Friday, December 3, 2010

Aerial view of Tempisque RIver headwaters

This is a photo of the Tempisque River as our airliner was about to land at the international airport in Liberia, about an hour northeast of Tamarindo. The airport is in a plain near the Pacific Ocean on the west side of Liberia. This makes the airport especially convenient to the resort area along the Pacific beaches, such as Tamarindo.

Although the Tempisque River at this point is only about 5 km (3 miles) from the ocean, it does not flow into the nearby ocean. There are coastal hills that separate this plain from the ocean. Instead, the Tempisque River flows south about 60 km (40 miles) to form a delta as it flows into the Gulf of Nicoya, which farther south opens up into the Pacific.

The river is small at this point, but it becomes about four times this wide as it nears its mouth. The wildlife photos I have shown in the past from Palo Verde National Park, including crocodiles, monkeys and water fowl, are located in this same Tempisque River.

We are showing photos from the Amazon Jungle and the Nazca Lines in Peru on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

6 comments:

Sharon said...

Is this the same river that I took a boat ride on with Julie? I can't get over that lush green all around.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

this is a great aerial photo and shows the river perfectly and look at that lush greenery

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Sharon,
You and Julie took a raft trip on the Corobici RIver, which is smaller and farther east than the Tempisque River. Both are excellent for wildlife viewing.

Jarart said...

I can only guess at the feelings that come over you as you first see this scene unfold before you. Sure is a contrast to what you see as you are landing in Phoenix.

Lois said...

It is beautiful! One of the things I like about the approach to the airport here is looking down and seeing perfectly round dark sinkholes filled with water surrounded by trees in the National Forest. Hopefully I can get a picture of it one day.

JM said...

This is so beautiful, David! Great shot!

As I already told Julie, now I envy you, as I have never been to Easter Island! :-) Looking forward to seeing the photos on your travel blog.

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