April 8, 2013

Highlights from Costa Rica

Golden Scarab Beatle/ Arenal
  Last March I led my fourth photography trip in Costa Rica and I've finally gotten around to processing some of my favorite images. This trip, offered through Journeys International, is always wonderful and every time is different. The incredible variety of wildlife, the colorful people and small towns, make for an endless number of unique photographic opportunities.
  With two days/ nights in a cloud forest, three days/nights in the highlands surrounding Arenal volcano, and three days/nights in the jungles and canals of Tortuguero we visit three completely different ecosystems. Our local guide is expert at helping us find the local wildlife and always know the best fruit stand to stop at!
 I thank De, Fred, Mike, and Sydney for making the trip a wonderfully memorable one!
   A link to the trip offering is here.
 I'm posting some of favorites below!

White Faced Capuchin Monkey/ Tortuguero

La Fortuna Falls, Arenal

Green Vine Snake, Tortuguero

Arenal Lake

Plumed Basilisk (I think)/ Arenal

Coati/ Arenal

Green Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird/ San Ramon Cloud Forest

Montezuma Oropendola

Mariana Wedding Chapel/ Villa Blanca

Blue Morpho Butterfly/ Arenal

Arenal Volcano at night.

Jesus Christ Lizard/ Tortuguero

Jesus Christ Lizard/ near Arenal

La Fortuna Falls/ Arenal

Giant River Otter/ Tortuguero

Moth Detail/ San Ramon Cloud Forest

Unidentified Moth/ San Ramon Cloud Forest

Typical Fruit Stand/ near Arenal

Hooded Praying Mantis/ Arenal

Mariana Wedding Chapel/ Villa Blanca

Postman Butterfly/ Near Arenal

Pink Ginger/ Arenal

Little Blue Heron/ Tortuguero

Caiman/ Tortuguero

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Green Crowned Brilliant Hummingbird

Violet Sabrewing/ San Ramon Cloud Forest

Montezuma Oropendola's/ Arenal


  1. Fantastic, what an amazing variety of little (and big) creatures and scenics...so well captured of course. You're work is fantastic Wayde -- looks like these are straight out of Nat Geo, thanks for sharing. - Kial

    1. Kial! Thanks for the kind words and for checking out the images! I can't wait to see what you're up to soon!

  2. Wayde, these are incredible. Just so breathtaking.

  3. Thanks so much Robin. Great to hear from you!