January 2012 Archives
Two photos from Portland, Oregon illustrating the great differences in light and mood one may encounter in a relative short time.
(Click to enlarge) The Fremont Bridge, which carries I-405 traffic across the river, in a dense fog. Photographed from the Broadway Bridge just to the south. This is a color photo.
(Click to enlarge) A building on the east side of the river, in the Rose District. The golden light of late afternoon made it glow - the color comes from sunlight, not from internal illumination.
The Steel Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon is a masterpiece of steelwork engineering and construction. Close-up, the plates and rivets form intricate patterns, accentuated by rust, peeling paint, and shadows. For the next few days, I'll be posting a series of photos of the bridge, making what I think is an interesting series of images.
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January 2-3: Days 9-10 in Nicaragua
After breakfast on Monday we took the ferry from Ometepe back to San Jorge, where we were picked up and transferred to Morgan's Rock, a high end resort on the Pacific coast. A nice last two days of our vacation.
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Walking near the lounge/restaurant building at Finca San Juan, I noticed this fish skeleton. I think it was cleaned by a bird rather than a diner.
Waiting for the ferry to the mainland.
By the pool at Morgan's Rock.
A mouse-sized bat that evidently didn't awaken from roosting on the screen of our bungalow. It was there for two days.
A spiky Spanish cedar ...
... and a thorny acacia tree seen during our guided nature walk.
A long line of plate-like mushrooms
and some attractively patterned tree bark seen on the self-guided Las Palmitas nature walk.
Morgan's Rock is in a tropical dry forest, so large cacti grow on a cliff above the ocean.
The rocks along the beach had interesting patterns in their worn-smooth surfaces.
The sunset bathed this tree in rosy light.
The sunset - and our Nicaraguan vacation - ended in a blaze of glory.
January 1, 2012: Day 8 in Nicaragua
The beach at Finca San Juan de las Islas on Ometepe Island faces east, so I figured the sunrise should be good. I got up at 5 AM (not the sort of dedicated photographer behavior I generally indulge in) and walked a few yards to the beach. Here are a few of the more successful attempts.
After breakfast we took a very rough ride (the roads on Ometepe are generally lousy), and then a pretty strenuous hike, to San Ramon Waterfall. Some photos along the way,
The Land Cruiser takes quite a beating, inside and out.
Eating lunch in a garden restaurant near a beach (playa), we saw this huaracha (bluejay) perched on the sign near our table. These birds have the mischievous habits of US jays, but are bigger, with longer tails and larger top-knots.
At the end of the day, I took a little walk through the plantain groves
December 31, 2011: Day 7 in Nicaragua
The Internet in our isolated island hotel was too slow to be useful, so I wasn't able to post for a couple of days. Now we're in a better situation, so I'll play catch-up today (January 2, 2012),
We began the last day of the old year by hiking at the top of Mombacho Volcano, near Granada. It's a cloud forest, and it was very foggy, so we were unable to see the craters. However, it gave a nice atmosphere to the jungle vegetation. Here are some examples. (Click photos to enlarge them.)
We then took a van to the ferry in San Jorge near Rivas, and steamed across to the island of Ometepe, where we would spend two days at the Finca San Juan de las Islas - a very laid-back place set in a large plantain plantation.
We arrived near sunset, and the beachfront, facing east onto Lake Nicaragua, was lovely.