December 30th, 2014 found us at the beach, giving us the chance to soak up the beauty of the sea and sunset for one last evening before year’s end. We were not disappointed. As the sun slowly slipped closer to the horizon, the shorebirds gathered to bask in the last rays the sun cast over the salty water. There was no thundering crash, just wave after gentle wave lapping and swirling around the birds’ feet while they tilted their heads toward the warm colors painting the sky. A wash of palest pink and gold fell on a young lady, making her skin glow as the sun sank lower and the soft light reflected off the dark wet sand. It made my heart sing and I felt the calm of the ocean flow through me. A kiss of gold created a beautiful soft dusk.
I went around and around on this one, trying to decide how I could post just one photograph of the many I took while playing the role of tourist/guide in Casco Antiguo, Panama City. I ultimately limited my choice to the statues and busts erected in the old French Plaza, leaving the other statue pics for another time, but still giving my blog followers an opportunity to glimpse what they may not get to see in person.
Pablo Arosemena (1836-1920) was an attorney who passionately presented his ideals in the political arena, eventually becoming the first Vice President of Panama from 1910-1912, as well as acting President during that time. In 1910, his initiative authorized the Bank of Panama to produce the balboa, Panama’s official currency.
Ferdinand de Lesseps (in the following two photos) was a French diplomat and developer of the Suez Canal who attempted to repeat his efforts by building the Panama Canal in the 1880’s. Devastating epidemics of yellow fever and malaria, as well as financial problems, defeated de Lesseps and the project was abandoned. Eventually the project was bought and resurrected by the US and completed in 1914.
And these busts in my final photo have me stumped. They each have a place in Panama’s history, but what their stories are or who they are is unknown to me. I didn’t note their names on the plaques. Mea culpa!
At the end of the Amador Causeway, a road connecting three small islands with the mainland of Panama City and which was constructed using rocks removed from the building of the Panama Canal, you can see the ships and boats lined up to pass through the Canal on the Pacific side as well as yachts sailing into Flamenco Marina. The views of the ever expanding city and the vast number of skyscrapers seen across the Bay of Panama is quite impressive. As the Causeway is one of our favorite places to go in the late afternoon and evening while in the city, we couldn’t pass up the chance to take our guests there before they headed back to the States.
Entry to the marina is not permitted and the area is protected by fences and coils of razor wire. While attempting to be creative with my photos, I snapped these shots, knowing “Circles” was one of our alternate themes…just a different perspective.
I’m adding this next shot per request. You got it, Emily! 🙂
While my son and his girlfriend were visiting us from California over Christmas, we took a guided hike to the Lost Waterfall in the mountains of Boquete. We walked along a trail surrounded by lush green which hid little surprises everywhere. We were treated to wonderful bird life including the brilliantly colored not-to-be-missed Quetzal, a Capuchin monkey and a Kinkajou high in the canopy, the teeniest of avocados and orchids, several beautiful glasswing butterflies which the Spanish call ‘espejitos’ meaning ‘little mirrors’, many different flowers, and what our enthusiastic guide told us was the oldest tree in Panama having survived not one, but two volcanic eruptions. Taking in all the information he provided and the beauty of the area, it was difficult to absorb everything. Ooh’s and ah’s were uttered frequently. I was delighted that my son was adept at spotting many different insects for the three of us to quietly enjoy apart from the other hikers. This is one hike I definitely plan on repeating, but I’ll have to rely on my own eyes to find those itty-bitty hidden extras.