Central Costa Rica Trip 2011(San Jose to Arenal Volcano)

Photos from our photography tour of Central Costa Rica Feb. 22 - Mar. 3, 2011
Image Number Image (Click to Enlarge)CaptionImage Viewed
1 From Feb. 22 - Mar. 3, 2011 Kenny and I went to Costa Rica on a fabulous photography tour with a great group of people from Chattanooga, Alabama, Pennsylvania and New York. We went with Strabo Tours International and Costa Rican-based Horizontes Tours....

From Feb. 22 - Mar. 3, 2011 Kenny and I went to Costa Rica on a fabulous photography tour with a great group of people from Chattanooga, Alabama, Pennsylvania and New York. We went with Strabo Tours International and Costa Rican-based Horizontes Tours....

From Feb. 22 - Mar. 3, 2011 Kenny and I went to Costa Rica on a fabulous photography tour with a great group of people from Chattanooga, Alabama, Pennsylvania and New York. We went with Strabo Tours International and Costa Rican-based Horizontes Tours. I couldn't resist doing something humorous with this funny Bougainvellia flower! 1306
2 We started our trip in San José, then up the mountains to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, where we visited Ecocentro Danaus, took a soak in the hot springs and hiked down to La Fortuna Waterfall. We took a boat across Lago Arenal and 2 SUVs took us up ...

We started our trip in San José, then up the mountains to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, where we visited Ecocentro Danaus, took a soak in the hot springs and hiked down to La Fortuna Waterfall. We took a boat across Lago Arenal and 2 SUVs took us up ...

We started our trip in San José, then up the mountains to La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, where we visited Ecocentro Danaus, took a soak in the hot springs and hiked down to La Fortuna Waterfall. We took a boat across Lago Arenal and 2 SUVs took us up dirt roads into the cloud forests of Monteverde. We visited a butterfly farm, hummingbird garden and the Hanging Bridges at Selvatura. We ended the trip at Quepos on the Pacific coast where we visited Manuel Antoino National Park. 1280
3 The group on the Hanging Bridges hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. 
L-R: Pat  C., Kris, Tom C., Gayle B., David M., Tom H., Judy M., Diane B., and our wonderful Costa Rican guide, Willy A. 
Photo by Ken Light

The group on the Hanging Bridges hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. L-R: Pat C., Kris, Tom C., Gayle B., David M., Tom H., Judy M., Diane B., and our wonderful Costa Rican guide, Willy A. Photo by Ken Light

The group on the Hanging Bridges hike in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. L-R: Pat C., Kris, Tom C., Gayle B., David M., Tom H., Judy M., Diane B., and our wonderful Costa Rican guide, Willy A. Photo by Ken Light 1247
4 Our wonderful guide Willy! He was so knowledgable about the nature, history, and geology of Costa Rica. We learned a lot from him. Here, he is holding the card with his name that I gave each participant the last night of the trip.

Our wonderful guide Willy! He was so knowledgable about the nature, history, and geology of Costa Rica. We learned a lot from him. Here, he is holding the card with his name that I gave each participant the last night of the trip.

Our wonderful guide Willy! He was so knowledgable about the nature, history, and geology of Costa Rica. We learned a lot from him. Here, he is holding the card with his name that I gave each participant the last night of the trip. 1256
5 Our driver, Jason, celebrated his  birthday on the trip. We surprised him with a slice of cake, a candle and the "Happy Birthday" song! Although he didn't speak English, he appreciated it! He was a good animal spotter and he had a great sense of humor ...

Our driver, Jason, celebrated his birthday on the trip. We surprised him with a slice of cake, a candle and the "Happy Birthday" song! Although he didn't speak English, he appreciated it! He was a good animal spotter and he had a great sense of humor ...

Our driver, Jason, celebrated his birthday on the trip. We surprised him with a slice of cake, a candle and the "Happy Birthday" song! Although he didn't speak English, he appreciated it! He was a good animal spotter and he had a great sense of humor (passed on to us by our Costa Rican guide, Willy)! 1171
6 We took this "Turismo" Bus on our travels. Our wonderful driver, Jason, did a great job of keeping the windows clean so we could get good on-the-road shots. He amazed us driving on the narrow, curvy, bumpy mountain roads! These small buses are seen all...

We took this "Turismo" Bus on our travels. Our wonderful driver, Jason, did a great job of keeping the windows clean so we could get good on-the-road shots. He amazed us driving on the narrow, curvy, bumpy mountain roads! These small buses are seen all...

We took this "Turismo" Bus on our travels. Our wonderful driver, Jason, did a great job of keeping the windows clean so we could get good on-the-road shots. He amazed us driving on the narrow, curvy, bumpy mountain roads! These small buses are seen all over the country, they can get around easier than the large tour buses. 1282
7 The Costa Rican Flag is proudly flown at homes.

The Costa Rican Flag is proudly flown at homes.

The Costa Rican Flag is proudly flown at homes. 1148
8 We quickly learned there "ain't no easy way" to get into and out of San José! Steep, winding, (sometimes dirt) roads have to be taken to get out of the central valley. This was a view of one of the curvy mountain roads from the airplane as we left San...

We quickly learned there "ain't no easy way" to get into and out of San José! Steep, winding, (sometimes dirt) roads have to be taken to get out of the central valley. This was a view of one of the curvy mountain roads from the airplane as we left San...

We quickly learned there "ain't no easy way" to get into and out of San José! Steep, winding, (sometimes dirt) roads have to be taken to get out of the central valley. This was a view of one of the curvy mountain roads from the airplane as we left San Jose. 1142
9 The Costa Rican money is based on the Colón (pronounced: co-lone)

The Costa Rican money is based on the Colón (pronounced: co-lone)

The Costa Rican money is based on the Colón (pronounced: co-lone) 1089
10 Our first night in Costa Rica was spent at the elegant Hotel Bougainvillea in San José, named for the beautiful red and hot-pink flower seen all over the country.

Our first night in Costa Rica was spent at the elegant Hotel Bougainvillea in San José, named for the beautiful red and hot-pink flower seen all over the country.

