Archive for March, 2012

Havana Club

Havana Club

Voted “best mojito” in Panama by those in the know. And this woman is an expert.


Prophesy

Prophesy

Talk to the hand. The following graffiti can be found in the old schoolhouse building (without a roof) just across from the canal, on the way to Pipeline Road. It has many rooms with art and is like an outdoor exhibit space (albeit overgrown with tall grasses).


Blue Bunny

Blue Bunny

A bit of DONNY DARKO in this bunny….


Old Schoolhouse on Canal

Old Schoolhouse on Canal

Shot from the interior of the old schoolhouse looking out towards the canal…


Octoblobs

Octoblobs

Neverland

Neverland

Life doing life

Life doing life

This paper wasp nest likes an orange decor.


Winter in the tropics

Winter in the tropics

This artist appears to be missing winter…Panama this time of year is called the dry season. The rains stop and begin again in March or April. This week, it has begun to rain a bit…each day.


Torrijos

Torrijos

General Omar Torrijos was called the “Supreme Leader of the Panamanian Revolution” and ruled over Panama from 1968 to 1981. He was killed in a plane crash in 1981 and Noriega (my neighbor at the prison) was suspected of playing a part, but nothing could be proven. This graffiti looks to be some of the […]


Skype LOL

Skype LOL

My good friend Skyping on a day we’re not in P.J.s.


Bat house

Bat house

A giant, hollowed-out tree just off the trail at BCI is home to a particular group of bats. They are unique from other species in that they hang head down (as others), but then their heads tilt upwards. Most bats heads hang down. They can be found on the sides of buildings, trees…there was one […]


The shadow

The shadow

On BCI, you pay attention to little signals that tell you there are monkeys present. Sometimes the howlers make it a no brainer, but other times, it might be something small falling to the forest floor or a twig snapping. Looking up, you’ll see….


Squirrel imitation

Squirrel imitation

Wait. That’s no squirrel. It’s a Geoffrey’s Tamarin monkey. Small monkey. Seems funny that it would have such a Gringo name…or Brit, for that matter. Would like to know what the original people called them. On BCI last weekend, we all saw a Tayra in the forest….fleetingly. It’s like a giant black weasel. Very fluid, […]


Tamarin en situ

Tamarin en situ

Here’s where he’s most comfortable.


El rana

El rana

This frog was about 5/8″ long and there were many of them under our feet at another little creek on BCI. If you weren’t paying attention, it would’ve been easy to miss them. Where are the frog experts when you need them?


Tiny reaper

Tiny reaper

The poison dart frog has been one of my favorites for decades. When my kids were small, we had a group of plastic frogs that stayed around as home decor for at least a decade (and a turtle too). These blue and black poison dart frogs were easy to find around a tiny stream on […]


Turtle time

Turtle time

There are a bevy of turtles that hang out under the boat dock shade, along with a number of fish as well. The turtles were mostly the same size, with a shell size of 16-18″ long. They come up to inspect us when they hear voices, feel vibration. No one is allowed to feed the […]


Lounge lizzard

Lounge lizzard

Here’s the same guy from the week before…baking in the sun…This is the little croc.


Beetle Big

Beetle Big

I’ve yet to see one of these in it’s non-expired state. There seem to be a lot of them, and when they expire, their carcasses are much enjoyed by the ants. Like a giant junebug.


Pairings

Pairings

Certain butterflies are extremely active just now…and beginning to see more and more Blue Morphos as well.


Iguana tag

Iguana tag

This is a terrible shot, but couldn’t pass on telling the story. I had just gotten home from BCI, stripped off the tick/chigger protection, and sat down at my computer. Sensitized to listening for tree branches breaking (for monkeys), I couldn’t HELP but hear big branches crashing outside my third-story window. I turned to see […]


Disappearing

Disappearing

This beautiful shot was taken a few days ago on the Hannibal Bank near Coiba by photographer Kip Evans who is on assignment for Mission Blue. This is a grouper (delicious) and it’s kind is disappearing. In the last 50 years, we have eaten 90% of the large fish population. Time to become a vegetarian. […]


Showoff

Showoff

This is the showoff that’s been down at the boat docks on BCI. This incredible shot was taken by Mingzi Xu who otherwise studies giant damselflies. This boy looks a bit tattered. According to the mammal census people, there is a healthy ocelot population on BCI. They see them thanks to camera traps all around […]


Jungle cutters

Jungle cutters

Endlessly fascinating leaf-cutters. There are two giant colonies near 183 where I live. This was a citizen from an island colony.