Weekly Photo Challenge: The Early Bird Gets the Mango

The weekly photo challenge is Early Bird. Living in Nicaragua, we’ve become accustomed to rising early…sometimes as early as 4:30 am. All of the action occurs early in the morning in Nicaragua…the earlier the better because the afternoons are reserved for long siestas in the tropical heat.

If you are an early bird, you will probably see… the parrot getting the first ripe mango
the shore birds catching breakfast…
IMG_1582or hitching a ride on a fishing boat.
IMG_7233Cowboys herd their cattle to the lake early in the morning
IMG_5301while horses take their morning baths.
IMG_7356Iguanas limber their bones on the warm rocks,
IMG_7427An early start to the day isn’t just for birds. Fishermen cast their nets at sunrise,
IMG_2974while, farmers lead their teams of oxen in plowing the fields.
IMG_2876Children walk to school,
IMG_3361while, their parents carry heavy loads of firewood home for their daily cooking fires.
IMG_5034The 6 am ferry is our alarm clock.

8And occasionally, we are treated to the moon setting over the lake in the wee hours of the morning.
IMG_3266Are you an early bird?

34 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: The Early Bird Gets the Mango

  1. Beautiful pictures. No, I’m NOT an early bird. I’m a night owl and even if I get to bed by midnight, I’m still awake at 3 AM. Most of the time I run on three to six hours of sleep a night.

  2. Your photos quite captured the early morning feeling!! Same aura as in the countryside here in our country [Philippines]….

  3. Our Mango tree is very early this year and is raining Mangos. Connie cut up 48 cups of Mangos for the freezer on Thursday, that is after over 100 cups in the past week and there are still a couple of hundred Mangos on the tree. Mangos in the freezer for the next year.

    • I understand exactly. We’re doing the same thing. We have 5 mature mango trees and one of the trees shades our house. We cut the branches close to the roof, but with the winds, the mangoes bomb the tin roof and scare me every time. You would think that I would be used to it by now.

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