Posted by: pennyinparadise | November 11, 2008

Plants & Animals

In Panama, I live in the rainforest community of Boquete…..where 950 species of birds (more than US, Canada and Europe combined) live.    Abundant tropical plants prevail including heliconia of all types, birds of paradise and of course, the hundreds of orchid types.

In Ecuador, I live in the dry foothills of the Andes…..not as many birds or plants, but still a beautiful place.

Below are the plants and animals (and insects) I have encountered…..

Huge Moth on my BBQ grill cover in Boquete

Huge Moth on my BBQ grill cover in Boquete

Strange bug also on my BBQ grill cover....I'm told this black plastic attracts these insects because they think they cannot be seen.

Strange bug also on my BBQ grill cover....I

My neighbors in Boquete move their cows from up the road to grazing across the river

My neighbors in Boquete move their cows from up the road to graze across the river

We had a dog show in Boquete, where my sweet little girl dog Zap made her debut

We had a dog show in Boquete, where my sweet little girl dog Zap made her debut

This is the dog who won the Halloween costume contest at the dog show

This is the dog who won the Halloween costume contest at the dog show

These Panamanian young men had trained their dog to jump over them all

These Panamanian young men had trained their dog to jump over them all

Howler Monkeys live free in the trees at La Playita in the Azuaro of Panama

Howler Monkeys live free in the trees at La Playita in the Azuaro of Panama

Free flying Macaws live at LaPlayita too

Free flying Macaws live at LaPlayita too

This Emu lives at LaPlayita too

This Emu lives at LaPlayita too

Baby Howler Monkies are often left as orphans when their moms are electrocuted on electric wires that run through the jungles.  My friends in Boquete rescue them and release them into a new tribe.

Baby Howler Monkies are often left as orphans when their moms are electrocuted on electric wires that run through the jungles. My friends in Boquete's Paradise Gardens rescue them and release them into a new tribe.

Boquete is located in the Chiriqui Province in Panama, which is known as the Texas of Panama.   Rodeos and calf roping are common

Boquete is located in the Chiriqui Province in Panama, which is known as the Texas of Panama. Rodeos and calf roping are common

Paso Fino (dancing) horses are the breed common in Panama...they are beautiful to watch

Paso Fino (dancing) horses are the breed common in Panama...they are beautiful to watch

Sloths have the lowest metabolism of any animal....there are 2 toed and 3 toed sloths..we came across this one on the road in Panama

Sloths have the lowest metabolism of any animal....there are 2 toed and 3 toed sloths..we came across this one on the road in Panama

Back to the subject of the world's greatest dog....Miss Zap and me

Back to the subject of the world

Here's Zap when she first came to live with me

Here is Zap when she very first arrived to live with me

Little Zap sleeping like a baby with her toys

Little Zap sleeping like a baby with her toys

Zap grows big, but still loves her toys

Zap grows big, but still loves her toys

Zap's friend Rocky...they LOVE to play and kiss alot

Zap and her friend Rocky play and kiss

She's a big girl now....

She's a big girl now

Now for some photos of my beautiful orchids in my garden in Panamafirst-trip-045

This is really a Lady Slipper that grows all over my garden in Panama

This is really a Lady Slipper that grows all over my garden in Panama

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These aren't animals or plants, but shells that I picked up on the beach in Panama on the Pacific

These aren't plants or animals, of course, but are shells from the Pacific in Panama


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