Hi Amigos! Thanks for your fun comments on the Surprise Visitors from the Wild; internet has been too slow to answer emails or reply to comments, although it’s starting to awaken as we approach the bewitching hour!
I’m back with another post for the WordPress Photo Challenge which states: “This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color…or find a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture.”
(Quito Ecuador) - Returning home after fast trip to Ecuador’s Sierra, I spent many hours wading through an eclectic range of photos which covered visits to pueblitos, museums and even a lending library of books written in English!
The photos from the Crystal Palace included the flaming nasturtiums and geraniums as well as delicate pink hues of taxo – a new species for my eyes. Inside the glass enclosure was an impressive collection of soccer images from Brazil.
Stepping back outside, I took photos of the sweeping view of the city, but the camera caught something extra that I overlooked. Continue reading
(Ecuador) – Living totally immersed in nature, I am often treated to unexpected visitors from the wild! This week’s photo challenge is ‘Extra Extra,‘ and Michelle states, “This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of color. A lone carrot in a sea of peas. Draw us in with a humorous detail, or find a photo with an added element that makes it an image only you could capture.”
I remembered this surprise moment from earlier this year.
Peering from its hiding place, Mr. Frog startled me one sunny morning!
Although frogs and geckos ‘creep out’ many of my female friends, they make me smile and are often used as models for some of my studies! Here are a few more unexpected guests that arrived with no warning: Continue reading
Krista asks on the WordPress Photo Challenge, “This week, share a photo of something that says “twist” to you. It might be that perfect ice cream cone, a yummy bit of liquorice, or something unexpected that surprised, shocked, or startled you.”
My sister Kate once stated, “Lisa, you never cease to shock me.” She was totally surprised by a package that a “complete stranger” hand delivered to their pharmacy in Monticello Arkansas – straight from Costa Rica, where I lived at that time! It was fun to send her a care package that was hand delivered by a just-met person from her town!
Payback usually rolls around, and Life continues to sprinkle unexpected tokens into my life; some of them have been good, and a few recent ones have been a bit shocking.
Many of you remember the story about the post-painting competition and watched the infectious enthusiasm spread through the community. Those original ‘first’ posts, replaced by taller posts, now gather dust in the electric company’s old-light post purgatory. (After stewing and incubating, I have a plan!) Continue reading
WordPress’s Photo Challenge for the week is “Work of Art,“ and I thought of this cloud-forest scene.
Between rains and mudslides and power outages, my friends and I enjoyed this end-of-day light just south of the equator near Mindo Ecuador.
Today finds me back on the Pacific coast, and the rains seemed to have tagged along! After an overnight at Hostal Ciragan, I’ll be home on the river later this morning.
See you on Thursday!
The Daily Post tossed out a challenge with four options this week; I selected this one: “Take a draft post that you didn’t published because it didn’t turn out as you expected. Change the story, revise it, and publish.”
I found two posts in drafts; one recent post from April 3rd stalled because of slow internet and low battery:
“…In today’s WP post, Kristin nudges us to, ‘Look out your back window or door — describe what you see, as if you were trying to convey the scene to someone from another country or planet.’
Most sources say that this song was written for Fogerty’s 3-year old son and was inspired a Dr. Seuss book. I’m quite pleased to introduce you to this cast of characters out my own backdoor!
Reaching back to a post from January 2013, I can finally release these birds from their cyber cages. May they soar from my back door round the world and lighten your day! Continue reading
(Near Volcano Chimborazo and Guaranda Ecuador)
My friends Hank and Marie trusted my recommendations and veered off the beaten path to view the lovely snow-capped Volcano Chimborazo. Beyond “Chimbo” was the quiet Andean city of Guaranda, our destination for the next few days.
Time slows while white-knuckle driving through dangerous cloud-shrouded mountain switchbacks. I had traveled that road ten years earlier, and at times I wondered if I had pointed us in the wrong direction! Continue reading
Manabi Province/Ecuador -
Yesterday while pulling tender rank growth in the shady recesses of the gardens, I noted an abnormal splash of electric color near ground level. Pausing for a closer look, this Zeebra allowed a psychedelic caterpillar to alter the next ten or so minutes of my day! Continue reading
Manabi Province, Ecuador
This past weekend I visited the fishing village of El Matal and found ample material for this week’s Photo Challenge of ‘STREET LIFE.’ On Saturday, the high tide washed across areas of the front street, where fishing boats trumped automobiles for use of the road!
