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The past few weeks have offered so many impromptu photo ops, and most of the photos are self explanatory!

(Jama-El Matal-Manabi Ecuador) August 2014
Are you ready for a feeling-alright-unique scene here at latitude zero?  Climb aboard!  (Sun shades optional.)

While photographing the frigates against the setting sun, I turned to see the rising moon sneaking into the scene...

While photographing the frigates against the setting sun, I turned to see the rising moon sneaking into the scene…

Using an irrigation pipe for a rest for the camera, I waited for the frigates to circle overhead...

Using an irrigation pipe for a rest for the camera, I waited for the frigates to circle overhead…

Walking toward home, I scanned the skies for returning birds.  I found an ultra quiet one sneaking across the sky...

Walking toward home, I scanned the skies for returning birds. I found an ultra quiet one sneaking across the sky…

The next day my feathered friends  (wood storks) escorted President Rafael Correa to Jama! (Post in progress.)

The next day my feathered friends (wood storks) escorted President Rafael Correa to Jama! (Post in progress.)

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Speaking of sun shades!  Wow, those shoes were bright! Now back to the story...

Speaking of sun shades!  Those shoes were bright!  Now back to the story…

In between numerous distractions, I have been painting mosaics on pottery.  (Timeout post will be a little bit tardy!)

In between numerous distractions, I have been painting mosaics on pottery. (Timeout post will be a little bit tardy!)

A few days later I wondered what the pelicans were doing at El Matal...

A few days later I wondered what the pelicans were doing at El Matal…

"Are you SURE you are ready for what we have planned for you?" asked Mr. Pelican...

“Are you SURE you are ready for what we have planned for you?” asked Mr. Pelican…

"Buckle your seatbelt and VAMOS a El Matal!"

“Buckle your seatbelt and VAMOS a El Matal!”

Ahem, well the past week has been in-cre-EE-ble, so I thought, “Maybe I should wear shades for this visit…”

In my haste to leave the house, I forgot to wear shades…

Uh oh...  My Mother warned me about circumstances like this...

Uh oh… My Mother warned me about circumstances like this…

"Whoaaaaaa..."

“Whoaaaaaa…”

"Slow it down!"

“Slow it down!”

Another balsa log will take it to the ocean...

Another balsa log will take it to the ocean…

Hmmm.  Wanna step closer?

Hmmm. Wanna step closer?

"Bye!" he said with a smirk...   "but wait," I said, "You are not going wth us?"

“Bye!” he said with a smirk… “but wait,” I said, “You are not going wth us?”

"Have fun! And do not return without good fish tales!"

“Have fun! And do not return without good fish tales!”

"Hmmm.  Hello, Capitan Patricio!  Thank you for taking us, but where are we going?"   ("You will soon find out," he smirked.)

“Hmmm. Hello, Capitan Patricio! Thank you for taking us, but where are we going?” (“You will soon find out,” he smirked.)

Many of you have figured this out by now… When my friends asked me if I wanted to go with them, it took about two seconds to reply with a huge grin, “Yes!”

They presented me with a sleek black and gray wind-breaker-raincoat and predicted that I might need it.   The captain and crew escorted us to the boat, and my euphoria magically evaporated 30 or so years  from my physical body… I could have leaped over the moon if it were overhead!

I pondered a high-jump leap into the boat, but wait, I had not high jumped since — well, since that song was first on the charts, and my landing might not have been very pretty!

Ok.. Things are going great, and they are only getting better, but wait… I forgot my shades!    No problema, shall we continue?

What was THAT?

What was THAT?

Oh my!  Our very own escort wants to introduce us to the largest mammals in the area!

Oh my! Our very own escort wants to introduce us to the largest mammals in the area!

Shhhhhh, Lisa!  You might scare them... or maybe we should call them... or sing to them... or greet them with, "BuenOs dias!"

Shhhhhh, Lisa! You might scare them… or maybe we should call them… or sing to them… or greet them with, “BuenOs dias!”

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Sometimes the boat rocked a lot!

Sometimes the boat rocked a lot!

So perhaps we should sing to them... "... arriba, arriba, arriba..."  no.. how about some music by The Doors?  "...Hello, I love you want you tell me your name..."

So perhaps we should sing to them… “… arriba, arriba, arriba…” no.. how about some music by The Doors? “…Hello, I love you wont you tell me your name…”

"Yes, yes YES! "

“Yes, yes YES! “

"THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU""

“THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU””

"You are BEAUTIFUL!"

“You are BEAUTIFUL!”

"AH... would you like for one of us to scratch your belly?"

“AH… would you like for one of us to scratch your belly?”

"Oh no, I am not going to scratch its stomach, but you have our permission, Senora Z"

“Oh no, I am not going to scratch its stomach, but you have our permission, Senora Z”

While perusing the photos, I spotted what looks like numbers... what do you think?

While perusing the photos, I spotted what looks like numbers… what do you think?

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Quite happy with our two-hour outing, we returned to peaceful Playa El Matal.

Punta Ballena (Whale Point- in the foreground, and El Matal in the background.

Punta Ballena (Whale Point) in the foreground, and El Matal in the background.

Punta Ballena

Punta Ballena

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"Look!  A pyramid!"

“Look! A pyramid!”

"... and a lighthouse!"

“… and a lighthouse!”

Coco Beach Village

Coco Beach Village

"Buckle your seatbelt and VAMOS a El Matal!"

“Buckle your seatbelt and VAMOS a El Matal!”

El Matal

El Matal

The Welcome-Home Party

The Welcome-Home Party

Almost home

Almost home

Not bad for a feeling-groovy sort of day!

Not bad for a feeling alright sort of day!

Z

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