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Tomorrow is Saint Valentine, so let's hope a majority of people will be celebrating Love against wars.
In my series on Costa-Rica, I found this peaceful picture of two iguanas in love. It might be a guessing game for you, but if you look well, you will see there are two iguanas together on the roof, the darker female being on the male.
We wouldn't have seen this of course if it hadn't been for our boat rider spotting it out for us. They have very sharp eyes, and can spot wild animals at a great distance.
What a life eh ! making love on top of a roof, basking in the scorching sun !
The photo was taken in the mangrove of the Tamarindo river on the Pacific coast . This loving couple had found the roof of an old, disused fisherman's hut.

1 WS showing the mangrove, which is different from the canals in Tortuguero (pic 154) on the Caribbean coast.

Tamarindo is a little town which has developed into a huge tourist resort, because its beaches are famous for their surfing facilities.
So, compared to the rest of the country, it wasn't so natural and wild.
However, the beaches are clean compared to what we can see in some Mediterranean countries, and they have managed to protect this mangrove in the mouth of Tamarindo river.
Costa Ricans or "Ticos" are well aware of environmental issues and the importance of not leaving their rubbish everywhere. For example, the turtles which come and lay their eggs on the beaches are in danger of extinction, partly because they mistake plastic bags found in the ocean with jelly fish, their current food. After plastic meals, they have all chances of dying.
So, as all the oceans in the world are linked together, let's never throw any plastic anywhere, let's use as little plastic as possible, for fear it might end up in a turtle's stomach, for one thing.

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