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Jennifer
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
Living our lives our way one day at a time.
Interests: family, natural remedies, finding and maintaining balance in all areas
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It's been quite awhile since my last post. For now, I'll start the way my mornings begin ... listening to the sounds of sunrise. And looking on in awe at the nature that surrounds me. And now... that first, most difficult post is done. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Rainy season 2016 is well underway. Many are already complaining about the amount of rain. It's just getting started! Me... I love it! The rainy season is my favorite time of year for many reason. The top reason, stunning sunrises to start my day. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Their calls can be heard all around the yard. You'd think catching a glimpse would be easy. Not so with the skittish masked tityra. A mating pair has been spotted around the house for awhile now but it's been hard to get good shots. The other day they seemed to... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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We had family in town the past couple of weeks so I've been monkeying around and posts have been uh... non-existent. Hope these Capuchin photos make up for it. If you want to enjoy the beach and see monkeys while staying at our house, you go to Playa Doña Ana.... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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It had been a long, long time since we took both dogs to play in surf. Last week we decided it was time and took a drive down to Caldera for the pups to play. Mara knew exactly where we were and couldn't wait to get out of the car.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Hubby and I were sitting in the office chatting when we looked up to discover we were being watched. It's becoming more common to look up and find parrots peeping in the windows. The pair played around on the rain gutters for about twenty minutes before venturing off to explore... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The sloth continue to fascinate us. There are no guarantees a sloth will be in the forest but in the past couple of weeks they've been around quite a bit. Bill looks forward to me returning from morning walks to inform him of the sloth status. We've had one, two... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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It was perfect timing for a photo shoot with this little rufous tailed humming bird. He fluffed and puffed for me. Then got bored and went to sleep. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Made a quick run to the beach this morning. It's been years since Tutty, our black dog has been. He had a blast! Both dogs are out cold now. We wore them out! Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The coffee fields surrounding our home burst into bloom this morning. An intoxicating aroma is wafting through the air. In every direction we look there are coffee plants in flower. So pretty. I've always said the big bloom each year looks like a light dusting of snow from a distance.... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Look who popped up outside the window for a quick visit! A red footed honey creeper. Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Meet Lola and Paco a pair of lapas we met at Extremo Parque while waiting for Callista to bungee jump. The beautiful pair kept us entertained for over an hour while we waited. Stunning! We watched the pair escort one of the tourist vans up the driveway. Cool! I doubt... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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This year Callista decided to do something big for her 20th birthday, bungee jumping! She checked out different places around the country and decided on Extremo Park in Monteverde booked through Desafio Adventure Company. Sunday we drove up to Monteverde so Callista could take her leap. One last crazy thing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
Thanks Linda! The drive with all the white powder covering everything reminded me of a scene from a Disney movie.
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Leaving the pavement behind. The road to Monteverde has been under repair since we moved here. Ten years ago it was the first road trip we took when we bought our car. It was almost the last road trip we ever took. The road was horrible. It still isn't great... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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There's nothing like starting the day with a toucan treatment! This morning the dogs and I headed out on our morning walk. I looked up and saw a toucan flying our way. In no time we were surrounded. Three toucans serenaded us for a bit and let me take photos.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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There's a new ice cream shop in town! The other day Bill and I stopped in Nueva Vida Cafeteria Y Heladería to see what they had to offer. We chose baguettes, ham and cheese and tuna. Uh, not what was expected. Tasted fine but... we're giving them a pass as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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If you live in the country you're aware this is the time of year much of Costa Rica goes up in smoke. These shots are were taken from our front yard. It was a two day, controlled burn by the land owner. This is only one of many. On the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Hubby and I were both able to see a new bird in the neighborhood recently. It's a first for us, a scarlet tanager. This is a juvenile as it is still going through a color change. Bill spotted something red in the forest the other morning. In the evening I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The sloth situation is constantly evolving. Wild sloth come and go through the neighborhood. It's a regular thing. My heart isn't crushed anymore if I don't see one for a few days. Or even weeks. They come back. No telling where they'll be so I keep my eyes open. When... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
They seem seasonal around our yard Collie. Hadn't seen them in awhile. Now they're around daily.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2016 on Beautiful blue bandit at A New Life In Costa Rica
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Thanks Paul, I'm glad you like the photos. After ten years I'm still amazed each and every day with the life that surrounds me.
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Masked tityra, (Tityra semifasciata) a medium sized bird that frequents the yard. Honestly, we hear it more than we see it. The masked tityra has a distinct kind of song, like a quack. Yes, similar to a duck quack. They are a skittish bird. Hard to photograph. I happened to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The other morning a pair of emerald toucanets were making a fuss and caught my attention. I thought I had captured them feeding their young. It turns out they were feeding themselves. Guarumo trees have a symbiotic relationship with ants. I believe they were raiding the ant nest in the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica
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The beautiful blue bird isn't really a bandit, it just looks like one. It is a red footed honey creeper. We've spotted this gorgeous bird creeping around the yard lately with it's mate. Male and female red footed honey creeper at the fruit basket with a blue gray tanager. Turns... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at A New Life In Costa Rica