Northern Hawk Owl Winters in Southern Ontario

Northern Hawk Owl Winters in Southern Ontario

northern hawk owl, schomberg, ontario

Northern Hawk Owls are denizens of boreal forests and rarely leave their breeding grounds.  Some winters, however, for lack of food in their normal habitat, Northern Hawk Owls will venture into southern Canada and even the northern United States.  In 2019, nature enthusiasts like ourselves were thrilled to have a Northern Hawk Owl show up in the village of Schomberg in southern Ontario. Read more

A Varied Thrush Enduring Ontario’s Cold Winter

A Varied Thrush Enduring Ontario’s Cold Winter

Bob and I had been seeing reports of a Varied Thrush sighted in Central Ontario in early December 2019.  A denizen of forests in the Pacific Northwest of Canada and continental U.S.A., the visitor was far from home and seemed to be enduring Ontario’s cold winter quite well. Read more

The Garden Route was Brimming with Wildflowers, South Africa

The Garden Route was Brimming with Wildflowers, South Africa
fynbos along the garden route, south africa

Our drive from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay in South Africa followed the Garden Route.  Bob and I were looking forward to seeing that region because the landscape is painted in a wide range of wildflowers. Read more

The Shipwreck of the S.S. Ethie on the West Coast of Newfoundland

The Shipwreck of the S.S. Ethie on the West Coast of Newfoundland

the wreck of the s.s. ethie, martin's point, newfoundland, canada

Having completed our tour of Western Brook Pond and with part of the afternoon still available for exploration, Bob and I decided to stop at the site of the 1919 shipwreck, the S.S. Ethie, on the west coast of Newfoundland. Read more

Our Visit to The Ancient Hill of Tara in Ireland

Our Visit to The Ancient Hill of Tara in Ireland

the hill of tara, county meath, ireland

After finishing our picnic lunch at Newgrange, there was time to make one last stop in County Meath to round out our 2-week stay in Ireland.  Near Skryne, the ancient ceremonial and burial site called The Hill of Tara was worthy of exploration. Read more

Our Visit To Newgrange – Ireland’s Ancient Passage Tomb

Our Visit To Newgrange – Ireland’s Ancient Passage Tomb

newgrange, county meath, ireland

A must-see for Bob and me while traveling in Ireland was Newgrange, an important passage grave west of Drogheda in County Meath.  This megalithic structure is considered one of the most important in Europe and the great national monument of Ireland. Read more

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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