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20 June, 2018

Garden Flowers

Every day, gardens in town are splashed by the liveliest of colors. Evaristo, Efrain, Erick, Roberto and the rest of the gardening team love sharing their endless knowledge about all these tropical beauties. Many of these blooms can be found in markets, flower shops and plant nurseries near and far. As most of the…
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3 February, 2018

The Birds of Las Catalinas

The Great Kiskadee, photo by Rich Hoeg taken at Las Catalinas. We are getting to the best time of year for bird-watching at Las Catalinas.  Many of the trees have now lost their leaves for some portion of the dry season, which makes birds much easier to spot. We do have an astounding variety…
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Life in TownNaturally Speaking
16 December, 2016

Dry Season Has Arrived

The rainy season ended on Monday. It rained for several hours that day, ending around 4:30 pm Costa Rica time (which is 6:30 Las Catalinas Time, but I'm not getting into that). Tuesday was sort of a transition day, Wednesday the easterly Papagayo Wind began to blow gently, and by Thursday it was really feeling…
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24 August, 2015

My Fish Friend

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr7liIk484g Several times while snorkeling at Las Catalinas, including three times last week, I have encountered one of these little fellows.  He/she is a juvenile golden trevally.  They get to be, like, huge.  But the ones I encounter are always this exact same size.  Once they find me, they will follow me forever.  They…
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22 May, 2013

Change of Seasons

  Sketch by Markham Smith, May 18 2013. View from Las Catalinas of sea with Islas Pitahayas and Islas Catalinas. The dry season is lingering at Las Catalinas.  We would expect rain by now, but other than a couple of early rains a few weeks ago and a good shower the other day very…
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22 May, 2013

Cambio de estaciones

  Sketch por Markham Smith, 18 de mayo de 2013. Vista desde Las Catalinas de mar con Pitahayas Islas e Islas Catalinas. La estación seca es persistente en Las Catalinas. Es de esperar que la lluvia a estas alturas, pero aparte de un par de las primeras lluvias de hace unas semanas y una…
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29 April, 2013

Report on Spring at Las Catalinas

It is the changing of the seasons at Las Catalinas.  The dry season is winding down and we have had a couple of rains already.  Over the next couple of weeks the landscape will switch from dry season browns, yellows, and pinks to rainforest green.  The daytime temperatures will drop, and we will settle…
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29 April, 2013

Informe de Primavera en Las Catalinas

Es el cambio de las estaciones de Las Catalinas. La estación seca está por terminar y hemos tenido un par de lluvias ya. Durante el próximo par de semanas, el paisaje cambiará de croquetas secas temporada, amarillos y rosas de la selva verde. Las temperaturas diurnas bajarán, y se asentarán en el patrón suave…
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16 October, 2012

Restoring a Forest

Walking on Las Catalinas trail.   I love the land that is Las Catalinas.   I love the trees, the animals, and the hills.   I love the sounds, the smells, and the breezes.   I love the trails that allow us to get out and enjoy the land. To me, and to all…
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28 February, 2012

Another Las Catalinas Day – Monkey Style

A family of five howler monkey spent the afternoon munching some buds on the trees right in front of our Casa Teja today - providing a great photo op even for those of us without much telephoto.   The papa was extremely vocal!   The others - muy tranquillo.   Quoting from Wikipedia "Howler…
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