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Across Rio Cinto - An entrance to one's imagination!

Across Rio Cinto – An entrance to one’s imagination!

Wherever I go I need a period of incubation so that I may learn the essence of nature, which never wishes to be understood or yield herself. -Paul Gauguin

(Ecuador) Immersed in Mindo’s cloud forest, I spent more time watching and absorbing the beauty of the area than taking timeouts for art this past week.   Several ‘exercises’ of art were photographed, and a few slipped by (like a weird armadillo rock!) without a photo!  The attempts at serious painting seemed stiff, so I tweaked my attention to the abundance of beauty of the area.

Lunch in the cloud forest comes with lovely feathered surprises!

Lunch in the cloud forest comes with lovely feathered surprises!

While we waited on landslides to be cleared, Julie and I enjoyed a leisurely walk along the road that parallels Rio Cinto.

How's this for an entrance to one's home?  Rio Cinto/Ecuador

How’s this for an entrance? Rio Cinto/Ecuador

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We’ll skip the swing today and will stay close to the road!

Rio Cinto - near Mindo Ecuador

Rio Cinto – near Mindo Ecuador

A leisurely walk allows us to discover hidden jewels that we otherwise would not warrant quality time to appreciate.

A leisurely walk allows us to discover hidden jewels.

With no particular destination in mind, we ambled down the deserted road and wondered how many landslides were between us and town!

The stroll rewarded us with an endless bounty of beauty!

mystery flower - surely it's in the mallow family?

Mystery flower – surely it’s in the mallow family?

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orchids thrive in the cloud forest!

Orchids thrive in the cloud forest!

Shadows often steal the show!

Shadows often steal the show!

Yum yum! More rain means more green grass!

Yum yum! More rain means more green grass!  The photo of the dead snake remains in the files!

The lowly wildflowers can be quite elegant!

The lowly wildflowers can be quite elegant!

When the milk truck cannot reach the farmer, the farmer finds a way through the landslides!

When the milk truck cannot reach the farmer, the farmer finds a way through the landslides!

There’s no need to walk in search of inspiration when friends have an abundance of flora and fauna on their property!

Yikes! The Bay Wren seems to be missing some tail feathers!

Yikes! The Bay Wren seems to be missing some tail feathers!

Early-morning breakfast!

Early-morning breakfast!

Banaquit and rufous-tailed hummingbird

Banaquit and rufous-tailed hummingbird

Every so often there’s a casualty, and the paints and brushes record the details.

DOA from crash with window.

DOA from crash with window.

Field notes when uncertain of the species...

Field notes when uncertain of the species…

Returning to the dry rain forest almost due west on the Pacific coast, I continued my immersion in nature.

ibis and stilts - shrimp pond /Jama Ecuador

Immature ibis and properly-attired stilts – Shrimp pond /Jama Ecuador

Gulls, pintails and ibis gobble tidbits in shrimp pond.

Gulls, pintails and ibis gobble tidbits in shrimp pond.

\Just past noon, these ibis feasted on the just-drained pond!

Just past noon, these ibis feasted on the just-drained pond!

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Blue-eyed ibis

Birds coming home to roost - Rio Jama near Ecuador's Pacific Coast.

Birds coming home to roost – Rio Jama near Ecuador’s Pacific Coast.

The sunset presides over the flyway as thousands of birds roost each evening in the mangroves. Sometimes we race through life, and other times we cherish the option to brake slowly, absorb the surroundings and coddle a period of incubation.

I look forward to capturing (soon!) some of the inspirations from this incubation period!

Nice finale to a day of total immersion in nature!

Nice finale!

Have a nice weekend, everyone, and don’t forget to gaze skyward Friday night and early Saturday morning for a possible new meteor shower!

Z

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