Archive for March, 2013

Costa Rica: Crocodiles at the Tarcoles River

March 27, 2013

In February Peggy’s (my next-older sister) and Jeff’s older son was married in Costa Rica. Bill and I made a mini-vacation out of the trip. We were delighted with how fun and beautiful the wedding was, and with how much fun we had with family and with Manuel Cabalceta as our tour guide. Bill and I were with Manuel for three days. Peggy and Jeff spent even more days with Manuel. (Oh, yeah … and Peggy went zip-lining, which I was way too chicken to do!)

The combination of the wedding, and Manuel tailoring each day just for us, made for a very memorable and relaxing trip. We were on the move in a way I would typically not call relaxing. My style of relaxing is basically not having to exert large amounts of physical energy or brainpower! But with Manuel being sensitive to our needs and wants, each hiking, etc., day with Manuel and family put a lift in my step and in my heart.

A year ago when Bill and I traveled to St. Kitts, I published one post per each facet of the trip. I.e., one post for animal wildlife, one post for plant life, one post for lobster, etc. I’m not that organized after Costa Rica. However, I like to keep a sort of record for my own future reference. (It seems if I don’t, a year or two later when someone wants travel recommendations, the details have already faded.) So, over time I’ll add the category of “Travel – Costa Rica” to any of my posts related to Costa Rica.

Our trip was six nights/seven days. Here goes!

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Click once on this image to enlarge it … twice to enlarge even further.

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These photos, especially of the landscape, lack detail. They do show the crocodiles at one location and from one vantage point. These were taken on our shuttle about halfway between the San Jose airport and our destination, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. The river shown in the photos is the Tarcoles River. Another link for the Tarcoles River is here.

The bridge from where these photos were shot is next to a little stop that is a tourist trap if I ever saw one! But … (and it’s a big one!) there is a public restroom there for customers! In many areas of Costa Rica, public restrooms are nonexistent. And, even if there is one, in remote locations toilet paper is even more nonexistent! (I almost didn’t include that last detail, but authors of travel books are compelled to include it, so it’s here, too!)

Immediately below is a YouTube video of the same location (except actually in the river) as the photos above and also further below. The text comments on the video site include some profanity. Watching the video gives perspective as to the size and movements of the crocodiles.

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Here is a link about a man who just this month (March 2013) was photographing crocodiles in the Tarcoles River. He was so intent on his photographing that he was nearly attacked by a crocodile. The link also includes a video of the near-attack. (The video includes some profanity.)

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To enlarge the photos below, and to view them as a slideshow, simply click on one of the thumbnails.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.

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Icicle/Water Droplet = Inverted Image (but not spring weather in Iowa … yet!)

March 25, 2013

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Icicle Dripping. March 14, 2013

Icicle Dripping. March 14, 2013. Clicking on this photo will magnify the inverted image in the water droplet. (Click on image to magnify the droplet where you’ll see an inverted view of our backyard.)

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I took these photos eleven days ago on March 14. When looking at this image (above) on my computer, I was excited to see the inverted sky/treeline/snow scene in the dangling water droplet. The image was our backyard, but upside down.

This principle is explained and further illustrated (via a beautiful photograph) at this link. http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2011/12/water-drops-and-inverted-images.html

Within an hour of taking the photos, the entire icicle melted. I was excited that spring weather was just around the corner. Silly me!

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This photo was taken eight minutes prior to the photo at the top of this post. If you click on this image to magnify it, you’ll see the spiral above the water droplet as the droplet starts to separate from the icicle. (Click on photo to enlarge.)

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Top photo: Shutter: 1/4000 sec.; f/4.5; ISO 800; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Bottom photo: Shutter: 1/1000 sec.; f/7.1; ISO 400; same lens

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)

About Rolfe, Iowa, in 1976: “Smile (click) — the future awaits” (Part IV of IV)

March 24, 2013
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This 1976 Des Moines Register column by Chuck Offenburger describes the 37-years-ago Rolfe, Iowa, take-a-picture-of-(almost)-every-Rolfe-resident project. Obviously I’m extra fond of the project since my mom was the “Marion the Librarian” quoted in the article. ( Click on the article to enlarge it/the text.)

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This post is similar to the Part II and III posts. This post includes even more clippings from around the country.

Clippings about what? About Rolfe’s 1976 photograph-everybody-in-town project. (Who woulda thunk the Christian Science Monitor would have picked up the story?!)

Bittersweet is the adjective here. Bitter (or wistfully reminiscent): so many of those 1976 Rolfe residents have since passed away. Sweet: the photos are at the library and help us refresh our memories and honor those 1976 residents of Rolfe.

If you haven’t looked at Part I, Part II and Part III, I hope you will. Part I tells about the overall 1976 project. Part II, and Part III (as well as this post) include clippings and notes from around the country about the 1976 project. News of the project spread like wildfire across the United States once the Associated Press picked up the story.

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To Read these FUN Clippings …

1) Click on any thumbnail below [or in Part II and Part III] to enlarge it and to see the images in slide show view.

2) To enlarge further, once in slide show view, click on “View Full Size” at the lower right of your screen. (If nothing happens when you click on “View Full Size,” you might need to scroll down a little on your monitor so that “View Full Size” is two or three inches above the bottom of your monitor.)

3) To enlarge even more, hover the mouse over the image to see a “+” sign. When you see that plus sign, click on the image and it will magnify even further.

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(Click here to go to Louise Gunderson Shimon’s blog’s home page.)