Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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The best thing to do in Key West is to visit the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Feel your stress fade away as you enter the magical world of butterflies. Relax and be amazed as you stroll through this tropical paradise. Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the "flowers of the sky." Witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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On our way back to Miami we stopped in Key West for a Day. Here is the obligatory  photo of Ellie in front of the famous Southernmost concrete buoy.

Monday, February 25, 2013

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I even managed to find and shoot this mermaid in Roatan.

Friday, February 22, 2013

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After snorkeling it was time for Ellie and me to enjoy an adult beverage!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

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There were numerous hard and soft corals but this was one of the best Brain Corals that I have ever seen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Here is another example of the reef fish in Roatan.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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My next stop was Roatan, Honduras which had the best snorkeling on this trip. Here is a pretty blue fish to start my underwater pictures of the reef.

Monday, February 18, 2013

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One last flower & ant from Las Escobas before I move on.

Friday, February 15, 2013

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I also found some more Iguanas in Las Escobas. Check out his claws!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Las Escobas had three waterfalls but the "Hidden Waterfall" was the most impressive.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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I had to shoot fast before this butterfly flew away.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Western Caribbean

While in Guatemala I was able to visit Las Escobas Tropical Rainforest. You can walk through the trails and get in contact with true nature. Let the jungle and my pictures show its secrets. Discover the wonders of the "Tropical Rainforest" while you walk through the reserve across bridges to hidden waterfalls. Home for over 400 species of birds, insects, reptiles and thousands of plants and other animal species, some of which are unique to this area of the world. So sit back and enjoy the show from the comfort of your computer screen.

Monday, February 11, 2013

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As we were pulling into Santo Tomas de Castilla Guatemala I spotted their version of a coffee clutch.

Friday, February 8, 2013

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I shot these vibrant flowers along the New River. Not sure what they are other than striking!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Western Caribbean

The Mask Temple at Lamanai has had more major phases of construction identified (5) then any other structure.  These span a time period of over 1,000 years from 100 BC to AD 900.  It was constructed on a large platform that holds 4 other smaller temples. One of only a few tombs recovered thus far at Lamanai, the individual was found to be in a cocoon chamber with a wooden frame plastered with coarse textiles soaked in lime – the human remains had been encased with a red pigment (most likely cinnabar based) and then covered in clay to help slow decomposition – the pelvis of the individual was placed within a large Classic period plate decorated with a hummingbird. I loved the Mask carvings on the temple which  are one of the finest big masks in the Maya world, and unusual in that they are made of limestone blocks rather than plaster.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Western Caribbean

We finally made it to the Lamanai site. Lamanai means "submerged crocodile" in the Maya language and it's also the name of the third largest, and possibly most interesting, archeological site in Belize.The Lamanai temple complex sits atop the western bluff of the New River Lagoon and is surrounded by pristine rainforest. Lamanai was occupied continuously for over 3,000 years and it's remoteness contributed to it's continuous occupation, well beyond most other Maya sites, until at least 1,650 AD. Set in tropical forest and providing spectacular views from several of its large temples, Lamanai provides a unique experience into the culture of the Maya and the biological diversity of the tropical forest. Lamanai features the second largest Pre-Classic structure in the Maya world and unlike other ruins, much of Lamanai was built in layers where successive populations built upon the temples of their ancestors, instead of destroying them. Although hundreds of ruins are said to remain unexcavated in the nearby jungle, three of the most impressive temples have been renovated: the Jaguar Temple, named for its boxy jaguar decoration; the Mask Temple, adorned by a 13-foot stone mask of an ancient Maya king; and the High Temple, offering visitors a panoramic view from its summit. Shown here, in this image, is the High Temple which at over 100 feet tall is the tallest structure at Lamanai and is one of the largest Preclassic structures in the Maya area. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Western Caribbean

Just before we arrived at Lamanai along the New River, I shot this majestic Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea).