Through My Eyes #2: Pura Vida

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Just returned from almost 3-weeks in Costa Rica. We drove a solid chunk of the country, then my wife and kiddo flew home while I stayed on to help co-create the kick-off retreat for this year’s Good Life Project Immersion program.

Everywhere you go in Costa Rica, people say “pura vida.” It’s a greeting, a wish, a punctuation mark, a state of mind. It translates literally to “pure life,” but it’s intention is more “relax, enjoy life, live well, my friend.” That pretty much sums up the Costa Rican approach to life where 1o minutes could really mean 30 and 10 kilometers is “sometime today.” And, it’s all good. Major mindset reset from the NYC approach to and pace of life.

I had all these things I’d planned to share about the adventure. How stunning the country is, how “occasional” the roads are, how warm the people are. But this time, I decided to try to capture and share much of the journey not in words, but in images.

So, here’s my second “Through My Eyes” visual gallery. The images are minimally processed or edited, if at all. It’s a place where what nature gives is enough untouched…

Waking with the sun in the cloudforest, volcanic releases in the background

Waking with the sun in the cloudforest, volcanic releases in the background

Lila practice room at Pura Vida retreat

Lila practice room at Pura Vida retreat

Stunning tree at Pura Vida retreat in hills above Alejuela

Stunning tree at Pura Vida retreat in hills above Alejuela

Late afternoon sets roll in at Mal Pais

Late afternoon sets roll in at Mal Pais

Surf dog waiting for his set to come in

Surf dog waiting for his set to come in

Slow down, relax. it's 100 degrees, grab a hammock

Slow down, relax. it’s 100 degrees, grab a hammock

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Honey, have you seen the sunscreen?

Crossing the gulf to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula

Crossing the gulf to the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula

Grating of hanging bridge suspended high-above canyons in Monteverde

Grating of hanging bridge suspended high-above canyons in Monteverde

Coffee beans sprouting into baby trees

Coffee beans sprouting into baby trees

Tree standing brave with gulf far off in the distance

Tree standing brave with gulf far off in the distance

Cacao beans shortly after being removed from the fruit

Cacao beans shortly after being removed from the fruit

Stunning above ground root system that drops from tree tops

Stunning above ground root system that drops from tree tops

Monteverde bridges. No running, jumping or texting, please

Monteverde bridges. No running, jumping or texting, please

Just another morning in little bohemian town of Montezuma

Just another morning in bohemian beach town of Montezuma, shoes optional

Pura vida, friends!

Jonathan

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29 responses

29 responses to “Through My Eyes #2: Pura Vida”

  1. Terry Mills says:

    Amazing photos Jonathan! So glad you “get” the whole Pura Vida thing, but I thought you would. Your photos say it all, thanks for sharing!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for this, Jonathan. It really put a smile on my face. I’m glad you continue to share your unique perspective with the world.

  3. Wow! That about sums up what I am thinking and feeling right now. What great, amazing pictures. Thanks for sharing them. Costa Rica is on my “Must Visit” list and after seeing these, it just moved several spots up on my list. Thanks again Jonathan….. Pura Vida!

  4. A country that grows both coffee and chocolate must surely be Paradise! Thanks for the breath-taking photos today, Jonathan.

  5. Pura-fect! Looks so beautiful. Wow huh, that tree bark!

  6. I noticed that even the grating of the bridge was teeming with life. Pura Vita, indeed.

  7. Just fantastic! Eso es la Pura Vida sin duda 🙂
    Thanks for sharing <3

  8. Jonathan ~ What a wonderful way to wander with you on a early Wednesday morning in April. Thank you, as always ~ Jessan

  9. Danielle says:

    What camera or phone were these incredible photos take with? Magnificent! Thank you for sharing. PURA VITA!

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      Canon dSLR. Can’t get that long-range and depth of field with a phone yet. 🙂

  10. Kristina Shands says:

    I just returned from a week in Santa Teresa and I already want to go back. These pictures aren’t helping. You beautifully captured the magnificence of the country. Just stunning!

