Saturday, February 18, 2012

Panama Scenes

I am linking up with Sunday Bridges  and Today's Flowers    and   Scenic Sunday

I am posting the photos smaller but if you like you can click on them for a larger image. 

These are shots taken during my trip to Panama, the bridge was seen during our boat ride on the Panama Canal and the flowers were seen on the grounds at the various hotels in Panama .




I have some info on the Bridge of the Americas was built to re-connect land that was divided during the building of the Panama Canal. The bridge is 354 high and 5,400 long. The bridge crosses the Pacific approach to the Panama Canal at Balboa near Panama City.  The United States built the bridge at a cost of 20 million. The bridge was part of the Pan-American highway until the Centennial Bridge was built in 2004 and at that time the highway was re-directed.



I wish I remembered all the names of these pretty flowers. I believe the photo above is Bird of Paradise but I thought there are two types of flowers that look similar. If anyone can id these flowers and plant, I would appreciate the help.


Edit: With the Help of Diane B and Bernie I found out the flower above is called Lobster Claw.

Bernie helped with all the flower id's. This is Red Ginger also known as Ostrich Plume and Alpina Purpurata

Again thanks to Bernie the plant above is called Alpinia Zerumbet Ginger. It also bears funnel shaped flowers.



Check out more photos at Sunday Bridges    and   Today's Flowers    and  Scenic Sunday

Thanks to all the wonderful host of these fun memes. Thanks also for stopping by to see my post and I wish everyone a HAPPY WEEKEND!

48 comments:

diane b said...

That bridge is a beauty. The flowers are similar to those growing here. Same climate I guess. They are not bird of paradise but they are similar. I can't remember the name but I bet bernie or titania could tell you.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful photos of Panama Canal and the flowers!

Thanks also for stopping by to see my SkyWatch post!
A very happy weekend too!

M. Reka said...

Beautiful images!

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Gaelyn said...

Wow, that bridge is quite a feat. Love the colorful plants. I want to make this trip through the Panama Canal.

So agree with the new word verification. Hate it. May try to go off again and hope for less spam than the last time I tried.

Kay said...

Love the flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

marvellous photos, eileen, and the header!
i love the first and second one most.
but those flowers are great, too.

have a great weekend!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I love your bridge shots. Some friends of ours just returned from a cruise through the Panama Canal and had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing!

Bernie H said...

Great images of the bridge you passed as you floated down the river. Eileen, the first plant is a Heliconia or what we call the Lobster Plant. The plants in the next photo look like red and pink Alpinia purpurata or Ginger plants and the last is a variegated Shell Ginger, Alpinia zerumbet. All fabulous tropical plants.

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots! :)

Eden said...

Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing information about the bridge.

Have a great Sunday!

R1 said...

Beautiful giant bridge... i liked the way you captured it in the second shot! Very nice angle...

diane b said...

I asked Bernie and titania to help you with the names of the plants. I see Bernie has told you here and titania sent me an answer too:
Diane, about the flower. It is a Heliconia but not sure which one as there are so many similar ones.

Blogging pals are great, aren't they.
I agree about the stupid verification words.

eileeninmd said...

Thanks, Diane. Bernie was very helpful. I was able to label all the photos. Have a great day!

eileeninmd said...

Thank You, Bernie for all the flowers id's. I was now able to label my photos. I do appreciate your help. Have a great day.

Raindrops and Daisies said...

LOVELY photos Eileen,
I especially like the bird of paradise one.

The bridge is fantastic.

I enjoyed my visit, thanks


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Deli said...

I love the bridge photos :) Thanks for checking out my entry for Scenic Sunday. Have a great day :)

Carol said...

Beautiful shots of the bridge! I enjoyed the flowers as well! Enjoy your weekend, Eileen.

Mama Zen said...

I love the bridge shots! Beautiful!

Carver said...

Great shots of the panama canal bridge and also of the beautiful flowers.

Lina Gustina said...

Enjoying your shots, Eileen. The bridge and the flowers look awesome!

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magda said...

My dear Eileen
Wonderful and inderesting photos of Panama!
But your photos with flowers are fantastic!!!
Cogratulations for verbal verification!!!!!It is a big new problem :(
Many greetings

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

That is definitely a BIG bridge.

Gattina said...

That's a very long bridge !
I like to see flowers now, unfortunately only on pictures, in real it's still far too cold.
Glad you follow the Stop word verification "movement" !

jewaicious said...

Very nice captures of man and nature. Great perspectives on the bridge.

This is Belgium said...

hey, I posted today on sunday bridges also for the very first time
your pics are impressive
greetings from brussels,
anni

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Hi Eileen queste foto sono veramente grandiose... non sò dire qualke sia la mia preferita...
Buona serata Myriam :)

Gary said...

Great series Eileen!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

NatureFootstep said...

brings back so many memories. :) Thanks for sharing. :)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

joo said...

Beautiful bridge, Eileen! I also love the flowers, however don't know their names:)
have a nice week ahead!
Hugs
Joo

Louis la Vache said...

What a fine design this bridge is!
«Louis» thanks you for contributing it to Sunday Bridges!
;-D

KB said...

Great pics.

shutterbuggbitten said...

All such beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for not having the word verification. :-)

betchai said...

that bridge looks spectacular, and the plants are awesome, very similar to what we have back home.

Ysabelle said...

Wow, it's really amazing! I'm sure you have a lots of tourist viewing that sunday bridge with the cool view of oceans, lovely flowers they bloomed beautiful!



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Eden said...

Great shots of the bridge.

Have a great week.

JM said...

Love the tropical flora. Lovely shots.

Rohrerbot said...

YES!!!! We are back to Panama!!! I went over that bridge several times last year. I tried not to look down....it connects the wildlife from the urban life. Panama City is interesting but there is so much more that is fascinating outside of the town. The plant is a variety of a BOP. Nice shots as always:)

TheChieftess said...

wonderful bridge photos!!! The second one especially caught my eye! Very sleek and modern...

LeenaH said...

Thank you for your virtual visit my white cold country Eileen!
Your photos are just an opposite compared with mine, so warm and beautiful.

Nancy's Notes said...

What incredible photographs of canal and the awesome bridge! Love the beautiful flowers too! Great shots! Must have been a wonderful trip!

Vagabonde said...

I just found your blog and enjoyed looking at your pictures of Panama. I have never been there but it is on my list. The flowers are certainly pretty.

Jenn Jilks said...

It's been said before, but they ARE lovely photos. Nice to see on a cold, cloudy day in Canada!
Cheers from Cottage Country!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great pictures Eileen -- and how cool that your blogging friends helped you with the flower IDs.

Tammy said...

That is some huge bridge! I like the way you used it to frame the first shot, and the angle in the second.

shooting star said...

huge bridge!!!

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NixBlog said...

Great photos of this bridge and the flower shots are gorgeous.

You may also like to link your flower shots to my Floral Friday Fotos meme, Eileen:

http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.com/

bj said...

I really loved seeing all these lovely photos. I would LOVE to take a cruise to the PC someday.

Hope it is ok if I took your warning image about the word verification. :))
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