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lisilk
03-01-2013, 12:00 AM
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Welcome to Costa Rica! The last time I hosted it was a holiday AND WC went down for 3 days. Sharron had the same issue last week so keep your :crossfingers: :crossfingers: :crossfingers: :crossfingers: ! I am happy to be hosting again.:wave: I may not be able to paint myself this week so I am looking forward to seeing through your (always inspiring) art. Last summer, Dave and I spent time in Panama and Costa Rica. This is a glimpse into our journey through Costa Rica. It was awesome!

I will be posting 16 images.
Please wait until all are uploaded before commenting - thank you.

You have 30 minutes to make your choice and choose your materials - you may use any medium.

For the next two hours, just go for it……then STOP!, scan or photograph your work and post it in your own new thread with your title, beginning with WDE, plus date, plus title.

When you introduce your work, please add a description of size, medium, support (paper, canvas etc) and time taken.
If your work is digital, we'd appreciate a description of whether it's freehand drawing/painting, manipulated image or done using the filters available in some programs - you could also say which program you've used.
All are acceptable but we'd like to know the "hows, whys and wherefores"!!:)

Use WIP for any work in progress at the 2 hour mark, and MI for multiple images if other works are to be added before the following Monday.

NB. To avoid forum flooding, please put all of your work during the weekend, for the current WDE, into a single thread: multiple threads will be merged!
From the following TUESDAY, you may open a new thread for later work.

You have the whole week to participate - until the next WDE starts (usually Friday). If you finish a piece after that time, just add it to your next WDE thread and don't forget the original date.
After posting your contribution, please view others’ entries and comment and encourage when you can. Unless requested, please refrain from critiquing.


Off we go!

1) Sleepy Sunday morning in the coastal village of Puerto Viejo. What can be sweeter than this father and son spending quiet time on the beach? Hammocks are a national treasure here. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174230&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/17813-WDE1FatherSonSiestaPV.gif

2) We traveled to remote Tortuguero, Costa Rica from the coast by a 2 hour drive through the rainforest and and another hour long boat ride through miles of rivers. During the boat ride, we passed many colorful villages along the way. Many of the villages have turned to ecotourism. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174260&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/17813-WDE2TortuRiverColorbldgs.gif

3) This one is for you Gail (rubyreddog)! On our second day in Tortuguero, we did 2 long boat rides along the river and side waterways to see the wild life. They did not disappoint. We saw many groups of three types of monkeys. This one is a Howler Monkey and boy do they live up to their names! Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174271&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/17813-WDE3HowlerMonkTortu2.gif

4) Colorful Cafe in San Jose- color, reflection, plants, paintings, people, architecture……something for everyone in one image. :D :clear: Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174591&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/28-Feb-2013/17813-WDE4CafeSanJose.gif


5) Mirror-mirror. My favorite part of our Costa Rican adventure was the time cruising the rivers and rainforests of Tortuguero National Park. Those days were sublime.
Tortuguero is renowned for its navegable canals that run through the rainforest in the national park, and has such earned the nickname of 'Central America's Amazon'. The stunning view of the rainforest from the same boat ride as the monkey shot. Mesmerizing! Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174273&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813) http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/17813-WDE5MirroredJungleTortu.gif

lisilk
03-01-2013, 12:01 AM
6) Beauty in the simple things. Look at all those colors and textures in that old mossy fence post. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174248&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)

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7) Croc nap. We passed this American Crocodile while boating down a river in Costa Rica. He just napped and sunned himself and paid us no mind. Thankfully. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174246&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)

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8) Anhinga drying its wings. We saw many Anhinga fishing and sunning themselves along the Tortuguero Rivers, Costa Rica. A bird of southern swamps and raiforests, the Anhinga is known as the Water-Turkey for its swimming habits and broad tail, and also as the Snake-Bird for its habit of swimming with just its long head and neck sticking out of the water. Very similar to a cormorant. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174265&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)

