Wind-whipped on Green Gardens Trail, Gros Morne National Park

Wind-whipped on Green Gardens Trail, Gros Morne National Park

green gardens trail, gros morne national park, newfoundland

Bob and I had been told that the Green Gardens Trail was one of the most popular hikes in Gros Morne National Park largely because it highlights the contrasting landscapes of the Park.  Although we had already hiked the Gros Morne Mountain Trail and explored the Tablelands, we were keen to see the “green gardens” that stretch to the coast of Newfoundland near Bonne Bay. Read more

Our travels to Otorohanga Kiwi House in New Zealand

Our travels to Otorohanga Kiwi House in New Zealand

entrance to otorohanga kiwi house & native bird park, otorohanga, new zealand

On one overcast and damp day in New Zealand, Bob and I decided to drive from Rotorua into the countryside for a tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  It seemed a good way to make use of a dreary day.  Before our tour, we passed a couple of hours at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park. Read more

Back in Time: Romantic Skating at Cedarena in Markham, Ontario

Back in Time: Romantic Skating at Cedarena in Markham, Ontario

cedarena skating rink, cedar grove, markham, ontario

It is with fond memories that Bob and I recall skating on the woodland skating rink called Cedarena.  Nestled into a valley along Little Rouge Creek in what is now Rouge National Urban Park, this skating rink provided the most whimsical experience when visited on a Tuesday evening. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet – A Ways to Go – Our Final Visit

A Great Horned Owlet – A Ways to Go – Our Final Visit

great horned owl and owlet, markham, ontario

The Great Horned Owlet that Bob and I had been observing in Markham, Ontario, Canada, during the month of May 2021 was nearing 6 weeks of age.  We weren’t certain if it would still be in the woodlot where it hatched but figured it was worth a look. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet Hiding in Plain Sight – Visit 4

A Great Horned Owlet Hiding in Plain Sight – Visit 4

a great horned owl, markham, ontario

Bob and I refrained from visiting the Great Horned Owls in Markham, Ontario, Canada, for a few days.  From another person in the know about the owls’ location, we learned that the Great Horned owlet was becoming increasingly difficult to find. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet with Wanderlust – Visits 2 and 3

A Great Horned Owlet with Wanderlust – Visits 2 and 3

great horned owlet and adult in nest, markham, ontario

On May 12, Bob and I went to check on the Great Horned Owls’ nest previously observed in a Markham park in Ontario, Canada.  We found the 3-week old Great Horned owlet hunkered down out of sight.  After a few minutes, the owlet appeared over the lip of the nest and looked in our direction.  We were there and gone after 15 minutes. Read more

A Great Horned Owlet Newly Hatched – Visit 1

A Great Horned Owlet Newly Hatched – Visit 1

great horned owl, markham, ontario

In early spring, 2021, Bob and I were contacted by a friend who had been tipped off to the location of a Great Horned Owl in our midst.  It turned out that there was a pair of these owls raising a newly-hatched chick near the urban area of Markham, Ontario. Read more

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