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Photo A Day Project: Guanacaste, Costa Rica Beaches and More

Updated on June 19, 2013

Feb. 1 - Layers

Layered sunset, waves and light.  Off in the distance are the Catalina Islands.  View from Playa Brasalito, next to Playa Conchal.
Layered sunset, waves and light. Off in the distance are the Catalina Islands. View from Playa Brasalito, next to Playa Conchal. | Source

A Photo A Day Project in Costa Rica

I just started a blogspot entry where I am entering a photo a day that is about where I live in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. This will go on indefinitely, or until it seems I have run out of subjects to that interest me and my audience.

But, in this particular picture article, I am complementing that effort with unique photos from Guanacaste, Costa Rica beaches and other tourist attractions. I have chose a mix of themes, some of which are from the fatmumslim web site topics for February 2013 and some of my own choosing for showing tourists what interesting things can be seen in this northwest province of Costa Rica.

Later this year, I will take some photos during a different season and do another photo a day article for HubPages to show off different aspects of this interesting country. I hope you find the photos interesting, as I have tried to make it as interesting as possible for myself. Sometimes I do modify the photos to enhance their presentation, using Adobe Photoshop CS4, as you will see below on the statue shown on Feb. 3rd. Enjoy!


February 2 - Words

As in words badly used. Although the education ministry reports a high literacy rate in Costa Rica, you find evidence of problems in this regard in many areas. It should be Se Vende Queso Seco, or Dry Cheese for Sale. If you are familiar with Spanish, there is little difference in the pronounced "v" and "b."

A hand-lettered sign see alongside a country road on Santa Elena Peninsula in Northwest Costa Rica.  There are many beaches here, which are usually not crowded - and you can get cheap, fresh cheese.
A hand-lettered sign see alongside a country road on Santa Elena Peninsula in Northwest Costa Rica. There are many beaches here, which are usually not crowded - and you can get cheap, fresh cheese. | Source

February 3 - Hands

This statue is one of two found at the street entrance of the Jardin de Eden Hotel and Restaurant in Tamarindo Beach. The backdrop of the statue has been changed for dramatic effect.

A good place for the hands for modest statues.
A good place for the hands for modest statues. | Source

Feb. 4 - Stranger

If you are visiting the beaches of Guanacaste during the end of February and early march, you can visit the Fiestas Civicas of Liberia. It is a good time to see strangers on the street and learn a bit about the wild west culture here. Here is a photo of a man whose hat I admire. Guanacaste hats during this time have always fascinated me by their variety. Cloth, straw or leather. I like to take pictures of people with hats, there are so many different kinds here.

Part of my hats of the fiestas series, which is a work in progress.  Man and his wife standing along the parade route.
Part of my hats of the fiestas series, which is a work in progress. Man and his wife standing along the parade route. | Source

Feb. 5 - Shells on the Beach

Shells on Playa Conchal, which means shell beach.  On the north end, there is no sand.  Other beaches, like Playa Esmeralda, also have large shell deposits instead of sand.
Shells on Playa Conchal, which means shell beach. On the north end, there is no sand. Other beaches, like Playa Esmeralda, also have large shell deposits instead of sand. | Source

Feb. 6 - Bird

Bird watching along the beaches is one my hobbies. I have done a video of Pelicans and and I take photos. One of the birds that you commonly see is the robber jay, or urraca, as they are called in Costa Rica. They are very clever and bold, being able to open up containers and find the food inside. So watch you food that you take to the beach!

