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The Purple Crested Hummingbird

I realized today that I never posted my Purple Crested Hummingbird photographs from our summer Costa Rica trip. These images alone helped me justify the purchase of that new 70-300 L series lens. Suddenly I thought, “that lens is worth every single penny!” These? Are my absolute most favorite hummingbirds ever! (They were also kind enough to pose long enough to capture these images. Hummingbirds are fast! You can feel their wings pushing the air when they fly by you, you can hear how fast those wings are beating! Simply incredible creatures.

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Rain Rain Rain

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After two days of practically non-stop dreary, dank, wet weather, I’m reminded of how beautiful the rain forest is in Costa Rica. At least it didn’t thunder. And look at the results! Lush magnificence!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle

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(Two images) Our last night in Costa Rica, we stayed way up in the mountains, and we feasted at this restaurant overlooking the twinkling lights of San Jose. The top image, although technically out of focus, was my attempt to create an “artsy fartsy” shot of the lights, which looks like twinkling bokeh to me. The bottom image shows the twinkle of the city. Pura Vida!

To see other interpretations of Twinkle, visit the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

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While waiting for what would be the best massage ever at the Tabacon Spa & Resort in Costa Rica, I spotted this oh-so-dreamy looking carnations and had to take a picture. That place was indeed dreamy. Wish I was there! 🙂

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Lush Life

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Pura Vida! The sun shines on Costa Rica as we approached Cano Negro, several Thursdays past.

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Hovering Hummingbird

Why yes, I do seem to have a collection of photographs of various hummingbirds, eh? Hummingbirds are as common in Costa Rica as dragonflies in Florida, but seeing these speedy creatures here at home are a rare occasion. So I focused (literally!) on those hovering hummingbirds whenever I could. Which was quite a lot. 😉

Pura Vida!

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Toucan

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(Two Images) I love this toucan; he/she posed for me! Taken at La Paz Waterfall Gardens in Costa Rica. Pura Vida!

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Sleek

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I truly miss all of the Hummingbirds zapping by and feeding on the glorious flowers in Costa Rica; however, I have been blessed to see a couple in my yard this year. Here’s what I call, “sleek,” a rare moment when a hummingbird actually stopped and rested. For just a second!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

My favorite adventure in Costa Rica was our trip along the Cano Negro (Black River), which was at the very top of Costa Rica; we were about seven miles from Nicaragua. We saw so much wildlife along the river, which was quite an adventure!

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Pura Vida!

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Pura Vida! Costa Rica is one absolutely gorgeous country.