White-tailed deer casually foraging on Amherst Island



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White-tailed deer casually foraging on Amherst Island

A white-tailed deer foraging on Amherst Island, Ontario, Canada.

Amherst Island is situated in Lake Ontario near Kingston, and for at least a couple of years, Bob and I had intended to visit it.  The intention was to photograph birds of prey that winter there.  Our explorations were enriched by of a healthy population of White-tailed Deer that casually foraged in different areas. Read more

Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park



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Our Wildlife Encounters in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

morning fog at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

From the patio door, on our second morning at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, I saw dense fog hemming in the mountains and feared, at best, an overcast if not a rainy day.  A glance at the clock revealed it to be only 5:30 a.m.  Two hours later, the fog was lifting, and the sun bathed the hillsides in golden showers of light. Read more

Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada



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Snowy Owls on Amherst Island in Ontario, Canada

a snowy owl, amherst island, ontario

Bob and I learned about Amherst Island from fellow birders who touted it as the most reliable location to see Snowy Owls in the winter.  On our first ever trip there, we were not disappointed. Read more

A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario



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A Northern Saw-whet Owl Takes Us By Surprise In Ontario

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The date was in mid-November, Bob’s birthday actually, and to mark the occasion, we decided to get out in the field for some birding.  Little did we know that a diminutive Northern Saw-whet Owl would make our day! Read more

Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park



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Invaded by Vervet Monkeys at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

mountainview at hilltop camp, hluhluwe-imfolozi, south africa

Bob and I arrived at Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park exhausted after an extremely long day that saw us traveling from Kruger National Park and across Swaziland to get there. Over dinner, we had views of the Park from the expansive restaurant patio that overlooked muted silhouettes of undulating mountaintops while an armed guard sat unobtrusively in the shadows and watched for wildlife that might cross the thin electric wire just below the terrace. Read more

Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance



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Our Walking Tour of Florence, The Birthplace of the Renaissance

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Who wouldn’t want to visit Florence to look upon some of the most famous sculptures in the world:  Michelangelo’s sculpture David, Bartolomeo Ammannati’s Fountain of Neptune, and Donatello’s heraldic lions?  The artistic and architectural heritage of Florence goes far beyond those sculptures and led to this city, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, being called the birthplace of The Renaissance. Read more

The Wondrous Il Duomo di Firenze in Florence, Italy



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The Wondrous Il Duomo di Firenze in Florence, Italy

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The day that Bob and I headed out to explore Florence, we were anxious to discover everyone’s fascination with the highly renowned Florence Cathedral, in Italian known as the Il Duomo di Firenze. After arriving in the city, we did not go directly to Piazza del Duomo but instead heightened our anticipation by viewing many other sights in the city.

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The Ponte Vecchio in the beautiful city of Florence



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The Ponte Vecchio in the beautiful city of Florence

ponte vecchio and river arno in florence, italy

Of particular interest to both Bob and me when we visited Florence, Italy, was the famed medieval stone bridge known as Ponte Vecchio. Read more

The Wonders of Ark in the Park at Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand



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The Wonders of Ark in the Park at Waitakere Ranges, New Zealand

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After leaving Muriwai and the Gannet colony, Bob and I planned to make a stop at Ark in the Park en route back to our lodgings. Ark in the Park is a conservation area of note in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park of Auckland. Situated in Cascade Kauri Park, it is where concerted efforts are being made to restore the ecology of the area to its natural state. Read more

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