Robber jay, or urraca.  Striking, but common, bird along the beaches.  They also range into the mountains.
Robber jay, or urraca. Striking, but common, bird along the beaches. They also range into the mountains. | Source

Feb. 7 - Hat on the Beach

Hold on to your hat!  It is sometimes windy as well as sunny on the beaches.  This was on Playa Negra near Santa Cruz.
Hold on to your hat! It is sometimes windy as well as sunny on the beaches. This was on Playa Negra near Santa Cruz. | Source

Feb. 8 - Sun

The last gasp of a sunset from Condovac La Costa Hotel, which overlooks Hermosa Beach.  One of my most frequented spots for observing the sunset (atardecer, in Spanish).  Canopy lines are seen in the bottom half of the photo.
The last gasp of a sunset from Condovac La Costa Hotel, which overlooks Hermosa Beach. One of my most frequented spots for observing the sunset (atardecer, in Spanish). Canopy lines are seen in the bottom half of the photo. | Source

February 9 - Front Door

This is a front door, looking from the inside out from an old church in Liberia, la Ermita de Nuestro Señor de la Agonía. It is a tourist attraction which has been recently remodeled and painted, but it still has its adobe walls. It is adjacent to a small park which has a large, green concrete iguana facing one of the streets. If you can read Spanish, a detailed academic PDF file on the history of this mid-19th century church can be located here.

After about a year of remodeling, La Ermita de Señor de la Agonía church is open again in time for the period of the Fiestas Civicas of Liberia.  It is now decorated with traditional saddles, hay bales and ropes in keeping with the fiesta's theme.
After about a year of remodeling, La Ermita de Señor de la Agonía church is open again in time for the period of the Fiestas Civicas of Liberia. It is now decorated with traditional saddles, hay bales and ropes in keeping with the fiesta's theme. | Source

February 11 - Flying

Flying a kite on Nacoscolo Beach on Papagayo Peninsula.  The winds of January and February are adequate for kite flying.  See my hub on Weather in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Flying a kite on Nacoscolo Beach on Papagayo Peninsula. The winds of January and February are adequate for kite flying. See my hub on Weather in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. | Source

February 12 - Where I ate lunch

A painting depicting the author of the song "Luna Liberiana," who composed the song in this restaurant, the Copa de Oro.  On Calle Real, Liberia.  Great place to eat lunch or dinner.
A painting depicting the author of the song "Luna Liberiana," who composed the song in this restaurant, the Copa de Oro. On Calle Real, Liberia. Great place to eat lunch or dinner. | Source

February 13 - Walking

Lady walking on the beach, Playa Hermosa.
Lady walking on the beach, Playa Hermosa. | Source

February 14 - Valentine's Day, Love is .......

Love is....watching the sunset together.  This photo was taken from an overlook above Cañas Dulce, north of Liberia.
Love is....watching the sunset together. This photo was taken from an overlook above Cañas Dulce, north of Liberia. | Source

February 15 - Fruit

A banana raft being towed behind a boat.  A common entertainment of most of the popular beaches.
A banana raft being towed behind a boat. A common entertainment of most of the popular beaches. | Source

February 16 - Perfect

A perfect prickly pear flower.  Found on a peninsula between Playa Hermosa and Playa Coco.  The dry climate of Guanacaste provides perfect growing conditions for several cactus species.
A perfect prickly pear flower. Found on a peninsula between Playa Hermosa and Playa Coco. The dry climate of Guanacaste provides perfect growing conditions for several cactus species. | Source

February 17 - In My Hand

My own personalized maracas made in Masaya, Nicaragua.  Got rhythm, anyone?  On the way to the beaches you can see many jicote trees, which produce the round fruit used to make these.
My own personalized maracas made in Masaya, Nicaragua. Got rhythm, anyone? On the way to the beaches you can see many jicote trees, which produce the round fruit used to make these. | Source

February 18 - Something I Don't Like

This is the trunk of the coyol palm, which is quite prickly with many spines.  They make a wine from the sap, which is about the color of Elmer's Glue and, to me, it has the same odor.  Coyol wine is quite strong.  Many fruit stands sell this.
This is the trunk of the coyol palm, which is quite prickly with many spines. They make a wine from the sap, which is about the color of Elmer's Glue and, to me, it has the same odor. Coyol wine is quite strong. Many fruit stands sell this. | Source

