Uncovering the Lost Colony of Avalon in Newfoundland



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Uncovering the Lost Colony of Avalon in Newfoundland

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After spending 3 hours hiking coastal trails near Signal Hill in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Bob and I hastily changed out of wet gear and drove south for lunch in Petty Harbour.  From there, it was a short jaunt to Ferryland and the location of the Lost Colony of Avalon. Read more

Our Up-close Encounters in the Birder’s Paradise at Long Point

scarlet tanager, the old cut, long point, ontario

The first trip that Bob and I booked for the sole purpose of birding was to the Birder’s Paradise at Long Point on Lake Erie in Ontario.  Through different facebook groups, we had seen ample evidence of bird sightings at Long Point, and we were eager to check out the area for ourselves. Read more

A Guided Boat Tour in Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica



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rio frio, cano negro wildlife refuge, costa rica

Our plan, when staying in La Fortuna, was to make a couple of road trips to further our exploration of the area.  On our third day in Costa Rica, we were up at 5 a.m., wakened by bird song, but pouring rain had us holding off until 9 o’clock before setting off for Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge.  It is considered by many to be the third most important wetland in the world. Read more

Traveling Down Memory Lane – On the Streets of Shanghai



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Traveling Down Memory Lane – On the Streets of Shanghai

I found myself in Shanghai, China, several years ago.  It’s hard to believe that this modern city was once considered a very minor river port to which few people ever traveled.

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Our hike up to the Gros Morne Summit in Newfoundland



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Our hike up to the Gros Morne Summit in Newfoundland

a view of jean and gros morne mountain, newfoundland, canada

Gros Morne Mountain is the second highest mountain on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.  Its French name means “big dreary” or “great sombre” mountain perhaps because it is often cloaked in fog, wrapped in snow or capped with clouds. Read more

A Fabulous Farmhouse Stay in the Po River Delta, Italy



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A Fabulous Farmhouse Stay in the Po River Delta, Italy

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A farmhouse stay near the Po River Delta on the east coast of Italy appealed to Bob and me because it was located a few miles from Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po (The Regional Park of the Po River Delta).  The Park is one massive sprawling wetlands that promised some excellent birdwatching. Read more

Mosaiculture 2018, an artful garden in Gatineau, Quebec



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Mosaiculture 2018, an artful garden in Gatineau, Quebec

jean, mosaiculture 2018, gatineau, quebec, canada

Since the inception of a Mosaiculture Competition/Exhibition back in 1998, Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal has launched 5 competitions and 6 exhibitions worldwide.  We have been fortunate enough to visit two of these, Mosaiculture 2018 in Gatineau, Read more

Godwits Galore at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, New Zealand



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Godwits Galore at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, New Zealand

bar-tailed godwits, Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre, north island, new zealand

On the next leg of our trip, between Auckland and our next lodgings in Rotorua, Bob and I planned a stop at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre.  Its reputation as being home to thousands of shorebirds made it a must-see destination, and we were keen to add some new birds to our life list.  The area did not disappoint.  Thousands of Bar-tailed Godwits had returned to spend summer on New Zealand’s North Island. Read more

A Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake at Long Point in Ontario



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A Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake at Long Point in Ontario

melanistic eastern garter snake, crown marsh, long point, ontario

After several hours of bird watching at Long Point Bird Observatory in Ontario, Bob and I decided to check out another location, Crown Marsh, before heading off for dinner.  A lengthy walk there on Long Point Trail 6 had us coming across this substantial Melanistic Eastern Garter Snake. Read more

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