Our first night in Costa Rica was spent at the elegant Hotel Bougainvillea in San José, named for the beautiful red and hot-pink flower seen all over the country. 1268
11 <b>Bougainvillea</b> <br> <em>Bougainvillea glabra</em><br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 22, 2011The Bougainvillea Hotel was a riot of color with gardens of its namesake flower, orchids, heliconias, and many other tropical flowers<br>

Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea glabra
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011The Bougainvillea Hotel was a riot of color with gardens of its namesake flower, orchids, heliconias, and many other tropical flowers

Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea glabra
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011The Bougainvillea Hotel was a riot of color with gardens of its namesake flower, orchids, heliconias, and many other tropical flowers



clr: 3-p
2048
12 The Hotel Bougainvillea has acres of spectacular gardens! I could have spent hours looking at the numerous orchids, cannas, Flame Vine, heliconias, bromeliads, and on and on!

The Hotel Bougainvillea has acres of spectacular gardens! I could have spent hours looking at the numerous orchids, cannas, Flame Vine, heliconias, bromeliads, and on and on!

The Hotel Bougainvillea has acres of spectacular gardens! I could have spent hours looking at the numerous orchids, cannas, Flame Vine, heliconias, bromeliads, and on and on! 1136
13 <b>Skinneri Orchid</b> The National Flower of Costa Rica
"Guaria morada" (Spanish names in quotes)
<em>Guarianthe skinneri</em> / Orchid family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011

This is the National Flower of Costa Rica and it can be seen plan...

Skinneri Orchid The National Flower of Costa Rica "Guaria morada" (Spanish names in quotes) Guarianthe skinneri / Orchid family San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 This is the National Flower of Costa Rica and it can be seen plan...

Skinneri Orchid The National Flower of Costa Rica "Guaria morada" (Spanish names in quotes) Guarianthe skinneri / Orchid family San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 This is the National Flower of Costa Rica and it can be seen planted on trees in many areas. I bought some of the tiny plants in gel to bring home. I hope I can keep them happy and alive! The Spanish name for the plants is in quotation marks.


clr: 3-p
2510
14 <b>Flame Vine; Flaming Trumpet Vine</b><br>"Triquitraque"<br><em>Pyrostegia venusta</em><br>Bignonia family<br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 22, 2011<br>

Flame Vine; Flaming Trumpet Vine
"Triquitraque"
Pyrostegia venusta
Bignonia family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011

Flame Vine; Flaming Trumpet Vine
"Triquitraque"
Pyrostegia venusta
Bignonia family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
This brilliant orange vine grew on the fence along the garden at the Bougainvillea Hotel.



clr: 4-o
2010
15 <b>Golden Shrimp Plant</b>"Camarón amarillo"<br><em>Pachystachys lutea</em><br>Acanthus family<br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 22, 2011<br>This is a well-named plant, the flower bracts really do look like shrimp!

Golden Shrimp Plant"Camarón amarillo"
Pachystachys lutea
Acanthus family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
This is a well-named plant, the flower bracts really do look like shrimp!

Golden Shrimp Plant"Camarón amarillo"
Pachystachys lutea
Acanthus family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
This is a well-named plant, the flower bracts really do look like shrimp!


clr: 5-y
1679
16 <b>Lobster-claw Heliconia; Hanging Lobster Claw</b>
"Platanilla"
<em>Heliconia rostrata</em>
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011

These interesting flowers are contained in tough, rubbery red and yellow bracts. The male and female parts of the fl...

Lobster-claw Heliconia; Hanging Lobster Claw "Platanilla" Heliconia rostrata San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 These interesting flowers are contained in tough, rubbery red and yellow bracts. The male and female parts of the fl...

Lobster-claw Heliconia; Hanging Lobster Claw "Platanilla" Heliconia rostrata San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 These interesting flowers are contained in tough, rubbery red and yellow bracts. The male and female parts of the flowers are pollinated by nectar-eating birds.


clr: 2-r
2383
17 <b>Crimson Passionflower</b>
"Flor de pasión"
<em>Passiflora vitifolia</em> / Passionflower family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011

I was thrilled to see this vine blooming at the hotel in San Jose! It was one of my target plants. The leaves...

Crimson Passionflower "Flor de pasión" Passiflora vitifolia / Passionflower family San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 I was thrilled to see this vine blooming at the hotel in San Jose! It was one of my target plants. The leaves...

Crimson Passionflower "Flor de pasión" Passiflora vitifolia / Passionflower family San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 I was thrilled to see this vine blooming at the hotel in San Jose! It was one of my target plants. The leaves of the passionflower vines are the food source for the caterpillars of Fritillary caterpillars.


clr: 2-r
1589
18 <b>Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow</b> "Ayer, hoy y mañana"<br><em>Brunfelsia grandiflora</em> <br>Tobacco Family<br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 22, 2011<br>This plant gets its unusual name from the way the flowers change colors as they age.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow "Ayer, hoy y mañana"
Brunfelsia grandiflora
Tobacco Family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
This plant gets its unusual name from the way the flowers change colors as they age.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow "Ayer, hoy y mañana"
Brunfelsia grandiflora
Tobacco Family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
This plant gets its unusual name from the way the flowers change colors as they age.


clr: 8-v
1865
19 When photographers go to meals, their cameras are usually not far away. We put our cameras on a nearby table when we ate at one restaurant.

When photographers go to meals, their cameras are usually not far away. We put our cameras on a nearby table when we ate at one restaurant.

When photographers go to meals, their cameras are usually not far away. We put our cameras on a nearby table when we ate at one restaurant. 1361
20 If you come to Costa Rica, you'd better like black beans and rice! <em>Gallo pinto</em> is a breakfast staple that we ate every morning. Unlike Mexican food, Costa Rican food is not "picante" (spicy-hot). Cilantro is a common seasoning, it is used in m...

If you come to Costa Rica, you'd better like black beans and rice! Gallo pinto is a breakfast staple that we ate every morning. Unlike Mexican food, Costa Rican food is not "picante" (spicy-hot). Cilantro is a common seasoning, it is used in m...

If you come to Costa Rica, you'd better like black beans and rice! Gallo pinto is a breakfast staple that we ate every morning. Unlike Mexican food, Costa Rican food is not "picante" (spicy-hot). Cilantro is a common seasoning, it is used in many foods. We loved the delicious fresh fruits, including papaya, guava, mango, bananas and pineapple. Yum! Seafood in Costa Rica is fresh and very good. Plantains are prepared in many different ways, including fried as chips. We had no problems with the food and water there; unlike other central and south American countries, everything was safe to eat and drink. 1809
21 Fresh fruits are so delicious in Costa Rica!

