Stormy Skies over Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

Stormy Skies over Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

val marie, saskatchewan, near Grasslands National Park

Waking up extra early in Val Marie had its advantages.  Bob and I had time for a stroll around the village before it was time for breakfast.  At the bottom of Centre Street, the Val Marie Elevator stood tall. Read more

Beachcombing natural treasures along the Indian Ocean

Beachcombing natural treasures along the Indian Ocean

indian ocean, port elizabeth, south africa

After arriving in Port Elizabeth under the cover of darkness the night before, Bob and I were anxious to do a bit of exploring after breakfast the next morning.  A dull grey sky hung low over the coast as we began beachcombing for natural treasures along the Indian Ocean.

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Traveling Down Memory Lane – Punting on the Avon River in Bath, England

Traveling Down Memory Lane – Punting on the Avon River in Bath, England

bob punting, avon river, bath, england

After indulging in a full English breakfast at the Kennard Hotel in Bath, England, Bob, our son and I set off in search of the Bath Boating Station.  Our aim was to rent a punt and pole ourselves along the Avon River. Read more

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies in Ontario, Canada

Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies in Ontario, Canada

baltimore checkerspot butterfly, rouge national urban park, markham, ontario

Back in June of 2017, Bob and I became aware of some Baltimore Checkerspot Butterflies that had been observed in Toronto.  We were really struck by the beauty of these butterflies, a species that we had never seen before. Read more

A Great Way to Start the Day at Oribi Gorge, South Africa

A Great Way to Start the Day at Oribi Gorge, South Africa

farm fields, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

After leaving Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, Bob and I found that the rural landscape quickly reverted to hillsides covered in a patchwork of cultivated fields.  On the outskirts of larger urban centres, small buildings clustered together in kraals were still common. Read more

Driving the Ecotour Road to Borderlands Lookout in Grasslands National Park

Driving the Ecotour Road to Borderlands Lookout in Grasslands National Park

borderlands lookout, grasslands national park, saskatchewan

On our first full day at Grasslands National Park, after waking up very early and having a hearty breakfast, we took the advice of our hostess and set out on Ecotour 1 to Borderlands Lookout.  It was a relaxing way to start our explorations on the heels of a very long travel day. Read more

“Into Africa” – Someday in the Post-covid World

“Into Africa” – Someday in the Post-covid World

A couple of weeks ago, I decided to make this video as part of my wife’s, Jean’s, birthday gift.  As you will see, this video highlights our travels to South Africa, and it features Jean.

Hopefully, you all enjoy it, and in a small way, you are able to take a short virtual tour of South Africa with Jean.

For now, because of the pandemic, we remain “Out Of Africa”.  Hopefully someday, Jean and I, and all of you, will be able to head back “Into Africa”.

 

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Eddie, A Mandarin Duck on the Lam, Ontario, Canada

Eddie, A Mandarin Duck on the Lam, Ontario, Canada

Eddie, A Mandarin Duck on the Lam, Ontario, Canada

Mandarin Ducks breed in Eastern Siberia as far south as North Korea, and they winter by choice in southern China and Japan.  So, when a Mandarin Duck like Eddie shows up in a small town in Ontario, Canada, it creates a lot of excitement. Read more

From Greater Flamingos to an Italian Comacchio Picnic

From Greater Flamingos to an Italian Comacchio Picnic

jean at agrituismo forzello, po river delta, italy

Bob and I spent the morning strolling the fields and pastures of our hosts at Agriturismo Forzello before setting off on our search for the colony of Greater Flamingos.  There were a couple of potential locations within Parco Veneto del Delta del Po National Park. Read more

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