Costa Rican Shows

This is my last post on Costa Rica; stay tuned for my series on my Alaska trip next! We’re also still posting a bit more from this trip on our travel blog if you haven’t gotten enough of this tropical adventure.

When we travel, we usually try to make our dollars (or colones) stretch as far as possible.  This was a special occasion, so we splurged on the Doubletree Resort in Puntarenas.  We were surprised by how much it actually offered!  Besides air conditioned rooms (which alone were worth the price), it had several pools, three excellent buffet-style meals every day, and unlimited beverages.

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It also featured nightly shows.

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This Week on Instagram: 2/17/17

I have so many pictures I’m loving from my trip to Yosemite – I hope you aren’t getting tired of seeing them!  This week, I also included a couple of pictures from the Switchfoot and Relient K concert we attended, and I threw in another from Newcon and one from the PDX Winter Light Festival.  I didn’t quite get a picture from this week’s post on sunrise at Arches, but I invite you to check out that post here on my blog, as it was a fun adventure.


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WC: Super Names

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names.  As names have power, words have power.  Words can light fires in the minds of men.  Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.  There are seven words that will make a person love you.  There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will.  But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire.  A name is the fire itself.”
― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

What is a name?  Names identify objects, people, places, trees, churches, lakes, storms.  But names are merely a label.  You might treasure the name given to you on the day of your birth, but that name does not define you.  Many women assume their husband’s names.  Some people choose to legally change their names to something more appealing.  But that doesn’t change who they are.

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Weekly Challenge: Failing at being a Con Photo Manager

When I saw the first challenge for this week – “It’s not this time of year without…” – I thought I’d have fun with posting some beautiful autumn pictures, odes to squash, or my anticipation of a big family Christmas.

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Ghost Neko were everywhere!

Then I saw “Mind the Gap” as the second prompt – highlighting the challenges between a goal or intent and the resulting product, and the endeavor to close that distance and realize your objective.  This is a poignant topic but an important one.

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Caitlin Glass during her Kumoricon interview

With most photographers, you see only the finished images.  You seldom see what it took to get there.  And photographers aren’t quick to tell you about their failures.

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Weekly Challenge: Chaotic Song

Goodness, these challenges really make me think!  This week’s double-header is “chaos” and “song.”  As usual, the first comes easily, but the second makes it difficult.

I enjoy concerts, and I can usually bring along my trusty commuter camera.  I love the small venues and the intimate settings.  And whenever possible, I prefer amazing artists before they’ve gotten big.

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