Fresh fruits are so delicious in Costa Rica!

Fresh fruits are so delicious in Costa Rica! 1275
22 <b>Banana flowers</b> <br><em>Musa acuminata</em> <br> Musaceae <br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 22, 2011<br>Bananas are a major crop in Costa Rica. They are sold still on the stalk in markets. The flowers are unusual looking.

Banana flowers
Musa acuminata
Musaceae
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
Bananas are a major crop in Costa Rica. They are sold still on the stalk in markets. The flowers are unusual looking.

Banana flowers
Musa acuminata
Musaceae
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
Bananas are a major crop in Costa Rica. They are sold still on the stalk in markets. The flowers are unusual looking.


clr: 9-m
1538
23 <b>Yellow Jacobinia</b>"Pavón amarillo"<br><em>Justicia aurea</em> <br> Acanthus family<br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 22, 2011<br>This was another of the interesting plants in the garden of the Bougainvillea Hotel.

Yellow Jacobinia"Pavón amarillo"
Justicia aurea
Acanthus family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
This was another of the interesting plants in the garden of the Bougainvillea Hotel.

Yellow Jacobinia"Pavón amarillo"
Justicia aurea
Acanthus family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011
This was another of the interesting plants in the garden of the Bougainvillea Hotel.


clr: 5-y
1902
24 Kenny and Kris at the garden of the Bougainvillea Hotel in San José.
Photo by Tom Harrison

Kenny and Kris at the garden of the Bougainvillea Hotel in San José. Photo by Tom Harrison

Kenny and Kris at the garden of the Bougainvillea Hotel in San José. Photo by Tom Harrison 1238
25 The <b>INBio Parque</b> on the outskirts of San José is a wonderful introduction to the plants, animals and numerous ecosystems in Costa Rica. This room has a great program on the many national parks in the country. Costa Rica has more land protected ...

The INBio Parque on the outskirts of San José is a wonderful introduction to the plants, animals and numerous ecosystems in Costa Rica. This room has a great program on the many national parks in the country. Costa Rica has more land protected ...

The INBio Parque on the outskirts of San José is a wonderful introduction to the plants, animals and numerous ecosystems in Costa Rica. This room has a great program on the many national parks in the country. Costa Rica has more land protected in parks than any other country in Central America. There are many laws protecting the environment, so animals and plants have a better opportunity to live here. 1180
26 One of the INBIO Parque guides gave a talk on the programs provided by their staff. We were amazed at the size of some of the insects in this collection! Secretly, I hoped to see some of these critters during our trip! :)

One of the INBIO Parque guides gave a talk on the programs provided by their staff. We were amazed at the size of some of the insects in this collection! Secretly, I hoped to see some of these critters during our trip! :)

One of the INBIO Parque guides gave a talk on the programs provided by their staff. We were amazed at the size of some of the insects in this collection! Secretly, I hoped to see some of these critters during our trip! :) 1182
27 This is just a small sample of the many species of butterflies found in Costa Rica. We were thrilled to see the gorgeous, Blue Morpho (center) flying wild in the forest at Parque National Manuel Antonio in Quepos.

This is just a small sample of the many species of butterflies found in Costa Rica. We were thrilled to see the gorgeous, Blue Morpho (center) flying wild in the forest at Parque National Manuel Antonio in Quepos.

This is just a small sample of the many species of butterflies found in Costa Rica. We were thrilled to see the gorgeous, Blue Morpho (center) flying wild in the forest at Parque National Manuel Antonio in Quepos. 1979
28 "Vólcan"<br><em>Solanum wendlandii</em> <br>Tobacco Family<br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 23, 2011<br>This pretty vine graced the entrance gate of INBio Parque.

"Vólcan"
Solanum wendlandii
Tobacco Family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This pretty vine graced the entrance gate of INBio Parque.

"Vólcan"
Solanum wendlandii
Tobacco Family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This pretty vine graced the entrance gate of INBio Parque.


clr: 8-v
1481
29 <b>Black Iguana; Ctenosaur</b> "Iguana negra"<br><em>Ctenosuara similis</em><br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 23, 2011<br>This old fellow was photographed at INBio Parque. Ctenosaurs look a bit different than the common Green Iguana.

Black Iguana; Ctenosaur "Iguana negra"
Ctenosuara similis
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This old fellow was photographed at INBio Parque. Ctenosaurs look a bit different than the common Green Iguana.

Black Iguana; Ctenosaur "Iguana negra"
Ctenosuara similis
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This old fellow was photographed at INBio Parque. Ctenosaurs look a bit different than the common Green Iguana.
1420
30 <b>Spectacled Caiman</b><br>"Cuajipalo"<br><em>Caiman crocodilus</em><br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 23, 2011<br>This caiman was seen at the INBio Parque, fortunately, he was sunning himself on the bank of the pond.

Spectacled Caiman
"Cuajipalo"
Caiman crocodilus
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This caiman was seen at the INBio Parque, fortunately, he was sunning himself on the bank of the pond.

Spectacled Caiman
"Cuajipalo"
Caiman crocodilus
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This caiman was seen at the INBio Parque, fortunately, he was sunning himself on the bank of the pond.
1252
31 <b>Turk's Cap Hibiscus</b> "Amapola"<br><em>Malvaviscus concinnus</em><br>San José, Costa Rica<br>Feb. 23, 2011<br>This is a common shrub in the forests of Costa Rica.

Turk's Cap Hibiscus "Amapola"
Malvaviscus concinnus
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This is a common shrub in the forests of Costa Rica.

Turk's Cap Hibiscus "Amapola"
Malvaviscus concinnus
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011
This is a common shrub in the forests of Costa Rica.


clr: 2-r
1636
32 Costa Ricans love color and it is often reflected in their brightly-painted houses. Some houses were neat and well-kept, others were not. We were disappointed to see trash dumped along the highways in many areas near San José. People in the country se...

Costa Ricans love color and it is often reflected in their brightly-painted houses. Some houses were neat and well-kept, others were not. We were disappointed to see trash dumped along the highways in many areas near San José. People in the country se...

