We’ve decided to stay home for a little while so we’ve been relaxing, puttering around the house, riding the bikes, and not doing much new. But, of course, that doesn’t mean an ordinary day is uninteresting!
Summer is beginning and the baby iguanas are out and about. This one must have recently shed its skin because there were a few flakes still clinging. This iguana was in the carport, but the other day one wandered into the house and Joel had to chase him out.
The day before yesterday we could just see the top of Vulcan Baru peeking through the clouds.
Yesterday we rode our bikes down to check on the overpass project. We found the PanAmerican Highway blocked off because they were placing the beams in the section over the highway. It’s really interesting to watch them work!
Yesterday was another gorgeous day, and another wonderful view of Volcan Baru.
We continue to enjoy the visitors to the bird feeder. These little blue-gray tanagers visit quite often.
Our neighbor trimmed her trees severely but it has given us a view of this bare tree beyond that is visited by a lot of really interesting birds. This gray hawk has been there quite often, and one day there were two of them.
These crested oropendulas visit the bare tree frequently as well. I love watching a male do his display.
A paisana (chacalaca) is perched on the orange tree.
The blue-crowned motmots also visit frequently.
Of course there will be bugs too! We found this one on the back door when we came home.
This really interesting and fairly large bug was on the gate to the patio.
This gorgeous spider has been living in our lipstick palm near the front door. Yesterday he apparently has caught something and had it all wrapped up in silk.
My guandu (pigeon peas) have finally started to flower! It’s a Christmas tradition here to have rice and guandu. But, because of this, guandu is expensive now so many people grow their own. My friend and neighbor gave me some seeds and they have done well. I think they are pretty plants with beautiful flowers, and the peas taste good too.
My ginger plant has put up its first flower, a rather strange knob on a stick but with these pretty petals on the top.
Someone gave us a cutting of these pretty flowers which we managed to root and get growing. Yesterday I discovered that the little black bees like them.
Later in the day we went to Boquete for a holiday party hosted by a fellow blogger (http://tombseekers.wordpress.com
). It was a gorgeous day so the drive up was such a pleasure. The photos were taken from the car but hopefully you can see a little of how beautiful it was, especially the great clouds over the mountains.
This mountain was covered with a white misty cloud like a pillow. It looked almost surreal.
As we got close to town we could see rainbow colors in the clouds ahead.
When we arrived at our friends’ house for the party, there was a bright rainbow above the roof.
It has to be a good day when you see a rainbow like this?!
Today it’s warm, sunny, and breezy. I’m off to do some things in the yard. (Maybe I’ll see more interesting bugs.) Later we’re going for a walk to look at the Christmas lights. Even when it looks like we’re not doing anything we are having a very good time.