Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween in the Tropics

This year Halloween is tropical style baby!

Happy Halloween!

Monkeying Around

Happy Halloween!
This photo is of my little monkey nephew, always curious.

Photo by J Stassen

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pura Vida

Life is sweet in the Land of the Rich Coast.
This photo is in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose.

Photo by Katie Wyles 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Agua de Pipa

Getting my water straight from the coconut! 

(Which Katie picked from our very own coconut tree!)

Photo by Kirby Stevens

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Jesus Power

Buses in Costa Rica run on Jesus power!

Photo by Katie Wyles

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Almost Ticos

This is a photo of Kirby, Katie, and me
in our little barbecue nook in the front yard of our house.

Photo by Katie Wyles

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fro in Costa Rica

There's so much to photograph,
but it's so wet that I have to pick my moments to take the camera out!

Oh yeah! I'm serious! 

Photos by Katie Wyles

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Aguas Calientes

How do you finish a long day hiking through the rain forest?
With a soak in the warm waters of the river hot springs of course!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

La Catarata

This is La Catarata de La Fortuna, the gushing waterfall near the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Corrientes Peligrosas

Dangerous Currents ahead!
This is at La Catarata National Park,
a beautiful rainforest with waterfalls, rivers, hot springs, and everything green!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Entering the Rain Forest

Mist thickened as we entered La Catarata Rain Forest.  
Rain drops followed fittingly.
The rain adds to the adventure and the glowing shades of green, 
but it's not so good for my camera.  
I guess it's about time to invest in some kind of waterproof case!  
So some of the photos that follow were taken by my fellow adventurers, 
who are apparently willing to take more risk with their equipment! 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Baby Bananas

This is a young banana tree, and those adorable pink fruit are little baby bananas!  
They grow all around the house.  The word for banana here is banano!  
I can understand how it'd be a masculine fruit, but still!

Monday, October 18, 2010


These are the kinds of portraits I like to take!
I took this photo in Bratislava, where street art takes on physical form.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

In Memorium

In Loving Memory of Lamon Odom
who passed on this day one year ago.
You are missed by all those who had the fortune of knowing you.
Your spirit lives on in your children and in our memories.
With much love do we think of you today.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Grand Indeed

Grand doesn't quite express the enormity of this natural phenomenon.
Neither can a photograph.  You can look at a hundred pictures of the canyon, 
but it won't take away from the experience of standing above it, 
looking out toward infinity and not seeing the end.  
It is truly spectacular and not to be missed in this life.  
And fortunately for us on the west coast, it's so close!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Papaya Trees

There's a field of papaya trees on one side of our house.
I spent a while looking in wonder at these fruitful trees
until finally Katie told me what they were! 
I had never seen one before...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The House of Dreams

Full kitchen, 3 bedrooms, hot showers, balcony over looking the volcano Arenal...
This is truly el paradiso. 

On the other side of the trees is a lovely little creek.
Behind me is our barbecue and lounging area.

I'm in Costa Rica!

Walk up those stairs and you're in the front yard of our new home, The House of Dreams.  
We are standing next to the creek the runs along the side of the house.  
I'll be living here for the next 3 weeks, in La Fortuna, Costa Rica!  

C'mon Son!

D-Flow, Dark Toof, and Straussy
Venice, California

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Camel Smile

Camels are super cute and very fun to ride.  They are great sports!  Just trekking along through the deserts in the crazy heat without any water.  Going down sand dunes on one is a little scary, but they've got it handled.  When you stop in the desert there's nowhere to tie your camel up. 
If you just leave him alone, he won't stick around.  So what do you do?  You have the camel lie down, and you tie one of his feet to the same leg so that the camel can't straighten out that leg and hence can't get up.  It seems a little cruel, but the camel doesn't seem to mind too much, and what other solution is there?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bronze Donkey

Old City Hall, Boston
My favorite thing about Boston was the Freedom Trail,
full of our young nation's history.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Who's Dragon Who?

For the past few months my main job has been as a dragon breeder.  
I have to say that it's probably been the most fun I've ever had making money.
The only bad part is that I have to sell my babies!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Looking Up

This picture is of the ceiling of Heathrow Airport in London.

Saturday, October 9, 2010