10/06/2013

It’s Sunday Morning, and it’s time to load up the 4 x 4 rental truck again and head out for another adventure. Today we are traveling to the Tisey Estranzuela Natural Reserve. The reserve is located a short distance south of Esteli.

Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve Nicaragua

Our first stop after leaving Esteli will be Salto Estanzuela, a 36 meter (118 feet) waterfall in the Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve. It is about a 35 minute drive on a dirt road from Esteli. There is a small fee to access Salto Estanzuela. Salto is Spanish for “jump”. Below is a photo from the bottom of the falls (photo info: 13mm, 1/5 sec, f/22, ISO 100).

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Salto de La Estanzuela Waterfall in the Tisey Estanzuela Natural Reserve.

When you are walking around the lush forest, you quickly learn that it’s easy to miss something! Like the green spider below ¬†(photo info: 90mm macro, 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 100). This was taken near the waterfall.

Green Leaf Green Spider

This is a link short video clip of the Mimosa Pudica plant. Also called the Sensitive Plant, Sleepy Plant and the Touch-Me-Not.

 Mimosa Pudica Plant YouTube Video

This is one of the many beautiful flowers we saw at Reserva Santa Rosa, a new restaurant in the reserve (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/50 sec, f/13, ISO 400). They also grow their own coffee. While there we had 4 cups of their coffee with cookies, came to a total of 50 Cordobas ($2.00 US).

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A beautiful flower in the garden at the Reserva Santa Rosa.

This is a butterfly you don’t see everyday! It a Glasswinged Butterfly (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/80 sec, f/7.1, ISO 800). Its Spanish name is “espejitos”, which means “little mirrors”. This was also taken at Reserva Santa Rosa.

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A Glasswinged Butterfly at the Reserva Santa Rosa, in the Tisey Reserve.

The photo below (photo info: 11mm, 1/100 sec, f/14, ISO 100) was taken on our way back to Esteli, after leaving the reserve. Our trip took us in a loop, south thru the reserve, and then north on the Pan American Highway back to Esteli.

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View from the road leading back to Esteli, near San Nicolas.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for part 3 of our trip to Nicaragua. Adios!

Stay tuned for Part 4.