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Our Botanical Garden in Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica

Biesanz Woodworks Botanical Garden and Pond, Escazú, Costa Rica

Lately the pond and waterlilies next to the showroom and workshop have been looking especially nice.  We’ve got botanical labels on a lot of things now too.  There are some lovely things to see; some interesting medicinal plants, rare wood trees, some very unusual things to taste, and my favorite, lovely things to smell.  There’s […]

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Green frog stuck to the kitchen window this morning (Escazu, Costa Rica)

This green frog has been on the kitchen window all day – hasn’t moved an inch.  We can’t find him in the Costa Rica herpetology books – anyone know what he is? From the other side of the glass you can see his belly – any even his toes.  How did he get up above […]

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Monkeys in Quepos, Costa Rica

Barry says, “Down in quepos i thought the Capuchin monkey lying on the branch looked cute…and it looks like i’m wasn’t the only one!” Sarah says, “The reaction photo is much funnier tho…” Sean took this on Quepos Point, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Barry Biesanz Google+

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Ooh, these vulture chicks smell bad. Cute tho…

These guys hiss and stink. That and projectile foul vomiting are their defenses. Eggs laid right on the ground!

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Rainbow over San José, Costa Rica

Taken from our roof. See what we have to put up with here? I think there was an inversion over San Jose. Barry Biesanz Google+

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Corcovado Park, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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Boas in Escazú

Seen a 3 foot female boa by our house in Escazu twice now, and a 6 footer was seen today… they’re everywhere! and sooo cute! Nope, not venomous. I think they are living on the field mice. <a href=””>Barry Biesanz Google+</a>

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Biesanz Woodworks at the Centro Cultural de Escazú

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Gallinazo trees in bloom north of Quepos, Costa Rica – Schizolobium parahyba

Flowering Gallinazo (Schizolobium parahyba) trees between Parrita and Jaco, Costa Rican Pacific coast. It is a pioneer species used for reforestation but the wood is soft and used for pulp, boxes, pallets. Beautiful flowers. Scarlet Macaws like to nest in them because they can find or make a cavity in the wood.

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Growing cocobolo rosewood trees

To the left is one of many Cocobolo ( a rosewood variety) trees that Sarah and I planted 18 years ago. What is really cool is the little guy to the right – a baby Cocobolo! Cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) takes a while to put up a main trunk. This still hasn’t done much, maybe 8 […]

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