Thursday, November 21, 2013

Elephant's Umbrella Leaf

This huge leaf is called an elephant's ear.  It is about one yard (one meter) in diameter.  I took this photo while on a little day trip up into the mountains from San Jose, although we also have these plants at lower elevations near our beach condos in Tamarindo.

Comment about the Criminal Conviction of Tom Brady's Bodyguards:  In my post two days ago I commented about the declining homicide rate and the lack of gun ownership in Costa Rica.  Here is another item from the newspaper.

A Costa Rican court has just convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison two of the former bodyguards for U.S. football star Tom Brady and his Brazilian model wife, Gisele Bundchen.  When they were in Costa Rica for their wedding in 2009, the bodyguards confronted two photographers who worked for a French press agency who were photographing the wedding from a neighbor's property, with permission of the neighbor.

When the two photographers refused to surrender the cameras and memory cards to the bodyguards and returned to their car, the bodyguards shot out the rear window of their car.  No one was hurt, but the two bodyguards were just convicted of attempted murder.

This week photos of the architecture of Ronda, Spain, posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.

8 comments:

JM said...

I remember how amazed I was at the size of these wonderful leaves. What a plant!

Kate said...

Beautiful; another of nature's wonders when we take time to see.

Sharon said...

You could use one of these as an umbrella if you needed to.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

They really are enormous, perfectly named :)
The bodyguards you referred to sound like a pair of thugs Dave!

Judy said...

It takes a lot of water to grow one of those!

Karl Demetz said...

Wow, this is extra-large!

glenda said...

The name suits this leaf!

Bob Crowe said...

More reasons to love Costa Rica and despise football.

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