In Bloom: Clavellina (Shaving Brush Tree)

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While driving through the residential zone in Rincón de Guayabitos on May 13th, I was surprised to see a Shaving Brush Tree tree prominently displaying these large cotton-like puffs. The bright pink flowers had already bloomed and fallen off, and the puffs seemed to have taken their place.   Upon closer inspection, the cotton…
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I Wanna Be An Iguana

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This is Iggy, our resident iguana, making whoopee on the roof after jumping down from one roof, running across the fence top and then making a flying leap on to the other roof. I just got this closeup shot from Condos Casa Rey, where we stay in Los Ayala.tutorial android What a surprise when I went to take his picture – I thought…
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Watch Full Movie Online Cars 3 (2017)

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Blue-Footed Booby in La Peñita

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I came across this little guy on the beach in La Peñita. I was on the beach just north of the malecón, but not quite to the estuary. It was about 10am on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. He was standing there all by himself. by Kiva Aditi (Tucson, Arizona​) Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it’s your…
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Hungry Pelicans

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This photo was taken early one morning on the Los Ayala beach, after the fishermen came in with their loaded boats. by Robert Koch (Seattle, Washington) Click here to view more Photos of the Week Now it's your turn! Submit your photos along with a photo title, the photographer’s name, a detailed description of what the photo…
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Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly

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So far removed from what we call “home” during the winter months, we often wonder what natural wonders you folks that live there in Mexico year round have the good fortune to enjoy during the rainy season. Surely someone must have some photographs to share! This week here in Cobourg, Ontario, we photographed the Ebony Jewelwing.…
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Breaching Humpback Whale

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Guests on the Gilligan's Island Party Cruise, a fundraiser for the streets of Los Ayala, were treated to the spectacular site of breaching Humpback whales. Yes, you should've been there!Photographed off the coast of Chacala, February 2012.by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted…
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Hummingbirds in My El Tonino Garden

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One of the great enjoyments of my winters in the Jaltemba Bay area are the many species of hummingbirds that come to the feeders hanging in our yard in El Tonino. This little male Calliope Hummingbird (above) is just one of them. At only 3¼-inch long, it definitely falls into the "little" category! The Ruby-throated and Cinnamon…

In Bloom: Lluvia de Oro (Golden Shower Tree)

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Up until last week, I had only heard rumors about the infamous Lluvia de Oro tree. While driving from La Peñita to Rincón de Guayabitos, I noticed three bright yellow trees on the west side of the highway. Knowing that the Primavera trees were finished blooming, I suspected I might be in luck. Lluvia de Oro, also known as…
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Black Vulture

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While Black Vultures are not the most attractive birds in the Jaltemba Bay area, they do serve a necessary function - that of disposing of dead and rotting flesh (yuck!) and are basically the garbage guts of the earth. Appropriately, I took this photo at the landfill in Rincón de Guayabitos. The landfill and surrounding area is a…
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In Season: Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear)

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Nopal cactus are members of the Opuntia genus from the Cactaceae family, and are commonly known as the Prickly Pear cactus. There are dozens of varieties and well over 200 species. They grow throughout Mexico and the southwestern United States and are known for their nutritional and medicinal properties. It is interesting to note…

Flying Manta Rays

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Earlier this season, a group of us set out on a day trip to the secret beach at the Marieta Islands. We hired Salvador in Rincón de Guayabitos to take us. While en route to the islands, we did some whale watching until the captain spotted some splashing going on. We headed that way to explore and got a chance to see these manta rays…

Iguanas, Come on Down!

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I was motivated to write this follow-up article after reading “The Almost Invisible Iguana” by Conrad Stenton from Midland Ontario in last week’s Jaltemba Bay Life newsletter. Having observed the iguanas close up for a few years, we have learned a few interesting facts about them. Yes, they are almost invisible to the untrained…
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The Almost Invisible Iguana

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While looking for the crocodile in the marshy area near the entrance to Rincón de Guayabitos, I was fascinated to find some very camouflaged iguanas. It was my first time seeing iguanas in the wild and I was amazed at how difficult they are to see with their camouflage outfits. Someone told me they are often on the top of palm trees…

