Day 4

Today we moved on to our next accommodations, at the Arenal Observatory Lodge.

And today I decided that my next birthday present is going to be a spotting scope. We saw a very cool bird called a Keel-billed Motmot this afternoon. It was back on a dark branch of a tree. Here was my best picture of it:

And here’s the picture our guide, Steven Easley, took with a cell phone and his spotting scope:

Now I realize it’s not just the equipment but the experience of the user that makes such a big difference in these pictures, and that he is using a more expensive scope than I could afford, but still, it looks like something I would like to try.

Speaking of our guide, Steven Easley, here’s a picture of him using my camera to take a picture of some Pygmy Round-eared Bats that roost in termite nests. Cope Arte is the one on the right who is shining a flashlight into the nest. Cope is an artist and naturalist who has an amazing knowledge of the area around his home and took us out into the forest today. (Another day I’ll post some of the hummingbird pictures I took at the feeders at his house.)

And here is one of the pictures of the bats inside the termite nest:

Pygmy Round-eared Bats

I am having the time of my life! (in case you hadn’t guessed)





More Saskatchewan Photography Challenges

Here’s another batch of photos I took for the weekly Saskatchewan Photography Challenge.

Black and White



Living Skiesliving-skies







Macro (cottage cheese)



Environmental Portrait



Capturing Motion






Black and White Landscape



Light Painting



I missed quite a few weeks while my arm was out of commission but I’m glad to be back and look forward to the challenge issued each week.


Saskatchewan Photography Challenge

A fellow amateur photographer/birder (thanks Alaina!) invited me to join a new facebook group – Saskatchewan Photography Challenge and I’m loving it! Each week the host (Ryan Wingfield) presents a new challenge. Rules are simple – your picture has to be taken that week and has to be taken in Saskatchewan.

I love that it’s making me get out and take pictures, and I love seeing other people’s entries. I feel I’ve learned a lot already and we’re only on week four! Check it out if you’d like to join (Saskatchewan Photography Challenge) or even if you’d just like to see some amazing photos.

It feels great to be creating again! Who knows, next thing you know I might even get back to writing! 🙂

Here are my entries to date:


Challenge 1 – Reflections



Challenge #2 – Leading Lines

Leading Lines


Challenge #3 – 50mm Landscape

50mm Landscape


Challenge #4 – Outdoor Panorama