Tathra Wharf

The Wharf has transformed over the years from a small jetty into a large wharf as the needs of the community changed. It was used to by farmers exporting goods to other coastal communities, livestock and others goods. The last freight ship to leave the wharf was in 1954. Today the wharf has been turned into a local icon. It is used regularly as a fishing spot and cafe. The local Tathra Surf Club hold the Wharf to Waves swim race every year starting from the Wharf.

 

Location: Tathra Headland, Tathra, New South Wales, Australia
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II
ISO: 1600
Focal Length: 18.0mm (27mm in 35mm)
Aperture: f/22
Exposure Time: 0.001s (1/1000)

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Playa Polo (North Beach)

Welcome to North Beach (Playa Polo). It is a great quiet beach. I found it the be a bit of a walk to the beach from Red Frog. i like how it is the typical Caribbean Island setting with the palm trees hanging over forming some shade for the guests. I found there to be only 6 other people on this amazing beach.

Location: Playa Polo, Bastimentos Island, Panama.
Camera: iPhone 6 Plus
ISO: 32
Focal Length: 4.2mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.00033s (1/3000)

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Caldera River

This is Caldera River. This area is known for hot springs. I took a Collectivo taxi to the hot springs with a group of friends. The taxi dropped us off the the ‘end’ of the road and we had to walk 1.5km into a farm. The hot springs are on a private farm. We had two choices to enjoy the springs. One was in the middle of a paddock and the other was by the river. We chose the river. It was a good experience. I took the opportunity to relax before spending the night hiking Vulcan Baru.

 

Location: Playa Polo, Bastimentos Island, Panama.
Camera: iPhone 6 Plus
Lens: iPhone 6 Plus back camera 4.15mm f/2.2
ISO: 32
Focal Length: 4.2mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.00028s (1/3600)

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Cacao Fruit

This is a near ripe Cacao Fruit. The outside is really hard. Inside the fruit is the Cacao seeds that are used to create chocolate. Around the seeds is a white flesh. It is good to suck on. This is a tree in one of the many Cacao plantations in the Yorkin Community. They have will process the seeds and turn it into powder within their community. A cacao factory is being built through volunteers and corporate donations. The factory will be up and running in the 6 months. This will allow the community to sell the powder for double the price of dry seeds.

Location: Yorkin, Talamanca, Costa Rica.
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 45.0mm
Aperture: f/5
Exposure Time: 0.0125s (1/80)

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Crossing the Border

The caribbean side of Panama and Costa Rica are known for Banana plantations. Back in the late 1800’s American Corporations were growing bananas in this region for the USA. They built a train line to be able to transport the bananas. This photo is of the train line crossing over the border of Panama and Costa Rica. It is not used today. The bananas are now shipped out of Almirante instead.

Location: Sixaola, Costa Rica.
Camera: iPhone 6 Plus
ISO: 32
Focal Length: 4.2mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure Time: 0.0077s (1/300)

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Cacao Fruit

Cacao is becoming part of the Costa Rican Agriculture. Villages in the Talamanca Region have been growing Cacao trees. They have learnt that the best way to get a good price for the Cacao is by turning it into Cacao powder. The Yorkin village is building a cacao powder factory. They will be able to get double the amount of money because they are processing their own cacao. The dry seeds only got the farmers $4 a kilo. No they can get more money for their produce and the money supports the community not large corporations.

 

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Location:Yorkin, Talamanca, Costa Rica
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G II
ISO: 400
Focal Length: 21.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 0.002s (1/500)

Banana Leaves Waterdrops

This is a banana farm in the south eastern mountains of Costa Rica. Costa Rica grows bananas, pineapples, and coffee.
Bananas use to be grown and exported to the USA. Now the bananas are exported around the world.

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Location: Yorkin, Talamanca, Costa Rica.
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G II
ISO: 200
Focal Length: 55.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 0.00313s (1/320)