Monday, February 18, 2019

Eye in the Sky


The Isle of Ometepe: twin volcanoes - the simmering Concepcion and Maderas -  rise 5,000 feet above the island. Ometepe is located in the middle of lake Nicaragua. 

This sight was a major score from my seat! The guy in front of me closed his window before take-off and never saw a darn thing. 

After flying high in the sky over Central America, for twelve consecutive years, I'm (sort of, but not really) a geography expert. What surprises me, though, is the other eyeballs bouncing around the cabin. They're glued to their kids, phones, screens and books. Often times, as I stated above, window shades closed completely. Obviously, sometimes, there's not much to see. However, it can be amazing outside the tiny oval peep-hole: a different kind of screen. Follow my eyes around the skies...



It's hard to see, but in the middle of this scene, Volcan Mombacho rises 4,000 feet above the city of Granada, Nicaragua. The exotic islands forming a "c" shape, curving into the lake, were created from a volcanic eruption.



Below my window, is Apoyo Lagoon. A crystal clear, deep lake formed in the crater of an extinct volcano. You'll also find this in Nicaragua.



Last November, closer to home, I spotted my condo-rental off the coast of Florida. It's in the lower right corner.



The salty surroundings of Salt Lake City.



Salt Lake City topography. So cool!



Unknown mountain range in Central America.



A large piece of earth, somewhere, in Central America.



Another, speckled coastline in Central America.



I've seen this formation several times over the years. It looks like an amoeba. But it's really a reef near Mexico. 



Look at those volcanoes! I think we were flying over Honduras. 



A tantalizing archipelago. Somewhere in Central America. 



Last year, a volcanic view over Guatemala City. I think it pays to keep your eyes in the sky! 

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Conjunto Monumental de San Francisco El Grande


We only had two days to visit four amazing structures in Antigua, Guatemala last January. The ruins of Antigua are a photographer's dream - full of crumbling crannies, sepia color and texture, soaring scale, and rich history. My first two posts visited Capuchinas Convent and Casa Santo Domingo. This is the 3rd structure we toured. Follow our footsteps... 







I love the delicate filigree. 


Cavernous.








Heavenly light.



Friends.







In this photo, it's what lies beneath and behind that is so intriguing. Antigua is a city built at the feet of volcanoes. 

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Landscape of Mushrooms


First, we passed Newspaper Rock: a dizzying slab of desert varnish, filled to the brim with 2,000 year old Petroglyphs. Then we arrived at a surreal jungle of mushroom rock. Surely, Mother Nature loves Utah. You'll find this landscape in the remote, Southeast corner of Canyonlands National Park. It's called Needles. But, it sure looks like mushrooms to me. 

Follow our footsteps...







The good old days...



Ruins.










Awestruck.


Martian.




The end. 

But, I still have more photos from Utah to share. A few highlights from Moab, culminating in a colorful visit to Capitol Reef. 

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Costa Rica: Cuatro



Tickled pink on Dominical beach.


Golden-hooded Tanager.




Dos nuts.


Fire escape at Rio Lindo - a pizza place we've been frequenting for years.


Dominical beach duo. 



Twin palms on Whale's Tail.




Dominicalito sunset. 

Now, the sun really has set on our trip.

Cuatro highlights in Dominical:

1) Phat Noodle takeout. Nuff said.

2) Beach combing for the perfect, marbleized rock at Hacienda Baru.

3) Dark skies. Stars like God made them. 

4) Watching a lightning storm over the ocean. 

We're home with a camera harvest over-flowing with memories. Be sure to check back for the rest of the story: sky watching in the Osa Peninsula, waiting for the sassy squawk of the big reds - Scarlet Macaws; touristy time in Jaco and more laid back, beautiful beach time in Playa Flamingo.  

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Costa Rica: Tres


We found some coin on Whale's Tail Beach... 



...and bought pipas frias on Ventenas Beach.





Little big rigs on Dominical Beach



Big beaked bird beauty shot. 

We learned a lot about toucans, staying in the hills over Dominical: they like to fly down hill because of their gigantic snouts; they sit on a branch and scan their domain, slowly, almost like an owl; they make an echoing, melancholy cry. You hear it everywhere. 


Pacific Edges.

Heavenly view.




Fire on Dominical beach! But no need for rescue.

We haven't set sail yet...

Uno, dos, tres highlights in Dominical: 

1) Recognizing the sad mewl of a wild toucan and listening to the undulating chorus of cicadas. 

 2) Eating my favorite pizza and sipping stiff drinks at Jolly Rodger. A lofty, open air bar in the hills over Dominical. Watch out when you leave your seat, a local cat might steal your place. 

3) Meeting a Praying Leaf Mantis in the middle of the night.  

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