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.
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In the Shadow of Trees

Darkness is absence of light. Shadow is diminution of light.

~Leonardo da Vinci

A photo from San Gerardo de Dota that I liked and didn’t include in my flower post. Sometimes it’s the little things that impress me the most, yet often get overlooked like this diminution of light.

¡Pura Vida!

Flower Garden at Night

I’m not often in my garden or even out of my house at night, but with late watering tonight I saw how different it looks and tried to photograph it, though a photo can’t capture the magic of night in a garden. The blue flowers are Plumbago.


“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Light Beneath the Elephant & the Monster

Both photos by Samsung Cell Phone:

Elephant Ear or Tarul 
In the Roca Verde gardens of Charlie Doggett
Atenas, Costa Rica

Monstera deliciosa  
In the Roca Verde gardens of Charlie Doggett
Atenas, Costa Rica

Okay. So now you know it has been a month since I’ve been on a trip or very far from home, meaning more photos in the garden. And that is fun too! Trying something different here from behind or beneath 2 large leaves and I’m fascinated by leaves! The Elephant is among my heliconias and gingers in the larger flower bed out my backdoor, while the monsteras have recently replaced ornamental grasses behind and above a garden wall (a ledge) behind my house and an extension of the garden, giving a jungle look from the bathroom ceiling window (dormer-like above shower) and helps maintain the garden walk around two sides of my house on a tile walkway. I like it! And in one week I’m in Orosi Valley & Tapanti National Park for some fresher photos!  🙂

See also my photo gallery:   FLORA & FOREST


Costa Rica Ranks low in Central America Homicides for 2017. Our rate is similar to Panama’s

with only Nicaragua having a lower rate (you surprised?). The most danger for homicides are in El Salvador and then Honduras.

And if you add in the rates for all Latin American and Caribbean countries, then the safest or fewest homicides is in Chili with the most in Venezuela. And Jamaica is the 3rd worst after Venezuela and El Salvador. Mexico? Hey, they are right in the middle of the list of Latin American countries, worse than Costa Rica, but a long way from the worst! Sorry Trump! Mexico is not so bad!  See the charts and maps in the above linked article.

Interesting. And again, I feel safe in Costa Rica, especially in a little central valley farm town away from the big city of San Jose where almost all murders take place or maybe in port towns of Limon and Puntarenas. Choose your location carefully.  ¡Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is getting ready for Electric CarsAnother interesting English-language article. It is logical for a “green country” but also requires infrastructure and “power stations.” Money!

Night Hike Shots

Sorry, I meant to post this last night before I left for Nicaragua. The last post from Monteverde.

Sleeping Brown Jay
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Sleeping Orange-bellied Trogon
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Sleeping Keel-billed Toucan
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Sleeping Skipper Butterfly
Monteverde, Costa Rica
A Strange Cloud Forest Fruit Eaten Only by Bats
Monteverde, Costa Rica

It Was Dark! Night Hike!
Monteverde, Costa Rica

We saw many other creatures that I could not get usable photos of, like a Margay cat, two snakes, army ants, leaf-cutter ants, other insects, and some other birds including a spectacled owl.