Extraordinary Moments from My Past

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

~Aaron Rose


When I searched my old photos, all made before moving to Costa Rica in 2014, I quickly chose 125 photos without even going through all and decided to stop looking. Then I made cuts down to 40 photos that had “the right light” and I considered “extraordinary” and still too many! 🙂 I arbitrarily told myself “No more than 20!” (hopefully fewer) and the last cuts were the most difficult! 🙂 So forgive me for doing a post with 20 photos, but the chosen ones are all below in a gallery where you can click an image to see it larger. The feature photo in the header is my favorite Clouded Leopard shot from Nashville Zoo and this sample below for the email recipients (who have to click “Read More” to continue) is one of many extraordinary shots from 2 safaris in the Masai Mara . And these are not necessarily favorites but seem to fit in these two locations. 🙂

African Elephants taking their Children to bed for the night, Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya.

Photos are in no particular order . . .

Photography is all about light, composition and, most importantly, emotion.

~Larry Wilder

¡Pura Vida!

20 Replies to “Extraordinary Moments from My Past”

  1. The photographs in today’s post are stunning. You did excellent work in capturing scenes that need no words. Cheap camera? I don’t think so – these photos are not cheap, they are beautiful stories in pictorial color.

    You have been blessed by seeing much of the world and by using your shutter, you have captured memories from traveling adventures.

  2. I liked all of them, but i liked more: Cypress Reflection TN , Sunset on Grand Cantón and Sunset in MN,
    Congratulation for these photos

  3. Great photos Charlie. My two favorites would be Cypress Tree and Monument Valley. Keep em coming – Steve

  4. Fabulous! You are so talented, Charlie, and your blog has enriched my experience. I’ve seen a few of these places too, and many more. the world is a marvelous place indeed.

    1. Deborah, yes, the world is marvelous and I’m so thankful I’ve been able to experience a lot of it! But I also think I saved the best for last, don’t you? — Retired in Costa Rica! 🙂 ¡Pura vida!

  5. Not my favorite, but the photo “chores from The Gambia” so reminds me of my visit to that or a similar village you took me to in Africa. I am forever indebted to you for exposing me to both The Gambia and Costa Rica – both countries I would have never visited on my own.

    1. And Reagan, you are the only person who has visited me in both countries! 🙂 And as a fellow traveler I think you will agree with Saint Augustine who said, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” 🙂 I’m glad that you’ve read along with me in so many places!

      My life has been enriched by every place I’ve lived or visited, including Nashville, and this little photo exercise was another way to re-enjoy the moments! 🙂 And that is okay for us old people. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Margaret! It is especially valuable coming from you, a professional photographer. It is just a fun hobby for me, “seizing the moments!” 🙂

  6. These pictures are extraordinary! Thankyou for sharing. It was a wonderful way to start the day. I have visited a handful of countries and wish at those times I had had the photographic ability and passion you exhibit. ————Steve & lucy

      1. You bet. On the highway that only locals know how to pronounce the name . Often just called the “kanc” to avoid arguments about pronunciation.

  7. Awesome menagerie of photos you have taken Charlie. Thanks for sharing some of your experiences with all of us…

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