Monday, January 13, 2020

Belize: Buses and Birds


God was in a good mood when he created birds. They are a feast for the eyes and music to the ears. They have curious intelligence and acrobatic acuity. They fly. Most of all, they winter in Central America, my favorite place. Smart!

We moved from the lowland fields of Orange Walk Town to the rolling jungle of San Ignacio last week. Now, we're listening to cows moaning below our rental, and Brown Jays chattering in the trees above. Mist rolls in every morning, along with warblers and tanagers feeding in the treetops. On foot, we're touring the ancient ruins and caves of the Cayo district and eating star fruit, papaya, fry jacks and a myriad of jalapeno and onion relish covered delicacies. My camera is always close at hand...

(bonus feline collage)


Baby howlers playing in the treetops of Lamanai back in Orange Walk.


A camouflaged moth in Crooked Tree Village.


A melting boat along the lake.


A bus reminiscent of the T.V. Show, "Lost."


Curious cows in Crooked Tree Village. 

We drove by them, scattered and grazing, on a narrow dirt road outside town. (we were out birding, looking for Trogans in the treetops) When we drove by the pasture a second time, every single cow, young and old alike, was watching, eagerly waiting for our return. I've never felt so adored. 


The misty, morning hills of San Ignacio. 

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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Belize looks wonderful. Love the misty morning shot.

DUTA said...

The look of the red bird, the looks of the white cows,
and the playing of the baby howlers are just priceless!
I also like the picture of the boat and that of the bus.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

That looks like an amazing place to visit - the cows are my favorite!! Too fun!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

As much as I love nature photos....I'm drawn to that old boat! And I love the first couple of sentences in your post! How true! Keep that camera with you! You are an amazing photographer!

Mary Kirkland said...

Wow, you are getting some spectacular photos.

Gillena Cox said...

The food sounds mouth-watering. Lobely photos. Happy mosaic Monday


DJan said...

As usual, your pictures are outstanding. That moth looks like a jewel, and those cows are fun, too. Wow as always I am so impressed. :-)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the assortment of cats and that photo of the melting boat is stunning!

Angie said...

Sharon - fascinating photos from Belize. The melting boat intrigues me - the fishing nets look new but the boat does not look seaworthy. Hmmm. The mist picture is enchanting. Thanks so much for linking to Mosaic Monday!

Photo Cache said...

Lovely photos.

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

Your photos make me want to hop a plane to Belize! I love the variety of photos you posted -- everything from cows to butterflies to morning mist. Lovely.

Fun60 said...

The last photo is a gem.

Veronica Lee said...

WOW! The photos are incredible! I'd love to visit Belize someday!

betty-NZ said...

Such lovely creatures! I think you're right about the birds, as they certainly will put me in a good mood, too!
I have noticed that cows and sheep are curious about me but a lot more about any cat that has come along on my walk :)

I'm glad you joined us at 'My Corner of the World'!

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Wally Jones said...

Thank you so much for sharing this series of simply superb photographs!

I'm partial to birds, but your diverse images are really delicious. Just finished a pot of Central American coffee and after reading your post it will be something spicy and Latin for dinner.

The final image of the misty hills is stunning!

Sue (this n that) said...

You have a beautiful way with words Sharon.
Love all those photos. Enjoying reading about your current adventure too. Those cows, awaiting your return - visitors! xx

Lady Fi said...

Gorgeous shots!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wonderful photos of an amazing place. I can see why it's your favorite. I was going to try to pick out a favorite photo, but they are all my favorite!

Linda Hensley said...

All lovely :) Love this -- "God was in a good mood when he created birds".

Amy Johnson said...

I just love birds! Gorgeous photos once again!

Tanya Breese said...

Great images! Especially love the cows!

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