About Karma

Karma is an environmentalist, hiking zealot and orchid nerd from Sweden. She is also a designer/art director and a blogger. She has been the editor for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine, published internationally and held lectures on orchid culture. At the moment Karma is a digital nomad, intent on discovering the world one trail at a time.

Day 4-5: Las Alturas and Cerro Chai

Costa Rica travel diary

A not too long but fairly bumpy journey by bus landed us at the research station of Las Alturas at an elevation of 1528 meters. It is a wonderfully rustic place with only a diesel generator for power and running cold water only. The reserve sits on a hillside overlooking sprawling coffee plantations but with primary forests at its doorstep further up the mountain. It is located on the very edge of La […]

Day 3: Exploring El Copal

Costa Rica travel diary

Morning fog around El Copal made it seem as if the large wrap-around porch was floating in the canopy of the trees surrounding it. Quite magical! Most of us got up early, 5:30 to be exact, to watch the sunrise and do some bird watching from the porch before breakfast. Actually it was a hawk who woke me up, very strange call, sound more like an owl, but a nice alarm none the less.

With all […]

Day 2: El Copal

Costa Rica travel diary

We had a really nice minibus with a quite interesting driver to our disposal for the duration. I think he did not quite know what to make of us all at first, but by the end I think we had won him over. Along the way we also met up with our two fantastic local guides, Daniel and Eugenio.

Our first day was a long drive over to the Caribbean side and the beautiful El Copal, […]

Day 1: travel day

Costa Rica travel diary

The alarm went off at 3:45 (!)… nothing like three hours of restless sleep to make you feel refreshed and ready to take in the day. Nova seemed a bit confused that I actually woke her up for a change, but she was game. I will miss the little bugger. Mom dropped me off at the airport in Gothenburg at 5:30 and I was airborne an hour later. Smooth start. The adventure […]

Day -1: packing day

Costa Rica travel diary

No matter how many months of preparations and planning, packing still took most of the day. Carefully squeezing every thing I might possibly need for my three week adventure into my two backpacks. Yes two… one smaller, though still quite sizeable daypack of 35 liters, and one larger 65 liter pack needed for all the camping gear on the multi-day hike. I had been fretting over the meticulously detailed packing list a bit as I found it […]

By | November 27th, 2015|Categories: Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Paphiopedilum Leeanum

The slipper parade continues, it is Paphiopedilum season after all. Let me present Paphiopedilum Leeanum, a lovely primary hybrid with Paphiopedilum insigne as the seed parent and Paphiopedilum spicerianum as the pollen contributor. It is an old classic as far as hybrids go, registered in Britain in back in 1884 when the orchid hybridization craze was first gaining momentum. Leeanum was one of the first of many successful insigne crosses exhibiting enormous vitality and eagerness to bloom, a quality making insigne very popular in hybridization […]

By | November 15th, 2015|Categories: My orchids, Orchid blog|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Paphiopedilum appletonianum

Paphiopedilum appletonianum is a personal favorite in my collection. I know I say this every year, but everytime it blooms I feel this way so it must be true then. Not only do I like that the flowers last for several months I also adore the color combination and the purple-brown, lightly hairy and ridiculously long inflorescence often measuring up to half a meter long! The lovely light mottled leaves add some extra appeal even […]

By | October 27th, 2015|Categories: My orchids, Orchid blog|Tags: , |4 Comments

Costa Rica packing list

Time is flying by at light speed and the departure date for Costa Rica is fast approaching (November 28). This means it is time to start firming up a reasonable packing list. Normally I am quite spontaneous, but for a trip like this I prefer to be organized down to the smallest detail rather than winging it the night before. Perhaps a bit overkill, but it helps me sleep better at night so it is worth […]

By | October 20th, 2015|Categories: Costa Rica 2015, Hiking blog|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

Paphiopedilum purpuratum

This stunning species hail from southeastern China and Vietnam where it grows at elevations of 500-1400 meters. It is a small and fairly easy going species. It does not require a whole lot of light and can handle a wide temperature range from warm to intermediate and a grows either terrestrially or as a lithopyhte on limestone cliffs in nature. The leaves are beautifully mottled in a pale and dark green rather graphic modern camo pattern. Commonly called the purple Paphiopedilum it is as to be […]

By | October 16th, 2015|Categories: My orchids, Orchid blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Weekend hike on Vättlefjäll

WHERE: Vättlefjäll – Västra Götaland, Sweden.
OBJECTIVE: Disconnect from everything and recharge plus test out some new gear.
DISTANCE: The amount of miles hiked – secondary.

We have enjoyed a wonderfully mild and sunny fall this year and I really want to get as much outdoor time as possible while it lasts. So since this past weekend was going to be exceptionally nice, a couple of friends and I decided to make a run for it and […]

By | October 14th, 2015|Categories: Hiking blog, Weekend trips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |8 Comments
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