Sunday, July 15, 2012

Puerta Plata

I just finished reading "Treasure Island"--there are parts of the Dominican Republic that truly are a treasure.  Puerta Plata is one of them in my experience.  This is a scene from the cable car ascending to Pico Isabel de Torres at 2600 ft. Incredible!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

One of the many street urchins who survive on the few pesos they earn shining the shoes of kind-hearted people.  They ought to be in school--education is the only way they will break out of this cycle of poverty.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

These Dominicans have learned to live with the vagaries of life in this crazy country.  Using a treadle sewing machine may seem archaic to us, but when there is no electrical power (it happens often!) they can just keep on working!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Dominican flora

The stunning flora in this country never cease to surprise and please my eyes!  The cacti bloom for only a day, perhaps twice a year.  The flamboyant are in bloom for a good month as new blossoms open and the old ones fall to create a flaming carpet beneath.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

We see olives in various shades of ripeness as we walk along the Anacoana trail  each morning. Black olives are obviously not nearly as appreciated as black ones because these are just falling on the ground to be trampled. Big black pitted ones are more expensive than green ones in the stores, however.

Friday, April 6, 2012

A delicate balance

This mangrove swamp on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic protects the island and its wildlife from the havoc of its frequent hurricanes. They call this red mangrove, one of many kinds, though I couldn't see that the roots looked red. There are no dangerous or poisonous animals on this island--maybe the hurricanes provide enough fear.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mama, with baby humpback whale following close behind, cavort in Samana Bay.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

House breakers

This is the DR's version of a house breaker! All by hand and sledge hammer, these walls come tumbling down. Most construction is cement with little design imagination. Excavating to build below ground level has its unique challenges as this island seems to be nothing but a pile of coral!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

For $350,000 cool smackers, this beautifully restored 1932 Packard touring car can be yours!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Remember what I said about silky sand? You have to feel this to believe it!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Samana Bay

Just to let you know about the other side of the DR--incredibly azure water and sand that feels like silk between your toes!

This beautiful bay is where the great humpback whales do their yearly cavorting from January to March. They return at the same time next year to give birth to their young.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A common sight on the highways of the DR that would never be allowed in the USA! How many bodies can one small pickup actually transport?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

How do you know you are in the DR? Look at the palms! I don't know what you do with this kind of palm fruit--anyone know?