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_ Free as a bird 🦉 . . . .
_ Free as a bird 🦉 . . . .
_ To complete my series of wildlife photographs from Tortuguero, let me introduce you to this gorgeous anhinga (aka "snakebird") drying its feathers in the sun 🌞 Its long neck stands out of the water when it swims making it look like a giant water snake ready to strike! . . . .
_ This colorful bird with a long beak is an aracari toucan. I spotted it while James was busy sorting out his shoe (he got bitten by a red ant 😂). We observed it for a while, flying and jumping from branches to branches. The way it was moving its head and opening its beak was quite funny to watch. . . . .
_ We saw a caiman twice during our trip: on the boat crossing the "Rio Tortuguero" from La Pavona to Tortuguero village and while canoeing. We got really close to this one with our canoe, I was litteraly above him, taking this picture while standing up and trying not to panic when the canoe was rocking! 😂 . . . .
_ Gorgeous heron spotted from our canoe in Tortuguero National Park 🇨🇷 . . . .
_ For our first time hiking in a rain forest, we could not have found a better place. Known as the "mini Amazon" of Costa Rica with its river (el Rio Tortuguero) and network of waterways cutting through the mangrove, Tortuguero National Park is a wildlife-spotting paradise. . Its beach is the breeding site of four species of sea turtles (hence the name of the park). We decided not to go on a turtle tour as we try as much as we can to travel responsibly and to avoid playing a part in the disturbance caused by humans on the wildlife (did you know our presence could result in a turtle abortion?). . Besides being an important turtles nesting site, Tortuguero is home to a plethora of birds species (nearly 400!), 3 different types of monkeys (the howler, the spider and the capuchin monkey) and if you're lucky, you could even spot the 2 toes or 3 toes sloths (unfortunately we did not see a sloth, they are really difficult to spot). There is also a population of about 25 jaguars within the park but as you can imagine, you have barely no chance to come across one (even though our canoe guide, Jonathan, who was born in Tortuguero, told us his grandad once saw a jaguar eating a turtle on the beach!). . We explored the rain forest by foot and by canoe which gave us twice as much chances to observe the diversity of its flora and fauna. . The very well camouflaged green lizard that you can see on the picture I took is a common basilisk (our guide did well to spot it!). It is known as the "Jesus Christ lizard" as it can walk on the water! . . . . .
_ A sense of sacred ~ . . . .
_ La cabane au fond du jardin (enfin retrouvée) ~ call me crazy Jane but I wouldn't mind living deep in the jungle (I've already found my Tarzan to keep me company 😜). . . . .
_ Today is I would like to share with you a story that might sound familiar to you as we unfortunately all know someone, either family, friend or colleague, who was affected by this terrible disease. . In December 2015, my boyfriend's mum, Denise, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. By the time she learnt about it, it was already too late. Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest type of cancer as the tumour starts spreading without causing any symptoms, making it very difficult to diagnose in its early stages. 5 months later she was gone... There are no possible words to describe how devastating this was. . Since then, James and his family have been finding ways of raising awareness about pancreatic cancer. This year, James decided to take on his biggest challenge so far, climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world. By doing so, he is hoping to raise 4000£ for Cancer Research UK. We reached 25% of this target so far but still have a long way to go before the climb (in June 2018). . If you wish to support the fight against cancer, this is the link to his fundraising page for Cancer Research UK: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-peck-kilimandjaro . Your donation would mean so much 💗 . Spread the awareness, spread the love 😘✌️💕 . . . .
_ From one minute having our flight cancelled to the next unexpectedly flying in a jet from Tambor to San José! Shows how quickly your luck can turn! 😁 Thanks . . . . .
_ Happy New Year!!! May 2018 wash away all your tensions and negativity for a refreshing start. I wish you to fulfil your dreams, whatever they might be. It's never too late to dare living the life you have chosen for yourself, to explore the world, to find yourself, to discover what truly makes you happy and then go for it, regardless of what society or other people might expect of you. . The only two things that could really stop you are either your mind or your body. Your mind with its endless flow of thoughts that makes you doubt about yourself and your ability to succeed. Your body, when unhealthy, that keeps you from moving freely (2017 was sadly a tough one for my health, my legs are still recovering from a knee injury that stopped me from walking and traveling as much as I used to). . Money is of course important but only as a means to an end. I see it as a way to buy our freedom (which is traveling for me!). That is why, for 2018, I wish you most of all to be healthy. I wish you to have a healthy mind in a healthy body and I wish you to find this happy place within yourself to better shine and share your light with others. This place is hard to find, I work everyday to nourish my mind with positive thoughts. Happiness is a mindset that no one but you can provide to yourself. . As for the body, I ended 2017 by cleansing mine in this therapeutic natural hot spring near Arenal volcano (40 degrees for the hottest!). I feel reborn and ready to start fresh this new year! Let's see what 2018 has in store for me! It has already begun with a trip in Costa Rica and I hope there will be more travel adventures to come! 😊 Have a wonderful year! ✌️ . . . . .
_ After a long 15 hour flight from London to San José and a 5 hour bus & boat ride, we finally arrived in Tortuguero, a wildlife eden located on the Carribbean Coast. Our adventure started on this volcanic black sand beach from where we followed a trail through the rain forest. I will tell you more about the national park biodiversity and the wildlife we spotted in my next post 😊 . . . .
_ Dreamlike reality (Part III)❄️ . . . .
_ Dreamlike reality (Part II)❄️ . . . .
_ Dreamlike reality (Part I)❄️ . . . .
_ Natural work of art . . . .
_ Pendant ce temps-là... _ Meanwhile, in Derby... . . . .
_ "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." ~ Oscar Wilde . . . .
_ Happy Sunday everyone ✌️🌳 . . . .
_ Harlem vibe 🇺🇸 . . . .