Hypno-Toad, a Crazy Storm, Johnny Walker and The Milky Way.

Hypno-Toad, a Crazy Storm, Johnny Walker and The Milky Way… not the usual way to celebrate ten years of marriage, but it was certainly memorable and I would not change it for the world. Our ten year wedding anniversary plans changed at the last minute – we were supposed to be watching Atlantis take to the skies in Florida, but the shuttle flight was rescheduled and we were therefore lumbered with a return flight to Florida which we had to take. We therefore took the flight and then connected at last minute to San Jose in Costa Rica – a move which was largely last minute, but became one of the best travel decisions we’ve made. Counting the pennies, we booked ourselves into largely cheap and spartan accommodation – but refused to compromise on views and experience. That’s how we found ourselves in a tiny one bed hut on the hills surrounding Arenal Volcano on the evening of our tenth wedding anniversary. After zip-lining through the rainforest that afternoon we’d settled on a nice steak in the restaurant that evening,  followed by a whisky on the plastic, rickety chairs outside our accommodation. As the sky blackened, we were treated to a welcome cool breeze and the distant sound of thunder. As the temperature  dropped, huge cane toads emerged from the undergrowth and

Tyres and Teeth

I could not celebrate Costa Rica week here on Taraji Blue withour re-sharing this blog post. First written and shared back in May 2011 it’s a tale of pure stupidity, naivety and sheer determination… and it is one of my favourites… Well I never knew there was any such place where one could have their tyres repaired and their teeth whitened in Costa Rica – less so did I ever imagine we’d end up there! This is a tale of jeopardy, bad luck and pure stupidity. Lets start with the stupidity….in one of the most remote places in Costa Rica,  30k from the nearest village, we parked our car for three nights whilst we took a boat to Tortuguero and promptly but accidentally left the lights on. On our return the battery was inevitably dead. Thus followed 2 hours of phone calls and negotiation with local farm workers and coach drivers to procure the necessary battery, spanner and jump leads.  We tried the jump leads first, but the battery was too dead to respond, we so watched as the last tourists departed the car park and drove off into the distance. In very broken Spanish, and using a free Daily Mail Spanish guide, we half explained our predicament to locals with lots

Flight of the Navigator

This is a new image, never before shared on the Taraji Blue website. These wee folks remind me of that old 1980’s movie, ‘Flight of the Navigator.’ They are, in fact, tiny thorn bugs from Costa Rica. Whilst relaxing on the edge of the Tortuguero River one afternoon, I look down from my book to find the floor and my chair legs covered in these wee folks. I immediately grabbed my maco lens and set to work. The closer I got to these wee bugs the more I fell in love with them. They have an almost comical smile, and the cutest wee, bulging red eyes. They seemed harmless, and were more content munching on the leaves on the riverside than by my proximity to them. A few hours disappeared whilst I had my head in the undergrowth and my bottom pointed to the sky. Further images of these Thorn Bugs, and of beautiful Costa Rica, are available in the Taraji Blue Costa Rica online photo gallery. If you like our photography, and this blog, and want to help us grow as photographers, you can help us raise our profile by liking us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tarajiblue following us on twitter https://twitter.com/TarajiBlue and connecting with Alistair and myself on Google+. Thank you

Welcome to Costa Rica

This week, on Taraji Blue, we will be focussing on Costa Rica – sharing some of our favourite memories, photos and experiences. I wanted to kick start the wee with this wee fellow. We spent many a happy hour in Costa Rica admiring and photographing the hummingbirds. We have recently re-launched this gallery after re-processing our images with new software so we welcome your feedback and comments on these photos. If you like this picture, please feel free to share using the social media links provided. For more images, visit the Taraji Blue photo Costa Rica gallery. You can show your support for Taraji Blue by liking us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tarajiblue following us on twitter https://twitter.com/TarajiBlue and connecting with Alistair and myself on Google+

This land is Lawrence’s (of Arabia)

Standing on top of a rock arch, Alistair captured this vista of Wadi Rum – the land of Lawrence of Arabia. I don’t need to describe it’s beauty – you can see it here. Vast carpets of red sand support what little life there is in the desert – scrub bushes. Towers of red sandstone cast welcomed shadows across the desert floor, offering occasional relief from the extreme desert sun. Captured here, a lone person wanders the desert, offering some perspective as to the size and enormity of Wadi Rum. This is the final post in this week’s celebration of Jordan. We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief glimpse into this wonderful country. If you like this picture, please feel free to share using the social media links provided. For more images of Jordan, visit the Taraji Blue Jordan photo gallery. You can also show your support for Taraji Blue by liking us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tarajiblue following us on twitter https://twitter.com/TarajiBlue and connecting with Alistair and myself on Google+