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September 2017

A canine pregnancy lasts just 63 days, so there’s a great deal to expect within a short period of time. Behavior changes in the future mother usually begin as soon as she feels her pregnancy, but the biggest changes are evident after 45 days. The mammary glands will continue enlarging towards full capacity at about five days before she gives birth, with the presence of milk starting around two weeks before delivery. Puppy food is recommended for pregnant females, as well as vitamins and minerals, to make her strong and healthy.

September and October are the wettest months in Costa Rica, and even though some will tell you the “green season” is the best time to visit, tourists stay away in droves. Nobody wants to lie on a beach in the rain, nor does a downpour make ziplining, fishing or even whitewater rafting more fun.

Back in the late 1970s, on the Atlantic coast of the United States, there weren't too many surf shops quite yet. So I sent a big container filled with surfboards and shirts from California to Miami. From there, I rented the biggest van I could to transport the merchandise up the East Coast for distribution. I was alone on the trip. The idea was to cruise the whole coastline, going to different surf shops and showing them what we had.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Though the light was low for this sunrise shot of a beach in the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, I was working from a tripod. I used a low ISO value of 50. As a rule of thumb, always try to use the lowest ISO possible.