Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Transition from sandy beach to tide pools

Langosta beach is sandy along the shore at high tide, and then under the water are the remains of a volcanic flow or lava, now shaped like rivers of rocks.

This week we are showing some more photos from my wife's recent trip to Guatemala, featuring the market town of ChiChi and Guatemala City on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  

Monday, August 18, 2014

Ready for Zip Lines

This photo shows my wife ready for a zip lining outing.  Zip lining has been popular in Costa Rica for years.  I have recently been noticing more zip lining places in other locations, including the USA.  I assume that the presence of zip lines in he USA reflects that the safety of zip lining has reached a point that insurance companies are now comfortable writing insurance policies for zip line operations.

This week we are showing some more photos from Julie's recent trip to Guatemala, featuring the market town of ChiChi and Guatemala City on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Waterfall near Rincon de la Vieja

The slopes of Rincon de la Vieja volcano just northeast of Liberia provide the elevation gain, slopes, and rain at higher elevations to cause lots of streams and waterfalls.

Today is Sunday, so we have new posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing some more photos from Julie's recent trip to Guatemala, featuring the market town of ChiChi and Guatemala City.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Roseatte spoonbills in the high branches of a tree

Trips down Costa Rican rivers reveal lots of birds who take advantage of the riparian habitats.  Rosaette spoonbills are easy to spot, even when perched near the top of a distant tree, because of the round shape of their bills and their pink coloration.

This week we have photos of Punahka, Bhutan, posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lily pads

I doubt that Claude Monet ever made it to Costa Rica, but if he had been able to visit, he would have found lots of water lilies to paint.

This week we have photos of Punahka, Bhutan, posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Parrots at an animal rescue center

Corobichi River raft trips often include a stop and short walk to the Las Pumas Animal Rescue Center.  Founded by a Swiss woman in 1982, the center cares for injured and orphaned animals, such as these parrots

The government of Costa Rica is attempting to outlaw private zoos and to discourage people from keeping wild animals as pets, with the exception of animal rescue and rehabilitation facilities.

This week we have photos of Punahka, Bhutan, posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rafting on the Corobichi River

I showed a photo of the Corobichi River a few days ago.  This photo shows my wife, Julie, and the river guide as he paddles down the river.

This is a wildlife viewing trip, not a white water rafting adventure.  Both white water rafting and wildlife viewing raft trips are popular in Costa Rica.

This week we have photos of Punahka, Bhutan, posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baby Crocodile

Yes, there are crocodiles in some of the rivers of Costa Rica.  Floating by on a raft or boat is a pleasant way to see them.

Local people do swim and fish in the rivers, but they must know where it is safe to do so and where to avoid.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the people who have gathered for a festival in Punahka, Bhutan.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Egret

Birds are the most common wildlife sightings along the rivers of Costa Rica.  Costa Rica has more bird species than the USA and Canada combined.

But larger land animals can also be spotted, as I will show tomorrow.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the people who have gathered for a festival in Punahka, Bhutan.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Raft trip on the Coribichi RIver

The Corobichi River is a pleasant place for a relaxing raft trip to view wildlife, as I will show during the next few days.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of the people who have gathered for a festival in Punahka, Bhutan.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Red flowers in the trees

All over Tamarindo, especially along the beach, we have trees the bloom with red flowers.

This week we have photos of the people of Guatemala posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Playa Flamingo

This is another view of the beach at Playa Flamingo.

A few years ago there was a proposal to build a resort development and pier for cruise ships at Playa Flamingo, as it has one of the few bays suitable for sheltering ships in the area.

There was a delay due to controversy in the letting of the contract for the large infrastructure  projects, and then the 2008 recession hit and the plans have been shelved. There is no town at Playa Flamingo suitable for being overrun with cruise ship day passengers.

This week we have photos of the people Guatemala posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo is about 15 minutes north of Tamarindo. The bay is sheltered by the peninsula, so this part of the beach has gentle waves.

This week we have photos of the Dalmation Coast of Croatia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ocean sunset

Just like it is pleasant to look down on the beach and ocean from our Langosta condo balcony/patio, the sunset views over the ocean are even more relaxing.

Even on days when there is not much color in the sunset, there can be delicate highlighting from the sunset that is a serene way to end the day.

This week we have photos of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ocean view

I can't think of  anything more relaxing than sitting on the balcony/patio of our Langosta Beach  condo with a snack and a drink, and listening to the surf and looking down on the relentless march of the waves rolling in to the shore.

One guest in our condo even reported to me that they saw whales from our balcony.

This week we have photos of the people of Guatemala posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Yellow bird

I don't know what type of bird this is, but I was pleased to see him in the trees outside our condo at the Tamarindo Diria Resort.

This week we have photos of the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Carry-out food for raccoons

The August 1 Theme Day was carry-out, so I am adding another post related to the theme, also using animals enjoying the equivalent of carry-out food.  I recently showed a photo of a raccoon.  This photo shows why we have some raccoons who are used to people.

