The Colors of Summer

Panama explodes with color in the summer. Bright, multicolored flowers create brilliant splashes  against a clear blue sky. The sun is radiant yellow and creates beautiful shining diamonds on the water.  Sometimes the contrast of bright hues is just breathtaking.   

Here Comes the Sun…

Summer is here and the sun is shining in all its glory.  City dwellers flock to the beach on the weekends to wind down and eliminate the stress of living  amid the noise, rush and incessant  traffic jams so common here in this tropical paradise.  If you have never been to the beach here in Panama, BEWARE! The sun can be brutal so stock up on sunblock and look for the shade of a friendly tree.  

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 little blurry, but I finally got a few shots of him.  Mr. Toucan, you are so pretty, I just wished I could get a close up of you!

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 was restricted and most Panamanians could not enter.  This picture was taken at La Plaza food court in the City of Knowledge,   Viva Panama!!!

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?”, was my next question.  Judging by the girth of this little piggy, I would say more than I am willing to spend.  

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 stick with a simple, traditional pet, like a dog.  There is nothing quite endearing as the wag of a puppy tail.

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.