Northern Costa Rica, December 2016

Post 1 – This was a very memorable trip, arriving just days after a hurricane. Fortunately, our experiences weren’t affected that much and we came home with a wealth of photos.  We had a really great group of photographers – all of them came in early for the 1 day workshop and worked hard to put their new skills to work.  We began on the coast.  The north Pacific Coast is a great place for birds, monkeys, crocks, and even leaping manta rays.

Exploring by boat, the mangrove estuary of Marino Las Baulas National Park.

Crocodile
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Crocodile with a catch
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Howler Monkey
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Boat-billed Heron reflecting the mangrove forest in the eye.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Yellow-crowned Night Heron taking a bath.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Drying off
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Little Blue Heron
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Offshore action from our sailboat, the Serendipity, has us busy keeping up with photo opportunities.

Setting up the sails.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Looking for that next Manta Ray.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Another National Park, Palo Verde, begins in an estuary and winds its way through wetlands and forest, sometimes bordering on agricultural villages – people who care about preserving the park and surrounding areas.

Iguana
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Tropical Kingbird
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Tropical Kingbird
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Jabiru Stork
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Kiskadee
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Great Egret
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Bats
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Bats
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Green Heron
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Scarlet Macaws 
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

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Exploring Tanzania February/March 2017

Post 4 – Weather has such and impact on landscapes.  There is just no such thing as “bad weather”.  It’s nice to have a variety, and we did.

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Baobab trees in sunlight shows off the golden trunk.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Giant Baobab trees in a storm look small against a threatening sky.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Acacia trees
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

We explored Arusha National Park for the first time in search of Colobus and Blue Monkeys.

Blue monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Blue monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Colobus monkey
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Colobus monkeys
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

This is our last post on this trip. We hope you will join us on one of our future trips to Tanzania.  And if you are just starting the blog, please scroll down through posts 1-3.  The first photo in post 1 I have in my head all the time. It’s my “go to” space when I need a boost.  Following are some miscellaneous animal photos, some of them quite entertaining.

The elephant spa, babies in there too!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The mud treatment does wonders.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And the results – just gorgeous, look at the red!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Take. Me. Seriously.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

On the hunt, creeping along.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Precious
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Dung beetle – yes, it is rolling dung into a giant ball.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Crowned cranes
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

OK, I’ve had days like this.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Cape buffalo looking so innocent. They are very dangerous!
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Tawny eagle looking for prey.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

European roller waiting to catch a bug flying by.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

The two giants
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The King
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Don’t forget to look at our Tanzania Photography Safari web page!

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Post 3 – Having a leisurely time to photograph animals was a real treat.  Sometimes you can see potential and you just have to wait – like a bird capturing a bug in its beak or a lion sitting on a limb in partial sunlight while you wait for that glow to come around to the eyes.  And sometimes you have to be ready and respond fast – like a flamingo taking off, a hippo opening its mouth, or a zebra taking a dust bath (which only lasts seconds).  Sometimes it’s fun to study and capture expressions and behavior.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Lovebird
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lovebirds
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Lovebirds
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Ostrich
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Yellow billed storks
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Yellow billed stork
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Hornbill
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Bat eared fox
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Vervet monkey
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Warthog
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Adorable cat.  Couldn’t end with a warthog face!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

 

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Post 2 – The Great Migration was in full swing.  From our lodge at Lake Masek to the Central Serengeti, great numbers of wildebeest and their newborn babies paraded in lines and sometimes just covered the landscape.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

Lion, perched up high watching the parade of food.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Cheetahs waiting for an opportunity.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Leopards haul their kill into trees.  As we watched the mom and baby high up in the tree, the catch fell to the ground sending them down to collect it and haul it up again.

The little one follows the mom down the tree to rescue the food.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

This time, the mom wedges the kill into the crotch of the tree – more secure.  The little one goes right to it.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

 

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

 

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Post 1 – In February and March of this year, we visited some new places, checked out some new lodges and had some incredible moments.  We spent some time at our usual spots too and came back with some great experiences.  Every visit to Tanzania presents different opportunities.  This year was the most amazing migration ever, as you will see in future posts.  And the elephants just posed perfectly under the baobab trees.  We had our best ever cat moments – lions, cheetahs and leopards.  This post is about the new baby lions and a really good mother (and she had her paws full).  We watched in awe.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

The mom had her cubs inside a hollow in some brush but they were determined to come out and play. © 2017 Bob Harvey

The mom had her cubs inside a hollow in some brush but they were determined to come out and play.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Bob Harvey

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Her eyes are on the one that always wanders. © 2017 Diane Kelsay

Her eyes are on the one that always wanders.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Gotcha - although he did escape again (it must have been a boy). © 2017 Diane Kelsay

Gotcha – although he did escape again (it must have been a boy).
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

This game went on and on © 2017 Bob Harvey

This game went on and on – he’s getting “the look”
© 2017 Bob Harvey

All gathered, time to head back into the bushes for the night. © 2017 Bob Harvey

All gathered, time to head back into the bushes for the night.
© 2017 Bob Harvey

Keep checking back.  Next you will see how sibling cheetahs fight over who gets to carry the kill and a leopard mom also with her paws full.

