Sunday, June 26, 2016

PUERTO VALLARTA: FISH, FRIENDS, AND FUN



The temperature and the calendar are both telling me it's that time of year again and that means Summer Time.  In Puerto Vallarta there are two seasons:  the "coolish" dry months of winter from approximately November until April which is locally referred to as the "high season" when most visitors arrive and the "hot" wet months of summer beginning after the Easter celebrations sometime in April and continuing until the end of October.  This period is called the "low season" as most people prefer the cooler dry months of winter.


The king angelfish is a non-migratory tropical fish that inhabits reefs in the eastern Pacific ocean from the coast of Peru north to the California gulf.
King Angel fish are not only beautiful, but also built to maneuver very quickly!

This is my favorite iconic photo of a yellow puffer. There are more than 120 species of pufferfish worldwide. Most are found in tropical and subtropical ocean waters, but some species live in brackish and even fresh water. Our local puffers are somewhat different in appearance, but isn't he handsome? 

Porcupinefish have the ability to inflate their bodies by swallowing water or air and thereby becoming rounder. This increase in size (almost double vertically) reduces the range of potential predators to those with much bigger mouths. A second defense mechanism is provided by the sharp spines, which radiate outwards when the fish is inflated.


We love it all year, but the "low season" of summer is especially dear to us.  With our proximity to a beautiful beach on the glorious Bay of Banderas, we have the opportunity of cooling off whenever we want by simply diving into the ocean. Even though we are fortunate enough to live on an incredible beach with fantastic snorkeling opportunities, we never tire of it.  Each day offers a different aquatic experience which makes it not only fun, but interesting.


In biology, any group of fish that stay together for social reasons are shoaling, and if the group is swimming in the same direction in a coordinated manner, they are schooling. Fish derive many benefits from shoaling behavior including defense against predators, enhanced foraging success, and higher success in finding a mate.  Wow! Did you know all that?

Commonly known as the Yellowtail Surgeonfish is a tropical fish found in reefs in the East Pacific from the Gulf of California to El Salvador.  These fish are grey with numerous small black spots covering its head and body and a bright yellow tail fin. I fantasize about decorating a room inspired by their appearance. This species is the largest of our local fish populations where we visit them almost daily!

The olive ridley sea turtle, also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, is a medium-sized species of sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific from Baja California, Mexico, and Chile. These turtles are considered endangered because of their few remaining nesting sites in the world. Nothing is more exciting than spotting one of these magnificent turtles while snorkeling! 


I have created an album which includes some of my favorite photographs of our beach life not only in Puerto Vallarta, but other locations as well.  I hope you enjoy this summer time album. I have certainly had a fun time putting it together. Below the following photos you will find the link for my blog photo album.


Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay) attracts whales and dolphins who come to play, swim, and feed not so unlike human visitors!  

My husband has become very adroit at catching guineafowl puffer (protected by garden gloves!) who blow up as a defense mechanism, but deflate as soon as they are released.


Local pelicans show up as soon as the fisherman come in from a night of fishing. I think they are hoping to receive a free handout in order to start their own day of fishing.   

My Blog Album:    FISH FRIENDS WITH CAPTIONS

In order to access the captions click on the "I" icon on your device for the first photo and there you have it!  



Wishing you an enjoyable summer wherever you may be. And please don't be shy!  Us bloggers love receiving questions, comments, or suggestions. Until next time, safe trails and travel well.  Laura



Friday, June 10, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY TWO YEAR OLD BLOG BABY






                  WELCOME TO MY BLOGS SECOND  BIRTHDAY!

It can't be true!  Can it really be the second birthday of my Blog?  And yet I realize that I am still here and pretty much still standing (or actually sitting at my desktop computer).  I am feeling pretty stunned, but also very happy.  What started out as an adventure at the suggestion of my husband has actually taken on a life of it's own.  The words I wrote on my blog's first birthday in 2015 I still find very appropriate:

"It comes as a real surprise to me that I published my first blog posting one year ago on June 10, 2014. When my husband suggested that I create a blog to share our nomadic life I had to pause to consider. The truth of the matter was that I had to educate myself as to exactly what was a blog. There definitely was much to learn and consider, but it was a challenge and exciting. And since I had a considerable amount of time on my "retired" hands, why not? This blog gig has grown on me and it has definitely become very much a labor of love. I enjoy the whole blog process from deciding the subject of my next posting, to working on the photographs to be shared in the posting, and to researching the information I want to share with my blog readers. I started this experience learning to crawl like an infant and now I feel like a soon-to-be toddler."

So here we are.  Another year of sharing our "nomadic" life and all of it's wonderful memories.  I like to think I am progressing in this blogging experience and hopefully my posts are becoming better, more interesting, and more entertaining.  Until our next birthday celebration, I thank you for joining me along this journey and I look forward to another year of MEXICO AND BEYOND: LAURA'S PHOTO JOURNEY.


THE FOLLOWING ARE MY PUBLISHED POSTS FOR THE SECOND YEAR WITH  LINKS FOR YOUR VIEWING EASE AND PLEASURE.  



                                              INCA RUINS OF MACHU PICCHU



                                LIFE'S A BEACH IN MEXICO AND BEYOND



                                 HUICHOLS OF MEXICO - PART ONE HISTORY AND CULTURE



                                HUICHOLS OF MEXICO PART TWO: SHAMANISM AND ART




                              MINERAL DE POZOS: AN EXCURSION BACK IN TIME



                               AN EXCURSION TO COLONIA, URUGUAY



                               ZIHUATANEJO, MEXICO: A CHARMING PLACE



                                REVISITING DIA DE LOS MUERTOS 2015



                               DIA DE GUADALUPE CELEBRATIONS IN MEXICO AND BEYOND



                              A SUMMER BLOG BREAK FOR FISH FUN




                               STREET ART OF MEXICO AND LATIN AMERICA




                                 EASTER IN MEXICO 2016



                                BAJA CALIFORNIA: A LOVE AFFAIR



                               BAJA CALIFORNIA: PART TWO




                                 PERU: CUSCO AND THE URUBAMBA VALLEY





                               MEXICO AND ITS CELEBRATIONS


                                        HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY MY BLOG BABY

(WHICH INCLUDES LINKS FOR FIRST YEAR POSTINGS IN CASE YOU MISSED ANYTHING!) 


UNTIL NEXT TIME, LAURA AND HER BLOG BUDDY PACO SAY MUCHAS GRACIAS!