Monday, April 14, 2014

As for views of the flora and fauna from our journeys through Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano is an active andesitic stratovolcano in
 north-western Costa Rica around 90 km northwest of San José,

It's hard to resist a place whose Spanish name
 translates to "Dream of the Sea"
El Sueno del Mar Bed & Breakfast in Tamarindo...

offers wonderful spots for relaxing…

by the sea

and tropical plants tumbling into refreshing
oudoor showers

and local garden art hidden among the tropical plants

and local ceramic vases filled with fresh flowers

In a tranquil littler nearby village, Guaitíl,  descendants of the Chorotega people have been making their unique pottery, piedra, of red or black or ocher using the same methods for generations.  

They turn the clay on wheels, polishing the pottery with small jade-like grinding stones taken from nearby archaeological sites, and firing the pots in large open-hearth kilns. 

There are several artist families, with every family attended by the matriarch. Women run the businesses and sustain families and village structures.

And a few of the promised photos of the "fauna"

We woke to the howler monkeys each morning.

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