Saturday, April 4, 2009

Toucan tire planters

This is another photo of the little park in downtown Tortuguero, which is the same location as the giant toucan statues I showed a few days ago. These are hanging planters with ferns growing in them. The planters are made out of used tires, and they are shaped into toucans. How environmentally sensitive to recycle tires into planters. How creative to slice up the tires into the shape of toucans, complete with tail feathers.

I know there are readers of this site who enjoy dog photos, so I am also posting a second photo to show a closer view the dog. The dog will also make an appearance in tomorrow's photo, with a very different background.

I take photos such as these for my mother-in-law, who is a fanatical, obsessive dog lover. When I travel, I try to take some photos of dogs for her, usually with a close up of the dog and a second shot that shows the dog in its environment so that it can be identified as being in a particular country. My mother-in-law has several photo albums on her coffee table of dogs around the world.

I began taking dog photos for her when she joined my wife and me for 10 days in the middle of our 3-week honeymoon in France. (I know, that is strange.) I started noticing that no matter where we were, my mother-in-law would not be taking photos of the major sights, but would be taking photos of dogs. She is probably the only tourist who neglected to take a photo of the Eiffel tower and barely looked at it because there were dogs to be photographed in the area. It was painful to watch her take photos of dogs at long distances, without a telephoto, that I had to take up the challenge to take some good dog photos for her.

13 comments:

Abe Lincoln said...

You are right. The tire photos or use of tires as hanging planters is a neat way to use up old tires. The other is to grind them up and somehow make them into mulch that never wears out.

I am nuts about dogs but I always see dogs alone as lost. Dogs are part of the wolf family and there is nothing more social than wolf families and we are part of that culture as wolves and people have associated with each other since the first ice age.

Anyway. Give me a dog and I have a friend for life.

Sharon said...

I love those planters. Very clever.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very interesting use to recycle discarded materials. And a very clever tough to turn the planters into toucans to add to the tropical environment. I bet the dogs loving having the freedom to roam round the small town area.

brattcat said...

I, too, love the creativity in the use of the retired tires. And that little pooch, he's a cutie. You are a very, very good son-in-law!

Jilly said...

What a fascinating use of tyres.

I'm with Abe - give me a dog and I've a friend for life.

Another lovely dog today. Also with ears that stick out a bit - these have a curve tho. Many places have a local mutt population and often there is something in common with many of them.

Buy your mother in law a 'super zoom camera' and then she'll have fun like me taking doggy pics!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Jilly,
I am sure that my mother-in-law will appreciate your suggestion about buying her a camera with a good zoom, but although I lover her dearly, I think the gesture would be futile. I fear that she would not be able to operate a better camera.

To show that I am not playing favorites, I will relate that one of the most difficult tasks I encountered was going through my parents' collection of photos from their travels after they died. They were wonderful people, but terrible photographers. Of course the memories rekindled by the task made it very difficult. But I had a variety of photos in which I could remember my dad by seeing parts of my dad's thumb in the photos.

Jarart said...

Sweet dog and sweet story also.

glenda said...

Very cute little puppy. Why don't you go ahead and get your mother-in-law that camera and see. Maybe she will surprise you!( What a can of worms we have opened.)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Glenda,
So you think taking a mother-in-law along on a honeymoon in France is not enough? I have to buy a camera, too?

I think Jilly is a trouble maker.

JM said...

I don't remember seeing toucan tires there but I've seen macaw tires in Guatemala and I find them pretty cool too!

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