A Photo a Week – Beach Love

My daughter and grandson visit in the summer from up North.

There’s a great deal of joyful jumping when you’re at the beach.

Venice Beach in Venice, Florida is known for its’ shark teeth.

Time to do some digging to uncover them.

Time to send some beach love out into the universe.

Sunset will be upon us soon.

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Wanderlust Rainforest

     Wanderlust Rainforest       2017©Isadora DeLaVega

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Approaching fading blue skies, we wandered silently through the

Costa Rican Rainforest on our private boat tour. Reaching peaceful estuaries

quietly seeking the wildlife that inhabits this forest.

Silently listening to nature at play, we soon reached the end of our destination.

Unspoiled waters filled with hope for natures future.

2017©Isadora DeLaVega

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Earths Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree     2017©Isadora DeLaVega

A banyan (also banian) is a fig that starts its life as an epiphyte when its seeds germinate in the cracks and crevices on a host tree.

The seeds of banyans are dispersed by fruit-eating birds. The seeds germinate and send down roots towards the ground, and may envelop part of the host tree structure with their roots, giving them the casual name of “strangler fig”.

The leaves of a banyan tree are large, leathery, glossy green and elliptical in shape. Like most of the fig-trees, leaf bud is covered by two large scales.

In the Bhagavat Gita, Krishna said “There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down, and the Vedic hymns are its leaves. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas.”

In Hinduism, the leaf of the banyan tree is said to be the resting place for the God Krishna, who, after consuming all the universe during the time of destruction, absorbs everything created and turns himself into a child as small as he could fit into the tiny leaf of the banyan tree and keep floating in the void space, until he himself decides to recreate everything back out from him.

Buddha is believed to have achieved enlightenment in Bodhgaya in India while meditating under a banyan tree of the species Sacred Fig. The tree is known as Bodhi Tree. ©Info wikipedia

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Black & White – Step by Step

Step by Step – We climb to success

Step by Step – We reach our goals

Step by Step – We fall in love

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Summer Sky on Fire

Summer Sky on Fire         2017©Isadora DeLaVega

Cabo San Lucas sky in summer.

 

 

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Dense Costa Rican Rainforest

 

Costa Rica is famous for its dense rainforests. As the name implies, these forests can get a little damp, but you might be surprised by how much the weather and climate of Costa Rica’s rainforests can vary.

These magnificent jungles cover much of the country and are home to an amazing array of exotic plant and animal life.

Many different parts of Costa Rica have rainforests, but the climates of each forest can vary depending on where it is located. For example, the central Pacific region that encompasses Manuel Antonio, Jaco and Puntarenas is known for its high temperatures and humidity, however under the canopy of the rainforests in these areas temperatures are often much cooler than those found in the Northern Pacific Coast. The reason for these differences is largely due to variations in elevation, as higher altitudes in the mountains of the central Pacific are often accompanied by lower temperatures. In addition, the central Pacific region is where the true rainforests really start; the forest of the North are typically classified as tropical dry forests.

If you plan to visit Costa Rica’s rainforests during the dry season, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, preferably made from a lightweight material such as linen. Temperatures can soar in the dry season, making the rainforests very hot and humid, so plan to dress accordingly. Conversely, if you’re coming to Costa Rica during the rainy season, bring a light, waterproof jacket and long pants, not so much for the temperatures as they stay the same as in the dry season; but early afternoon showers are very common and although they don’t last for long, rain could come as a surprise out of the blue skies.

Hope you enjoyed a small part of our visit to the rainforest.

2017©Isadora DeLaVega

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Black & White Sunday – Before and After

Before 

After – Sepia

After – Black & White

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It IS Easy Being Green

Two green and purple orchids exhibited at a recent Orchid Show.

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Papaya – Atop a Tree

Deliciously sweet with musky undertones and a soft, butter-like consistency, it is no wonder the papaya was reputably called the “fruit of the angels” by Christopher Columbus. Once considered quite exotic, they can now be found in markets throughout the year. Although there is a slight seasonal peak in early summer and fall, papaya trees produce fruit year round.

Papayas offer not only the luscious taste and sunlit color of the tropics, but are rich sources of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium, copper, and magnesium; and fiber.

Together, these nutrients promote the health of the cardiovascular system and also provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, papaya contains the digestive enzyme, papain, which is used like bromelain, a similar enzyme found in pineapple, to treat sports injuries, other causes of trauma, and allergies. ©whfoods

Have a papaya today …

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Black & White Cat & Dog

King Pelu

Drinking Hound Dog

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