Leaves, Lichens & Nature Things

Sometimes it’s the little things that are usually ignored that become my biggest discoveries in nature and my Leaves & Nature Things! GALLERY has 20 of these discoveries that I found at Hotel Banana Azul and there were more such nature things I shared in the Cahuita and Gandoca-Manzanillo sub-galleries, but click the above link for Hotel Banana Azul. And here’s just one leaves shot and one mushroom! Plus email readers must click the title above to see my feature photo & favorite leaf shot! 🙂

Caribbean Rainforest, Costa Rica
Caribbean Rainforest Mushroom, Costa Rica

Leaves & Nature Things! at Hotel Banana Azul.

¡Pura Vida!

Awed by Designs, Colors, Shapes, “Little Things” . . .

. . . in appreciation of the beauty of dying leaves, which happens year around here (no “Fall” as such), I recently snapped, one on a sidewalk in town and the other in my yard, plus the contrast of two favorite green leaves below! 🙂

Unidentified leaf on sidewalk downtown Atenas, Costa Rica.
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The “Other” Nature Shots

Maybe the miscellaneous stuff that didn’t fit in another post shouldn’t be shown, but I liked most of these and so my last post from Playa Cativo Lodge is “Misc.” that I hope you will find some beauty in, as all nature is the art of God. I will show even more in my “Trip Gallery” when finally done, including some nice nature quotes they had posted on some of the trails. But for now that is all of Cativo for the blog and tomorrow more posts from Atenas begin again! 🙂

Bananas!

10 more photos below . . .

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“How beautiful the leaves grow old.”

“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”

~John Burroughs
“How beautiful . . . “

I have already done one post on dead leaves, titled: Beauty in Death about the final days of a Heliconia leaf in my garden with one of my favorite photos. Then the above quote of John Burroughs and some cool dead leaves at Playa Cativo Lodge motivated me to move on with another dead leaf post! 🙂

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A Break in Blogging

Yep! I just went 6 days without blogging which is not my usual habit which is to write posts 3 or 4 days ahead then break from the routine while posts keep coming out. No health problems or catastrophes, “just tired of blogging.” But with another trip coming tomorrow, I’m in the mood and here’s a few nature photos made during this “down time.”

Two Bee or Not Two Bee

I’m still not getting many butterflies in my garden yet other than the fast-moving Yellows that never seem to land for a photo. But here’s two bees in my garden this morning:

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Fiddle-Leaf Fig

Ficus lyrata, commonly known as the Fiddle-Leaf Fig (Wikipedia), is often used as a smaller houseplant indoors though it eventually has to be pruned or moved outdoors. Since the last plant I had in my bedroom died I decided to try something different in harmony with the Strangler Fig Tree outside my bedroom window (behind those palms). We will see what happens in this window-side spot that receives very little sun. I liked this houseplant choice especially for the big leaves! 🙂

Fiddle-Leaf Fig
Fiddle-Leaf Fig has big leaves!

“Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.”

 — Terri Guillemets

¡Pura Vida!

Whispering from Every Leaf . . .

“There is another alphabet, whispering from every leaf, singing from every river, shimmering from every sky.”

― Dejan Stojanovic

And I have always considered every leaf an individual work of art – O so many beautiful canvases!

Anthurium Leaf

Yesterday I was motivated by another blog to go photograph leaves. Below is that collection of 14 “Art Masterpieces” by God Himself! Fourteen totally different leaves in my garden . . .

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