Some years ago, I did quite a bit of caving in Panama. One of the caves discovered was Ol' Bank Underworld. We surveyed over a kilometer of passage, and to this day there are still good leads to extend the cave further.
After surveying the main stream trunk, we went into an upper level passage that takes water during flood events not too far from the downstream sump. We thought it would be a bypass to the sump, but it went elsewhere. There were a lot of white formations and it was named the White Way, even though anyone going that way got pretty brown with all the mud on the floor in a couple places.
The White Way ended at a long lake (only diving might find a continuation here), and we encountered this fine tarantula. Usually I can handle these things pretty easily, but this guy was cranky and hungry, and nearly got a bite in on me when I grabbed it.
Ten years ago, we lived in Panama. Our son was just a baby as we took him around on our travels. One day we were out in a Kuna Indian village near Lago Bayano, and this lovely woman asked if she could hold him. I took a quick pic, not a posed shot. It is one of my favorite pictures from our time in Panama.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist