Lest you think my entire recent trip to Costa was all rained out, I wanted to add a post on the colors of Costa Rica. I hope that shots of flowers like these are a reminder of why the tropics needs so much rain! I’ve seen these same areas after months and months without rain — I promise you that I will never again take the lush green plants and colorful flowers for granted! The first time I visited Costa Rica, a trip that lasted one year almost to the day, it was bone dry. While I saw spots of green, for the most part, the trees and dirt roads were brown and dry. I didn’t complain — dry weather meant more days in the sun, cleaner roads while walking home, and much easier driving (not that I had a car myself.)
On this visit, I got a lot of rain, even though historically, wet season is over by late November. I got just enough sun that I didn’t mind — and the colorful plants and flowers made the morning showers worth it. Here are my favorite bursts from the garden!
I just had to include this one surprise bonus beam of color coming from the sea. He doesn’t even look real to me!
See — I did see sun! And it brought out loads of colorful bird of paradise “flowers.” I always catch myself calling them “flowers,” because of their colors, but really they’re perennials. I was just glad they came out after the sun!
If life is about simple pleasures, then part of the magic of the tropics are joys like the the colors of Costa Rica, whether it’s watching the brightest plants and flowers bloom in your driveway practically in minutes, or finding a crab so colorful that you think he can’t be real — until he scurries off into the ocean.
What simple joys have you found in nature today?
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