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Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Animals, Costa Rica, Culture, Moving to Costa Rica, Tips | 20 comments

My Favorite Photos From 2013 – Everything Else

My Favorite Photos From 2013 – Everything Else

In the last 2 posts I featured my favorite photos from 2013. First I featured my favorites in the Bird category, then last week, my favorite Mammal photos from this year.

This post will be my last article of the year…unless I somehow get very motivated. Like I said, this will be the last post of the year and I hope you enjoy the balance of my favorite photos from 2013 which cover; reptiles, landscapes, flowers and more.

Let’s Get Started

The Tarcoles River is a rite of passage for those heading to Jaco beach. And before everyone makes the passage they stop and look (from the bridge of course) at the massive, in number and size, American Crocodiles that hang out just out of arms reach.

American Crocodile

OK, we got the Croc’s out of the way. Here are a couple of flower and butterfly shots to calm you down a bit.


This moth below got caught in our friends apartment; it was the size of my hand – which is quite large. The white arrowheads on the moth’s wings were translucent, throwing a negative shadow on the wall. This is one of those pictures where the subject is better than the photography….I just like it.


The following 2 photos of flowers were taken…well, I don’t know where they were taken. If you visit Costa Rica, or are living here, you will see gorgeous flowers EVERYWHERE and, well, I just am not very good at documenting where I take them. I am sure you will enjoy them nonetheless.

Sunny Flower

Paint FlowerOne of the things I love the most in my new life is the wonderful mountain vistas we get here at 4700 feet. This shot was taken as the fog was rolling in. During the rainy season it is not uncommon for the clouds to drop down and come knock on our door. Some expats don’t care for the “cloud forrest” and I don’t care. I like it – it gives you Jurassic Park(y) views like this one.

Foggy Mountain GreciaAnd then, there are the sunsets. I guess you could say they are OK.

El Cajon Sunset

While Manuel Antonio is known for the monkeys, sloths and other animals, I took these 2 shots and, once again, I like the idea of the shot very much, that is why I included them…not because they are awesome or anything.

MA Beach

Drift WoodHere is a weeping pine…Ok, ok, it’s just a pine tree that has been rained on. I like it though, it makes me think about that Saturday Night Live self help sketch – Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy.

Dripping Pines

Let’s wrap this year up with a MONSTER of a picture. Ok, maybe not a monster but a dragon….Ok, not a dragon either, just a little ole Iguana – and by little I mean about 6 feet long. This guy hangs out down by the river that runs by the Grecia Feria. The feria workers are kind enough to help you find the iguanas (there are a few) if they see you searching for them.

Feria Dragon

Well folks, I really appreciate you making it to the end….of the year AND my post. I wish you the very best in 2014. If you need a good New Years resolution, I can give you one….Sign up, top right of this page, to receive email updates of my blog. 2014 will see many changes and additions to the blog that I think you will like.

Feliz Año Nuevo,





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  1. Good job, temporarily unemployed……….PURA VIDA JB

  2. Hi Greg, thanks for posting these photos. Great way to wind up the year. You certainly have the “EYE” for this. Can’t wait til we move down there in the next year and a bit so I can give my camera a work out…a little healthy competition is good for everyone…jajaja !
    Keep up the fine work !!


    • Thanks Frank….Brink It On! I look forward to meeting you.

  3. Love all of your pictures, and I’m so happy for you two retiring So young!

    • Thanks Patti….I am so happy for us retiring early too! We are having a good time and learning a ton about our new home.

  4. That sunset photo is breathtaking. It makes me feel good inside.

    • I can’t get enough of the sunsets. Each one is different and constantly changing. The colors in the one I included in the post are just amazing.

  5. What an great collection of photos!! Love the croc pic!! You have an amazing eye for detail!!

    • Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment.

  6. What gorgeous photos…athough that crocodile is seriously scary!! The views are breathtaking though…lucky you to have all of that on your doorstep!

    • Thanks! The variety of photo ops here are incredible. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  7. Beautiful photos-love the sunset! Can’t wait to see more in 2014 🙂

    • Thanks! I am going to be a photographing fool in 2014.

  8. Lovely photos. The crocodiles are intimidating a bit! I love the sunset as well. I have never been to Costa Rica, one day soon I hope!

    • Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Costa Rica is great. The variety of climate, scenery and wildlife make it a perfect place to visit (and for us, retire). Everything but snow as far as climate goes and one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. MOuntains, beach, rainforest – it’s all here.

    • Thanks…such a simple photo, but beautiful.

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