Crocodiles up Close at "Cocodrilos del Nayar" near La Peñita

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Crocodiles are not only native to Mexico, they are prolific along the Nayarit coast including the fishing villages of Rincon de Guayabitos, La Peñita and La Colonia. Here, crocodiles thrive in the warm and balmy climate eating the tropical plants and sea-life that inhabit the fresh or salt water marshes along the inland waterways. According…

Quirks of Nature

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In addition to photographing birds, this year we became intrigued with the large numbers of butterflies and to date have photographed and identified more than fifty species. Their colours and flight patterns are mesmerizing. Some of these small delicate butterflies are merely two inches long and their erratic flight presents a huge challenge…
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Real Mexican Vanilla

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The unseasonably rainy days have given me time to complete some research on vanilla that I started some time ago. I explored vanilla and its many uses as well as some authenticity issues. I have provided some links for those who are interested in learning more. I’m sure you’ll agree, it is a very “delicate” subject. The vanilla…

In Bloom: Flor de Nochebuena (Poinsettia)

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Poinsettias, or Flor de Nochebuena, are readily available beginning the first week of December. Locally, you can find them at the Tianguis market in La Peñita and at both viveros (nurseries) near La Colonia. The viveros typically have a large selection of beautiful poinsettias including the three different varieties shown below... Poinsettias…

San Blas is Latin America’s Birdwatching Paradise

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The port of San Blas was founded in the year 1768 by decree of King Charles III, crowned head of Spain. This year, this small town located just 2 hours and a half from Nuevo Vallarta (and just 90 minutes from Rincón de Guayabitos), will celebrate its 245th year. San Blas and its environs are well known for the amazing concentration…

The Humpbacks are Back!

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Every year, the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) choose the Riviera Nayarit for a little R&R. They generally arrive towards the end of October, led by the “explorer,” a mature male that appears a few weeks before the rest of the pod to scope out the area, emitting a series of complex sounds that can be heard by the other…

The Exotic Tejon (Coatimundi)

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It was a Sunday morning of BEAUTY. I picked up my good friend and headed to the Flamingos Resort in Bucerias. We were joining more friends for a lovely Champagne Brunch at El Tigre. I drove around the corner, and there standing by the side of the road was a TEJON. We call them Coatimundis (pronounced ko-WAH-ti-MUN-dees). I stopped the…
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Profile of a White Egret

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This White Egret was photographed on Playa Los Ayala on a perfectly sunny day, with beautiful front lighting. I followed this egret along the beach and hung around for about an hour until it was comfortable with me and my camera in close proximity. by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted…

In Bloom: Amapa Trees

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Amapa trees are only in full bloom for a few weeks between mid-March to mid-April. If you are in the Jaltemba Bay area during this time, one of the best places to view these trees is near the tennis courts on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Rincón de Guayabitos. There are approximately a dozen trees lining the street and tennis courts,…

La Peñita Egret Rookery in Mating Season

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In early spring, we look forward to being entertained by the Great Egret during mating season. No need to reserve tickets - we just show up and wait. The rookery is located at the edge of the mangrove swamp beyond the La Peñita RV Park. At sunrise, we walked to the egret colony, about a two-kilometer hike, and staked out the area…

In Bloom: Primavera Tree

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Primavera (pronounced pree-muh-VEHR-uh) means spring in Spanish, and you know primavera has finally arrived when the vibrant yellow flowering trees by the same name start to bloom. These large showy trees have impressive clusters of flowers that mask their bare branches and create a sea of brilliant yellow against the sky. A great…

Oh to be in Jaltemba Bay... now that spring is here!

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With the arrival of spring, nature is coming to life. Birds are starting to mate, and we have noted changes in the usual song patterns of some species. They are also vying for “squatters’ rights,” and we are hearing some pretty lively “discussions.” We see rivals laying claim to their territory - but not without a fight. There…

In Season: Mamey

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Now selling from a wheelbarrow near you… For the past two years, I have been lucky enough to encounter a vendor selling mamey out of his wheelbarrow. Last year I met him on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Guayabitos, and this year, on the Avenida in La Peñita. With my limited Spanish, I asked him if these were a local fruit and he informed…

In Bloom: Springtime Blossoms

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Ahhh, springtime... when the weather gradually warms up and nature comes back to life. To celebrate spring, we'd like to share a few stories and photos from past issues that feature some of the most beautiful trees and flowers with springtime blossoms in the Nayarit area.   Arbol de las Orquideas (Orchid Tree) The fragrant flowers…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 2)

