Now, to try to really get up close and personal with my subjects, I could spend 10 years down here, crawling through deep undergrowth and emerge with 1,000s of photographs of empty branches and blurry feathers.
Or I could do as the busloads of tourists do, visit the Water Gardens at La Paz, where they have an aviary and free lunch with the entrance fee.
Let’s face it, I’m a wimp. Yesterday I chose the latter.
Once again, I’ll not try to identify species unless I already know them.
They also have a hummingbird garden. Since I was unsuccessful in my previous attempts to photograph them ‘on the wing’, I gave it another go.
I know, I know: I’m a sucker for Toucans.
My Costa Rican adventure is at an end. Today (March 11) will be a largely administrative day and most likely unblogworthy. Monday I fly back to Ottawa.
John, Bravo! What an incredible visual memory you have taken and what delight we have all had ! Thanks for your generosity in sharing. I do hope you can do it again.
This has been a wonderful visit for us to Costa Rica, and it begs us to return, on foot next time and in person. Look forward to seeing you whne you get back, John.
Have a safe and fun return…
Tim and Arja
PS: seeing that beautiful young woman would have had me taking lots of Toucan pics, too!(Tim)
Ahhhhhhhhh. Your hummingbird in flight is a great finale to this journey.
Thanks for taking us along. Buen viaje y hasta la vista.
David and Nicole
And another few things, John… the sloth is a study in being in the moment with no cares, no “attitude” no place to “get to”… we should all watch this video every morning, eh?
And that second hummer in flight: you did not mention it, but is that a bug he’s chasing in mid-air???… did he get it??
Man, you really caught the essence of those birds… it was like being there and talking to them, and they were talking back to us, looking us straight in the eye!!… like, the bluebird… we tried to project “bluebird of happiness” on him, ’cause we were so delighted to see the pic… he seemed, however more like the “bluebird of nervousness” to me, pausing to snatch a moment of satisfaction,(Arja) however brief.
Vaya con dios,
T&A again…. and reluctantly, on our final moments of your trip.
Wonderful journey. Next time give us at least one shot of the smiling intrepid photographer! We’re you really there?
See you very soon. SisterSue
Thanks for taking us along with you JD … I also would have liked a few shots with you in it but being a shutterbug myself I know how easy it is for the artist to remain largely invisible !
Looking forward to your return home.
Louis … another Ottawa dude : )
Lovely lovely photographs John. We love the sloth. Safe journey back to Ottawa x x Elizabeth & Elise
Great pics John. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
PS: May be able to catch up with you in Ottawa on the weekend of the 24th.
Have a good trip back.
Thanks, Bwana…what a journey that was. Love the toucans. What a treat…and the sloths…and…and. Safe journey back.