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Photos Added: Costa Rica 2005 – 2008

I’ve added another gallery of older photos to the archive. The Costa Rica 2005 – 2008 gallery covers my first two trips to Costa Rica. The 2005 trip, which took place in February-March, was my first ever photography trip to the tropics. It was something I was looking forward to for some time, and afterward, I never looked back. I absolutely fell in love with the tropical rainforest experience, something that appeals to my childlike sense of adventure, despite the fact that I struggled to produce many solid images in those early years.

The first trip focused on the Pacific coast, with stops at Carara and Manuel Antonio National Parks, Hacienda Baru, and the Osa Peninsula. We were supposed to hike into Corcovado National Park to the Sirena Research Station, but an ankle injury forced us to stay on the outskirts. So for the November 2008 trip, I spent all of my time at Sirena, a full eight days (half of which were rained out).

During the 2005 trip I brought my Sigma 50-500mm (my “big lens” at the time), along with a 70-200mm 2.8 and a wider lens or two. I barely used the “Bigma.” It was a terrible rainforest lens. So the 70-200mm, with a 1.4x teleconverter, was my go-to lens 90% of the time. In 2008 I returned with a 300mm 2.8 that, with the 1.4x attached, gave me plenty of reach. The problem was that the airline lost my monopod, so I was shooting hand-held most of the time. And this is all on old camera tech (Canon 20D and 40D), so as you might expect it was slim pickings when I went back to review and reprocess the photos this past week.

Still, there are 73 stock images fit for the archive (at the very least usable at web resolution). You can jump straight to the gallery, or enjoy the short preview below first:

Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey

Geoffroy’s spider monkey is one of Costa Rica’s four monkey species.

Black Iguana

Check out the lovely blue coloration on this black iguana.

White-nosed Coati

Coatis are commonly seen in Corcovado, foraging on the beaches and in the forest.

Orange-collared Manakin

The Orange-collared Manakin has been my favorite manakin species since this encounter, in Carara National Park.


I’m not sure of this species of katydid, but I’ve always liked their pink eyes.

Central American Squirrel Monkey

My favorite of Costa Rica’s four monkey species, the endangered Central American squirrel monkey.

Spectacled Owls

It’s not a great shot, but this was my first wild owl photo op, and still the only time I’ve seen a Spectacled Owl chick.

Common Boa

This beautiful, medium-sized boa constrictor was found on the grounds of our camp on the Osa Peninsula one night.

Red Brocket Deer

The red brocket deer is one of Corcovado’s larger species, but does a decent job hiding out in the jungle.

Common House Gecko

A nighttime visitor (a common house gecko) checks out some advertising.

Black-throated Trogon

The Black-throated Trogon is the most common of Costa Rica’s many trogon species that I see during my trips.

Green and Black Poison Dart Frog

The green-and-black poison dart frog varies in coloration depending on which side of Costa Rica it’s located. On the Pacific side, black is the predominant color, but on the Caribbean side, green is more prevalent.

Puma Cub

My first puma encounter in Costa Rica featured a mother and two cubs. I had no tripod or monopod, and it was quite dark, so the quality of most of the photos is borderline, but this encounter remains special, so it was important to include it in the archive.

Puma Cub

This was the first cub. The second ran off with a dead spider monkey in its jaws.


View the full Costa Rica 2005 – 2008 gallery (73 photos)

Interested in joining me on a photo tour in this magical country? I led my first tour in 2013, and will be returning again next year! Learn more here.


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