Sunday, November 15, 2015

Enormous surf at Matapalo Beach in Costa Rica.

Just to be clear, this is not the world famous surf spot, Matapalo Beach in Costa Rica, 
but a less famous one, still in Costa Rica, and a short drive from Finca Silencio.
And this is also a pretty damned good surfing beach!

But the day I took this video the surf was huge, truly enormous,
and breaking in terrifyingly tall, yawning walls of water,
shaking the ground as they thundered. 

The surfers stood silent and watched from the shore.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Guabo River, Finca Silencio, Silencio, Costa Rica....

My little slice of paradise..

During the heat of the day, you can stay very cool down by the river.
I love the swelling sound of the cicadas, in waves. Like someone is 
turning the volume up and down, up and down. 

The Guabo River is a tributary of the Rio Savegre,
a much larger river that features fantastic white water rafting very near by. 
You can arrange cool rafting excursions with the good folks at Rafiki Lodge
which is on an incredible acreage not far from Finca Silencio.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A plethora of photos coming this way!

As I dig around and uncover photos I haven't posted 
anywhere yet, I will post them here.

There will also be quite a few repeat photos from 
'other places' where I've posted a lot of photos already.
But here, they will hopefully stay, until the internet breathes
it's last gasping breath, and the lights twinkle out forever.

It's my hope that these posts will convince people
to come on down and check it out in person!


You can pull over and look at these guys on the drive down
from San Jose or Liberia. Don't worry, there's none at the finca!

This fine looking young fellow walked by our front 'gate'
lagging behind on his own, after a larger herd had just sauntered past.

The near by beaches are out of this world.

Hibiscus flowers were on my bucket list of flowers
I really want to have in my yard. Done!

Got bamboo? We do!

The former owner, Jennifer Smith, giving a ecological 
class to a group of children at the finca years ago. 
This spot on the river still has this 
gooey green stuff in it..

OK, this isn't there yet, but imagine? 
Would you sleep here?

Got trees? We do!

Got bananas? We do!

Got incredibly photogenic beaches?
We sure do. I mean, I can't even believe I took this.
But I did, and soon, I can drive there in the time 
it takes me to go do some shopping.

Looking up is frequently very rewarding
as you walk around the finca!

We have some enormous African Palms
scattered around the property, they are gorgeous. 
Smaller ones too.

This is a part of the gorgeous front yard near the house.
Mariya wants to put her studio back up in there,
way in the back as far as you can see on the left....

A Cute little lizard on a rock. When these guys get startled,
they sometimes run across the surface of the water,
it is wicked!

This cool leaves hugs the trees at the bottom, but farther up 
the branch off and look more like regular vines leaves.

There is a lot of space.....

There are many kinds of flowers throughout the place,
I've only seen a tiny bit, so many of the flowering plants are
seasonal and I've only been there twice so far. Lots of surprises
to look forward to as new flowers appear!

Incredibly, I was able to get this great footage of a bat taking off
with my little Casio camera that I had there last time.
It is one of the resident bats that lives on the house
at Finca Silencio...

The Rio Guabo flows through Finca Silencio

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Final preparations for Endless Summer.....

And soon we will be.....

Munching a morning mango in the garden.....

Enjoying a Costa Rican Sunset with Mariya 

Hanging out with Mariya 
happily planting our Hawaiian lime tree!

Basking in the Guabo River

Taking beach selfies

Blue Morpho Butterfly at Finca Silencio

Blue Morpho

In this video that I took by the Guabo River at Finca Silencio, 
you can spot a big blue morpho butterfly fluttering by 
if you watch carefully! I didn't even know I had caught it 
on video until a couple of months after getting home 
and reviewing my footage.