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images from a brief trip to central Nicaragua in February 2007...visiting Granada, Las Isletas, Volcan Masaya, Isla de Ometepe, and Laguna de Apoyo...these photos were taken on an Olympus C-5060 Wide Zoom...a decent digi-compact with good metering and a sharp 27-105mm lens
Parque Central in Granada
Parque Central in Granada
two horsepower taxi.....
two horsepower taxi.....
...one of many that line the Parque Central (Colon)
...one of many that line the Parque Central (Colon)
one horsepower delivery carts also ply the streets.....
one horsepower delivery carts also ply the streets.....
...despite the heat of the day.....
...despite the heat of the day.....
...and the heat of recent elections
...and the heat of recent elections
the parish pitch at Iglesia de La Merced
the parish pitch at Iglesia de La Merced
the west view from the bell-tower of Iglesia de La Merced
the west view from the bell-tower of Iglesia de La Merced
on a boat tour of Las Isletas.....
on a boat tour of Las Isletas.....
...past breezy islands, of volcanic rock, yet completely gentrified.....
...past breezy islands, of volcanic rock, yet completely gentrified.....
...some settled and fait accompli.....
...some settled and fait accompli.....
...some still getting the finishing touches.....
...some still getting the finishing touches.....
...others still wild and free as you can be on a tiny island.....
...others still wild and free as you can be on a tiny island.....
...under the shadow of the ominous Volcan Mombacho
...under the shadow of the ominous Volcan Mombacho
the Hotel Colonial, a converted mansion
the Hotel Colonial, a converted mansion
at the steaming mouth of Volcan Masaya.....
at the steaming mouth of Volcan Masaya.....
...still active and emitting poisonous gasses.....
...still active and emitting poisonous gasses.....
...you're advised to dive under a vehicle if it spits out any lava rocks
...you're advised to dive under a vehicle if it spits out any lava rocks
back in Granada, shopping for fruit is easy.....
back in Granada, shopping for fruit is easy.....
there's lots for sale on the shady side of Calle Altravesada
there's lots for sale on the shady side of Calle Altravesada
...but enough of sidewalk surfing.....
...but enough of sidewalk surfing.....
the ferry terminal at San Jorge
the ferry terminal at San Jorge
out in Lago Nicaragua, the hazy image of Isla De Ometepe
out in Lago Nicaragua, the hazy image of Isla De Ometepe
eventually one of the big passenger ferries arrives.....
eventually one of the big passenger ferries arrives.....
...and sails across to Ometepe.....
...and sails across to Ometepe.....
...where Moyogalpa..at the base of Volcan Concepcion, could one day become another Pompeii
...where Moyogalpa..at the base of Volcan Concepcion, could one day become another Pompeii
shops are open into the long hours of the evening.....
shops are open into the long hours of the evening.....
...and some veteran vehicles are parked about the streets.....
...and some veteran vehicles are parked about the streets.....
it's very hot checking out Moyogalpa's main street.....
it's very hot checking out Moyogalpa's main street.....
...and cold drinks keep rolling in.....
...and cold drinks keep rolling in.....
a model of the island would benefit from some water.....
a model of the island would benefit from some water.....
...although H2O isn't a problem at the locals' laundromat
...although H2O isn't a problem at the locals' laundromat
the 24 km road from Moyogalpa to Altagracia is now paved...with bricks
the 24 km road from Moyogalpa to Altagracia is now paved...with bricks
about half way is the lagoon named Charco Verde.....
about half way is the lagoon named Charco Verde.....
...where the Hotel Charco Verde has great little cabins
...where the Hotel Charco Verde has great little cabins
and the restaurant looks onto Lago Nicaragua
and the restaurant looks onto Lago Nicaragua
the trails through Charco Verde nature reserve are an easy walk
the trails through Charco Verde nature reserve are an easy walk
and the howler monkeys easy to see.....
and the howler monkeys easy to see.....
...although they keep to the trees, watching passers-by closely
...although they keep to the trees, watching passers-by closely
beyond a sugar cane field looms Volcan Concepcion.....
beyond a sugar cane field looms Volcan Concepcion.....
at 1610m, Concepcion has it's own microclimate
at 1610m, Concepcion has it's own microclimate
from the hill on the left, Mirador Del Diablo, by Charco Verde.....
from the hill on the left, Mirador Del Diablo, by Charco Verde.....
...there's an overview of the area and the west coast of Ometepe
...there's an overview of the area and the west coast of Ometepe
Volcan Maderas...under a rainstorm
Volcan Maderas...under a rainstorm
Volcan Maderas, from Charco Verde, on a sunnier day...
Volcan Maderas, from Charco Verde, on a sunnier day...
heading back to Charco Verde.....
heading back to Charco Verde.....
...there's no time to stop by the cabin.....
...there's no time to stop by the cabin.....
...or even to grab a bite to eat.....
...or even to grab a bite to eat.....
...as Volcan Concepcion is presently showing it's power.....
...as Volcan Concepcion is presently showing it's power.....
...spewing ash and gasses in a pyroclastic effusion.....
...spewing ash and gasses in a pyroclastic effusion.....
...an occurence the locals say happens 5 or 6 times each year
...an occurence the locals say happens 5 or 6 times each year
A short visit to Altagracia.....
A short visit to Altagracia.....
...and a few old stone figures in the churchyard
...and a few old stone figures in the churchyard
the rough road south of Altagracia being re-surfaced...with fresh soil
the rough road south of Altagracia being re-surfaced...with fresh soil
the bouncing Bluebird
the bouncing Bluebird
further south at Finca El Porvenir.....
further south at Finca El Porvenir.....
...are petroglyphs from 800...1,000 years ago
...are petroglyphs from 800...1,000 years ago
but there's no more time to explore the island.....
but there's no more time to explore the island.....
...so it's adios to Ometepe.....
...so it's adios to Ometepe.....
...back to the mainland at San Jorge.....
...back to the mainland at San Jorge.....
...and on to Laguna de Apoyo.....
...and on to Laguna de Apoyo.....
...a large lake in an ancient caldera
...a large lake in an ancient caldera
several hotels, like here at Crater's Edge, line the shore.....
several hotels, like here at Crater's Edge, line the shore.....
...making it a great place to chill for a few days
...making it a great place to chill for a few days
despite the hotels you can walk freely along the lakeshore.....
despite the hotels you can walk freely along the lakeshore.....
still grabbing shots out the car window in Masaya.....
still grabbing shots out the car window in Masaya.....
Nicaragua is a colourful country to visit.....
Nicaragua is a colourful country to visit.....
...but eventually it's time to head for home.
...but eventually it's time to head for home.