Costa Ricans love color and it is often reflected in their brightly-painted houses. Some houses were neat and well-kept, others were not. We were disappointed to see trash dumped along the highways in many areas near San José. People in the country seemed to have more pride. The homes near the city also had bars on the windows, high fences and sometimes even razor wire to keep intruders out. 1227
33 Some of the homes were very small! I'll never complain about not having enough storage space at my house again!

Some of the homes were very small! I'll never complain about not having enough storage space at my house again!

Some of the homes were very small! I'll never complain about not having enough storage space at my house again! 1190
34 The living fences made of trees made interesting patterns on the landscape near Lago Arenal and the Costa Rican countryside.

The living fences made of trees made interesting patterns on the landscape near Lago Arenal and the Costa Rican countryside.

The living fences made of trees made interesting patterns on the landscape near Lago Arenal and the Costa Rican countryside. 1195
35 Costa Ricans use trees as living fences in the fields all over the country. They are kept trimmed. Many species of trees are used, sometimes even the non-native <em>Dracenia</em> (Corn Plant, a common houseplant) is used in some areas.

Costa Ricans use trees as living fences in the fields all over the country. They are kept trimmed. Many species of trees are used, sometimes even the non-native Dracenia (Corn Plant, a common houseplant) is used in some areas.

Costa Ricans use trees as living fences in the fields all over the country. They are kept trimmed. Many species of trees are used, sometimes even the non-native Dracenia (Corn Plant, a common houseplant) is used in some areas. 1447
36 A view from the bus of one of the steep, curvy mountain roads going back to San José. This is not a country for people who are prone to motion sickness!!!

A view from the bus of one of the steep, curvy mountain roads going back to San José. This is not a country for people who are prone to motion sickness!!!

A view from the bus of one of the steep, curvy mountain roads going back to San José. This is not a country for people who are prone to motion sickness!!! 1195
37 Many restrooms in the smaller towns required payment, at only ~40 cents, it was worth having clean facilities!

Many restrooms in the smaller towns required payment, at only ~40 cents, it was worth having clean facilities!

Many restrooms in the smaller towns required payment, at only ~40 cents, it was worth having clean facilities! 1189
38 It was hard to get used to throwing our used toilet paper in the trash instead of flushing it! The septic systems in the rural areas of the country are unable to handle toilet paper. We had to watch for the signs!

It was hard to get used to throwing our used toilet paper in the trash instead of flushing it! The septic systems in the rural areas of the country are unable to handle toilet paper. We had to watch for the signs!

It was hard to get used to throwing our used toilet paper in the trash instead of flushing it! The septic systems in the rural areas of the country are unable to handle toilet paper. We had to watch for the signs! 1655
39 It helps to learn a few Spanish words when visiting Costa Rica. Although many people speak English, most of the signs are in Spanish. The shape of this stop sign is familiar to American travelers.

It helps to learn a few Spanish words when visiting Costa Rica. Although many people speak English, most of the signs are in Spanish. The shape of this stop sign is familiar to American travelers.

It helps to learn a few Spanish words when visiting Costa Rica. Although many people speak English, most of the signs are in Spanish. The shape of this stop sign is familiar to American travelers. 1577
40 <em>Las Mercedes</em> "Iglesia" is a beautiful church located in Grecia. It was built in 1958 of iron plates. Being on a photography tour was great because we would often stop at interesting places to give us an opportunity to get photos.

Las Mercedes "Iglesia" is a beautiful church located in Grecia. It was built in 1958 of iron plates. Being on a photography tour was great because we would often stop at interesting places to give us an opportunity to get photos.

Las Mercedes "Iglesia" is a beautiful church located in Grecia. It was built in 1958 of iron plates. Being on a photography tour was great because we would often stop at interesting places to give us an opportunity to get photos. 1218
41 The ornate marble sanctuary of Las Mercedes church in Grecia was very beautiful.

The ornate marble sanctuary of Las Mercedes church in Grecia was very beautiful.

The ornate marble sanctuary of Las Mercedes church in Grecia was very beautiful. 1284
42 A lovely sanctuary window in Las Mercedes church.

A lovely sanctuary window in Las Mercedes church.

A lovely sanctuary window in Las Mercedes church. 1166
43 "Corteza Amarilla"<em>Tabebuia ochracea neochrysantha</em>Grecia, Costa RicaFeb. 23, 2011

"Corteza Amarilla"Tabebuia ochracea neochrysanthaGrecia, Costa RicaFeb. 23, 2011

"Corteza Amarilla"Tabebuia ochracea neochrysanthaGrecia, Costa RicaFeb. 23, 2011 These beautiful yellow-flowered trees glowed like gold when the sun shone on them! The final hotel we stayed at was named for this tree.


clr: 5-y
1937
44 I have always been intrigued by the intricate hand-work on "molas", these were crafted by the Kuna Yala Indians. At $19 I felt these souvenir T-shirts were a bargain! I got one with a parrot.

I have always been intrigued by the intricate hand-work on "molas", these were crafted by the Kuna Yala Indians. At $19 I felt these souvenir T-shirts were a bargain! I got one with a parrot.

I have always been intrigued by the intricate hand-work on "molas", these were crafted by the Kuna Yala Indians. At $19 I felt these souvenir T-shirts were a bargain! I got one with a parrot. 1417
45 Costa Rica is a major coffee growing country. Therefore, coffee makes a popular souvenir.

Costa Rica is a major coffee growing country. Therefore, coffee makes a popular souvenir.

Costa Rica is a major coffee growing country. Therefore, coffee makes a popular souvenir. 1242
46 We saw lots of wooden gifts at souvenir shops, such as these lovely multi-colored boxes in Sarchi. I bought a wooden necklace with these pretty colors several years ago in the Virgin Islands, unfortunately, the lovely purple hue eventually turns brown.

We saw lots of wooden gifts at souvenir shops, such as these lovely multi-colored boxes in Sarchi. I bought a wooden necklace with these pretty colors several years ago in the Virgin Islands, unfortunately, the lovely purple hue eventually turns brown.

We saw lots of wooden gifts at souvenir shops, such as these lovely multi-colored boxes in Sarchi. I bought a wooden necklace with these pretty colors several years ago in the Virgin Islands, unfortunately, the lovely purple hue eventually turns brown. 1552
47 What a surprise it was when the bus pulled up to this church with spectacular topiary gardens in Zarcero! The cypress shrubs are neatly trimmed by the park gardener, Evangelisto Blanco. The church was built in 1895.

