The red Poinsettia is a common symbol for the Christmas season but here in Costa Rica they grow as big as houses. This one, on the road from Samara to Nicoya, shows the adjacent Hibiscus blossoms who's the boss.
Rudolf has made his annual appearance at a roadside stand on the Pan American Hiway between San Jose and Samara. A Costa Rican holiday tradition, this family sets up shop for a few weeks each year, making Christmas creatures. Each reindeer is sculpted of shredded Melina wood and tied with fishing line. they come in a variety of sizes. Mama takes the money.