Azorean Waterfall

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—Stephen—

Lava Tube

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One of the tourist attractions on the outskirts of Ponta Delgada is the Gruta do Carvao, which is an old lava tube.  I found it quite interesting and a complete contrast to the many water made cave systems I’ve visited.   This photo has been ‘recovered’ using some extensive photoshop manipulation – at the very moment I wanted to use the pop-up flash on my Canon 80D it decided it didn’t want to work.  I tried in vain to find some obscure control in the menu system but with no luck.   When we returned home I had to send my camera off to Canon for repair…. and of course it was out of warranty!

—Stephen—

Roots II

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Further to my previous, I thought it might be worth demonstrating how big the roots of this tree were.  One without and another with a seeming mote of a human for scale.

—Stephen—

To Tortuguero

Our guide, who introduced himself during the mid-morning breakfast session, called on us to load our luggage on to the appropriate shuttle-bus for the onward journey to Tortuguero – he was a little bemused by the fact our family had none.  We were soon on our way for the next leg.  It was a bit like “Wagons Roll!” as all the buses set off in convoy down the road. Our guide explained that some of the roads were so rough it was worthwhile that they all stick together, in case one broke down.   Sections of the road were a bit dodgy to say the least.  (Our return ride, after our stay at Tortuguero, was delayed by an hour because of a landslide.)

After what seemed like an age, we arrived at a sort of inland river port – where we were put aboard a covered flat bottom boat equipped with a meaty looking outboard engine.  We were asked to don life-vests before setting off down the river at a fair rate of knots towards our ‘hotel’.

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Lop eared cattle seemed to be the main breed in this part of Costa Rica – I guess these arrived by boat too.

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A little bit of excitement when a young fawn was seen swimming across the wide river in front of us – everyone was relieved when we watched it struggle ashore – crocs and caiman are present in the rivers hereabouts.

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.. and a kingfisher staring into space…. a bit weird, but who’s to know the mind of kingfisher!

—Stephen—