The Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

It was a bit of a celebration, I had just completed a criss-cross route down the length of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.
I work up early, the locals had mentioned hiking along the surf at low tide to find “El Charro Falls” which cascade right onto the sands of Cocolito Beach.
After a couple hours in the hot sun, I reached a rocky point that jutted out into the Gulf of Nicoya.
It forced me to hike inland, at first all seemed well, but then I started to head north away from the beach into the jungle.
Determined to find the Falls, I cut back in a “Westerly” direction, my little trail fading towards the beach.
I could see a cliff ahead with the blue water beyond.
As I pushed my way past the last shrubs to the edge it opened up to this view of my own private beach.
I spent much of the day next to this solo palm… the kind of secluded tropical playa we all dream of finding! 

Captured in 1999 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 50mm 1.4
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Sunning with the Costa Rican Crocodiles

 

Carara National Park protects the Tárcoles River Basin in Costa Rica.
A haven for wildlife… populations include a diverse variety of waterfowl and
Rainforest favorites… Toucans, Hummingbirds, Parrots especially the Scarlet Macaws.
Of course I was here to photograph Reptiles & jungle Animals…
Monkeys, Sloths, Poison Arrow Frogs, but at the top of my list was the American Crocodile.
In addition, I was in Costa Rica to shoot a catalog cover, seeking a tropical jungle backdrop, I hired a Panga Boat with local guide Sebastian to scout out a location.
He mentioned a spot ahead where he could let me ashore, I would be able to walk up over a small rise and the Crocodillos will be sunning on the other side.
I was busy putting the 80-200 zoom on my camera and we headed ashore, as he dropped me off the bow I inquired about the size of the crocs, he replied in Spanish that they would be only 10 meters away!
I asked directly, is this safe? With all the confidence in the world he replied… ¡No Tienes Hambre! 
…don’t worry Señor they are not very hungry.

Captured May 1999 on Kodachrome 25, Nikon F3, Nikkor 80-200mm zoom
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