sign of a smooth exterior was no longer present, only the muscles and tendons were left. They reached to the heavens and stretched and buried into the earth, clinging and grasping what remained of the dry dusty cliff. At the top of the mountainside these perfectly shaped pods resembled beans but I learned they are actually poisonous.
These prickly pods are abundant in the jungles of Nicaragua. Armies of red ants make these spines their home. If you look closely you can see the hole, and with the slightest disturbance ants will come swarming.