Our Armed Safari in Kruger National Park

In single file, we struck out on our morning armed safari in Kruger National Park. All the while, remembering just how to react if we spotted an animal.

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Our Armed Safari in Kruger National Park

Our Armed Safari in Kruger National Park

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The night before our scheduled Armed Safari in Kruger National Park, I was so wound up with excitement that I could hardly sleep.  Laying awake from 1:30 a.m. on, I didn’t need the alarm that was set to beep us awake at 3:30 a.m., but the dainty chimes wrested Bob from his sleep and then we prepared for the 4:30 a.m. departure from Skukuza Rest Camp.  The armed park rangers in charge of leading us safely around the savanna were Rouleni and Opa. Read more

Our walking tour of Piazza del Popolo in Rome

Our walking tour of Piazza del Popolo in Romepiazza del popola viewed from pincian hill, rome, italy

Bob and I seemed to find ourselves drawn to Piazza del Popolo a few times during our stay in Rome.  From our hotel, we could walk to this large pedestrian zone within minutes and always found something of interest to investigate. Read more

Mudpuppy Pulled from Lake Nipissing

Mudpuppy Pulled from Lake Nipissing

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When my son forwarded photos of a Mudpuppy that he and his buddies pulled from Lake Nipissing in Ontario while ice fishing, I thought “how interesting” but gave it no further consideration.  I did not realize how uncommon these little aquatic creatures are. Read more

Among the beauty of Monument Valley

Among the beauty of Monument Valley
Monument Valley at sunset near northern Arizona and southern Utah, USA

After spending the early part of an afternoon at Mesa Verde National Park where we were enthralled with the Puebloan cliff dwellings, Bob and I made plans to arrive back at Monument Valley in time for the sunset.  Not a minute was wasted in order to achieve our goal.  The time was tight, but traffic was light, road construction closed up for the night, and our gas tank was full.  Monument Valley here we come! Read more

Evening Grosbeaks in Algonquin Park

Evening Grosbeaks in Algonquin Park

evening grosbeaks on the spruce bog boardwalk trail in algonquin park, ontario, pic2

One of the highlights of our January visit to Algonquin Park was seeing a small flock of Evening Grosbeaks.  What a marvelous way to spend my birthday, trekking about the trails in the Provincial Park.  Our winter weather had been so fickle…fluctuating between spring-like temperatures and those more typical of the Canadian Arctic…that we had no idea what was in store for us when we booked our stay in Whitney. Read more

Fascinating Ice Formations on Lake Ontario’s Shoreline

Fascinating Ice Formations on Lake Ontario’s Shoreline

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Our winter here in southern Ontario has been a real mixed bag to say the least.  Yoyoing between a series of very warm spells and frigid Arctic air has left us, here in Toronto, with no snow to speak of, and it is now the end of February.  What a surprise then, when Bob and I walked along the shore of Lake Ontario in Whitby, to find the water thick with slab ice and the most fanciful ice formations decorating the shoreline. Read more

A Desert Spiny Lizard at Monument Valley in Utah

A Desert Spiny Lizard at Monument Valley in Utah

Desert spiny lizard in Monument Valley in Arizona, USA

At the end of a very rewarding afternoon that had Bob and I enthralled with the cave dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, we had to return to our base lodgings at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.  The drive took us right past Monument Valley on the border of Utah and Arizona, so we couldn’t pass up seeing the famous landmarks located there.  That is where we came upon this female Desert Spiny Lizard. Read more

Rock Squirrels in Grand Canyon National Park

Rock Squirrels in Grand Canyon National Park

rock squirrel on the south rim at grand canyon national park, arizona

Like in our own cities, conservation areas and parks here in Canada, squirrels are a common sight if not a nuisance, but we still adore their sweet little faces and comical antics.  The same can be said for the Rock Squirrels at Grand Canyon National Park.  The rodents are so plentiful that Park’s staff warn visitors to be on the lookout for their bold behaviour! Read more

A Red Fox hunts for food in Algonquin Park in Ontario

A Red Fox hunts for food in Algonquin Park in Ontario

Red fox on the hunt for food in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada

There is something really satisfying about observing a wild animal such as this Red Fox in its natural habitat. Read more

A Rock Wren at Grand Canyon National Park

A Rock Wren at Grand Canyon National Park

Rock Wren sitting on a rock on the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, U.S.A.

On our first day in Grand Canyon National Park, after gaining a bird’s eye view of the spectacular world-famous canyon from a helicopter, we set off to explore the South Rim trails.  In the afternoon, we caught a shuttle bus to the extreme western end of the trail at Hermit’s Rest.  An impromptu exploration below Hermit’s Rest Lookout turned up a fleeting glimpse of this Rock Wren. Read more

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