Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday, April 12

The 12th of April was my first full day of a Road Scholar Photography trip to Costa Rica. What an amazing adventure. Costa Rica is an absolutely beautiful country, full of beautiful people, flowers, wildlife and scenery. I wish I could share all the pictures I took, but I'm limited to twelve. Come along and see what I saw on the 12th.

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The first of many orchids I would see - Casa Conde, San Jose - 7:49 a.m.


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A typical Costa Rican ox cart. This one was at El Jardin, a small restaurant
and garden where we stopped for a lunch of Casados, which is a
plate consisting of salad, plaintains, rice, black beans and fish,
chicken, beef or pork. 12:45 p.m.


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Pretty orange Hibiscus at El Jardin - 12:48 p.m.


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Fountain and orchids in the butterfly garden at El Jardin - 12:58 p.m.


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My first picture of a Heliconia Rostrata - 1:06 p.m.


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A Blue Morpho butterfly showing the under side of its wings, the outer edges
of which look like caterpillars. Prey will go after the "caterpillars" rather than
the body; thus, the ragged edges but very much alive butterfly. 1:10 p.m.


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Pink Ginger flower (non-edible Ginger) at the gardens outside Saint
John Bosco Catholic Church in La Fortuna de San Carlos - 3:27 p.m.


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Inside Saint John Bosco Catholic Church in La Fortuna de San Carlos - 3:29 p.m.


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Bird of Paradise flower at the gardens outside Saint
John Bosco Catholic Church in La Fortuna de San Carlos - 3:54 p.m.


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My first view of the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica's most active volcano,
located in Northwestern Costa Rica in the Alajuela Province. We
were lucky to get a clear view of the Volcano.....many visitors spend days in
the area and never see the top, due to clouds. We not only saw the top
but also saw steam spewing from the top (just no major eruptions). 4:24 p.m.


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Another view of the Volcano from the stream below - 4:57 p.m.


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The view from my bed in the Arenal Observatory Lodge. You can see
that the clouds have come in and obscured the top of the Volcano - 5:29 p.m.


That's all for this month. I'll be posting more pictures from my trip on Flickr if you want to look. User name is sarch99.