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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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)

Rio Celeste

Rio Celeste is a found in Costa Rica. The water is naturally blue. This is called the Laguna Azul. The water turns blue because of a chemical reaction. As the two water courses mix it increases the size of aluminosilicate particles. When the sun shines it reflects off the aluminosilicate as blue. When you go to the Tenorio Volcano National Park you can see where the reaction starts and see a blue water fall also.

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Location: Laguna Azul, Rio Celeste, Costa Rica.
Camera: Go Pro Hero3+ Black Edition
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 2.8mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 0.0025s (1/400)