TWOI: 9/8/17

Happy Friday, all!

Boy, this was a really difficult week to sort these.  This set represents so many disparate aspects of my life; it’s crazy to look at sometimes.

This first one was from our eclipse weekend.  We met these pack goats at Olallie Lake, on some training missions.  This sure seems like a smart way to go backpacking!

This was also my submission for last week’s Monochrome Madness from Leanne Cole.

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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TWOI: 8/11/17

Before getting to the pictures, I wanted to mention something about this day.  Today is a special day.  It’s my baby kitty’s birthday.  She was my 16th birthday present, and she was only a month shy of turning 15 when we had to say goodbye to her two years ago.  She was my favorite photographic subject, and though I miss her, I smile at all the happy memories.  I’m making a conscious effort to remember her birthday and forget the worst day of my life, so happy birthday, Zoe!  You can read all about her here.

As for Instagram, I have quite the variety this week.

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Costa Rica Canopy Tours

If you find your way to Costa Rica, chances are, you’ll go wandering through a jungle or two.  And what better way to do so than on a canopy tour?  Sporting secluded paths, numerous suspension bridges, and abundant life, these certainly keep one entertained – all with a knowledgable local to answer silly questions and point out the camouflaged animals (and make sure no one gets eaten by a puma).

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Bears and Boars

As you read this, I will be trekking through the Alaskan wilderness, finally off in search of bears!  As you know, I’ve been planning for this trip for a while, and I hope to have lots of amazing grizzly photos to share with you when I get back.

As such, with no service to speak of, I’m afraid I won’t be able to participate in this week’s photo challenge, so I’ll leave you with this instead.

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This Week on Instagram: 6/23/17

This was a good week!  Not so much on Instagram, but where it really matters – right here on my blog!  I’m very excited to be sharing these photos with so many new followers – welcome!

This first image was from our river tour in Tarcoles, Costa Rica.  This crocodile just looks so friendly and happy!  Who wouldn’t want to pet it?

© LotsaSmiles Photography 2017

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Costa Rica: Croc Country

Alright!  Costa Rica!  Let’s do this!  I took over 2100 photos on our trip south, and I’m so excited to share some with you.

Some adventures are premeditated, and some simply.. happen.  We planned to drive through Tarcoles to visit the famous crocodile bridge, but we hadn’t anticipated being swept into a boat tour by a very convincing salesman.  Oftentimes, these turn out to be scams, overpriced and/or overpromising.

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