What a surprise it was when the bus pulled up to this church with spectacular topiary gardens in Zarcero! The cypress shrubs are neatly trimmed by the park gardener, Evangelisto Blanco. The church was built in 1895.

What a surprise it was when the bus pulled up to this church with spectacular topiary gardens in Zarcero! The cypress shrubs are neatly trimmed by the park gardener, Evangelisto Blanco. The church was built in 1895. 1349
48 On the road through the mountains on our way to Arenal, we hit a traffic backup. One driver decided to pass on the right and make his way on up the road.

On the road through the mountains on our way to Arenal, we hit a traffic backup. One driver decided to pass on the right and make his way on up the road.

On the road through the mountains on our way to Arenal, we hit a traffic backup. One driver decided to pass on the right and make his way on up the road. 1241
49 We found out the cause of the traffic backup --- a sugar cane truck had turned over on a sharp curve earlier in the day and dumped its load!

We found out the cause of the traffic backup --- a sugar cane truck had turned over on a sharp curve earlier in the day and dumped its load!

We found out the cause of the traffic backup --- a sugar cane truck had turned over on a sharp curve earlier in the day and dumped its load! 1292
50 As we neared La Fortuna, we had to negotiate many hairpin curves! But, at least this road was paved! Many of the roads in the high mountains were dirt. The cloud-clad mountains can be seen in the distance, these are the home of the famous cloud forests...

As we neared La Fortuna, we had to negotiate many hairpin curves! But, at least this road was paved! Many of the roads in the high mountains were dirt. The cloud-clad mountains can be seen in the distance, these are the home of the famous cloud forests...

As we neared La Fortuna, we had to negotiate many hairpin curves! But, at least this road was paved! Many of the roads in the high mountains were dirt. The cloud-clad mountains can be seen in the distance, these are the home of the famous cloud forests of Costa Rica. 1203
51 <b>African Tulip tree</b>
<em>Spathodea campanulata</em>
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Feb. 26, 2011

This non-native tree is a popular ornamental in tropical countries.

African Tulip tree Spathodea campanulata Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This non-native tree is a popular ornamental in tropical countries.

African Tulip tree Spathodea campanulata Monteverde, Costa Rica Feb. 26, 2011 This non-native tree is a popular ornamental in tropical countries.


clr: 4-o
1677
52 <b>Crucifix Orchid; Fiery Reed Orchid, Spanish Flag</b> 
"Banderita española"
<em>Epidendrum radicans</em> / Orchid family
Rio Chiquito, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

When I first spotted this little terrestrial orchid as we were driving through the...

Crucifix Orchid; Fiery Reed Orchid, Spanish Flag "Banderita española" Epidendrum radicans / Orchid family Rio Chiquito, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 When I first spotted this little terrestrial orchid as we were driving through the...

Crucifix Orchid; Fiery Reed Orchid, Spanish Flag "Banderita española" Epidendrum radicans / Orchid family Rio Chiquito, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 When I first spotted this little terrestrial orchid as we were driving through the mountains to go to La Fortuna, I was chomping at the bit to stop and get a closer look! Unfortunately, there was no possible place to stop. Willy, our guide, assured I would have another opportunity to see it again on the trip. Sure enough, as we were driving to Monteverde 3 days later, I spotted it on one of our stops. :) It is a very common wildflower in the mountains of Costa Rica.


clr: 4-o
2196
53 Our Hotel room at the Arenal Manoa had a fabulous view of the volcano when the clouds lifted the last morning.

Our Hotel room at the Arenal Manoa had a fabulous view of the volcano when the clouds lifted the last morning.

Our Hotel room at the Arenal Manoa had a fabulous view of the volcano when the clouds lifted the last morning. 1359
54 <b>Arenal Volcano</b>

There is a 1-in-3 chance of getting a clear view of the Arenal Volcano ("Volcán Arenal"). We were thrilled to wake up to this sight on our last day in La Fortuna! This mountain, like the other volcanoes in Costa Rica, is activ...

Arenal Volcano There is a 1-in-3 chance of getting a clear view of the Arenal Volcano ("Volcán Arenal"). We were thrilled to wake up to this sight on our last day in La Fortuna! This mountain, like the other volcanoes in Costa Rica, is activ...

Arenal Volcano There is a 1-in-3 chance of getting a clear view of the Arenal Volcano ("Volcán Arenal"). We were thrilled to wake up to this sight on our last day in La Fortuna! This mountain, like the other volcanoes in Costa Rica, is active (note the steam coming out of the peak). Costa Rica is located along the "Ring of Fire", a trench lies along the coast, where the oceanic crust is plunging below the continental crust. A chain of active volcanoes make up the spine of the country, earthquakes are common. People are not allowed to hike near the volcano due to the danger of hot rocks that are often erupted from the peak. The last time this volcano had a major eruption was in 1964. Note how trees are not growing on the right flank (north side) of the mountain. 1302
55 Steam can be seen in this close-up of the peak of Arenal Volcano. I used my 70 - 300mm telephoto lens to get this photo.

Steam can be seen in this close-up of the peak of Arenal Volcano. I used my 70 - 300mm telephoto lens to get this photo.

Steam can be seen in this close-up of the peak of Arenal Volcano. I used my 70 - 300mm telephoto lens to get this photo. 1234
56 The morning we left La Fortuna, we had a great view of the Arena Volcano at the Hotel Manoa. It was nice to see the volcano reflected in the hotel's lake.

The morning we left La Fortuna, we had a great view of the Arena Volcano at the Hotel Manoa. It was nice to see the volcano reflected in the hotel's lake.

The morning we left La Fortuna, we had a great view of the Arena Volcano at the Hotel Manoa. It was nice to see the volcano reflected in the hotel's lake. 1234
57 Like many of the restaurants in the tropics, Hotel Arenal Manoa was airy and open. Fortunately, hungry insects and birds were not a problem! We enjoyed seeing the volcano out the back patio.

Like many of the restaurants in the tropics, Hotel Arenal Manoa was airy and open. Fortunately, hungry insects and birds were not a problem! We enjoyed seeing the volcano out the back patio.

