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Baby Sea Turtle takes its First Swim
First Swim, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
© Roy Toft, 2005

The Osa: Where the Ocean Meets the Rainforest
This exhibit closed on June 21, 2009
from The Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Natural History Museum

The Ordover Gallery at the San Diego Natural History Museum is presenting fine-art photography by Roy Toft from March 14–June 21, 2009.

Roy Toft has been exploring and photographing the fauna of the Osa Peninsula for 20 years. He focuses on creating images that convey a sense of the animal’s character and spirit. Toft has returned numerous times to the Osa, a locale that The National Geographic Society has called “the most biologically intense place on the planet.”

The Osa Peninsula juts into the Pacific Ocean and is located in the southwest corner of Costa Rica. It encompasses lush rainforests and a complex system of freshwater and marine systems. Just 35 miles long and 20 miles wide, the Osa boasts a variety of plant and animal life, including jaguars, monkeys, tapirs, sea turtles, over 375 bird species, 4000–5000 vascular plant species, and 700 tree species.

Roy Toft’s photography has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, Wildlife Conservation, and Discover magazine, among others. Toft shares his love for teaching and photography by instructing photography classes, tour groups and workshops.

Also on view in The Ordover Gallery will be dramatic wildlife images by Frans Lanting, Abe Ordover, Galen Rowell and Art Wolfe, as well as glass sculpture by Dick Ditore.

All artwork in The Ordover Gallery is for sale; a substantial portion of proceeds will benefit the Museum. The Ordover Gallery’s imagery and artists’ biographies can be viewed at

Squirrel Monkey Peaking Titi, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
© Roy Toft, 2005

Three Scarlet Macaws Macaw Family in Flight, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
© Roy Toft, 2004


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