Thursday, May 13, 2010

Red flowers, up close

This is a closer view of the flowering bush that I showed yesterday. The Ixora flowers are only 4 cm (1.5 inches) long. They have four petals and are symmetrical.

I would like to share with you some news from Costa Rica. Last Saturday was the inauguration of the first woman President in the country's history, Laura Chinchilla. She won the election last year in a landslide. She was Vice President under the outgoing President Oscar Arias. Dr. Arias finished a second successful term as President, as he was also President in the 1980's, when he won the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering a peace in Nicaragua.

Presidenta Chincilla is devoted to public service, as she is the daughter of a high government minister. She is a centrist. She is not a crusader on what some people consider to be women's social issues. She emphasizes economic issues and measures to combat crime, even though crime is not a particular problem.

On our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week we are showing photos from a recent visit of mine to the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California. Come take a look at the Victorian charm and ideal beach weather.

6 comments:

Flowers said...

Stunning picture of the flowers, will definitely make my day. Keep posting.

brattcat said...

This image, for some reason, reminds me of my daughter's dance recitals. All the little ones grouped together in their marvelous tutus. Congratulations on the election of Ms. Chinchilla. She sounds like a good choice for Costa Rica's leader.

Sharon said...

In this close up shot, the flowers almost look like they are made of plastic.

Good news on the new President.

glenda said...

These are such a beautiful color. As I said on Julies site, it reminds us to take a closer look at the beauty around us.

Jarart said...

Fantastic pictures of those beautiful flowers.
I love the shot with the cattle.

I'm traveling right now, so I will have to catch up whenever I can.

JM said...

Beautiful close-up!

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