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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