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Muy bonita niña. I photographed this beautiful young girl yesterday in the late afternoon. I would estimate her age to be about 8 to 10 years old, but who knows. She was dressing up, with the help of her mother, in traditional costume to participate in some local celebration. Unfortunately, my Spanish was not good enough to get the details.
This is the river that flows from the Cascada de San Ramon. It’s a peaceful walk, and takes you well up into the surrounding hills. This is the rainy season, or what the locals call the green season. “Boquete, if it’s not raining it’s not Boquete.” After a hike of almost 3-hours, I returned to the hostel soaking wet.
This small statue, of the Virgin Mary, was photographed in the gardens of Mi Jardin (Mi Jardin es su Jardin). I loved the peaceful nature of this scene, a small solitary icon, nestled in an alcove within the rocks.
These velvety red leaves were also photographed in Mi Jardin. These gardens, covering many acres, are on a private estate, but are open to public free of charge. They are located right in the heart of Boquete, in barrio Los Naranjos.
Rock climbing is big sport in Boquete, for both visitors and locals alike. This striated wall of rock is just a short hike from our hostel in barrio Los Naranjos. Can you guess how I got this shot? Was I hanging from a rope too?
My perfect house. Just a few hundred meters from our hostel: Hostal Nomba. It could use some TLC, but not too much (I wouldn’t want to take away from its character and charm. Nestled in the green lusciousness that is Boquete, it has a quaint stone chimney and front porch. It just needs an old man (me of course) in a rocking chair, with an equally old dog, a glass of single malt Scotch whisky and a premium cigar—maybe some soft music in the background (and a good book of course).
This rickety old suspension bridge (much in need of repair) is still in active use. It spans the river, and if you fell it would probably be fatal. Joel actually risked a trip across (and lived to tell the tale), and I posted the photo of his adventure on Facebook for all of the non-believers.
A favorite meal from one of our favorite eateries (Stop & Go Restaurante): Arroz con Pollo y Papas Fritas (Rice & Chicken and French Fries). The location is perfect, only about 5-minutes walk from our hostel, and the prices are GREAT. This meal (pictured above) cost me $4 USD. And breakfast is free every morning at the hostel ($4 USD a day for food ain’t bad).
Our stay in Boquete is soon coming to an end, and we are trying to decide where to go next: Bocas del Torro or Panama City. I’ll let you know when I know. In the meantime, I have bartered my photographic talents for a guided excursion into the countryside (for two). Ryan and Rosie, who own Hostal Nomba, wanted some family photos taken, and I wanted to visit one of the large coffee plantations (Finca de Cafe) and photograph the local birdlife further up in the mountains. Ryan is a seasoned guide, and the total value of this barter is about $150 USD. A win-win for all concerned.
Stephen F. Dennstedt
Cascada de San Ramon
Photographer, Writer and World Traveler
Reporting from Boquete, Panama