First-aid options for the vanishing beach are tied up in red tape. Concerned locals watch as each wave brings the next spring tide a bit closer. How much longer will there be room for boats and autos? Continue reading
Jama Ecuador (Manabi Province)
Only one street back from the center of town, Hostal Ciragan provides a quiet respite – unless there’s an all-night fiesta nearby!
Mid-morning on Saturday, I walked down the quiet street near Ciragan and pondered my good fortune to have my health, happiness, and many talents to keep me happy; I also felt lucky to have a large support system of people who care about me. I noted wild tobacco in bloom near the sidewalk, and then I noted always-smiling Ramon painting the sign to the hostal! Continue reading
Manabi Province – Ecuador
As if to announce a change in our ‘rainy season’ drought, this sunset cast an eerie glow across the entire landscape. Still muddy from early February rains, the river seemed to bounce the colors back into the sky. That night the heavens soaked the parched earth with an inch of rainfall. We received another inch of rain the following night.
A similar color returned to the end-of-day skies three days later. My friends were draining the shrimp pond, and the surreal colors played well against the lone canoe. Continue reading
Almost twenty years ago, a friend sneaked this flamingo into my gardens in Natchez, Mississippi. Kathy’s calling card moves with me, and it still triggers a smile. Presently it watches over a young ceibo tree that was rescued from the blade of an excavator.
The pink flamingo proudly watches over this assortment of flowers in honor of Ailsa’s travel theme, PINK!
My my my! Views from my windows this week reveal society in the front and side views! Because the large boulders are unstable, I sometimes fear for the safety of the fishermen. Last week a sense of foreboding washed over me when I saw three young boys fishing from the rocks. I insisted that they leave, and that night, the rocks fell from that very spot! The next day slightly-older fishermen were there, and one refused to leave. Sigh.
Views from my windows also revealed a large orange surprise that might offer another explanation for power outages! This orange surprise will be working here for a few weeks.
The orange tree-gobbling monster also has a tag-along work crew: Continue reading
DHL’s international search for Diablo Huma confirmed that he reached Miami; shocked at the absence of end-of-year muencos, he inspired his cabin mates en route to New Orleans to help make miniature effigies.
Handing them out on New Year’s Eve on Bourbon Street, he quickly took cover at the stroke of midnight when the fireworks inside the burning effigies began to explode!
Diablo Huma evaded the massive manhunt by hiding in the darkest corner of the DHL warehouse! A week later, he peered from behind the long-forgotten orange and black crates of Halloween candy, Continue reading
In contrast to the previous post, Hello Cruel World, this one features the carefree awakenings of butterflies. The above emerging butterfly is one of many showcased at the Mindo (Ecuador) Butterfly Gardens, where one steps into a magical world of colorful butterflies and equally-colorful flowers.
Witnessing the chrysalis of butterflies awakens a childlike wonder, and I recall a private showing several years ago on the deck of my home! Even though the drab-colored caterpillars stripped the foliage of the passion fruit vines, they later rewarded me with with an unforgettable beginning to my morning! Continue reading
WordPress Photo Challenge theme this week is Beginning, and many images jumped into my mind. Short and sweet, here is one of a very tender moment in Costa Rica:
This little turtle will slowly reach maturity in a dozen or so years, when it will return to its beach of origin to play its role in breeding and keeping its species from becoming extinct. Thanks, all of you who helped the Eastern Hawksbill Turtles win the competition’s grand prize! Ingrid and Alex were thrilled that the turtles’ cheering section kept them in the lead!
For more information about the nesting, hatching, conservation and dangers facing the olive ridley sea turtles, see this post: OLIVE RIDLEY SEA TURTLE.
Happy New Year! Z
“The heart is the thing that matters, the mingling of the heart with the heart of the wild bird:to become one with the thing I see.” Walter Anderson
In late June, when I mentioned Walter Anderson, (Timeout: Happy in Nature) many of you had never heard of him or his brilliant and diverse body of work. Anyone familiar with his paintings and story would probably say that the birds were his favorite subject. (Anderson/Ocean Springs Mississippi 1903 -1965)
At times the birds on the river have such a profound effect on me, that I often compare my experience to Walter Anderson’s joy for the birds. Once while using a friend’s kayak, I paddled up river and eased into a rookery tucked within hearing distance of my house. Continue reading
Alisa’s theme this week is Birds! I smiled when I read her post, and I knew there were a few worthy shots from the thousands of images on my computer! Before pushing off from Point C to return to B and finally home to A, I present to you a collection of bird images from the middle of the world! Continue reading
The Daily Prompt rolled through, and while tapping into a fast internet signal, I am pleased to share this post that illustrates contemplation.