  11. I miss Costa Rica! The place and the people…

  12. Wow, I didn’t realize you were coming to my hood! haha. I’ve been living here in CR for 2 1/2 years and it’s still so incredibly beautiful every time I travel outside of the city. Even if I’ve been somewhere before, I’m in awe everywhere I look. So diverse for such a small country.

    It looks like you made it to Monteverde, Montezuma, Mal Pais/Santa Teresa, Alajuela, and which cloud forest was that?

    Next time you come, try to hit these spots: Manuel Antonio (especially the National Park beach), Arenal Volcano, Puerto Viejo (Caribbean side where the ocean is like bathwater), Tortuguero (city without cars), and just about any beach in Guanacaste because they’re all ridiculously beautiful.

    If you have a good 5 days, go to the Osa Peninsula, where they say it’s one of the few places that didn’t freeze over in the Ice Age. You’ll feel like you’re in Jurassic Park, it’s amazing.

    I’m actually heading to NYC May 2nd – 11th, if anyone has any recommendations on must-see or must-do things please let me know!

    • Jonathan Fields says:

      We actually to many of those places, too, just had to edit down this collection from the 1,000 or so shots that cover the whole adventure.

  13. Jeff Firmin says:

    Hi Jonathan

    Costa Rica has never been a place I’ve considered really but you lifestyle entrepreneurs keep bringing it up so I thought it must have something. Now I can see why. It looks fantastic! As always the pictures deliver so much more than words. Thanks JF.

    JF
    (Jeff Firmin that is)

  14. What beautiful pictures, Jonathan! It really does look like a place where you can just lose yourself in nature and… life! The 10 minutes to 30 mention reminds me of my home country of Romania, where people are also very welcoming and laid back. I would love to visit this wonderful place one day, but seeing it through your eyes will do for now. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Amazing photographs Jonathan, must have been one beautiful tour!
    This was like a teaser, makes me crave to see more of the place. Why wasn’t this there in my bucket list yet 🙂

  16. Lesley says:

    Wow stunning! Thank you for bringing me (vicariously) on this journey. Costa Rica has always been one of the counties on my “wish list” and now even more so. Just breathtaking.

  17. Ashley says:

    Hmmm Pura Vita – I like it. Reminds me of my favourite summer activity. Stretching out on a patch of grass with the sun beating down on my back. Inhaling the aroma of earth, heat and grass while observing the daily life of tiny living things… savouring the moment. 🙂

  18. Marti says:

    Wow. Love how much you captured in just a short set of pics. Especially like how you established a flow with the first couple of groupings, adding some extra drama by starting with a wider view and narrowing to close up: volcano, yoga room, tree; wider surf, surf dog, hammock/couple.

    Loved the color/texture of the tree, bridge grating and Montezuma.

  19. Cassia says:

    Gorgeous #artist

  20. JF, these pictures are BEAUTIFUL!

  21. Susana says:

    You are living the life I want. Tips please? I am working on following my heart more. It’s always been my teacher, and I have a beautiful family I am super grateful for, but still working on the professional end of things.

  22. Scott Asai says:

    Wow stunning pictures! Sometimes images just speak so much clearer than words. Thanks for sharing and glad you got to rest and recharge!

  23. Yvonne W says:

    Wow! These are really beautiful, Jonathan! Keep up the good work!
    I just learned about this photographer and thought of you.
    http://www.vivianmaier.com/
    She never developed her photos (which turned out to real gems!) and someone just discovered and developed them after her death. I am proud of you for sharing your heart and soul through your eyes!

  24. Kellie Brooks says:

    Loving your artistry with the camera – you’re talented on both sides of it, I see 🙂

    My first visit years ago to CR wasn’t what I’d hoped, but you’re giving me impetus to return. Thank you. KB

  25. Wan says:

    Great pictures, Jonathan!

  26. mark henry says:

    You are living what I want to live !