The People in this Blog World, Forests, and Rivers

I am having a time with the blogs on WordPress! There are so many interesting people writing here, and don’t even talk about the photos. I could spend all day looking photos. There are some amazingly talented and interesting people in this blog world who obviously put a lot of thought, time, effort, and love into their posts. Sometimes I am intimidated, but usually I am so inspired.

I am only an amateur. I like to write, and I love to take photos. It is a luxury to have time to do a bit of both. But, I’m still busy. I am trying to learn another language, and make a home in a new country and new culture. I have other interests to explore. I am so inspired though that I wish I had unlimited hours in every day! I wish I could elevate myself to the level of the amazing blogs I’ve seen here recently.

But, back to my reality. I will continue to prattle on about what’s on the mind at the moment, and post too many photos and an occasional video. I cannot seem to go anywhere without a camera because whenever I do, I miss an opportunity.

The weekly photo challenge was interesting because new people visited my blog, and in turn I could visit theirs. I will continue to participate in challenges when I can, and I’ll look forward to meeting new people here. I’m afraid that soon my list of followed blogs will be a mile long!

What has been going here the last couple days? Saturday evening we headed out in the rain for Boquete. Look at these mountains in the rain!
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We never made it to Boquete though because we had another problem with the car overheating. A total stranger on the street helped us rewire the fan and filled the radiator up with water so we could limp back to town. The kindness and generosity of these people is amazing. I talked with my Spanish teacher about this today and she says “Don’t the people in the US do this for each other?” Sometimes, but usually not. I think most of us are too afraid to stop for a stranger in the street. Here,  it’s perfectly normal.

We’ve also become fascinated by hummingbirds. We put out a feeder a few days ago and it’s a busy place! They come to eat and fuss at each other and chirp from the trees. I’ve never known anything about hummingbirds before, and now it’s an all day photo op! They are beautiful, and busy, feisty, active little birds.115

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Joel took these great photos!

We even put the feeder on the table at breakfast one day so Ma could see them more easily, and they came right to the table.
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This was breakfast the other day – beans, corn tortillas, scrambled eggs, pineapple, and Geisha coffee.

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The highlands nearby are known for their coffee, and Geisha coffee is the most expensive around. When we found some the other day we had to try it. It is good, very good, but I’m not a coffee connoisseur so I don’t have the fine appreciation for different coffees. I’m happy with the cheap but good stuff from the supermarket. But, I’m glad we had a chance to try this very special coffee!

The woods and the river are still the main fascination though. What a wonderful place!

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“I don’t think we can make it down there!” Our neighbor’s dogs came walking with us in the woods too.

These are some BIG trees! (the little green thing below is me)

These are some BIG trees! (the little green thing below is me)

There are some really big banana trees in this forest too.

There are some really big banana trees in this forest too.

This is literally across the street from our house, between the forest and our street.

This is literally across the street from our house, between the forest and our street.

Yesterday we were jungle people with a machete, and hacked a new pathway from close to our house more directly to the river.

Our challenge! Get through this and make a path.

Our challenge! Get through this and make a path.

Joel’s turn with the machete

Joel’s turn with the machete

A huge old fallen tree in the forest covered with amazing plants!

A huge old fallen tree in the forest covered with amazing plants!

Of course when we got to the river I saw a hundred things I wanted to photograph while Joel played in the water.

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of photographing the river!

I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of photographing the river!

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There are so many beautiful and interesting rocks along the river.

There are so many beautiful and interesting rocks along the river.

I made this to mark the spot where our trail leads back to the house. I think these are called rock cairns.

I made this to mark the spot where our trail leads back to the house. I think these are called rock cairns.

The water swirling over the rocks in the river is also interesting

The water swirling over the rocks in the river is also interesting

We also saw some other people at the river for the first time. Usually we are the only people there. Today there were three young guys swimming and another group who came to fish. People work hard all week here, and often a half day on Saturday as well so Sunday is a day for many people to relax and do something fun.

Boys will be boys everywhere!

Boys will be boys everywhere!

he reason for making it to the top of the rock is to jump off into the water!

he reason for making it to the top of the rock is to jump off into the water!

Of course now that we have made a new pathway, we’ll have to use it a lot to keep it open! I think I’m confident enough in my ability to climb up and down the path to bring the good camera, so I’m really looking forward to those photos. But, meanwhile, I’m very happy with the pictures from our little camera.

Well, that’s it for now. Hasta pronto

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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6 Responses to The People in this Blog World, Forests, and Rivers

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Kris, Joel and G-Ma,
    No apologies about your blog – your blog is your blog and we are enjoying it immensely! Keep it coming and you look wonderful by the way! Happy Thanksgiving, Barb and Joe

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  2. Dear Kris, am loving your blog!! Arent the hummingbirds wonderful? They chatter and carrying on so. Watch for theyre nests once they come north again, they make them from animal hair and fine folage, my cousin recently gave me one she found after a windy fall day, it is made from hair from her horse along with fine pieces of folage. I will send you a photo of it. Keep those great pixs coming. Kim

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    • kristc99 says:

      Hi! I am fairly new to WordPress, and got this about “reblogged”. I’m not sure exactly what it means. Does my post show up on your blog? Since our blogs are very different I don’t think my writing would be interesting to your readers, but thanks for the visit! 🙂

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