Archive for July, 2013

The Cabin a year later

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

We finished our new cabin July 2012. Here are some photos a year later as it has integrated into the landscape.

In May

In January

Homestead Cabin with the top of Mount Totumas shrouded in the mist.

Our main lodge out on the point is still under construction. We will post pictures and an update once the roof is complete in a couple weeks. Completion is planned for April 2014…..We’ll see!

White-Throated Mountain Gem doing the Cha Cha

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Well the other day, around 5:30pm, I was hanging out with Tene, my construction engineer,  on the terrace going over the day when this white throated mountain gem came up to the native fuchsia bush and hung out. Tene was listening to some music on the internet when I shot this video with a hand held point and shoot lumix camera.  It all came together rather interestingly………

Coffee Update: We have fruits!

Saturday, July 13th, 2013


Growing coffee at 1800 meters is about as  high as you can go here in Panama. The trees grow slower than at lower elevations so you wait longer for your first harvest but what you get for waiting is premium high elevation coffee.  This is now year 3 and our coffee trees are getting as tall as 15 year old Reinaldo.  And we have our first fruit this year. Come next February we will be able to test our first cup….

Katui Fruit

Geisha Fruit

Spider Monkeys

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Check out this short video of these spider monkeys we saw yesterday. We were a band of four humans that came across a band of around 20 spider monkeys.

This was monkeys watching monkeys watching monkeys!

Spider Monkeys are the least common of the 3 monkey species present at Mount Totumas. They are now considered rare anywhere in the Pacific side of Panama.

 

Saturniidae of MTCF

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Following up on the last blog entry here is a representation of the Saturniidae (Silk Moths) found at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest.