Costa Rican Humming Birds and Frogs

Humming Birds of Costa Rica

My very first hummingbird photo in Costa Rica.  This is five separate humming bird photos blended together in Photoshop.

I was familiar with many great nature photos taken in Costa Rica, so I jumped at the chance to go for a couple weeks with a good friend of mine on an organized nature photography workshop.  We photographed endless hummingbirds, frogs, toucans, bats and vultures.  Most of it in a torrent of daily rainstorms.  Thank goodness we went in the dry season.

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Reflections Of Boston

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Blue and gold reflections of a downtown Boston building.

Riding around on a typical Hop-On-Hop-Off  tourist bus, I did my best to photograph the unique downtown Boston building reflections from the open second level.  I’m no stranger to big cities, having lived in downtown Chicago for many years during my working career.  However, I do not recall seeing so many varied styles of buildings and unique design and reflections as I saw in Boston.

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Brightly Colored Homes, Newfoundland

Brightly colored homes

Brightly colored homes in Newfoundland, Canada

My theory regarding brightly colored homes seems to still hold true.  European towns with long, cold winters have the most brightly painted houses.  These brightly colored homes were a common sight in St. Johns NL, Newfoundland-Labrador, Canada.  Most every home and business in this town followed this tradition.  Islands seem to have more subtle pastels.

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Greenland Villages


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Nanortalik, Greenland Field of Dreams

Greenland villages are small by any standard.  The largest town in Greenland, the largest island on earth, has less than 20,000 inhabitants.  Nanortalik has about 1,100 people making it the eleventh largest town on the island.  So I was wondering what is the eleventh largest city in the US?  If you go strictly by incorporated city limits, it is Austin, Texas.  If you include the primary statistical area it is the Miami, Fort Lauderdale area with over six million residents.

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Cruise Port Excursions

Tobermory, Scotland

Colorful Tobermory, Scotland

Colorful Tobermory, Scotland was a fun spot to explore after our failed bird watching expedition to the countryside.  The photo above captures about one-third of the town.  The arrival of our ship doubled the population of this quaint town for the day.  We went into the Mishnish Hotel, the yellow building above, and had some local beverages and a half dozen oysters as part of our shore excursion.  Then we ventured a few doors down for some Indian cuisine.

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Reflections in the Grand Canyon


It seems viewers expect photos of the Grand Canyon to look like, well, the Grand Canyon.  However, a great variety of reflections in the Colorado River kept me occupied.  These abstract, more intimate scenes, are preferable to me over your typical landscape photography.

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Cobblestone Streets of Sibiu, Romania

Courtyard Cat Sibiu, Romania

Courtyard Cat Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu, Romania is a charming maze of winding cobblestone streets, large open squares and fine restaurants.  It was a very welcomed relief from the gritty streets of Bucharest. I had seen the above blue wall and cat scene photo posted by  Vagabon and Dave sixty days earlier in their travel blog and instantly loved it.  So I cruised from Texas to Spain, flew from Barcelona to Bucharest, rented a car to Sibiu just to see these beautiful blue tones…..  Thank you Bonnie and Dave!
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