Jungle Cabin

Not a typical Costa Rican house – This jungle cabin was actually the “spice shoppe” where we got to purchase locally grown vanilla and cinnamon after our spice farm tour. Not many insects, even for that pond. The Original. I cropped it in and used an HDR Lightroom preset to sharpen the whole scene. ~~~  Continue reading “Jungle Cabin”

Olmec Chocolate

Chocolate has been around for a long time. The ancient Mesoamericans would drink it mixed with corn, vanilla, chili, and/or other flavors. We got a little taste of what it may have tasted like. Not bad. But the Spanish explorers thought they were drinking poop water. Something about the word for chocolate sounding like “caca”, whichContinue reading “Olmec Chocolate”

Secret Garden

The paths in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve are pretty magical. The original: I used a Lightroom preset and then worked on highlighting the pathway more. I also upped the contrast and clarity. ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~   ~~~Continue reading “Secret Garden”

Working the flower beds

La Fortuna is a cute little town near the Arenal Volcano, north of San Jose, in Costa Rica. They have a great city square with a church, a view of the volcano, and beautiful flower beds. This man was out tending the beds on a particularly warm day. The photo is busy, but so is the park.Continue reading “Working the flower beds”

Capuchin Silhouette

We went to Costa Rica recently. There are monkeys all over the place in the Manuel Antonio area! I was sitting on our porch one morning, enjoying the sunrise on the Pacific, when all of the sudden a group of capuchin monkeys made their way through the trees (and the balconies) around me. The original:Continue reading “Capuchin Silhouette”