Like many of the restaurants in the tropics, Hotel Arenal Manoa was airy and open. Fortunately, hungry insects and birds were not a problem! We enjoyed seeing the volcano out the back patio. 1156
58 This little white wild orchid was growing on a shrub in the gardens of the Arenal Manoa Hotel in La Fortuna.

This little white wild orchid was growing on a shrub in the gardens of the Arenal Manoa Hotel in La Fortuna.

This little white wild orchid was growing on a shrub in the gardens of the Arenal Manoa Hotel in La Fortuna. 1240
59 <b>Yellowbelly Gecko</b>
<em>Phyllodactylus tuberculosus</em>
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 23, 2011

I was excited to see several of these cute little geckos on the wall on our hotel in La Fortuna.

Yellowbelly Gecko Phyllodactylus tuberculosus La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 23, 2011 I was excited to see several of these cute little geckos on the wall on our hotel in La Fortuna.

Yellowbelly Gecko Phyllodactylus tuberculosus La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 23, 2011 I was excited to see several of these cute little geckos on the wall on our hotel in La Fortuna. 1420
60 <b>Parrot Flower</b>
"Avecilla"
<em>Heliconia psittacorum</em> / Heliconia family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

I photographed these flowers at our hotel with the Arenal Volcano in the background.

Parrot Flower "Avecilla" Heliconia psittacorum / Heliconia family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 I photographed these flowers at our hotel with the Arenal Volcano in the background.

Parrot Flower "Avecilla" Heliconia psittacorum / Heliconia family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 I photographed these flowers at our hotel with the Arenal Volcano in the background.


clr: 5-y
1676
61 <b>Parrot Flower</b>
"Avecilla"
<em>Heliconia psittacorum</em> / Heliconia family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

Parrot Flower "Avecilla" Heliconia psittacorum / Heliconia family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011

Parrot Flower "Avecilla" Heliconia psittacorum / Heliconia family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 1641
62 Some of the group braved the 660 steps to walk to the base of La Fortuna Falls. Going down wasn't so bad, but the hike back up was a lung-buster! We were glad we did it though, we saw lots of interesting flowers, ferns and even a Clear-wing Butterfly. ...

Some of the group braved the 660 steps to walk to the base of La Fortuna Falls. Going down wasn't so bad, but the hike back up was a lung-buster! We were glad we did it though, we saw lots of interesting flowers, ferns and even a Clear-wing Butterfly. ...

Some of the group braved the 660 steps to walk to the base of La Fortuna Falls. Going down wasn't so bad, but the hike back up was a lung-buster! We were glad we did it though, we saw lots of interesting flowers, ferns and even a Clear-wing Butterfly. Unfortunately, it wouldn't stay still long enough for me to get a photo. :( 1105
63 This little anole hitched a ride on Willy's tripod  as we walked down to La Fortuna Falls. :)

This little anole hitched a ride on Willy's tripod as we walked down to La Fortuna Falls. :)

This little anole hitched a ride on Willy's tripod as we walked down to La Fortuna Falls. :) 1170
64 La Fortuna Falls is a beautiful 270-foot cataract plunging over a volcanic cliff.

La Fortuna Falls is a beautiful 270-foot cataract plunging over a volcanic cliff.

La Fortuna Falls is a beautiful 270-foot cataract plunging over a volcanic cliff. 1410
65 These Unknown lavender-colored flowers grew at the base of La Fortuna Falls.

These Unknown lavender-colored flowers grew at the base of La Fortuna Falls.

These Unknown lavender-colored flowers grew at the base of La Fortuna Falls. 1288
66 <b>Horse Poison</b>
<em>Hippobroma longiflora</em> / Bluebell Family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica 
Feb. 24, 2011

I'd love to know why this plant has this name! It has a beautiful white, star-shaped flower.

Horse Poison Hippobroma longiflora / Bluebell Family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 I'd love to know why this plant has this name! It has a beautiful white, star-shaped flower.

Horse Poison Hippobroma longiflora / Bluebell Family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 I'd love to know why this plant has this name! It has a beautiful white, star-shaped flower.


clr: 1-w
2372
67 After spending a day climbing steps to La Fortuna falls and visiting Ecocentro, we enjoyed a relaxing soak at the Arenal Ecotermales Hot Springs! The water is heated by the magma below Arenal Volcano. The ladies in the group nicknamed ourselves "Las He...

After spending a day climbing steps to La Fortuna falls and visiting Ecocentro, we enjoyed a relaxing soak at the Arenal Ecotermales Hot Springs! The water is heated by the magma below Arenal Volcano. The ladies in the group nicknamed ourselves "Las He...

After spending a day climbing steps to La Fortuna falls and visiting Ecocentro, we enjoyed a relaxing soak at the Arenal Ecotermales Hot Springs! The water is heated by the magma below Arenal Volcano. The ladies in the group nicknamed ourselves "Las Hermanas de las Piernas Blancas" (the Sisters of the White Legs) since it was still winter and we'd not had a chance to get a suntan on our legs! :) We were serenaded by howler monkeys as we lounged in the hot water! 1271
68 The water gets hotter in each succeeding pool at Arenal Ecotermales Hot Springs. This was the next-to-the-last pool, but it wasn't as hot as I thought it might be. It felt like a nice hot bath. Fortunately, the water did not smell like sulphur as I had...

The water gets hotter in each succeeding pool at Arenal Ecotermales Hot Springs. This was the next-to-the-last pool, but it wasn't as hot as I thought it might be. It felt like a nice hot bath. Fortunately, the water did not smell like sulphur as I had...

The water gets hotter in each succeeding pool at Arenal Ecotermales Hot Springs. This was the next-to-the-last pool, but it wasn't as hot as I thought it might be. It felt like a nice hot bath. Fortunately, the water did not smell like sulphur as I had expected. 1245
69 Willy decided on the spur of the moment to take us to this interesting nature preserve. <a href="http://www.ecocentrodanaus.com/danaus_ingles/about_us.html">Ecocentro Danaus</a> is a wonderful little nature preserve run by the indigenous Maleku Indians...

Willy decided on the spur of the moment to take us to this interesting nature preserve. Ecocentro Danaus is a wonderful little nature preserve run by the indigenous Maleku Indians...