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9) Boys on bikes. The narrow streets of Tortuguero are filled with bikes as the streets are too narrow for cars. Tortuguero was once a wood milling town. With the concern over deforestation of the rain forests, many villages have realized the economic and environmental advantage to ecotourism; it's good for them and good for us. Also this is where giant green turtles lay they eggs on the beach. We were able to watch at night but no pictures were allowed. (But it was thrilling!) Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174256&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)
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10) Natures designs always surprise and thrill. Tri-colored palms along our river boat ride. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174274&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)
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11) Boats along the river ride to Tortuguero. (You're welcome Helen!) Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=172792&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)
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12) Coconut man. I want that hat so badly! Going to have to make me one. He was selling fresh coconuts and coconut water (super high in electrolytes) in the town. He had such a kind face and jovial manner. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174314&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)
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lisilk
03-01-2013, 12:04 AM
13) Red Eyed Frog!Red eyed frogs (Agalychnis callidryas) are not poisonous. The red eyes are meant to scare predators. They inhabit rainforests and wetlands in Central and South America. We saw many, mostly sleeping during the day, by flipping over large leaves near ponds. Tortuguro, Costa Rica. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174310&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)
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14) San Jose was a wildly over-populated, bustling nightmare but there were places of quiet and serenity. I loved the gorgeous pops of color and freshness of this flourista stand tucked beside the sky scrapers and businesses. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174294&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)

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15) Achiote Tree. Brilliantly colored achiote fruits in Costa Rica. The inedible fruit is harvested for its seeds, which contain annatto, also called bixin. It can be extracted by stirring the seeds in water. It is used to color food products, such as cheeses, fish, and salad oil. Sold as a paste or powder for culinary use, mainly as a color, it is known as achiote, annatto, bijou, or pimentão doce. It is a main ingredient in the Yucatan spice mixture recado rojo, or achiote paste. The seeds are ground and used as a subtly flavored and colorful additive in Latin American, Jamaican, Chamorro and Filipino cuisine. Annatto is growing in popularity as a natural alternative to synthetic food coloring compounds. We bought some of the spice pastes and use them often. Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=174313&size=big&cat=&ppuser=17813)

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16) Back at home in the Bahamas. I had to have at least one underwater shot. A family of spotted eagle rays moved into our harbor for a few months last year and they let me swim with them. I hope they come back this year! Larger Image Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=161522&size=big&cat=)

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No challenge this week, just have fun! Can't wait to see what you all do.

Li

Scotkatidid
03-01-2013, 12:28 AM
Neat photos - lots to choose from. Thanks for providing these Li.

skappy
03-01-2013, 02:21 AM
Wonderful picts to choose from Thanks Lil the most difficult will be the choice:) wisk I can do two:angel:
Robert:cat:

oty
03-01-2013, 03:24 AM
fantastic photos!!! thank you so much!

maritajill
03-01-2013, 03:49 AM
Which one to pick! Thank you Li, for sharing a glimpse of this beautiful place.
Will try a join in this weekend.

pjartwc
03-01-2013, 04:31 AM
great photo's - going to be hard to choose!

connievanwinssen
03-01-2013, 04:38 AM
Thanks for the tour! Great photos:)

jlloren
03-01-2013, 05:27 AM
This is why I love the WDEs! I can see beautiful places (and hear stories about them) without leaving the comforts of my office/home.

Great pics Li. It's going to be hard choosing one.

As regards the Achiote Tree, I confirm that some of our favorite dishes here in the Philippines use them as colorants. The local name is "atsuwete" and sound so close to Achiote.

Helen
03-01-2013, 06:31 AM
Thank you Li, went for the larger image and found another wonderful one too.

artastic
03-01-2013, 07:15 AM
what a fabulous holiday, thanks for sharing

Charlie's Mum
03-01-2013, 08:19 AM
Thanks for the superb photos Li, the colourful tour and the extra cultural, biological and historical info - a delightful read :D

Scattykat
03-01-2013, 08:28 AM
fab refs, snagged a few, thanks :D

mmdm
03-01-2013, 09:12 AM
A beautiful and informative tour!

oldrockchick
03-01-2013, 10:20 AM
Wow nice and early! i've only just finished last week's...and I still have to finish the one from my own about 4 weeks ago :P

Off to the theatre tonight to see my son in the first round of the All England One Act Play Festival.... always a good night out.