The Capitan Suizo Resort puts food out for raccoons.  They come into the lobby like house cats and help themselves to the dinner.  People enjoy watching them, although hopefully this does not cause their skills to atrophy to the point where the easy food left by man makes them unable to provide for themselves in the wild.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos of Croatia.  The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia is a scenic, cultural and architecturally intriguing place to visit.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Theme Day -- Take-Out (for Monkeys)

Today's worldwide Daily Photo Theme is "Carry-Out" or "Take-Away."  I like to find a distinctively Costa Rican interpretation of the Daily Photo themes, so I am showing a photo of a carry-out food delivery for monkeys.

This is a photo of my son feeding a banana piece to a white-faced capuchin monkey.  I am sure the monkey believes that he has humans well trained to bring him food.  He is right.

This week we have photos of the people of Guatemala posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

To see how other Daily Photo bloggers have interpreted the theme of Take Out, use this link.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Raccoon at night

I think of raccoons as forest animals, not beach animals, but we do see them walking around at night.

I used a flash for this photo, and the eyes of the raccoon reflected the light of the flash.  The same effect occurred with the eyes of the gecko that I posted yesterday.  It must be due to the size of the pupils to be able to see at night.

This week we have photos of the people of Guatemala posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Gecko at night

This photo illustrates some of the differences between geckos and baby iguanas, which I have shown on this website and which are often mistaken for geckos.

If you look closely, you will seen that this gecko has round pads for his toes, whereas iguanas have claws.  Also, his eyes are adapted to the dark, where as iguanas have slits for pupils.

And, even more fundamentally, geckos are nocturnal.  This photo was taken at night, with the gecko hanging upside down on the ceiling of out balcony/patio.

This week we have photos of the people of Guatemala posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tiger Heron

The striping on the neck is the source of the name for this tiger heron.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posed on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are posting photos of the people of Guatemala.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Palm Trees Swaying in the Breeze

After yesterday's odd shot while being lazy,  I thought I should try to redeem myself.  But I was only slightly more energetic.  For this photo I had to get up off the couch and walk to the patio/balcony of our Diria Resort condo.

But I was rewarded with the refreshing ocean breeze, as is evident from the palm trees in this photo.  Cabo Velas across Tamarindo Bay is in the background.

This week we have photos of the National Archeological Museum in Guatemala City posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Patterns on the ceiling

OK.  Sometimes I get tired of taking photos of sunsets, waves, beaches, wildlife, surfing, people in swim suits on the beach, and other typical scenes around Tamarindo.

So, while sitting in my living room one night, wondering what I can possible shoot the following day, I contemplated the ceiling of our condo at the Diria Resort.  With the main lights off, the indirect uplighting, barrel-vaulted ceiling shape, and ceiling fans created this pattern.

This is perhaps not worthy of being posted, but it was what could involve less effort that taking a photo while reclining in one's own sofa.

This week we have photos of the National Archeological Museum in Guatemala City posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Modern art at the Diria

This is rather unusual, but it is decoration in one of the outdoor corridors in a section of the Tamarindo Diria Resort.  The Diria uses a pre-Colombian theme, as I showed yesterday, but the resort expanded a few years ago to take over the resort next door.

The Diria upgraded the rooms, grounds and facilities, as the Diria is the leading resort in the area, but they kept some of the different design elements, such as this colorful hallway accent.

This week we have photos of the National Archeological Museum in Guatemala City posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Diria Pool and Statuary at Night

This is a night scene from a portion of the large lagoon pool just below our condo at the Tamarindo Diria Resort. There are islands, coves, beach-type sides, statues and fountains in the pool.

The decor features statuary with a pre-Colombian theme, as you can see here, but tomorrow I will show quite contrasting decor.

This week we have photos of the National Archeological Museum in Guatemala City posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Photo: Langosta Beach Wedding

This is another view of the wedding that I showed yesterday.  Langosta Beach is not crowded at all.  People can get married without being bothered by swimmers or others intruding into their special moment.

Destination weddings seem to have become more popular in recent years.  Perhaps it is because people from different places are often getting married and it is a good way to avoid having the wedding at the location of only one of the families, and to make the wedding more memorable and unique.

This week we have photos of the National Archeological Museum in Guatemala City posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A wedding on the beach

There is a popular spot for weddings on Langosta Beach about a block from our Langosta condo.   The Diria Resort, where we have our other condo, is also popular for weddings.  

I have seen an increase in the number of people who rent our condos who are coming to Tamarindo either to get married or to attend the wedding of a friend or family member.

The beach at sunset is a perfect spot for a wedding.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posed on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are posting photos of the National Archeological Museum in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Oceanside relaxation

This couple was enjoying relaxing in the last rays of the sun on the beachfront lawn at the Diria Resort.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Great Synagogue of Budapest, Hungary.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

An iguana in the tree

Yesterday I showed a photo of a baby iguana in the bushes that it is easy to overlook.  Today I am showing that it is easy to overlook adult iguanas resting up in the trees.

Iguanas spend most of their time in trees.  That is fine with me.  They don't bother people, but it is better for them to have their own space up in the trees.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Great Synagogue of Budapest, Hungary.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stare down with a baby iguana

Here's looking at you, kid.  This baby iguana kept a close eye on me as I walked on the short path from our Langosta condo to the beach.

It is easy to overlook the adorable creatures with whom we share habitat.

This week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site we are showing photos of the Great Synagogue of Budapest, Hungary.
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