Monday, March 3, 2014

Ometepe Island



Ometepe.  What can I say.  It is a very special place.  They even filmed a season of the T.V. show Survivor here.  Here is the low down on this exotic island off the coast of Nicaragua. 

 Ometepe is an island formed by two volcanoes rising from Lake Nicaragua in the Republic of Nicaragua. Its name derives from the Nahuatl words ome (two) and tepetl (mountain), meaning two mountains. It is the largest island in Lake Nicaraguaas well as the largest volcanic island inside a fresh water lake in the world.
The two volcanoes of Concepción and Maderas are joined by a low isthmus to form one island in the shape of an hourglass. Ometepe has an area of 276 km². It is 31 km long and 5 to 10 km wide.[1] The island has an economy based on livestock,agriculture, and tourismPlantains are the major crop.

We stayed on the beach in Santa Domingo. And the walk we took on this day spoiled us for all other beach walks. Why?  Because of the view.  The top photo was taken while heading down the beach towards Maderas Volcano.  


Something old.


Local cowboys heading down the beach with a couple calves.  Not your normal beach sighting!  Ometepe is not your normal island.


Two local horses were out on their own.  Frolicking and rolling in the waves.  It was a wonderful sight.


Birds were hard at work though.  Catching a meal.


An egret.


A creepy vulture cleaning up the beach.  Everyone has a job to do.  Except us!  We were just on a photo safari.



Wow!  When you head back you get a double treat.  An excellent view of Concepcion Volcano.  Yup.  Just spoiled for life I say.  I'll spout off more Volcano information before I go...

Volcán Concepción, once named menstruation volcano; before the Spanish conquest; is the northwest half of the island. Concepción is a symmetrical cone, and is an active volcano (Baker, 2006). Concepción volcano rose in the early HoloceneEpoch and, through continual eruptions, now reaches an altitude of 1 610 m making Ometepe the world's highest lake island. Concepción is considered the most perfectly formed volcano cone in Central America. Although it went through a long quiet period, on December 8, 1880, Concepción came back to life. This eruption was extensive, and the volcano remained active for a year. More eruptions followed in 1883, 1889, 1902, 1907, and 1924. In 2005, an earthquake measuring 6.2 on theRichter scale occurred as a result of increasing pressure within the volcano. Cracks appeared on roads throughout the island and an advisory to leave the island was issued. This was the first minor eruption since 1999. The most recent eruption was in 2010 and though extremely violent, few of the inhabitants heeded the order from the government in Managua to evacuate the island.
The southeast half of the island consists of Volcán Maderas which has a crater lake and supports a diverse rainforest environment. Maderas also arose in the Holocene Epoch, and rises 1 394 m above sea level. It is considered extinct or dormant. A large lagoon formed in its crater was discovered on April 15, 1930, by the farmer Casimiro Murillo. It is mainly covered with coffee and tobacco plantations while the remainder is rain forest. Maderas Volcano is a perfect destination for theecotourist with a notable hike originating from Finca Magdalena.[4] Much of this part of the island is now a nature reserve.
The volcanic ash has made the soil of this island extremely fertile, allowing continuous planting without fallowing. The volcanoes are visible from everywhere on the island, and life on Ometepe revolves closely around them. They also play an important part in the myths and legends of the island, which once served as an Indian burial ground

For more birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday  For one more photo of Ometepe beat feet over to Toemail!

 Plus, I've updated my website.  I changed the template and for better or worse my art is bigger and badder than ever.  Visit Sharon's Studio and let me know what you think.  And to see my newest illustrated recipe click Pick Pecans For Breakfast  Nate and Salli are having a fun new contest.  You'll be Glad you did!


22 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a beautiful place to visit. The photos and scenery is just lovely. Thanks for sharing your trip and birds! Happy March, enjoy your day and week ahead!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It looks amazing! You got some great pictures there. It's snowing here right now. Sigh.

Blackberry Lane said...

Very beautiful. Happy Birthday.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Thank you for the lovely photos; very welcome, especially as we're in the midst of a "wintery mix". All that means is it's nasty outside.

TexWisGirl said...

how very awesome! lovely!

Melanie said...

Oh Sharon, I love every one of these pictures! Today we are expecting some cold rainy weather and your pictures are just the thing I needed to see today! My favorite is the picture of the 2 horses walking on the beach! Awesome!

DJan said...

Oh Wow! I want to walk on that beach and watch horses frolic in the surf. Your pictures are simply stunning, Sharon. (sigh)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

So beautiful! Do you really go to all these gorgeous places? You must be the luckiest person in the whole world to be able to see all this beauty! You really live!
love
tweedles

Linda Hensley said...

You are such a lucky girl! My grandma told me once that we should use our youth to collect memories for our old age. You've got a lot to remember when you get old. Really liking your website. A whole different kind of memories and accomplishments. Good job!

Joey Resciniti said...

Gorgeous! I would love to be there right now!

Creations By Mit said...

Beautiful!! Makes me want to visit!!!

Andrea said...

I love your island and your ugly vulture (doing the hard work of the vulture) who suffers the insults of many because he isn't beautiful on the outside, but he is so necessary to our environment that if you spend time aroun them you will soon stop seeing the ugly and appreciating the beauty of what they do. He would make a perfect subject for one of your books (I did go over to your studio and was blown away. I so appreciate those who have talent and use it in positive ways). Great post, great blog and wonderufl studio ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Karen said...

Looks like a great place for a vacay! Really lovely beaches!

Carole M. said...

really interesting scenic photos and the vulture certainly stands out

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Sharon What a wonderful trip you had and great scenery to boot. t looks very peaceful. Love the horses in the were an a great collection of different Egrets.

Gordon said...

Looks like you found paradise, and there are birds there as well !!!
All the best Gordon.

Gunilla Bäck said...

What an amazing place to visit. Everything is so gorgeous.

Neil said...

What a beautiful place.

Ida said...

What an amazing place. Your photos were a real treat. I love being able to see places through other's travels because I know that I'll probably never be able to travel there myself. Just a great set of photos. Loving the Volcano shot.

Hilary said...

It sure is beautiful.. what a view. But that image of the horses in the water really touches me. What an amazing sight to happen upon.

Stewart M said...

Great set of pictures!

The early series of Survivor were a bit of a guilty pleasure!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pat Tillett said...

It's a fantastic place! Your photos are really good also. Talk about going back in time...