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Andalucía Spain Adventure

Post 4 – The Alhambra.  The Alhambra now draws thousands of people to see the gardens and architecture built to display “paradise on earth”.  We arranged our time there to escape the biggest of crowds, but photographically, the art was mostly present where humans were not in the way.  And sometimes you need patience for when they are.  It is certainly worth it.

Alhambra as the sun goes down and just a hint of blue remains in the sky as the lights come on.  Perfect time to photograph, and our guide led us to the optimal location. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

The Alhambra as the sun goes down and just a hint of blue remains in the sky as the lights come on. Perfect time to photograph, and our guide led us to the optimal location. We had it to ourselves.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Late afternoon light, after patiently waiting for people to wander on. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Late afternoon light, after patiently waiting for people to wander on.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

The gardens © 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

We hope you will join us on our next adventure to this very photographic journey through Spain.  Please scroll down through Posts 1 -3 for more images of Seville, Cordoba and more.  Itinerary and prices for the late September 2018 tour coming soon.

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Post 3 – Around the region.  Smaller cities and towns hold treasures of historic sites that call the photographer.  The countryside is vast rolling hills covered with olive trees.  It’s easy to feel rural Spain as we walk around with cameras.

Baeza © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Baeza
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ubeda, twin town with Baeza © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ubeda, twin town with Baeza
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ubeda © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ubeda
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Very old olive tree © 2016 Bob Harvey

Very old olive tree
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Olive grove © 2016 Bob Harvey

Olive grove
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Antique olive equipment, San Francisco Olives © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Antique olive equipment, San Francisco Olives
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Vejer de la Frontera © 2016 Bob Harvey

Vejer de la Frontera
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Vejer de la Frontera © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Vejer de la Frontera
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Vejer de la Frontera © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Vejer de la Frontera
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ubeda, fountain © 2016 Bob Harvey

Ubeda, fountain
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Sidonia © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sidonia
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sidonia © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Sidonia
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Famous bridge at Rhonda © 2016 Bob Harvey

Famous bridge at Ronda
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Outside, the cave looks like a cat - from inside, a stream flows out the mouth of the cat. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Ronda, the cave looks like a cat – a stream flows from the mouth of the cat.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

 

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Post 2 – Córdoba, we visited La Mezquita, an enormous mosque dating back to 784 when the Moors were in control of Andalucía.  When the Moors were pushed out, it was converted to a Catholic church in 1236.  Since then, mass has been held every day. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984.

The hour before mass, everything is in place, the cathedral is very quiet. © 2016 Diane Kelsay

The hour before mass, everything is in place, the cathedral is very quiet.
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

The Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba is one of the most exceptional monuments in the world, a testimony to the ancient alliance of art and faith.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

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Post 1 – Seville, a city rich in history, architectural wonders, great food and wine, cultural experiences.  We wandered around through the historic district photographing day and night.  The narrow cobblestone streets were alive with tapas bars – so nice to grab a light meal and glass of wine while walking around.  Flamenco dancers were a fun explore of shutter speeds – capturing faces and blurring the rest.

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Diane Kelsay

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Rooftop view from our hotel, Hotel Palacio Villapanes © 2016 Diane Kelsay

Rooftop view from our hotel, Hotel Palacio Villapanes
© 2016 Diane Kelsay

Watch for our next post as we move to Cordoba and Úbeda.

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Iceland Photography Adventure

Post 2 – Iceland has great bird photography, see Post 1, but the scenery is amazing.  Iceland has no trees to speak of, and the stark volcanic landscape filled with waterfalls and glaciers is stunning.  Bright green mosses provide a contrast for some great design options.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is one volcano stacked on another until it built an island. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is one volcano stacked on another until it built an island.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

Warm water oozes out of the ground in thermal areas. This one has dissolved iron. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Warm water oozes out of the ground in thermal areas. This one has dissolved iron.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland has thousands of waterfalls, only a few have been named.

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Glaciers calve and icebergs work their way down to the beach. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Glaciers calve and icebergs work their way down to the beach.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Black sand beach has great patterns, photographing from above gives great perspective. © 2016 Bob Harvey

Black sand beach has great patterns, photographing from above gives great perspective.
© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

© 2016 Bob Harvey

Iceland is a rugged land. Its youthful geology and sharp contrast yield dramatic photographic opportunities.  Join us in 2018 when we return.

Link to our next Iceland adventure

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