I was walking in the area of the City of Knowledge in the early morning the other day when I ran across an unexpected guest. This beautiful owl was perched on a nearby rooftop. I took out my trusty little Nikon and snapped a couple of shots as he calmly looked on without batting an eye.
A little cat nap under a shady tree is a great way to beat the heat and restore your energy. This little cat has found a superb location to take his little afternoon siesta, right dab in the middle of Plaza Catedral in Casco Viejo.
Jane Goodall, considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, hosted an intimate conversation with students in Panama. The famous primatologist answered questions about the conservation of flora and fauna, sharing her wealth of experience with her young audience.
Today I had another surprise visit from my friend Toucan Sam. Its nice to know he likes the neighborhood. We are proud to have such an illustrious resident here in Bella Vista.
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!
“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.
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.
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!
I was walking around the City of Knowledge after an afternoon rain and came across these guys scourging around for a little snack. This is one of the things I love about Panama. Wildlife abounds and you never know what you are going to run into on your afternoon strolls.
This is a view of the port of Colon taken from the side of a cliff in Santa Rita Arriba. Santa Rita Arriba is a small town located outside the city of Colon. If you are interested in witnessing exotic wildlife in its natural habitat, I suggest you visit Santa Rita Arriba. There is a quaint eco-lodge called Sierra Llorona where you can spend the night and walk the nature trails that have been cut through the rain forest. Click on the link below to see some great photographs taken in this area.