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I soon learn that this bird watching adventure includes climbing over, or through several barbed wire fences. Rather, Bea has perfected the art of rolling under barbed wire fences, with grace. Ken gets through any way possible, and I try vainly to follow Bea’s lead. Soon we spot several Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, and indeed these…

Bird Watching with Ken & Bea Rauch (Part 1)

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The other day, I had a really interesting experience, and met two extremely interesting and kind souls... Resulting in this story and a suggestion for a day trip from Los Ayala to... The Gravel Pit in La Peñita - Why? - For Bird-Watching of Course! Ken and Bea Rauch, Jaltemba Bay’s renowned bird photographers invited me to accompany…
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Lunch

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The photo of the Great Blue Heron having his "lunch" was taken on the estuary just below our casita rooftop. About the Authors and Photographers: Retirees Ken and Bea Rauch live in Cobourg, Ontario, and spend several months a year in the Fall and again in the Spring in La Peñita. They have been visiting the Jaltemba Bay area since 2004,…
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Butterfly in Our Garden

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I love to sit on our patio and enjoy my morning coffee as the sun peeks over the jungle-covered hills behind our home in Los Ayala. I enjoy watching the hummingbirds and butterflies flitting around our garden, alighting on the flowers and then zooming away. This beautiful orange butterfly lingered in our garden the other day, giving me…

In Season: Passionflower and Fruit

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Passionflowers are amazing to look at, and as the above photo shows, they are accompanied by a green immature fruit and a "it's ripe when wrinkled" fruit when in season. The loveliness of the flowers with their heady perfume is one reason to have these climbing plants in your yard, but when you open up a fruit, the delectably scented…

Whale Watching Season Starts December 3rd

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Riviera Nayarit attracts hundreds of Humpback Whales along the entire coast of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure every year, including Jaltemba Bay. The annual whale migration from the cold waters of Alaska brings them as far down as the coasts of Riviera Nayarit where they procreate and raise their young in the warm waters of Banderas Bay.…
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Now That's a Lime!

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After the rainy season ends, our yard always looks like someone had gone crazy with weed seeds and fertilizer, and this year was no exception. We had to use a machete to find our lime tree amongst the 10-foot tall, orange-flowered weeds that had taken over the yard again. No surprise there. What did surprise us this fall was the incredible…

Pineapples - A Major Crop in Mexico

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One of our favourite hikes is to the pineapple plantations in the valley east of Highway 200. It was faster when we used to bike but, since Bea fell off her bike and broke her wrist we have taken to “hoofing it.” But slowing down gives us a chance to discover many butterflies, birds and flowers we would otherwise miss. Depending on…

Jaltemba Bay Hummingbirds - My Photo Journal

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I always look forward to seeing which of the numerous species of hummingbirds I will spot first once we return to Jaltemba Bay each fall. When we arrived last week it was already dark, but the very next morning I spotted a Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) pecking at the red tail light on our truck! Needless to say my first…
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Plaga in My Garden

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If you have this in your garden, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. As far as I know, it is called PLAGA. It came into my garden in La Peñita from a local nursery. Within 5 days of re-planting over 15 pots of a 40 pot project with salvia the little blue flower, I walked out to find those 15 COVERED WITH THIS STRINGY YELLOW ANGEL HAIR PARASITE. My new…
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Magical Monarchs in Mexico

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While my journey south to Mexico every fall terminates at Jaltemba Bay, Monarch butterflies migrate further into the mountainous interior of Mexico. During this trip they make numerous refueling stops, of which our yard is apparently one. I took a photo of this Monarch last fall during a brief pit stop it made at our place near El Tonino,…

Wildlife Encounters in Jaltemba Bay

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Check your shoes for scorpions... and while you're at it, check your hat, too! Everyone tells you this, and most of us do it at least a couple of times before we become lazy, having not found or seen a scorpion, so we quit looking and stopped banging our footwear. Well let me tell you that it is good advice that should be religiously…

My Lime Trees Give Me More Than Fruit

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Every time I return to Jaltemba Bay, the first thing I like to indulge in is... an ice-cold limonada. This thirst quenching bebida (beverage) is simply made; lots of ice, a spoonful of sugar, your choice of mineral or natural water, and the juice of several freshly squeezed limes. Aaah... to me, this is the flavour that is Mexico. No,…

Great Egrets, Boat-billed Herons and Citreoline Trogons

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The Great Egrets in their La Peñita rookery provided us many hours of entertainment several mornings in April. Photos were not easy to take (sitting on a tree branch is not very comfy). Getting the right exposure for the white birds is always a challenge. During their courting, breeding, and nesting season, the egrets display beautiful…
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What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?