Have most of the weekend then to play. I was out all day at the zoo yesterday, trying to get some decent shots I can use for competition pieces....

love that sly old gator...

KreativeK
03-01-2013, 11:00 AM
These are all so inspiring! Thanks, Li!

Ronnier
03-01-2013, 11:43 AM
Thank you for the wonderful 20-minute vacation I just took with your wonderful photos! Now to pick one...that'll be hard!

Signchick
03-01-2013, 11:54 AM
Beeeeeautiful photos, Li! I sure hope I get to play Sunday. I printed 4 of them... just in case. :D

Thanks for hosting!

Turpintine45
03-01-2013, 11:55 AM
You always have such wonderful and exotic photos! It will be difficult to choose. I really hope I can get one done this week.

Dsharp
03-01-2013, 12:13 PM
great pics Li, I want to do them all.. lol.. I had the pleasure of diving with spotted eagle rays in the gulf of mexico many years ago and it was awesome the way they were flying in unison.. like fighter jets under water :) I hope they come see you again this summer, that is so cool

justjean
03-01-2013, 01:14 PM
Beautiful photos , Li. So crisp and clear :thumbsup:

Paulafv
03-01-2013, 01:50 PM
Li, you outdo yourself every time you host with one clear, colorful photo after another and all interesting. Hope your ribs get better quickly. Know how painful even a small injury there can be. Take care.

surob
03-01-2013, 03:35 PM
Wow. I love your photos. Always fantastic.

Painter65
03-01-2013, 03:55 PM
Thanks for the beautiful glimpses into Costa Rica. I've caught my breath from a month in Cuba and look forward to joining in this week!

crispur2005
03-01-2013, 05:53 PM
Fabulous photos Li, thanks for hosting and for the mini tour.

oldrockchick
03-01-2013, 07:20 PM
I meant to ask Li, as I'm sure you know...what is the difference between crocs and gators? I always thought crocs had narrow noses and were from Africa and gators had wider noses and lived in Florida.....but what do I know?

Could you put me right please?

lisilk
03-01-2013, 07:43 PM
I meant to ask Li, as I'm sure you know...what is the difference between crocs and gators? I always thought crocs had narrow noses and were from Africa and gators had wider noses and lived in Florida.....but what do I know?

Could you put me right please?

You can thank our guide Liza for the following Lin: They are both from the same order crocodylia . Differences are the snout, crocs have long V shaped snout, gators have wider U shaped. The difference has to do with their diets. Crocs eat fish and tiny mammals while Gators like harder turtles so they have more crushing power. Croc jaws (upper and lower) are the same size with inter-locking teeth. The gators have a wider upper jaw, allowing the lower teeth to fit into it snugly, effectively hiding them from view. Only the teeth of the upper jaw are exposed along the lower jaw line.

There are only about 1000 crocs in the southern states (more in Central and South America) but millions of alligators. Alligators prefer lower saline waters. Crocs are larger and more aggressive tho the ones in the Americas are small compared to ones in Africa. BTW- alligators are only found in North America and parts of China; everywhere else, it's all crocs and caimans.

More than you wanted to know? :lol: I kept all of the literature we got along our trip!

Thanks everyone for asking about my ribs. They (2 lower on right) are fractured but doing better today. Will take another 5 weeks or so before they are healed. Just need to learn odd ways to sit to be comfortable. Hope everyone finds something they like!

Li

kordelia
03-01-2013, 10:28 PM
i always read and enjoy the entire tour you take us on... love all the asides that come with them tooo..... reading crocs/gators and trying to commit some stuff to memory.... til i read the word "fractured" and it all flipped outta my head..........FRACtureD????? obviously, i hadnt heard... o, i'm so sorry, sweetgirl.... and now i'm curious: other than actualllly using your arms, is the buoyancy of water 'good' for/with this kind of injury?? nothing strenuous, but leisurely, perhaps??? i cant see you landlocked 5 weeks, which is why i'm asking...........

RubyRedDog2
03-01-2013, 10:55 PM
Well, guess I'll be painting that monkey. Just read about the 100 monkeys so that is good timing.

