My 2022 in Photos

From the top of a volcano to the mangroves at the ocean’s edge and even in the tiny garden behind my casita, I’ve daily photographed nature for 8 years here and called that photography “Nature as Art!” and shared it in this blog.  🙂 

I like this Collins Online Dictionary definition:

Nature is all the animals, plants, and other things in the world that are not made by people, and all the events and processes that are not caused by people. 

Thus in nature I worship God and find my peace & inspiration from Him, the creator of it all!

Each year I find it difficult to select only 12 photos from the year and I first tried to come up with 12 “categories” of nature to make sure I selected a variety, but that became as cumbersome as trying to have a “photo-a-month.” So I decided to just stick with “12 favorites,” even if more than 12 are favorites! 🙂

So, however labeled, here’s 12 photos I made in 2022!

Happy New Year and Pura vida! 🙂

This 1st of 12 is looking out at the Pacific Ocean from Playa Cativo Lodge, Golfo Dulce, Piedras Blancas NP and the 12th photo below is a shot  looking out over the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise from Hotel Banana Azul. Coast to coast nature photos!   🙂

To the nearly 500 email subscribers: I hope you read on for the other 11 favorite photos . . .

Brown Pelican at Playa Cativo Lodge, Golfo Dulce, Piedras Blancas NP, Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
“Flower as Art” at the the very architecturally “arty” Xandari Resort in in Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Giulia Clearwing (Heterosais giulia) butterfly on Calle Nueva, a country dirt road near where I live, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Rio Celeste Waterfall, Tenorio Volcano NP, Alajuela Provincia, Costa Rica. A day trip last January.
Scarlet Macaw, at a restaurant in Cañas, Guanacaste Provincia, Costa Rica. On the waterfall day trip.
Colorful tropical seeds or fruit at the Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, San Ramon Canton, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Gray Hawk at Maquenque Ecolodge & Reserve, Boca Tapada, San Carlos Canton, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Possibly a type of Lilac or the Petrea volubilis, Queen’s Wreath Vine, at Guayabo Lodge & Gardens, Turrialba, Cartago, Costa Rica, where my Christmas Card flower was also photographed!
Purple-washed Eyed-Metalmark (Mesosemia lamachus) butterfly, Xandari Costa Rica Resort, Tacacori, Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Red-eyed Tree Frog, Arenal Observatory Lodge, Costa Rica on last week’s Christmas trip.
Sunrise, Atlantic or Caribbean coast, Hotel Banana Azul, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limón, Costa Rica.

¡Pura Vida de Costa Rica!

Happy New Year!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

4 Replies to “My 2022 in Photos”

  1. Beautiful photographs and remembrances of your 2022 postings. Thank you for being dedicated to your photography and daily journal that inspires and educates your readers. May 2023 bring you grace, peace, love, and kindness expressed by others and God.

    1. Thanks Larry! God is always good! And I expect more of the same in 2023 in my beautiful retirement haven, though I must admit to slowing down a little – and even that is a good thing! 🙂

      And I pray God blesses you in special ways this coming year Larry! ¡Bendiciones para ti!

  2. Charlie, thanks for sharing your nature experiences with so many of us. Each morning I look out and see the pine and magnolia trees from our 4 th floor windows. Then I check your early email filled with beauty in your part of the world. May your 2023 be filled with all the best life can offer. Happy New Year!

    1. Bonnie & Bruce,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and your kind words about nature. I’m so glad you are getting to experience McKendree where I thoroughly enjoyed nature all around me there in my last two years in Nashville. I think there are two little photo books in the McKendree Library I did of the birds, flowers and beautiful trees there! You might like seeing my photos of that beauty first in my GALLERY: McKendree Village Hermitage, 2012-2014 at

      Nature is often where we get the closest to God! And it is everywhere if we just look! You might also enjoy my “McKendree Birds” BOOK at
      Or the BOOK “Woodlands Observed, a 12-month report on the four seasons at McKendree” at:

      You are living is a great place for nature! 🙂
      Happy New Year! ~Charlie

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