Willy decided on the spur of the moment to take us to this interesting nature preserve. Ecocentro Danaus is a wonderful little nature preserve run by the indigenous Maleku Indians. This man was selling masks and carvings made from balsa wood and gourds. I bought the Monarch butterfly on the bench. The tribe speaks their own language. This fellow was very friendly, he taught me how to say "thank you" in his language. It had a fun sound, "Capi, capi" (pronounced "cahpy")! I love learning new words and phrases in other languages. People in foreign countries appreciate it when visitors at least attempt to communicate in their language (even if you slaughter it like I do!). :) 1191
70 Balsa Indian Masks sold at Ecocentro Danaus. I was happy to buy a couple of interesting souvenirs here. The Iguana skin drum was really interesting, but I had to pass on that!

Balsa Indian Masks sold at Ecocentro Danaus. I was happy to buy a couple of interesting souvenirs here. The Iguana skin drum was really interesting, but I had to pass on that!

Balsa Indian Masks sold at Ecocentro Danaus. I was happy to buy a couple of interesting souvenirs here. The Iguana skin drum was really interesting, but I had to pass on that! 1522
71 A guide at Ecocentro Danaus pointed out this <b>Green Basilisk lizard</b> at the reserve. He also showed us 2 sloths. We would have never seen these animals had we not had the guides along the trail.

A guide at Ecocentro Danaus pointed out this Green Basilisk lizard at the reserve. He also showed us 2 sloths. We would have never seen these animals had we not had the guides along the trail.

A guide at Ecocentro Danaus pointed out this Green Basilisk lizard at the reserve. He also showed us 2 sloths. We would have never seen these animals had we not had the guides along the trail. 1183
72 <b>Hot Lips</b> 
"Labios de mujer"
<em>Cephaelis tomentosa</em> / Family Rubiaceae
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

This was another of my "target plants", I was intrigued by the look and the odd name. It was easy to identify as soon as I sp...

Hot Lips "Labios de mujer" Cephaelis tomentosa / Family Rubiaceae La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This was another of my "target plants", I was intrigued by the look and the odd name. It was easy to identify as soon as I sp...

Hot Lips "Labios de mujer" Cephaelis tomentosa / Family Rubiaceae La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This was another of my "target plants", I was intrigued by the look and the odd name. It was easy to identify as soon as I spotted it!


clr: 2-r
1524
73 <b>Torch Ginger</b>
"Bastón de emperador"
<em>Etlingera elatior</em> / Ginger family

Willy called this flower "Porcelain Rose", every one in the group snapped photos of it. Ecocentro Danaus has lots of fascinating native plants along the trails.

Torch Ginger "Bastón de emperador" Etlingera elatior / Ginger family Willy called this flower "Porcelain Rose", every one in the group snapped photos of it. Ecocentro Danaus has lots of fascinating native plants along the trails.

Torch Ginger "Bastón de emperador" Etlingera elatior / Ginger family Willy called this flower "Porcelain Rose", every one in the group snapped photos of it. Ecocentro Danaus has lots of fascinating native plants along the trails.


clr: 2-r
1577
74 Unknown orange maroon flower

Unknown orange maroon flower

Unknown orange maroon flower 1169
75 Our group had a great time photographing the colorful birds at Ecocentro Danaus.

Our group had a great time photographing the colorful birds at Ecocentro Danaus.

Our group had a great time photographing the colorful birds at Ecocentro Danaus. 1110
76 <b>Green Honeycreeper</b>

Green Honeycreeper

Green Honeycreeper One of the highlights of the visit to Ecocentro Danaus was photographing the many species of birds at the visitor center. The feeding station offered bananas, irresistible to birds like this striking male Green Honeycreeper. 1257
77 <b>Perennial Peanut</b>
<em>Arachis pintoi</em> / Pea family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

This is a common little wildflower in yards and along roadsides.

Perennial Peanut Arachis pintoi / Pea family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This is a common little wildflower in yards and along roadsides.

Perennial Peanut Arachis pintoi / Pea family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This is a common little wildflower in yards and along roadsides.


clr: 5-y
1382
78 <b>Alligator Pear</b>
"Chayote"
<em>Sechium edule</em> / Cucumber Family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011
It was dark when we got to the hotel in La Fortuna, so I was anxious to get outside the next morning to look for wildflowers. I found thi...

Alligator Pear "Chayote" Sechium edule / Cucumber Family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 It was dark when we got to the hotel in La Fortuna, so I was anxious to get outside the next morning to look for wildflowers. I found thi...

Alligator Pear "Chayote" Sechium edule / Cucumber Family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 It was dark when we got to the hotel in La Fortuna, so I was anxious to get outside the next morning to look for wildflowers. I found this vine growing near the hotel.


clr: 1-w
1543
79 <em>Baccharis trinervis</em> / Aster Family
La Fortuna Falls, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

This was a small tree growing next to the observation deck at La Fortuna Falls.

Baccharis trinervis / Aster Family La Fortuna Falls, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This was a small tree growing next to the observation deck at La Fortuna Falls.

Baccharis trinervis / Aster Family La Fortuna Falls, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This was a small tree growing next to the observation deck at La Fortuna Falls.


clr: 1-w
1666
80 <em>Conostegia subscrustulata</em> / Melastomataceae
La Fortuna, Costa Rica 
Feb. 24, 2011

Conostegia subscrustulata / Melastomataceae La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011

Conostegia subscrustulata / Melastomataceae La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011


clr: 3-p
1425
81 <b>Chinese Hibiscus</b>
"Amapolón"
<em>Hibiscus rosa-sinensis</em>
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

These beautiful non-native shrubs are used in landscaping and sometimes escape into the wild. The long stamens and pistils are interesting.

Chinese Hibiscus "Amapolón" Hibiscus rosa-sinensis La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 These beautiful non-native shrubs are used in landscaping and sometimes escape into the wild. The long stamens and pistils are interesting.

Chinese Hibiscus "Amapolón" Hibiscus rosa-sinensis La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 These beautiful non-native shrubs are used in landscaping and sometimes escape into the wild. The long stamens and pistils are interesting.


clr: 2-r
1518
82 An unknown bird at Hotel Manoa Arenal. I'll give names to the flowers and birds as soon as I identify them.

An unknown bird at Hotel Manoa Arenal. I'll give names to the flowers and birds as soon as I identify them.

