Short Walk, Mombacho Volcano

The Sign
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A sign marked the entrance to the short walk. Note that access to the long walk was accessed by way of this short walk via branch on the right of the map. The distance around this small crater rim was 1.5km.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:27:01 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0629
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Stairs Down
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The steps that led down into the start of the short path were dirt filled and held back by boards.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:30:53 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0613
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Clouds At Volcano Top Formed Fog
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Clouds that afternoon wrapped around the top of the volcano. But up inside those clouds they appeared more as fog.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:31:33 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0634
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Sign At View Platform
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A sign described what would have been seen had it not been for the fog. The sign was also the natural place for the application of graffiti.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:33:08 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0635
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High Moisture Content
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A high level of moisture in the clouds and fog resulted in droplets forming on the ends of fern leaves.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:36:06 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0642
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Paved With Logs
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The ends of logs were used to pave parts of the path through the moist layer of forest. Unfortunately, log ends could become very slippery when wet. Although a few slipped, none fell.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:40:11 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0645
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A Crack In The Wall
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A side path ran through a crack in the wall of the crater caused by an earthquake. The sides of the path were barely a meter (a yard) across at the floor and widened gradually far overhead. Over the years, forest has almost overgrown the top of this wound.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:47:31 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0651
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Edge Of A Cliff
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A fenced path ran alongside a cliff. Good thing the forest hid the drop from sight or this view might have been frightening. Note the slippery wet wood that formed the floor of this part of the path.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:02:59 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0682
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Dry Forest
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As the path level dropped into a lower altitude the nature of the forest changed into a dry forest. More wild flowers were found at this altitude.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:22:41 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #TC1_0178
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View Of Volcano Rim
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A view of the inner volcano rim as seen from the dry forest layer. Note the fog still shrouding the upper layer.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:58:39 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0675
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World's Smallest Orchid
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An example of the world's smallest orchid. Barely a millimeter across, it could be seen on the underside of the oval leaf in the center of this photograph. What looked like a tiny bug was the orchid.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:22:41 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0751
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A Stink Bug
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On the upper part of another leaf was a large stink bug. This time the leaf was large. The stink bug was roughly 2.5 cm (1 inch) long.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:23:40 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0752
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A Frog
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Underneath yet another leaf was a small green frog who hid during daylight hours. The guide held this leaf inverted so that this photograph could be taken.


Short Walk Around The Smallest Rim   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:39:57 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0757
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