Toucan Sam

I spent a large part of my morning trying to capture a photo of this allusive toucan.  He kept flying from tree to tree, hiding out among the branches.  Finally, around noon, I spotted him in a palm tree across the street from my apartment.  It was a long shot and the photos are a […]

Flag Day

November 4th is the day we celebrate the Panamanian Flag as the symbol of this lovely paradise. This beautiful flag flies majestically from Ancon Hill, declaring Panama’s independence and sovereignty. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancon_Hill

Panama Celebrates!!!

On November 3, 1903, Panama separated from Colombia and became an independent country.  Today the country puts on its best traditional attire and takes to the street to commemorate this historic event.  Viva Panama!!!!

Tri-Color

The entire month of November you will see the country dressed in the three colors that represent it: red, white and blue.  I especially enjoyed seeing the flag placed all over the area of Clayton, in the City of Knowledge.  This area was once part of the U.S. controlled Panama Canal Zone, an area which […]

Viva Panama!!!

November is a month of celebration in Panama.  It is the month of National Pride, when all Panamanians take to the streets to commemorate their separation from Colombia on November 3 and their independence from Spain on November 28.  The Panamanian flag can be seen flying all over the city.  This picture was taken at […]

Wilbur…

“How many people keep pigs as pets?”  This was the question that came to my mind when I came across this interesting scene.  The name Wilbur immediately came to mind and snatches of the novel “Charlotte’s Web” came creeping into my head.  “I wonder how much money it takes to feed a pig that size?”, […]

Traditional vs. Non-traditional Pets

I have always had a pet, or two, or three.  However, all of my pets have been canines, with an occasional goldfish thrown in now and then.  Today, some people tend to gravitate towards less conventional types of pets, choosing snakes, lizards or rats for company.  I don’t know about you, but I think I’ll […]

Animals are Amazing!

This cute little guy was friendly and talkative.  He preened and posed for the camera as I took his picture. I think he enjoyed the photo session as much as I did.  Animals are amazing!

Beautiful Wildlife

One of the things I truly love about living in Panama is coming in contact on a daily basis with beautiful wildlife. Panama is blessed with a myriad of lovely feathered creatures like this one.  This is just one of the many perks that comes with living in a tropical paradise.

A Dying Breed

These colorful buses, known as Diablos Rojos, are a dying breed. Diablo rojos (Red Devils in English) are old school buses converted into city buses. Each one boasts its own unique, custom paint job with bright, usually red, colored murals on the outside. This culturally identifiable trademark is soon to be a thing of the past. They have been […]

Nothing Like a Hammock…

One of the joys of living in Panama is its fantastic climate.  I really like being outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and the warm weather.  Is there any better way to kick back and relax than a nice comfy hammock? Beautiful, multicolored hammocks are handcrafted here in Panama and sold for a pittance.  All you […]

Panama’s Jewish Community

Panama is known for having a rich blend of people from many countries, religions and backgrounds. According to the World Jewish Congress there are now about 10,000 Jews living in Panama. The majority of Jews living in Panama are traditional in their practices therefore keep kosher and observe Shabbat. This synagogue, located in Bella Vista, is one of the […]

Beautiful Afternoon Sky

I snapped this photo of the sun fighting to shine as dark rain clouds gathered overhead.   I am happy to say the sun won! 

A Typical Quincha House

In the central provinces of Panama it is common to find houses made of quincha, which is a mixture of mud and straw. These traditional houses still are quite common in the interior of the country.  Click on the link below to see how they are made. http://folklore.panamatipico.com/english/articulo.php?articulo=213

Local Handcrafts

In La Arena you can buy many different types of local handcrafts made by talented artisans.  Many of these are crafted from the bounteous clay in this area of the country.

La Arena

I took a little road trip to La Arena in the province of Herrera.  This little town is famous for its folklore, its traditional architecture,  its handcrafts and its bread.  This is one of the many bakeries you can find in this quaint little country town.

Blue Flowers do Exist!

When I was in kindergarten I was scolded by my teacher for painting my flowers blue.  She told me that flowers in the real world were usually red, yellow, orange or pink and that blue flowers were not common.  Well, I have news for that uptight, unimaginative teacher…Blue flowers do exist!  

In Need of Some TLC

These are the ruins of an abandoned building in Casco Antiguo.  It’s impressive to see how these old skeletons from the past can be transformed once again into beautiful buildings with a little TLC and some cold hard cash.

Typical Afternoon in Casco Antiguo

These are both common scenes here in Panama. People like to hang out on the streets and talk in the afternoons.  They will drag a couple of chairs outside on the sidewalk, pull up a couple of old crates, or just sit on the curb and shoot the breeze.  It’s a good way to cool […]

Sunrise

Today I had the good fortune of catching this beautiful sunrise with my camera this morning.  I have included a close up and a shot taken from a distance. A spectacular way to start the day!