February 19 - I Am

A writer, a photographer, a cook and teacher of English, among other things.
A writer, a photographer, a cook and teacher of English, among other things. | Source

February 20 - Where I Stood

Butress roots of a large tree on a trail from Buena Vista Lodge on the western slope of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano.  I can't wait to go back and take photos with my super wide-angle lens.
Butress roots of a large tree on a trail from Buena Vista Lodge on the western slope of Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. I can't wait to go back and take photos with my super wide-angle lens. | Source

February 21 - Full

The air full of dust in the arena where boys are taunting a bull .  It is that time of the year again for the Fiestas Civicas in Liberia.  I am ready to take more photos!
The air full of dust in the arena where boys are taunting a bull . It is that time of the year again for the Fiestas Civicas in Liberia. I am ready to take more photos! | Source

February 22 - Makes Me Smile

Smiling is contagious.  Would this smile make you smile too?  Matias on Playa Nacoscolo.
Smiling is contagious. Would this smile make you smile too? Matias on Playa Nacoscolo. | Source

February 23 - A Word - Board

A paddle board being toted across Playa Tamarindo.  Tamarindo is popular with surfers and it has an estuary where there are tours.
A paddle board being toted across Playa Tamarindo. Tamarindo is popular with surfers and it has an estuary where there are tours. | Source

February 24 - A Cloud

A double rainbow and a cloud during sunset.  The second rainbow was much darker before I got my camera ready.  It pays to have one at the ready all the time.
A double rainbow and a cloud during sunset. The second rainbow was much darker before I got my camera ready. It pays to have one at the ready all the time. | Source

February 25 - Hermit Crab

A very small hermit crab on my hand.  These guys help clean up the beach if tourists leave behind edible things.
A very small hermit crab on my hand. These guys help clean up the beach if tourists leave behind edible things. | Source

February 26 - Quiet

A quiet pool in a hot springs crater, Las Hornillas, Miravalles Volcano.
A quiet pool in a hot springs crater, Las Hornillas, Miravalles Volcano. | Source

February 27 - Playing

Skim boarding in the surf breaking on the beach on Playa Hermosa one day where there were strong waves.
Skim boarding in the surf breaking on the beach on Playa Hermosa one day where there were strong waves. | Source

February 28 - Volleyball

A late evening game of volleyball after a day of doing some swimming, snorkeling and lounging on the beach at Tamarindo.
A late evening game of volleyball after a day of doing some swimming, snorkeling and lounging on the beach at Tamarindo. | Source

Why You Should Consider Doing Your Own Photo A Day Project

I have enjoyed the process of doing this article and am continuing to that enjoyment in my ongoing project for my Guanacaste, Costa Rica site. If have the photo bug like I do, you should also consider doing a photo article like this and publish it. Why? For me, it has given me a whole new way to look at where I live and what we have here. Sometimes the photo subject for the day isn't very interesting, but the joy of the hunt and the use of the camera to get the best shot are good for training the eye and helping hone one's camera skills.

If you can, to improve your photos, I would recommend that you consider reading up on camera techniques or learning some photo editing skills while you are doing the project as well.

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One of three major towns in Guanacaste province, sitting on the western flank of volcano Rinco de la Vieja.

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    • kerlund74 profile image

      kerlund74 

      4 years ago from Sweden

      Seams to be a wonderful place, wonderful photos.

    • Randy M. profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy McLaughlin 

      5 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      Thanks, Ray!

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      Ray Devlin 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice work Randy - keep them comin'!

    • Randy M. profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy McLaughlin 

      5 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

      Donnah, you should do one by all means. With only 21 photos, and the commentary associated with it, I am way over the content minimum that HubPages suggests. My only concern is that a good number of the photos must be interesting to keep the readers on the page.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      I've never done a photo a day project, but I am intrigued by the idea. Maybe in the summer. I love the statue photo with the manipulated sky. Lovely.

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