Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise!


We are treated to surprises daily on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Whether the astonishing events are big or small, beautiful or ugly, dangerous or comical, we thrive on these delightful and sometimes bizarre moments. For living in the “land of the not quite right”, everyday is wrapped in a caught-off-balance, amazing moment.

1. BIG SURPRISES

We have an active volcano in our backyard. Imagine our surprise when she blew her top!

There she blows!

There she blows!

Then there was the day an island the size of a football field floated past our house…FULL of SNAKES!  El Gamolote-The Floating Island

Ron is tiny dot in the kayak.

Ron is tiny dot in the kayak.

2. ANIMAL SURPRISES

This poor little screech owl made a surprise visit one night. He accidentally hit our ceiling fan.  Jungle Law

A dazed and confused Screech owl

A dazed and confused Screech owl

Last week, our local fisherman caught a Tarpon in his dugout canoe! Imagine the surprise when he strapped it on his bicycle and led it into town to sell. A Big Fish Story: How to Get a Tarpon to Town

How do you get a Tarpon to market? On a bicycle, of course!

How do you get a Tarpon to market? On a bicycle, of course!

You never know what surprises hide behind the tools in the bodega.

Ribbit! Croak! Surprise!

Ribbit! Croak! Surprise!

3. People Surprises

During the dry season, farmers become traveling salesmen. One never knows what the traveling salesmen will drag to our doors. Traveling Salesmen

The mattress man salesman

The mattress man salesman

The pots and pans salesman rattles though the sand beyond our house.

Bang, bang, rattle, rattle!

Bang, bang, rattle, rattle!

4. DANGEROUS! DO NOT DRINK SURPRISES

Everything in Nicaragua is sold in plastic bags. One day, we left our workers a cooler full of juice and an ice bag to keep everything cool. When we returned to the house, the workers had left for the day, but we noticed the corner chewed off the ice pack. Not able to read English, they thought it was juice and tried to drink it!

Danger! Do not drink!

Danger! Do not drink!

Then there was the time we bought paint thinner. The hardware store sells it in plastic water containers. I didn’t label it and sat it beside the workers’ identical water jugs. Oops! Jose took a big swig of it, but fortunately spit it out! After that, I was careful to label the jugs in Spanish for our workers.

Peligroso! No beber! Cener!

Peligroso! No beber! Cener!

5. THE MOST PLEASANT SURPRISE

This morning I awoke to pictures of snow posted by my stateside friends on Facebook. But, we awoke to a layer of purple petals on the ground from our blossoming Pera tree. A very pleasant Christmas surprise.

Happy holidays from our Pera tree!

Happy holidays from our Pera tree!

Wishing all of you happy holidays full of miraculous surprises!

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25 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise!

  1. Lots of surprises in your part of the planet! 🙂
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    Eliz

  2. These are great pics. I live close to Granada. Laguna de Apoyo. It is a beautiful country with many different things to see. You have captured the real Nicaragua. I love looking at your posts..

  3. Those are some great surprises! The volcano and floating island of snakes are the very best though! Floating island of snakes??? My goodness, who would have though such a thing could happen!

  4. Deb! How funny the workers chewed off the ice pack thinking it was juice, Is that a real pear tree you have growing in your yard?

    • I know, Jorge. I was worried about them for a while because we didn’t know who tried to drink it or if one of them got sick. It’s not a pear tree, it’s called a Pera tree or Manzana de Agua. Raw, they have a sweet almost perfumy taste. Cooked, they taste exactly like apples. I love them.

  5. Totally loved all your surprises. An erupting volcano, floating snake island, dazed owl, traveling salesmen, purple petals, all. What an adventure it is living in Nicaragua. I doubt if anyone’s going to top this 🙂

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