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Photo A Day Project: Guanacaste, Costa Rica Beaches and More
Feb. 1 - Layers
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."
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.
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.
Feb. 5 - Shells on the Beach
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!
Feb. 7 - Hat on the Beach
Feb. 8 - Sun
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.
February 11 - Flying
February 12 - Where I ate lunch
February 13 - Walking
February 14 - Valentine's Day, Love is .......
February 15 - Fruit
February 16 - Perfect
February 17 - In My Hand
February 18 - Something I Don't Like
February 19 - I Am
February 20 - Where I Stood
February 21 - Full
February 22 - Makes Me Smile
February 23 - A Word - Board
February 24 - A Cloud
February 25 - Hermit Crab
February 26 - Quiet
February 27 - Playing
February 28 - Volleyball
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.
Have you ever done a photo a day project? Please comment below if you did.
The Area Where Most of These Photos Were Taken
One of three major towns in Guanacaste province, sitting on the western flank of volcano Rinco de la Vieja.