Saturday, October 29, 2011

Trees of Costa Rica

 This particular tree ranks very high on my list of favorite trees in the world. It lies smack dab in the center of an open field, and you can often see an assortment of animals gathered under it's broad shade.
I believe it is a Guanacaste tree, which apparently means "ear tree" named for it's ear shaped seed pods.
The Northern province of Costa Rica is also named Guanacaste, and the wood of this tree is highly valued as well.

I love it simply because of it's elegant and well designed shape.
This tree can be seen on the mountain side of the road as you head South to Encantada from Jaco, just after driving through Playa Hermosa. 

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