RubyRedDog2
03-01-2013, 10:58 PM
Ribs?? Guess I have to do some back reading, getting behind in that also.

lisilk
03-01-2013, 11:25 PM
Gail- You are not contractually obligated to do the monkey!:evil: But I know you liked him and can save him for later if you want. Re the ribs- I re-injured an old fracture in 2 ribs jumping back onto the boat when we took the Cornell group out to snorkel by the cays. Couldn't do anything at all but lay down the first couple of days. Now I'm only comfortable standing ( while typing) or laying down. Trying to find a way to paint.

Nonny- you know me too well. I will go crazy staying in for 5 weeks. I can walk okay on the trails and I think I can snorkel as long as I'm fairly passive in the water. It's the getting out and carrying my pack that will be hard. If memory serves, from the first time I injured the ribs, I should be more mobile in another week. Just have to be careful about lifting, bending and sitting the right way. I dragged some drawing stuff out to the couch so I can rig something up. Dave has been very helpful.

Li

Valri Ary
03-02-2013, 01:19 PM
I hope I actually can get upstairs to paint in my sweet little studio before something distracts me....
Love the 2 with the reflections in the water.
Swimming with those rays would be sooooooo scary. Glad you liked it tho!!

oldrockchick
03-02-2013, 05:32 PM
You can thank our guide Liza for the following Lin: They are both from the same order crocodylia . Differences are the snout, crocs have long V shaped snout, gators have wider U shaped. The difference has to do with their diets. Crocs eat fish and tiny mammals while Gators like harder turtles so they have more crushing power. Croc jaws (upper and lower) are the same size with inter-locking teeth. The gators have a wider upper jaw, allowing the lower teeth to fit into it snugly, effectively hiding them from view. Only the teeth of the upper jaw are exposed along the lower jaw line.

There are only about 1000 crocs in the southern states (more in Central and South America) but millions of alligators. Alligators prefer lower saline waters. Crocs are larger and more aggressive tho the ones in the Americas are small compared to ones in Africa. BTW- alligators are only found in North America and parts of China; everywhere else, it's all crocs and caimans.

More than you wanted to know? :lol: I kept all of the literature we got along our trip!

Thanks everyone for asking about my ribs. They (2 lower on right) are fractured but doing better today. Will take another 5 weeks or so before they are healed. Just need to learn odd ways to sit to be comfortable. Hope everyone finds something they like!

Li



Thank you!!!! :thumbsup: I feel more educated now! I knew gators had wider snouts, but that was about it.

I've managed to have a play today, after such a hard week I decided to take things easy and tomorrow I'll dedicate to making progress with my pile of unfinished works before I go miss another deadline....:eek:

i enjoyed doing the car in Inktense so much last week I've kept them out and played again.....I've ketp a couple of other refs to use at a later date.:D


hope those ribs get better soon so you can start diving etc again.

Dsharp
03-04-2013, 07:48 PM
You can thank our guide Liza for the following Lin: They are both from the same order crocodylia . Differences are the snout, crocs have long V shaped snout, gators have wider U shaped. The difference has to do with their diets. Crocs eat fish and tiny mammals while Gators like harder turtles so they have more crushing power. Croc jaws (upper and lower) are the same size with inter-locking teeth. The gators have a wider upper jaw, allowing the lower teeth to fit into it snugly, effectively hiding them from view. Only the teeth of the upper jaw are exposed along the lower jaw line.

There are only about 1000 crocs in the southern states (more in Central and South America) but millions of alligators. Alligators prefer lower saline waters. Crocs are larger and more aggressive tho the ones in the Americas are small compared to ones in Africa. BTW- alligators are only found in North America and parts of China; everywhere else, it's all crocs and caimans.

More than you wanted to know? :lol: I kept all of the literature we got along our trip!

Thanks everyone for asking about my ribs. They (2 lower on right) are fractured but doing better today. Will take another 5 weeks or so before they are healed. Just need to learn odd ways to sit to be comfortable. Hope everyone finds something they like!

Li dont forget to add that the caimans can jump straight up in the air.. I saw one jump as high as a 9 foot fence once and after that... no dangling over the docks for me! lol

lisilk
03-04-2013, 11:18 PM
Ooooh, that's scary D!