Costa Rica Landscapes and Living Fences



Nothing at all tends to make you appreciate a smaller group tour additional than when you are abruptly thrown onto a large charter coach and are surrounded by tons of people today, tiny seats, and some particular person speaking in a crackling microphone about a billion dull details that you could care much less about. As I looked about the packed bus, I wondered if any individual was listening to this guide or not.

With the distorted microphone noise droning on, I decided to commit my time hunting out the window as an alternative of attempting to make sense out of the commentary. I was on a smaller group tour in Costa Rica and most of the time the five people today in our group have been in our personal private tiny van – it was fantastic for conversation and intimacy. Having said that, for this leg of our trip we had to join a larger tour bus in order to get to a boat that would take us to Tortuguero National Park. This was an uncommon predicament as commonly we by no means had to travel by coach bus on our itinerary.

“You do not know what you have till it is gone”

That is the quote that kept operating by way of my head as I sat in the back seat of the large bus pondering about how thankful I was that this was just a one particular-time factor and we’d be back to our close tiny group shortly.

Watching Rural Costa Rica Landscapes Pass By

When I was a kid my household took several road trips. I bear in mind becoming stuck in the back seat bored (no electronic entertainment these days). My mother would inevitably inform me to cease complaining and just appear out the window and love the view. I wasn’t as well keen on the guidance and commonly would just pout for a though and bug her once more. Now 40 years later I was lastly taking her guidance.

costa rica rural landscapes

I stared out the grimy bus window and watched rural Costa Rica go by. As my thoughts slowed down from all the inner chatter, I began to notice the landscape out the window. Rows and rows of banana fields with an occasional banana packing plant have been fascinating to me. Basic, colorful properties with the front door open to let the breeze blow by way of. Much more frequently than not you’d come across a dog curled up and napping in the doorway. Hammocks have been frequently identified on the front porch. This was pura vida…the excellent/very simple/pure life in Costa Rica slow and very simple.

Having said that, it was the fences that caught my consideration.

They weren’t the typical fences I was applied to. They have been produced of planted trees and then connected by barbed wire. These living fences have been fascinating, and also rather lovely. A lot like the rock fences you come across in Malta and Ireland, Costa Rica’s living fences are like a piece of artwork, but the artist is mother nature.

costa rica living fence

I frequently fixate on weird items in a foreign culture – trees and fencing are two items I’m strangely fascinated by – and living fences combine them each!

Study about my Other Cultural Fixations

Malta’s Wooden balconies
Lebanon’s Hookas
Vietnam’s Motorbikes  (I did a complete series on these!)

What is a Living Fence?

To commence with, I feel it is the greatest darn thought in fencing I’ve ever observed! In the rural regions to mark off home lines and livestock regions, you will come across “trees” planted along the perimeter of the fields, connected to one particular yet another by barbed wire. These are not large trees, as an alternative they commonly have smaller trunks which appear somewhat like fenceposts. The trees are trimmed sometimes so they do not get as well large and sway as well significantly in the wind which would pull the barbed wire loose.

costa rica rural landscape

How do you Make a Living Fence?

Generally, they make a cutting from an current tree, stick it in the ground, and it will develop thanks to the wealthy soil in the region. The barbed wire is added instantly and frequently the tree grows about the barbed wire. It requires a year for a tree to type after you plant the branch. They mostly use a couple of diverse varieties of rapidly-expanding trees in Costa Rica for these rural fences Swift Stick (English name) and the Machete Flower tree(poro in Spanish). And yes that implies that if the Machete Flower tree is applied there are blooms in February and March, creating these fences even additional lovely!

costa rica living fence

Excellent for the Atmosphere

These fences are not just lovely, they are excellent for the atmosphere as well. They take much less upkeep, no painting, they present a residence for additional mosses and leaves, present shade for the livestock, and reduce erosion. And they are absolutely free! As I watched fence right after fence out the bus window in a variety of stages of development, I fell in really like with them additional and additional. In truth, when we came across a uncommon normal fence and I saw people today operating on it painting it – it seemed to stick out like an eyesore!

costa rica landscapes

Exactly where Can you See Them in Costa Rica?

All I had to do was appear out of the bus window! You will come across the fences everywhere after you get out into the rural regions of Costa Rica. When we have been no longer in the large bus and back in our private car, we even produced a handful of stops so I could photograph them and get a much better appear at them up close.

Ahead of I knew it, we have been pulling up to the docks to catch the boat to Tortuguero. I guess my mom was ideal, from time to time hunting out the window does make the time go more quickly!

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