2021 in Photos

This year was unlike any other in my life, not only because of the Covid 19 Virus Pandemic, vaccines, mask-wearing, hand-washing, and social distancing everywhere, but even more so as my year of major cancer surgery and radiation treatments. Yet through it all I managed to keep nature central to my life most of the time and even make a few photo trips.

I will not try to do a photo-a-month but rather 12 favorite photos depicting major life events, trips, and different types of nature starting with the 2 wonderful trips before the cancer surgery in March. The links in the photo captions are to my photo trip galleries for those events. I even have a gallery for radiation therapy (not one for surgery) and include surgery in my cancer journal and the combined photo book on my cancer adventure. 🙂 And the featured image at top is a Tiger Heliconian Butterfly on a “Hot Lips” Flower on my just completed Christmas trip to Uvita. 🙂

Resplendent Quetzal from January trip to San Gerardo de Dota & Hotel Savegre (gallery link).
Catarata Rio Agrio Waterfall in February from El Silencio Lodge, Bajos del Toro, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
No photos of March Cancer Surgery but above is where I had April-June Radiation Treatments in the private clinic Siglo XXI Radioterapia (gallery link). That was before I lost 25 pounds! I have less belly now! 🙂
During Radiotherapy, April to June, I stayed at Best Western Plus San Jose & got this Yigüirro Family Photo. 🙂
Because the left facial nerve was removed in surgery, my left eye will not blink & I cover it most of day to keep it from drying out and burning/hurting. I also have to put in eye drops 3+ times a day.
My garden & this terrace view replaced most of my usual trip vistas all year. 🙂 See My Home Gardens Gallery.
And walking this neighborhood roads replaced national park trails, above shot made in November! And I have a gallery for this particular walk that I call “Country Lane” or another country road gallery is called “Calle Nueva” and then a third gallery of just “Walking in Atenas!” 🙂
Endangered Squirrel Monkey on my first post-cancer trip, the last week of July to Bosque del Cabo, Osa Peninsula. It was too early after radiation, I was too weak, but still had fun with limited activities. 🙂
In September my annual trip to Banana Azul Caribe where I stayed in hotel gardens and on beach! No tours! 🙂
In October I finally replaced my broken pottery garden art bird with this concrete indigenous man. See My Home Gardens Gallery.
This year’s bird photos were mostly at home, like this Blue Grosbeak female, a “lifer” for me in November. See all of my Costa Rica Birds Gallery, with more photographed at home than any other single location! 🙂

I concluded this year with a December flight over our central mountains (above) to Uvita on our southwest Pacific Coast with photos of a whale, dolphins, and more than 20 bird species! Nice! See the 2021 Uvita Photo Gallery and the feature photo is from this trip. 🙂 And then for you “Airplane Buffs,” I’ve combined a few selected shots like above in my Airplane Shots Gallery. 🙂


¡Pura Vida!

Tomorrow I will tell you about my trips planned for the new year 2022! Fewer than usual, but all good and two totally new locations for me! 🙂

4 Replies to “2021 in Photos”

  1. Charlie!!! You have a wonderful attitude!!! I love your story and your travels and ALL of your photo’s! Thank you so very much!


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