Saturday, February 7, 2015

Noise!



Doesn't this look peaceful?  We discovered this idyllic lot in Costa Rica in 2012. Sunshine, nature and the ocean hugging the cliffs in the distance.  Heaven. We visited this empty lot several times.  In the morning for sunrise.  And in the evening for sunset.  We'd bring up an imperial and celebrate another day of pura vida.  Flash forward to 2015.  It's still available!  Who could resist this beauty? Who could resist this stunning view?

Well, there is a down side....This location in Dominical combined with the perfect storm of elevation results in a roaring symphony at night.  A cacophony of cicadas.  All screaming at the same time.  It is unbelievable really.  You have to hear it with your own ears.  Or not!  Ha!

chestnut mandibled toucan

white faced capuchin




I couldn't resist posting my cicada illustrations from my jungle journal full of illustrated poems this week for noise.  The www.illustrationfriday.com theme.  Boy, nothing can prepare you for the deafening screams of a Costa Rica cicada. Somewhere between the elevation of 1,000-3,000 feet, the cicadas go hog wild.  Like I said, we drove up to our Costa Rica lot again this year. Just like old times.  It was still deafening.  Hmmm.  I wonder why it is still available.

"Sorry dudes!  All this fuss over little old me?"



23 comments:

Lea said...

That is a beautiful piece of land!
Have a wonderful week-end!

eileeninmd said...

What a pretty spot.. I think I would rather hear the birds singing and the Howler monkeys than the Cicadas.. Great post and images. Thank you so much for joining in with my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

they are noisy little beasts! we get the 'every summer' variety here in texas. :) cute illustrations!

Margaret Adamson said...

I love the way you have written this post. Lovely view but pity about the terrible noise at night. Have a lovely weekend.

Anne said...

Such a beautiful spot of land. Through your illustrations, I can hear the noise. Beautifully illustrated.

Hilary said...

Lovely spot. We get those noisy little beasties but I'm sure it's nothing of the magnitude of which you speak. I guess they're not cyclical there like ours tend to be?

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

What a beautiful spot. I think I'd rather listen to the birds.

Anni said...

Fantastic. Yep, around here, the cicadas can be deafening. But I'm sure nothing like what you experienced.

I'm so happy you decided to share this link for the weekend with your birds and fun critters!! GREAT post.

Gauri Kulkarni said...

The spot looks so serene... Love your illustrations too :)

Linda Hensley said...

Enjoy the scenery with ear plugs? Looks beautiful and I have to smile at your illustrations :)

Marie said...

They don't tell you in those commercials trying to get people to buy land in Costa Rica that Paradise has a big downside! :-) The lot is beautiful, but I guess you'd need ear plugs at night! :-) Loved your illustrations!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love the drawings. And the monkey photo!

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Sharon,
What a great shots.
And nice to see how you've made a cartoon of it. This is really great. So funny.

Many greetings,
Marco

Lady Lilith said...

Lol. I am thinking spring and summer about now.

ladyfi said...

What a pretty area! I do love the song of the cicadas.

Irma said...

Hello Sharon,
What a nice place to stay.
Cute Catoons do you have created.
The sound in the night does not seem fun, sleep is necessary.
I'd rather hear the birds singing.
Best regards, Irma

retriever said...

Nice place, preety shots, greeting from Belgium.
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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love the illustrations! Nobody loves constant noise. I thought cicadas only came out every seven years or something like that. What insect am I thinking of? Maybe I just dreamed the whole thing.

bailey-road.com said...

Love your cute illustrations.

Maggid said...

yes! those guys can be SO LOUD . . and, at times it even seems like they breathe as one . . it's impressive. I haven't been there - BUT, here in the Midwest we get "The Visitation."

Stewart M said...

We have them here as well - and on hot days their call seems to make the temperature feel higher!

But would you have not gone if you had known?

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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Pat Tillett said...

Great photos and illustrations Sharon. I know what you mean about the Cicadas, they are very loud. Back in the day, people used to eat them!