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Ephemeral Fires

Costa Rican rainy season can be chaotic and terribly unpredictable. Expect torrential downpour and a minute later, stunning sunsets and ephemeral fires in the sky. This was the case for my visit to the cliff of Guacalillo in the Central Pacific coast.

For months I’ve been meaning to explore this region and even though it’s just an hour and half away from San José, our capital, something always came up and I wasn’t able to make the trip. Finally I got to the area but the rain kept following us, I was determined to at least get one decent shot of the place. I made everyone wait inside the car for quite sometime hoping for the storm to stop long enough for me to snap some photos. We were pretty much starving and the place was completely desolate, no stores or restaurants nearby which we thought was very strange. There’s a feeling of isolation and loneliness that surrounds Guacalillo and makes you think you’re further away from the city than you actually are.

The rain stopped, probably our only chance to photograph the landscape. We rushed to the cliffs, having done some scouting beforehand we knew which places had the best angles so we didn’t waste time and started shooting. The damped rocks and grass created dramatic textures and suddenly the sun was brightly pushing through the clouds, beaming with all shades of oranges and magentas dancing against the blues of winter that surrounded the scenery.

Dinosaur tropical mosquitoes attacked us at twilight, and me being as allergic as I am, ended up with countless swollen mosquito bites all around my legs and arms. There’s always a little price you have to pay to be able to admire such beauty I believe.

And we’re back to thunderstorm. – Luis

“Everything good in life comes from a leap of faith.”

Let me take you on a journey through Guacalillo, Puntarenas

Gear Used:

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 PRO DX II Hoya ND400X MeFoto Roadtrip Travel Tripod
Canon 70-200mm F4L IS USM Hoya ND8
Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.9 Soft Edge
Lee NDG 4×6″ 0.6 Soft Edge
















Until next time!


This post is dedicated to my mother. Thank you for being my rock and inspiration, for teaching me to dream big, and then BIGGER, and for constantly convincing me to take those leaps of faith necessary to keep chasing my dreams. Happy Costa Rican mother’s day (month)!
And to all the mother figures in my life!

© Luis Solano Pochet and ToTheWonderBLOG, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Luis Solano Pochet and ToTheWonderBLOG with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


7 thoughts on “Ephemeral Fires

  1. Errrm. Guacalillo being one of the most polluted beaches in the country (regretfully) its not surprise why it was that desolate.

    It is rare to see cliffs like those on costarican soil. Great location. Too bad the weather didnt cooperate.

    PS Last night I dreamt my mum died. NOT cool at all. (I woke up, gave her a hug and apologized for my eyes being swollen, and the headache I still have) ¡Feliz dia de las madres!


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