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Monday, August 4, 2008

Costa Rica Sketch Journal ~ July 14, 2008

You may have noticed.... the last blog entry contained the early morning entries for July 14, today's blog. You could go back and read them, but just in case you don't want to, I'm going to pull out an observation I made verbatim:

"The variety is the pull of this place. Every day has its new adventure, visitor, or revelation. I suppose the same could be said of my Oregon woods, if one searched hard enough, but here they pour from a cornucopia in great profusion, right in one's path. Yesterday it was an 8" chameleon perched on a little shrub by La Caramba. Last night it was bats lacing the air over diners in the [open air] restaurant."

Here's the chameleon ~ remember to click to see a bigger view!

We (and the other guests) were entranced with the bats ~ one of them got out his camera and managed to get some really excellent stop-action in-flight shots.

Hmmmm.....I'm running low on time today. I work at Daniel's native plant nursery, weeding, transplanting, pruning, stuff like that, most days from about 4pm on, and it's getting late. I'll get as far as I can today and take up the rest tomorrow.

This second journal page (with the map) has a hole cut in it to show the back of the fungus glued on the other side (the first journal page at the beginning of this blog). Be sure to take a look ~ it resembles nylon netting! Okay, onward.

Dan and I'd been planning to do the River Trail from the beginning, and finally we both felt lively enough to take it on. During breakfast, Dan pored over the reptile book so he'd know of any snakes to watch for, while I caught up my journal.
We were both entranced with the beautiful hike, the gorgeous heliconias, other strange plants with amazing fruits, and the strangler figs and big-buttressed trees we discovered.

Okay, I'm out of time,
more tomorrow.


Margaret Ann said...

Ahhh...what a gorgeous lodge...I loved the photo of you sketching...such serenity.

The snake, not so much...LOL :)

Renie said...

Actually, we saw only one snake this whole trip, during a whole lot of hiking. It was about a foot long, big around as a pencil, and brown with no markings. About as innocuous as a snake can get. I was kinda disappointed. Did that mean there were no snakes to be seen, or that we didn't SEE the snakes that were all around?????

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