Do you ever say “why does the sunset never look like that when I am there?” I think many people believe photographers are just lucky, but what most don’t realize is that to capture that one great image often requires returning to the same place dozens of times! This is most definitely the case with the image today. I have stood at the edge of Trillium Lake to shoot the sunset more times than I can count, and on most occassions, I walk away with nothing.
One evening I was there I met Mark Metternich, a landscape photographer who lives in Bend, Oregon. Now I meet a lot of photographers hanging out at the lake, so I am always a bit dubious when someone tells me they are a professional. So I usually pull out my iphone and begin checking out their work right on the spot as I am waiting for the sun to go down. And so I did with Mark and was absolutely mesmorized by his work! In one image he calls the Rainbow Tree of Life he describes on his website how many times it took to get the shot. Try and guess! I could just tell you, but that would ruin the story plus it really illustrates my point above.
The image today is a reminder that for photographers, patience is more than a virtue, it is a job requirement.
COSTA RICA DAY 6: MANUEL ANTONIO AND MORE BUTTERFLIES
We left Monteverde early this morning with sore legs and headed to Manuel Antonio, about a four-hour ride in a comfortable shuttle van. While the drive was nothing exciting, we did pull off for a stop at a large bridge over the Tarcoles River that is a hangout for dozens of giant crocodiles. I don’t think I have ever seen so many in one place in the wild! One local told me there was an estimated 300 in the area, so swimming was quickly off the list. A few dozen I could beat away, but not a few hundred. An hour later we arrived at our hotel, GAIA Hotel & Reserve, a fairly posh establishment that appreciatively upgraded us to a nicer room. We took lunch and then headed to another butterfly reserve, Wildlife Refuge, primarily to rest our legs for hiking the park tomorrow.
The description of the refuge sounded impressive with a reptile farm, frog exhibit, and multiple butterfly gardens. But when we arrived, there was only one butterly garden! The other exhibits required an evening tour for more than double the $15 entrance fee, so we were not happy. But with nothing else to do, we ventured forth to see the colorful little critters.
And I am glad we did, because for most of the two hours we were there, we were alone with hundreds of colorful butterflies. Beautiful soft music played in the background as we meditatively made our way around the large refuge, capturing some amazing images! For non-photographers I am not sure I would visit just for the butterflies. We then headed back to the hotel for happy hour and some tapas, and then decided to relax in our room before crashing early.