Costa Rican Landscapes – December 2009

Since my first trip to Costa Rica, in 1995, I have always been struck by the magic of the country as soon as my feet come off the airplane.  Although it is a very different place than it was in the 90s, it is still one of my favorite spots on earth.  Today, most of…

Deported from Mexico

Yep, this is going to be a long story… I am supposed to be sitting on the beach in Cancun right now, but instead, I’m back at my computer in Virginia Beach.  All is not lost though, I’m booked to fly back into Mexico tomorrow.  But anyway, here’s the story: I won a trip for…

The Canon S5 IS in Costa Rica

Powershot S5 IS Specs: 12x Optical Zoom/4x Digital Zoom/48x combined Equivalent of 36-432mm 8.3 Mega Pixels Max Aperture:  f/2.7 – f/3.5 (T) Shutter Speeds:  15-1/3200 sec. ISO 80/100/200/400/800/1600 Exposure Comp:  +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments SD card Image Stabilization These were the main reasons I chose the S5 for this trip.  I didn’t want to…

Costa Rica in July of 2007

Tamarindo My first trip to Costa Rica was in 1995, and most of the trip was spent in Tamarindo.   It quickly became my favorite place on earth.  Everyone was unbelievably friendly and the atmosphere was super relaxing.  It was just locals and surfers.  Going back to Tamarindo in 2007 was…well…upsetting.  I think it has definitely…