Cross-Country skiing in Algonquin Provincial Park

Fen Lake X-ski Trail - Algonquin Park - Ontario

The Fen Lake cross-country skiing trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario, sets off through the hardwood bush and is comprised of 3 different loops so skiers have a choice of the distance they wish to ski.  With the trail having been groomed and track-set the day we were there, we anticipated a fantastic outing! Read more

Two Pileated Woodpeckers in Algonquin Park

Two female Pileated Woodpeckers one above the other 2, Algonquin Park - January 2013

One winter, Bob and I went cross-country skiing on the Fen Lake Trail in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario.  As luck had it, we spotted two female Pileated Woodpeckers  working industriously on the same tree in the depths of the forest.  Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest woodpeckers you will find in the wilds of Ontario. Read more

Arc de Triomphe One Of The Great Things To See In Paris

An image of the Le Triomphe of 1810 sculpture on a pillar of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

An image of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.

Without a doubt, we have all seen endless pictures of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.  Similarly, it is probably one of the most popular sights to be both visited and filmed in Paris.  But I have got to tell you that, when Bob and I emerged onto the surface from Le Métro subway stop, the sheer enormity of the Arc de Triomphe and its ownership of the landscape literally brought tears to my eyes.  Standing across the street from it, I just stood there amazed, very moved, and in awe. Read more

Our Walk Through History In Paris

La Madeleine Church at the end of Rue Royale

Bob and I began our second day in Paris, France, with a visit to the Roman Catholic church La Madeleine located at the very top of rue Royale.  With its massive Corinthian columns, La Madeleine Church occupies a commanding position at the end of the street, and I remember being awed when I first caught sight of it.  This church has a very interesting history. Read more

A Northern Mockingbird sighted near Thickson’s Woods



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A Northern Mockingbird sighted near Thickson’s Woods

Northern Mockingbird sits on tree branch in Thickson's Woods, Whitby, Ontario, Canada

With Arctic air being driven into Southern Ontario by a gusty wind right out of the north.  Bob and I, nevertheless, seized the opportunity to go in search of  a Northern Mockingbird, in Thickson’s Woods in Whitby, Ontario.  Read more

Barred Owl we sighted at Thickson’s Woods in Whitby

photograph of a barred owl sitting in a tree at Thicksons Woods, in Whitby, Ontario.

Barred Owl sits in tree- Thickson's Woods - Whitby - Ontario

On a bitterly cold January day with temperatures of -20 Celsius when the wind chill was factored in, Bob and I,  drove out to Thickson’s Woods in Whitby, Ontario, because we had heard that two Great Horned Owls make their home in that unique small forest.  As it turned out we didn’t find the Great Horned Owls, but did find this Barred Owl sitting in the woods. Read more

Birds and Animals at Lynde Shores Conservation Area

Birds and Animals at Lynde Shores Conservation Area

Wild Turkeys, Lynde Shores Conservation Area, Whitby, Ontario

On an unseasonably warm January day, Bob and I visited Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby, Ontario, to do some birdwatching.  No sooner had we entered the grounds than a huge flock of eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) were found clogging the walkway of the Bird Feeding Trail.  Read more

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