One of my bedtime “monsters”

A furry spider? Will the gecko eat this? I leave most insects alone for the geckos.
Atenas, Costa Rica

See other interesting “monsters” in my gallery called Other Insects  (all not butterflies)

Or the broader selection of “monsters” in gallery called Other Wildlife  (all not birds)

¡Pura Vida!

Light Beneath the Elephant & the Monster

Both photos by Samsung Cell Phone:

Elephant Ear or Tarul 
In the Roca Verde gardens of Charlie Doggett
Atenas, Costa Rica

Monstera deliciosa  
In the Roca Verde gardens of Charlie Doggett
Atenas, Costa Rica

Okay. So now you know it has been a month since I’ve been on a trip or very far from home, meaning more photos in the garden. And that is fun too! Trying something different here from behind or beneath 2 large leaves and I’m fascinated by leaves! The Elephant is among my heliconias and gingers in the larger flower bed out my backdoor, while the monsteras have recently replaced ornamental grasses behind and above a garden wall (a ledge) behind my house and an extension of the garden, giving a jungle look from the bathroom ceiling window (dormer-like above shower) and helps maintain the garden walk around two sides of my house on a tile walkway. I like it! And in one week I’m in Orosi Valley & Tapanti National Park for some fresher photos!  🙂

See also my photo gallery:   FLORA & FOREST


Costa Rica Ranks low in Central America Homicides for 2017. Our rate is similar to Panama’s

with only Nicaragua having a lower rate (you surprised?). The most danger for homicides are in El Salvador and then Honduras.

And if you add in the rates for all Latin American and Caribbean countries, then the safest or fewest homicides is in Chili with the most in Venezuela. And Jamaica is the 3rd worst after Venezuela and El Salvador. Mexico? Hey, they are right in the middle of the list of Latin American countries, worse than Costa Rica, but a long way from the worst! Sorry Trump! Mexico is not so bad!  See the charts and maps in the above linked article.

Interesting. And again, I feel safe in Costa Rica, especially in a little central valley farm town away from the big city of San Jose where almost all murders take place or maybe in port towns of Limon and Puntarenas. Choose your location carefully.  ¡Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is getting ready for Electric CarsAnother interesting English-language article. It is logical for a “green country” but also requires infrastructure and “power stations.” Money!

Art, Play, or Vandalism?

Art, Play, or Vandalism?   In Sabana Park.

Good, long flight from Nashville to San Jose through Charlotte of all places! Arrived about 1:30 this time which is Central Standard Time (no daylight savings thank goodness) which means in the summer it is like the U.S Mountain Savings Time. It was lightly raining on arrival and at supper time now is raining hard. May through November is “Rainy Season” which is mostly afternoon showers. And yes, I planned to come in rainy season on purpose. If I move here, this is what it will be like, half the year. December to April is “Dry Season” with no rain in most places except the coastal rain forests which have rain year around. The northwest part of Costa Rica, called Guanacaste, is dry year around with some rain during rainy season. It is like some of our American West.

Well, anyway, I was in my hotel by 3:00 in downtown San Jose and with only a mist and my umbrella I walked two blocks to Parque Sabana which is bigger than New York’s Central Park and made a few photos. I promised to just do one a day, so I chose the weird one instead of the cute boys playing soccer, a tree I liked, or the beautiful yellow hibiscus across from the hotel. This monster eating a picnic table next to a slide made of logs intrigued me and maybe I will learn more about it later. The children were playing on the regular playground. So, is it art, play, or vandalism? Click photo to see it larger.