Butterflies and Moths we sighted at our retreat in Tuscany.

Butterflies and Moths we sighted at our retreat in Tuscany

Stone cottage at Il Colombaio di Cencio, Tuscany

The morning following our arrival in Tuscany at first looked like it would be dreary and wet.  A light sprinkle of rain dampened the patio stones as we ate breakfast, but by the time we finished our fruit and cereal, warm September sunshine cast shadows of the tall trees surrounding our farmhouse, so we set off to explore the vineyard.  Butterflies and moths were everywhere in our dooryard, on the wildflowers and clinging to bushes and vines. Read more

Our time among the Romantic Loire Valley Castles in France

Our time among the Romantic Loire Valley Castles in France

An image of Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France.

Having left the hustle and bustle of Paris behind, Bob and I next planned to spend a few days in the countryside.  On our list of must-sees were some of the  Loire Valley Castles such as Château de Chenonceau, seen above, as well as Monet’s Garden in Giverny and a tour of the Palace of Versailles. Read more

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

Klipspringer Antelope in Kruger National Park near Nkumbe Lookout

An image of a Klipspringer near Nkumbe Lookout in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Bob and I had no sooner left the parking lot at Nkumbe Lookout when we spotted a trio of Klipspringer antelope gallivanting among the rocks on the other side of the road.  What nimble little creatures! Read more

The Blue-footed Booby Colony on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

The Blue-footed Booby Colony on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

An image of blue-footed booby birds on Isla Isabel off San Blas, Mexico. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

What a thrill to have our exclusive up-close-and-personal encounters in a Blue-footed Booby colony on Isla Isabel off the west coast of Mexico.  After spending a couple of days in San Blas, and with the assistance of Josefina Vazquez at Hotel Garza Canela, we lined up a full-day excursion to the small volcanic island that is located some 43 miles northwest of the tiny fishing village. Read more

A Red Fox on a cold winter’s day in Algonquin Park

A Red Fox on a cold winter’s day in Algonquin Park

Image of a red fox sitting on the snow during a snowstorm in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

On a cold winter’s day that included passing snow squalls, Bob and I ventured into Algonquin Provincial Park in hopes of seeing a Spruce Grouse.  Instead, we found ourselves in the company of a Red Fox.  Looking picture perfect, this Red Fox almost seemed to pose for our cameras while fine snowflakes settled on its fur. Read more

Lesser Masked Weavers at Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park

Lesser Masked Weavers at Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park

A image of a lesser-masked weaver bird builds a hanging nest in Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

As Bob and I made our way into the Main Pavilion at Skukuza Rest Camp to sign up for a guided night safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa, our mission was interrupted when a flicker of yellow drew our eyes to a nearby palm tree.  We were delighted to see a beautiful Lesser Masked Weaver dangling upside down from a stiff palm frond. Read more

A Sharp-shinned Hawk stalks our backyard feeders

A Sharp-shinned Hawk stalks our backyard feeders

An image of a sharp-shinned hawk sitting in an apple tree in Toronto, Ontario. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

What a delight to have winter arrive on time this year!  Cold temperatures and lots of snow meant that our bird feeders were busy from morning until night.  And then one morning, we noticed that all was quiet in our suburban backyard. A Sharp-shinned hawk had landed. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl we sighted near Oshawa, Ontario

A Northern Saw-whet Owl we sighted near Oshawa, Ontario

Closeup image of a Northern Saw-whet Owl behind a tree branch in the Oshawa area, Ontario, Canada. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean

It had been several years since Bob and I came across a Northern Saw-whet Owl, the first time being in our local park in late October of 2012.  It was that bird sighting that got us hooked on bird watching.  It was a long interlude but not for lack of trying.  Our patience and persistence finally paid off when we located this Northern Saw-whet Owl on a recent warm February day near Oshawa, Ontario. Read more

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