Costa Rica kitchen


We stopped at this roadside cafe and fruit stall while travelling in Costa Rica. We’s seen the strawberries on display and wanted to take some back to the hotel with us as a juicy treat for dessert.

The smiling lady in the kitchen was happy for me to take her photo while she prepared food. Her companion posed obligingly, offering the strawberries. But I have to be honest. Although the strawberries looked delicious, they were not very  tasty, and were a bit of a disappointment. Still, the photos aren’t too bad.


Rufous Motmot


What better thing to do on a cold, gloomy and snowy January afternoon than trawl through the archives of photos taken in Costa Rica. We were there getting on for two years ago, and I’ve still not ID’d some of the birds and other wildlife we saw.

I knew this was a Motmot, but had forgotten what sort. The guide must have told us because as soon as I looked it up I remembered the “Rufous” part of its name. I clearly remember, though, that the guide pointed out its tail which was moving from side to side, like a pendulum. “Tick tock” he said.

Rufous Motmots eat invertebrates, small vertebrates and various fruits. They feast on beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, scorpions and small crustaceans.

Broccoli overhead


P1030091This may be a reminder to eat your greens, inspired by the overhead view of what appears to be a large head of broccoli.

In fact, it’s a shot of the lush vegetation seen on the Hanging Bridges rain forest walk I did inP1030093 Costa Rica last year.

I also saw a snoozing snake, its skin coloured like savoury sprinkles or nutty seeds.


A visual pick-me-up


It’s still January. It’s still fairly dark and gloomy in the morning. Each day it’s getting lighter, little by little. But sometimes a bit of help is needed, so here’s my visual pick-me-up.

I photographed this slightly scruffy Blue Morpho butterfly in Costa Rica last year. Its ragged wings suggest it had been around for a while and was not newly-hatched. It had landed on ivy, and the slighly muted greens, blues and browns are lit, not garishly but with subtle sunlight  which illuminates the glow of its blue wings.