Saturday, July 25, 2015

Nature at its Finest!


My favorite detail of this piece is the red eyed tree frog. I've posted him before on my blog. He really represents some of my finest detail work. It could be that I was inspired by my love of animals, reptiles, birds and bugs. Well, scratch the bugs. But they do feed my beloved birds and frogs. So I guess they're O.K. As long as they are on the tongue of a frog instead of on me! But it is mostly because of the insane beauty of the tree frog. What a great subject!  I've never seen a red eyed tree frog in the wild. I have seen a blue jean's frog though.


Blue Jean's Frog.  Although,that's probably not his official name!

These images were taken on a night hike in Puerto Veijo, Costa Rica. Shortly after I photographed these little frogs, it started pouring dogs and cats!


Flora and fauna


Dominical, Costa Rica

And since I painted that jungle piece so many years ago, we've actually stayed in jungle cabanas with similar amazing views! This one was breath taking. And you heard all of the jungle noises you'd expect to hear from a location such as this. But, I did nickname this place Casa Construction. It lived up to it's name. Let me tell you. Maybe, I'll fill you in on that next week.



Sunrise and sunset were visually stirring here. Dominical, Costa Rica will always feel like home.




Nature is the theme for www.illustrationfriday.com this week.


17 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I love the cute frog and your illustration is just awesome. The views from your place are just stunning! Wonderful post.
Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

really beautiful painting! lovely frogs and scenes, too.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots from nature.

June Caedmon said...

I love frogs, that blue jean frog is really neat! Beautiful pictures and paintings!

DJan said...

Wonderful post about a beautiful place and gorgeous frogs. I've never even heard of blue jeans frogs, but that's just what they are! :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I loVe your red eyed tree frog and am delighted to visit with him again! If I didn't trust you implicitly (and I do) I wouldn't believe that blue jean frog. My goodness, he is almost as cute as your tree guy! Beautiful country ... No wonder it inspires you!

Margaret Adamson said...

I love both your painting. that frog with the big red popping out eyes is a real character and i think thery is a great story there to be made. Can I have your permission to send it to a friend of mine email me on (margaretadmason@mail.com) please. The view and sunset is marvellous.

Linda Hensley said...

Love the frog, especially the pose and angle, but also the colors and texture. Beautiful photos too.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I love your frogs. And that sunset is spectaculuar!
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Gauri Kulkarni said...

Love the red eyed frog... It is more like a "poison dart frog". Do you know of them? Check some images, they are absolutely gorgeous... Love all of your images :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Yep, nature is very fine indeed! Your post has made me smile wide. ;)

Sharon Wagner said...

FYI... The illustration is a red eyed tree frog. But the photos could be a poison dart frog. I like Blue Jean's frog better though!

Ida said...

Gorgeous illustration with the tree frog. I love frogs of all kinds. That Blue Jean one was pretty cool too and what a wonderful view you had there. So tropical.

ladyfi said...

What adorable shots.

Linda said...

Gorgeous painting and beautiful photos! I love frogs, I enjoy watching them and listening to their croaks. I somehow find it soothing. :)

Stephanie said...

Love your frog painting.

likeschocolate said...

Very beautiful images! have a great weekend!