The Cacao blooms are attached to the trunk of the tree. It seems to me that this is a natural defense to keep the branches from breaking. The Cacao fruits are so heavy that just two on any of the branches could cause it to snap so the tree has it’s fruit on it’s trunk.
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We have about 25 cacao trees along our creeks here in Costa Rica. We have been playing around with the drying process and learning how to prune our trees lately. We have done a successful batch of nibs but still don’t quite understand the tempering to chocolate process. Here are two images of the fruit
Cayo Costa State Park in Florida.
Morning in the Smoky Mountains Image I’ve stated it many times, The Great Smoky Mountains is our favorite U.S. National Park. This image is an example of why. If you wake up really, really early in the morning and head up Newfoundland Gap Road you can capture the blanketing fog. You should try underexposing up
I liked these two images together because of the contrasting messages. The eating utensils, although dirty, show some sense of order while the shelf, which is an arm’s length away, is simply an un-organized pile of collected objects.
When we bought our farm here in Costa Rica there was an existing house on it that was occupied by an El Salvadorian man. He lived here for 25 years as a caretaker in exchange for free rent. This is the inside of his house. We will be taking it down and donating what usable
Forest near Quetzal National Park, San Isidro This scene is from high up in the Costa Rican mountains near San Isidro. They are opening a new National Park there aptly names Parque Nacional Quetzal, because of the frequency of seeing the famed quetzal birds there. We were driving back from Playa Uvita and stopped in
Scottish sheep on the Isle of Harris in May.
Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland is an amazing structure. It sits right at the sea shore allowing visitors to imagine the daily life and the sea trade. An infrared image of Dunluce Castle in Northern Ireland.
Virgin Falls Park, Tennessee Sparta Tennessee is a little town in the middle of Crossville and Cookeville. It has a gas station, a library and a car dealership. As you drive down Route 127 you will see mobile homes that need some welding done as well as sturdy brick tri levels. This area doesn’t appear
Full Moon over Cumberland Falls, Kentucky Cumberland Falls is one of the few places in which you can see a moonbow (a rainbow caused by a full moon at a waterfall). We highly recommend exploring the surrounding area and camping for a few days here. It’s a lovely place in the middle of Kentucky.
Sloth After watching these guys for a few months now I believe that they just told people that they were slow so that they were always impressing us. They move pretty rapidly compared to the long held belief that they are slow. This guy is from Cahuita National Park. We have two that live on
City of Rocks, Idaho There is a stretch of highway in Idaho that has absolutely nothing to look at and last for hours with no place to stop for gas. There are signs along the way that promise an awesome park 12 miles North of the next exit named City of Rocks. When you get
Cayo Costa is a National Park Island, in Florida, only accesible by boat. This is am image of the aftermath of a terrible storm.
Zanzibar Fisherman Photo During our Peace Corps service in Tanzania we were lucky enough to have two weeks of vacation a year. We used those weeks to visit the birthplace of Freddy Mercury from Queen. It is truly an amazing little island. It is so small but is just bursting with different cultures. Indians have
Nuts and bolts on an abandoned train car in Nevada.
A light dusting of snow on the ground in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee.
Not the weird skin kind.
This is waste from a water apple tree here in Costa Rica. The fruit is a bit darker than this when perfectly ripe. It has the consistency of an apple but has a slightly lighter
Bamboo Grove Infrared This infrared bamboo photo was taken last week in Playa Uvita, Costa Rica. The owner of the land has planted bamboo throughout their property as a means of erosion control. As for the image, I have noticed Barry is using his infrared filter alot more lately. I am not sure if this
Boat and Barge on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in Puerto Viejo. This barge is a permanent structure on the black sand beach in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Costa Rica. On a summer Sunday afternoon is the best time to catch kids jumping off and hiding underneath the barge. Their laughs are infectious and
Kasha Katuwe National Monument A day trip to Kasha Katuwe National Monument in New Mexico is definately worth the time. It’s nestled in between Sante Fe and Albuquerque on an indian reservation. The beginning of the hike takes you through slot canyons and weirdly shaped paths leading up to the tent shaped, sandstone tips that
Arenal Volcano in Infrared (Photo) This is Arenal Volcano in Northern Costa Rica. During the green season the cone is covered with moisture on most days. The best days for viewing are during Jan through April early in the morning or in Early October. If you are lucky the night time brings spectacular views of
Osprey’s in Cayo Costa These three images were taken in Florida on Cayo Costa State Park. High up in an apparently dead tree this large nest was home to this lovely bird. The last shot is my favorite.
We came upon this prayer station on our return trip from Cartago, Costa Rica. It is on a well paved road leading back to Siquirres, Route 10 but I can not seem to find any tourist information on it. If you head from Siquirres to Turrialba en route to Cartago you will find it on
St. James Church Ruins Cartago, Costa Rica, a historic relic. The Headless Priest Legend According to a popular legend, there were two brothers who lived in colonial Cartago city. One of them was a single, nice and loved person and the other a priest. A rivalry arose between them as both fell in love with
Puerto Viejo Barge. An infrared of Puerto Viejo’s beloved barge. This barge sits very close to the beach in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. It has been a long time since it’s been useful to anybody that doesn’t want to use it to jump off of it into the warm Caribbean sea. This was taken in
Olive Tree Frog (Scinax elaeochrous) The Olive Tree Frog certainly has style. It is the most common frog found in the Caribbean lowlands of Central America below 1,000 meters. This frog lives high in the forest canopy but comes down to the ground for mating. While calling out during mating season this frogs under-belly turns
Photographer in White Sands Taken in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The sand dunes that form between the two mountain ranges are immense and intricately patterned.
Costa Rica National Bird – Clay Colored Robin Thrush One would think that in a land in which birds are so brightly colored you can’t believe they are real, the National Bird would be a magnificent, multi-colored Great Green Macaw. Not in Costa Rica, the National Bird here is a Clay Colored Robin Thrush. They do