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Pictures can be priceless – reflections from Costa Rica and Canon T4i DSLR Giveaway

“A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.” – Grandma Moses, American Folk Artist

Pictures can conjure up a wide range of emotions and memories.  They can make us happy and full of joy; they can make us sad and want us to forget.  Pictures remain a great communication tool, even more so in our modern, digital-information age.  Although revolutionary at the time, long gone are the days of the Kodak Instamatic.  Thanks to modern technology, we can share pictures in seconds around the world – which is part of the reason why I wrote this blogpost today.

Andrew Hallam, author of Millionaire Teacher recently left a comment on my blog saying:

“Hey Mark,

Toss up a post about Costa Rica.  Your readers would love it.  Well…I would, anyway.”

Well, in the spirit of pictures and the priceless memories they can create, here you go Andrew and others.   Here are some reflections I have from Costa Rica.  I hope you enjoy these pictures from our recent visit there last month.

I understand if you don’t love the pictures as much as I do, but there is some incentive to keep reading.  At the end of this blogpost I’ll give you a chance to win a new Canon DSLR Camera valued at over $1,100!

Poas Volcano

Looking into Poas Volcano, the northern lake, located at an altitude of 2,300 m.  This crater is almost 2 km wide and almost 400 m deep.  The bottom of this lake is liquid sulphur.

Arenal Volcano

Driving into La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano dead ahead.  This volcano is about 1,600 m high and is almost a perfectly-shaped cone.  Our B&B in La Fortuna was less than 5 km from the base of this dormant volcano; well, no reported explosions have occurred from Arenal in the last couple of years anyhow.

Playa Santa Teresa

The best beach I have ever seen, with some spectacular sunsets:  Playa Santa Teresa.  We stayed here for about a week and could have stayed months.  The small beach town of Santa Teresa is lively, with lots of great local food just steps away from the beach.  This is the beach where I learned to surf – just not as good as the dudes in my picture.

Sushi at Koji

Our meal at Koji in Santa Teresa.  This sushi tasted even better than the presentation looked.

For those that love to travel, like you Andrew, I hope you enjoyed this brief look at our memories from Costa Rica.  Some pictures bring back priceless memories.

Now, want to win an AWESOME camera?  Of course you do, that’s why you read this post.  Or, maybe you scrolled to the bottom…

A few fellow bloggers and I are giving away an awesome Canon Rebel T4i DSLR camera.  Thanks to the folks at Structured Settlement Quotes for the great prize.  To enter this giveaway, please use the entry form below.  This contest runs until the end of March 2013 and this contest is open worldwide; shipping costs up to $50 will be covered for your prize.  Be sure to share this contest on social media everyday to maximize your chances to win.  Good luck to you!

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16 Responses to "Pictures can be priceless – reflections from Costa Rica and Canon T4i DSLR Giveaway"

  1. Wow, that’s quite a give-away!

    While I would love to travel, and we may travel upon retirement (because scenes like what you’ve posted are fabulous), for now we’re quite happy to travel within Canada. There’s so much to see and do right here at home, we’d spend a lifetime before we’d be able to see it all.

    • Thanks Glenn! I hope you entered!?

      As the for travel, it’s great to see new lands but there is a great country here at home I haven’t seen as well. I haven’t been to a couple of provinces and never visited any territories. I would like to do that one day and cross that off my bucket list.

  2. Those pictures are amazing. I am very envious and would love to go visit Costa Rica one day.

  3. Ken says:

    Awesome pictures!

    Travel is also my reward for not spending money needlessly.

  4. Very awesome, Mark! We headed near an active volcano in Hawaii once, and while we didn’t see any actual lava we could see a bright red glow at night, as well as “steamers”, areas where you have hot steam coming out of the ground. It was quite something!

    • I’d love to go to Hawaii someday. The surfing there would be awesome, but I need to get better!

      Thanks for stopping by Kevin, I hope things are well with you.

      Mark

  5. Mark,

    Great pictures. Looks like you had a spectacular time. Amazing views. And that sushi looks very good!

    It’s trips like this that make all that hard work worth it, right?

    Best wishes!

  6. Great pictures Mark! Looks like you had a great time!!

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