I remain impressed that many Ecuadorians practice the art of contemplation through the game of chess, and they take time to mentor the younger generation.
The children of Playa San Miguel Costa Rica often contemplate the mysteries of their marine ecosystem. I will always treasure the memories of the day an olive ridley sea turtle came ashore in the daytime to lay her eggs.
* Thanks to those who are actively helping (via easy pain-free voting!) the turtles catch up with the frogs; the frogs and turtles are swimming, crawling and leaping towards a $20,000 prize! Some out-of-the USA people hit a stumbling block with the zip code requirement. One found a way around the problem by using her sister’s USA zip code. “Save the Frogs” remains in first place, but let’s help those endangered turtles come from behind and win in the final stretch!
(Please vote for the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative )
Thanks for spreading the word! Z
So this morning before going downstairs to resume work on the compass, I took my paints to the balcony to splash more colors of the sunset on the wall. Never in my five years (on this river) have I seen this giant of the sea swimming in front of the house, but there it was – bobbing as if to ask, “What took you so long to see me?!” Continue reading
Playa San Miguel Costa Rica — Every so often Mother Ocean flexes her muscles and reminds us of how small we really are! These high tides barreled up the beach, through the palms and scattered this group of wave watchers! Continue reading
From a cybercafe, I am tapping into the archives for images that show the evolution of a palm-thatched structure. This particular “ramada” adds much-needed shade from the equatorial sun, and it also provides shelter from the rain and mud during the rainy season. Continue reading
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Focus; “…For this challenge, get out there and take a picture demonstrating the concept of focus.”
Each week I photograph the progress on the compass design (painted on concrete floor) from several vantage points, so with pleasure I present the almost-finished design from many-different angles.
Because this is a floor, I keep asking myself, “Lisa! Are those little bitty details really important?” Continue reading
The art of hammocking in Ecuador rivals another art, that of idyllic gazing from doors and windows! Slow your pace and absorb the surroundings, and most likely you’ll find a set of smiling eyes peering from a window or doorway! Smile, and they return a twice-as-radiant smile!
How could I NOT share these door and window moments to compliment the previous post about hammocks? Continue reading
Time flies when we’re having fun, and the WordPress Weekly Challenge is here again! This post brings you an image theme that represents Carefree.
A pictorial dictionary might use an image of a person in a hammock to illustrate the word, “Carefree.” Wilkipedia describes the hammock as “A sling made of fabric, rope, or netting, suspended between two points, used for swinging, sleeping, or resting.”
Enjoy these carefree hammock photos from my travels in Latin America! Continue reading
Today’s Daily Prompt is: Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall and states, “Photographers, artists, poets: show us REFLECTIONS.”
On the road, I present to you an assortment of images that represent “Reflections.”
(Note: Please do not share any of my images on Pinterest!)
See you in a dozen hours when I return home!
Z Continue reading
This week’s PHOTO CHALLENGE is One Shot, Two Ways. I immediately thought of bingo night at the nearby beach village of La Division. Cheri states, “For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject. ”
Of course, a zeebra has to find a creative approach to playing bingo while practicing Spanish!
Thanks, Cheri, for the opportunity to share these Bingo images!
THE BURRITO’S KEYBOARD IS RUNAWAY-WILD, SO FROM MANTA EKUADOR THIS KRYPTIK POST ILLUSTRATES MY ATTEMPTS TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT I AM ALIVE AND WELL, THOUGH THE BURRITO KOMPUTER IS NOT! NOT READY TO ABANDON THE BURRITO, AND NOT READY TO PUT IT to pasture, I WILL take it to a doktor tomorrow and hope that it will travel with me by the end of the day!
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The Daily Prompt states: Photographers, artists, poets: show us ORDERLY.
Would anyone care to guess what this (above) will be? It’s painted on the next section of the bodega floor and will help with navigational skills for the magic carpet!
Have a great weekend everyone! I’m heading out for a walk on the farm!