An unknown bird at Hotel Manoa Arenal. I'll give names to the flowers and birds as soon as I identify them. 1414
83 <b>Pagoda Flower</b>
"Volcán"
<em>Clerodendrum paniculatum</em>
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

Pagoda Flower "Volcán" Clerodendrum paniculatum La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011

Pagoda Flower "Volcán" Clerodendrum paniculatum La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011


clr: 3-p
1423
84 <em>Erythrina speciosa</em> / Pea Family
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011

This tree was growing at the Bouganvillea Hotel garden in San Jose.

Erythrina speciosa / Pea Family San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 This tree was growing at the Bouganvillea Hotel garden in San Jose.

Erythrina speciosa / Pea Family San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 This tree was growing at the Bouganvillea Hotel garden in San Jose.


clr: 2-r
1574
85 <em>Heliconia danielsiana</em>
San José, Costa Rica
Feb. 22, 2011

This was a very weird heliconia, it was very fuzzy!

Heliconia danielsiana San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 This was a very weird heliconia, it was very fuzzy!

Heliconia danielsiana San José, Costa Rica Feb. 22, 2011 This was a very weird heliconia, it was very fuzzy!


clr: 3-p
1656
86 <b>Glory Bush</b>
"Nazareno"
<em>Tibouchina uvilleana</em> / Melastomataceae
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

This is a pretty, bright purple landscaping plant.

Glory Bush "Nazareno" Tibouchina uvilleana / Melastomataceae La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This is a pretty, bright purple landscaping plant.

Glory Bush "Nazareno" Tibouchina uvilleana / Melastomataceae La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This is a pretty, bright purple landscaping plant.


clr: 8-v
2006
87 <em>Ipomoea phillomega</em> / Morning glory family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

This small shrub had large, pretty pink flowers on it. Like other morning glory flowers, they closed at mid-day.

Ipomoea phillomega / Morning glory family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This small shrub had large, pretty pink flowers on it. Like other morning glory flowers, they closed at mid-day.

Ipomoea phillomega / Morning glory family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This small shrub had large, pretty pink flowers on it. Like other morning glory flowers, they closed at mid-day.


clr: 3-p
1588
88 <em>Mandevilla hirsuta</em> / Dogbane family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

This was the only one of these flowers I saw on the trip.

Mandevilla hirsuta / Dogbane family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 This was the only one of these flowers I saw on the trip.

Mandevilla hirsuta / Dogbane family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 This was the only one of these flowers I saw on the trip.


clr: 5-y
1722
89 <b>Snow Squarestem</b>
"Paira"
<em>Melanthera nivea</em> / Aster family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

This vine grew wild on the edges of the hotel property.

Snow Squarestem "Paira" Melanthera nivea / Aster family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 This vine grew wild on the edges of the hotel property.

Snow Squarestem "Paira" Melanthera nivea / Aster family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 This vine grew wild on the edges of the hotel property.


clr: 1-w
1623
90 <b>Orosne</b>
<em>Polygala paniculata</em> / Milkwort family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

I almost overlooked this small plant with tiny pink flowers as I was walking in the yard on the hotel grounds.

Orosne Polygala paniculata / Milkwort family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 I almost overlooked this small plant with tiny pink flowers as I was walking in the yard on the hotel grounds.

Orosne Polygala paniculata / Milkwort family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 I almost overlooked this small plant with tiny pink flowers as I was walking in the yard on the hotel grounds.


clr: 3-p
1616
91 <b>Bamboo Orchid</b>
<em>Arundina graminifolia</em> / Orchid family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

This tall orchid plant grew just outside our hotel room. The long seed pod can be seen just below the flower.

Bamboo Orchid Arundina graminifolia / Orchid family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This tall orchid plant grew just outside our hotel room. The long seed pod can be seen just below the flower.

Bamboo Orchid Arundina graminifolia / Orchid family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This tall orchid plant grew just outside our hotel room. The long seed pod can be seen just below the flower.


clr: 3-p
1543
92 <em>Centrosema plumieri</em> / Pea family
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feb. 24, 2011

This pretty pea was blooming in the trees at the edge of our hotel yard.

Centrosema plumieri / Pea family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This pretty pea was blooming in the trees at the edge of our hotel yard.

Centrosema plumieri / Pea family La Fortuna, Costa Rica Feb. 24, 2011 This pretty pea was blooming in the trees at the edge of our hotel yard.


clr: 3-p
1656
93 Our group took a leisurely boat ride across Lake Arenal on our way to Monteverde. We were thrilled to see lots of aquatic birds and iguanas in the trees as we made our way to Rio Chiquito.

Our group took a leisurely boat ride across Lake Arenal on our way to Monteverde. We were thrilled to see lots of aquatic birds and iguanas in the trees as we made our way to Rio Chiquito.

Our group took a leisurely boat ride across Lake Arenal on our way to Monteverde. We were thrilled to see lots of aquatic birds and iguanas in the trees as we made our way to Rio Chiquito. 1145
94 In order to save the tour participants a long, 2-hour drive around Lago Arenal, we took a boat ride across the lake. This was our last view of the Arenal Volcano.

In order to save the tour participants a long, 2-hour drive around Lago Arenal, we took a boat ride across the lake. This was our last view of the Arenal Volcano.

In order to save the tour participants a long, 2-hour drive around Lago Arenal, we took a boat ride across the lake. This was our last view of the Arenal Volcano. 1113
95 <b>Amazon Kingfisher</b> pair
"Martín Pescador Amazónico"
<em>Chloroceryle amazona</em>
Lago Arenal, Costa Rica
Feb. 25, 2011

Amazon Kingfisher pair "Martín Pescador Amazónico" Chloroceryle amazona Lago Arenal, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011

Amazon Kingfisher pair "Martín Pescador Amazónico" Chloroceryle amazona Lago Arenal, Costa Rica Feb. 25, 2011 1103
96 This pretty souvenir of a young mother with beads was on the wall of the little cafe at the boat dock at Rio Chiquito on Lago Arenal.

This pretty souvenir of a young mother with beads was on the wall of the little cafe at the boat dock at Rio Chiquito on Lago Arenal.

This pretty souvenir of a young mother with beads was on the wall of the little cafe at the boat dock at Rio Chiquito on Lago Arenal. 1170

Adsense