Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year 2010 : Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica















This is the spot where I welcomed 2010 in the infinity pool under a full moon overlooking Arenal Volcano - all in all a pretty special place to celebrate the advent of a new decade. It certainly was special because after this one sighting, the volcano was shrouded in mist, fog, and rain - and we never saw it again!! Instead we had to be content observing all the beautiful birds which alighted on the lodge balcony - the blue gray tanagers, the scarlet-rumped tanagers, the pacific olive tanagers, and the kiskadees ......















There were also orioles, banaquits, crimson-collared tanagers, wrens, and two non-native hyacinth macaws who all came avisiting. Consequently, I became quite the "twitcher" in Costa Rica..



















For more windows on the world click here for My World Tuesday Postings. Where did you have the good fortune to welcome in 2010??

16 comments:

Gaelyn said...

What a wonderful way to greet the new year. I'm afraid I slept thru it.

Sylvia K said...

What a great trip you've had!! And definitely the way to greet the new year! Marvelous photos! Love the birds!

Hope your new year is off to a great start, Catherine! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Japa said...

Great way to start a brand new year. The mountain is massive and beautiful at a distance, reminds me of one. Neat shots of the birds, too.

Happy New Year!

Samson said...

Great way to start a new year :)

Beautiful place and beautiful photos

Hanuman

koala said...

That's a pretty decent 'instead of' sight ;)
And a happy New Year to You!

Gary Denness said...

I was in a restaurant in Merida. I was fed the worst Arrachera I've ever had in my life....took two bites and spat both out.

I settled instead for toasting the big countdown with a daring tipple of Coca Cola.....10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5....and at that point choked on my own saliva really rather seriously, ruining the big moment for everyone! Sorry you asked? :)

I've been to Volcan Arenal, and some of the hot springs nearby. Absolutely spectacular. I was lucky too...the volcano had been covered in cloud for weeks, but they parted 5 minutes after my arrival and stayed clear for three days until 5 minutes before I left.

Owen said...

My goodness ! How do you get to go to such gorgeous places ??? You must be living right...

A very happy new year to you Catherine, with lots of good blogging time !

SandyCarlson said...

Your photo is so very beautiful.

Catherine said...

Hi everyone - Happy New year to you all and thanks so much for all your appreciative comments this week...

blackwatertown said...

Great pictures in your blog

Fly Girl said...

I love Arenal! I climbed it when I was in Costa Rica and lounged in the hot springs for hours. What an exciting place to welsom the new year! I celebrated with my family at a neighbors small party. It was fun but no where near as thrilling as your celebration!

J said...

Ok, I know suffering from unreasonable amounts of jealousy - of the parrots as much as the gorgeous location. I wouldn've been tempted to try and nap both of them!

Catherine said...

blackwater, flygirl and J - thanks for stopping by - appreciate your comments

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Hola! Su blog es hermoso. Si tiene tiempo, visita mi blog de viajes, que está en Inglés y en Griego
AQUI

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