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You might remember our recent story about "Jaltemba" the Hawksbill turtle being released back into the Bay of Jaltemba. Well, just when you think the story couldn't get any more interesting, it does. The article below was published by George Mason University a few days ago. It explains how Alonso Aguirre, the executive director of the…

Loving Nature in Two Countries

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I am a self-professed nature nut in the two countries I call home, Canada and Mexico. The passion I have for flora and fauna that shows up in my many photographs and watercolours, must have begun during my early Canadian childhood as I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have this love for nature. My mom must have secretly despaired…
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Mound of Mud in a Gringo Tree

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When my husband and I have friends up to our casa near El Tonino for the first time, after admiring the view, the first two questions they inevitably ask are, “why is that pile of mud in a tree” and “what kind of tree is that?” The answers are simple, but each one has a story attached. The answer to the first question is “that…

In Season: Ciruelas (Mexican Plums)

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Updated June 1, 2014 – Ciruelas, or Mexican plums, are abundant during the month of June. If you drive through any of the towns in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, you will likely notice small bare trees with smooth and shiny egg-shaped fruit prolifically protruding from their branches. You can typically find green, yellow, red and purple…

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 2)

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Updated May 6, 2014 - After posting In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1), I discovered this gorgeous, albeit very dusty, bright pink Plumeria (shown above) in the hills of La Peñita. It is one of the tallest varieties I have seen, measuring at approximately 12-14 feet tall. I spotted these two beauties (shown above) while on a tour of…

In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 1)

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Updated May 6, 2014 - Plumera, also known as Frangipani and Flor de Mayo, is native to Mexico. In the Jaltemba Bay area, they bloom in the spring and their beautiful fragrant flowers range from white and yellow to pink. They are deciduous plants so they drop their leaves in the fall and winter months. If you see a Plumeria during the…
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Beetles are Killing the Palm Trees in Jaltemba Bay

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For anyone who has palm trees on your property, you need to know that they are all in danger of infestation from the Picudo Prieto or Mayate Prieto (Black Palm Weevil). For the past few weeks, Sarah Walker and I have been been researching information about this destructive beetle which recently killed two large Bismark Palms on Thomas…
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Iridescent Bug in My Garden

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This lovely, large (about 1.5 inches long) and iridescent bug caught my eye as it quickly flew into one of my flowers several weeks ago. It was moving about quite erratically and I only managed to snap this one photo of it. If you think you may know what it is, please post below.
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All Palms are in Danger

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I am writing this to all of you who have palm trees on your property and especially the blue fan palm known as the "Bismark Palm". Many of you have been on Thomas Bartlett's property and have been impressed with the most beautiful Bismarck Blue Palm, and hundreds of you have had your pictures taken in front of it over the past 6 years.…

In Bloom: Primavera and Amapa Trees

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Primavera The Primavera tree of the genus Tabebuia is also called Ipe or Trumpet tree and blossoms shortly after the pink Amapa tree (see below). Both are such gorgeous harbingers of spring it's hard to decide which I like more. This yellow specimen is in front of the Vivero Villanueva beside the La Colonia Pemex gas station. The 3 to…
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Magpie Jay

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These loud and raucous birds have lately been coming to my casa for treats almost every morning and some evenings too! One or two of them will whistle to get our attention... then call in their compadres once the treat has been tossed out for them. Their sometimes whimsical flight pattern is to me enhanced by their long tail feathers;…
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Spring Lilies

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As I was packing up my things to move out of the park, I took a minute to photograph these flowers to share with you. I have had this plant for a few years and it only blooms in the spring. by Lyle Brown View more plants in bloom under the Flora & Fauna category. This story was submitted by one of our regular contributors.…

Orchid Farm Tour: Beautiful and Educational

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The itinerary for this private Orchid Farm tour had our group of 12 people from Guayabitos gather in San Pancho where we met up with Nicole, the tour organizer at Entreamigos, a local community education center. She gave us an informative overview of their facilities (recycling and more!), then we boarded a van and headed back up the…

In Bloom: Arbol de las Orquideas (Orchid Tree)

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Orchid Trees have fragrant flowers that come in shades of magenta, lavender and white with five irregular and slightly overlapping petals that bloom abundantly from February-March. While the flowers resemble orchids, the Arbol de las Orquideas (genus Bauhinia) is not actually part of the orchid family, but rather from the pea/bean…

In Bloom: Llamarada

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A few weeks ago, we packed up the pups and went on a short day trip. Towards the end of our excursion, we decided to explore the road to Loma Alta just south of Las Varas. We drove for nearly 20 minutes, but the rough and very narrow road didn’t seem to be headed anywhere anytime soon so we turned around. On the way back to the…

An Incredible Whale of a Rescue Story

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On December the 29th 2011, three friends and us went out fishing in four different boats: Jaime Barragan in his boat “Poca Madre” with his son Jaimillo and a friend of him Nahum. Humberto Mendoza in his panga “Freedom” with his wife Jani and her 8 year old nephew, Emiliano. Mario Mucharraz by himself in his boat “Makaira”…
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Afternoon Siesta: Iguana-Style

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I had yet to capture a great shot of a Green Iguana on camera… until now. I spotted this little guy sunning himself in our courtyard earlier today. Lucky for him, the pups didn’t see him. And lucky for me, he waited while I ran upstairs to grab my camera. Here is another shot after he woke up… levitra generic propecia…
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Monster in the Zona

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One afternoon in June when David and I were driving through the Residential Zone in Guayabitos, we spotted an enormous male Green Iguana sunning himself along Flamingos. This big boy was the largest Iguana we had seen up close and personal in a long time. He must have measured in at a good 4-5 feet long including his tail. We have seen…
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Smiling Green Iguana

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Whimbrel

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The Whimbrel is a member of the Curlew family. It is primarily a coastal species found on marshes, beaches and rocky shores, often in flocks, but it forages singly. It feeds more by picking, less by probing, than other Curlews. Photo taken on the beach in Guayabitos back in 2008 by Roger Williams. Roger happens to be Allyson’s…
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In Season: Mango Madness / Mango Salsa

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Mangoes are plentiful during the summer months. Just drive down the street and you can’t help but notice that the mango tree limbs are literally weighed down to the ground with hundreds, if not thousands, of this incredibly sweet and delectable fruit. You will find many different varieties at every mercado, fruteria and minisuper…
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Anhinga Reflection

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In Bloom: Tabachín

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It’s nearly impossible not to notice the absolutely gorgeous brilliant reddish-orange flowers of the Tabachín trees dotted throughout the Jaltemba Bay area. The flowers start to bloom near the end of May and have five petals, one of which has distinctive white and yellow markings. The Tabachín is also known as Royal Poinciana…
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Peek-a-Boo

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Photo of a shy baby green iguana peeking over the edge of a roof top. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. ciprofloxacin uses viagra 100mg zithromax dosage finasteride side effects in men buy viagra online levitra rezeptfrei deutschland ciprofloxacin 500mg ciprofloxacin spc viagra vs cialis viagra…

In Season: Pitaya

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On the afternoon of May 4, while David and I were driving through La Peñita, we noticed a woman sitting on the corner of main street with a table overflowing with Guamúchil (which I featured last week–click here to read the article). I asked David to stop the car so I could take some more photos. On the side of her table sat…

MOBDRO: A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR STREAMING VIDEO

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Hummingbird Heaven

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This photo features the honeysuckle at Bungalows Las Gaviotas, Guayabitos. Kuno and his wife Judy stayed next door at the Anai and spent many hours watching the hummingbirds feast. Photo by Kuno Jensen. levitra erfahrungen finasteride and enlarged prostate generic cialis tadalafil cialis generic cialis at walmart cheap viagra is ciprofloxacin…
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Freestyle Surfing Pelican Style

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In Bloom: Shaving Brush Tree

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The “Shaving Brush Tree” is native to Mexico and a large deciduous tree which is coveted for its unique brush-like flowers which bloom just once a year, usually in February or March. The leaves are also very unique. by Christina Stobbs (originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala) View more…
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Baby Iguana

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