Every day on the Osa
Peninsula you have the unique opportunity to see something you’ve never seen
This week has been special…
Well, I guess they’re all special.
Katie and I ventured with
Captain Cory on the “Panama Expedition” on Friday and as we were navigating
along the southern most Pacific coast of Costa Rica I reflected on the view of
the incredibly steep and heavily vegetated – Rainforest shoreline.
I said to Katie…”How can I
even begin to describe this scene to people, who most likely will never be able
to experience it?” She had no answer.
It was at that moment that I
decided it was time to send DroneBoy up to capture some photos of the
ridgeline, shoreline, the surf and our boat as we fished the outflow of a river
that emptied into the Pacific.
When I saw the live-feed
picture on my i-Phone screen, I knew that I’d nailed it but if a picture is
worth a 1,000 words – I’m not creative enough to write anything about how it
truly felt to be there and experience the raw remoteness of this environment.
We’ve traveled to (and
fished) in some of the most remote areas of Alaska, New Zealand and the Amazon
Rainforest and nothing quite compares to the Pacific coastline of Costa Rica,
Just north of the Panama border.
Here are a few of the shots
where you can see our boat with respect to the immense scale of where the
Rainforest meets the sea.
First of all, you cannot
safely navigate along this 15 mile section of the coastline at mid-to high tide
except via boat because the surf pounds the beach right up to the base of the
rainforest and the rocky cliffs. You can hike along the beach at low tide but
that would mean you actually have somewhere to go. There are a few
open-air huts “aka camps” along the way but there are no roads, electric power
or fresh water (except the numerous small waterfalls along the way).
Each time we’ve done this
trip, we’ve also witnessed people riding horses along the beach at low
tide. Where they go at night…. We’re not sure.
I’ve also included a few GPS
shots of our expedition to show the scale of our journey to the Panama Border
where we fished a large rock that breaks the surface. Each number represented
on the GPS map reflects a distance of 5 miles.
This map shows the
Southernmost border between Costa Rica and Panama (note the faint orange line
that defines the actual border along the spine of the peninsula).
This last DroneBoy photo
shows our boat (along with another small Panga) fishing around the rock just
over the Panama border.
On this trip, we managed to
increase our “new species” count up to 54 with Katie catching a fine Covina
(around 15 pounds), and me landing a Goliath Grouper (in the mid 50 - pound
class). Whereas I’ve battled monster Goliath’s before in Florida, they are very
difficult to safely photograph when they are much bigger than 60 pounds (this
one was an ideal size with great colors that I can actually hold).
I also managed to land a
really beautiful (small) Rooster fish which display the most pronounced black
and white stripes when they are under 20 pounds.
Finally, this was our sunset
as we arrived back into port for the day.
Enough fishing porn for this
post. Now for the best photos.
I said at the beginning of
this post that every day you have the unique opportunity to see something
you’ve never seen before. Well, we had a visitor the other night that decided
to gorge on the same papaya tree that the Toucans have been devouring over the
past 3 weeks.
We were having dinner on our
deck around 6:30 PM with our new neighbor Dave Horn when “THIS THING”
jumped up on the tree about 8 feet from us and sprinted to the top.
It turned out to be a large
Kinkajou and it allowed me to take some photos with my Nikon Z-7 camera and
PS: One more last DroneBoy photo which shows a vertical rainbow at the back of the Osa Gulf at sunrise.