My Uncle Ben told me the secret to being a good photographer was to take lots and lots of pictures, then only share the best ones. So every day I try to share one great photo. That isn’t as easy as it sounds.
When I travel, I take so many I love, and I want to share them all. This project has taught me to edit and find the one image which really captures the essence of what I am seeing and feeling rather than 20 which become tedious to the viewer.
When I am home, I get caught up in the daily grind. It is sometimes hard to stop and take a few pictures. Knowing I need a picture for the blog forces me to look at the world a little differently. I always stop and think, would that be a good picture?
Taking lessons with Paul D’Andrea, I learned to apply basic techniques, to make great effects happen deliberately. He taught me to bring my point of view into each photos. So this is my point of view.
Look closely at these orchids. Don't they look like a pig's nose has been shoved on an elephants head? Or is it elephant ears on a pigs...read more
Went to the Newfield Orchid exhibit and had a field day, taking photo after photo of beautiful flowers. This is the first in what will probably be a long series. ...read more
This adorable member of the raccoon family can be found all over Costa Rica.read more
These purple flowers are everywhere in Costa Rica. They are really pretty, but strange when you look at them close up. They appear to be hollow on the...read more
Interested in bird photography? Then Costa Rica is the place. There are amazing varieties of beautiful birds who seem happy to stop and pose....read more
There aren't lots of flowers yet. So when you saw one, it appeared bright and beautiful in contrast to the lush green of the rainforest.read more
Lake Arenal is a man-made lake that sits at the base of the Arenal Volcano in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is the country’s largest landlocked body of water, with a surface that covers nearly 33 square miles (85 square km) and a...read more
The unusual thing about the Arenal volcano is that it did not blow from the top. The lower explosions in 1968, created a domino effect up the mountain as pressure continues to build. Today, the continued activity inside the volcano has resulted in the...read more
I have never been much of an organized tour person, but for our tip to Costa Rica I reached out to my friend Becky of Bella Travel. She asked great questions about the type of activities we typically enjoyed and the type of hotels that appealed to us. Becky lined up...read more
Our tour guide was amazing. All along the way she pointed out interesting things we would have missed if we were walking by ourselves This black beetle didn't seem to care at all that we were taking his...read more
Walking back to our hotel room I spotted a night flash of color against the backdrop of green Glad I stopped, even though I was really tired. I haven't seen another one like it...read more
Our guide casually mentioned that the little viper snakes are poisonous. But they look so harmless curled on a branch. They aren't very big, but even the little ones pack a punch . Pretty sure he was sizing me...read more
The moisture and hot climate help trees grow and the fungus that live on them . Saw this walking through rainforest in Costa Rica .read more
Walking along the path in the Rainforest we saw all sorts of creatures including this beautiful bird.read more
The sun comes up and we see the volcano from our porchread more
One of the best parts of our drive to La Fortuna was a pause along the lake to watch the sun go downread more
In a drive that took way too long from one end of Costa Rica to the other, there were great stops along the way. And lots of wild life including this bird stirring in a tree near the...read more
The beach is definitely my happy placeread more