Canoeing The Madawaska River In Algonquin Provincial Park

Image Bob launching our canoe at East Beach on Lake of Two Rivers. Algonquin Park, Ontario.

Bob and I decided to go canoeing on the Madawaska River in Algonquin Park after having been told by other canoeists that it was a beautiful route for a fall canoe.  We began our outing by launching our canoe at East Beach on Lake of Two Rivers in Algonquin Park, in Ontario, Canada.  Read more

Bull Moose In Algonquin Provincial Park

Of course, when Bob and I visit Algonquin Provincial Park, we are always hoping to see a Moose. Not just any Moose but a bull Moose with a big rack is the desired creature! Well, we did get our wish albeit distant views of said beast on a recent damp, dreary and dark morning. We counted ourselves very lucky because one cannot be guaranteed of seeing a Moose despite the many sightings reported by other people. Read more

Northern Whiptail Lizard At The Grand Canyon

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After we left the oasis of Indian Garden, Bob and I wasted no time making headway towards Plateau Point at Grand Canyon National Park.  The heat was building, the wind was constant, and the sun was torturous.  Still, we forced ourselves to remain vigilant since other hikers had spotted rattlesnakes on the trail.  It was when we drew near the water refilling station about 3/4 of the way between the two points that we saw a Northern Whiptail Lizard taking advantage of the puddles of spilled water in the shade of the water reservoir. Read more

Our Sloth Walk At A Sloth’s Pace In La Fortuna

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Waking up at 5:45 a.m. was becoming a habit when staying in Costa Rica.  The abundant bird calls tugged me from sleep easily as I was always excited for another day of exploration in La Fortuna.  Our first view every morning was that of Arenal Volcano seen in the near distance. Read more

Our Early Morning Armed Safari at Kruger National Park

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The night before our scheduled Armed Safari in Kruger National Park, I was so wound up with excitement that I could hardly sleep. Laying awake from 1:30 a.m. on, I didn’t need the alarm that was set to beep us awake at 3:30 a.m., and then we prepared for the 4:30 a.m. departure from Skukuza Rest Camp. The armed park rangers in charge of leading us safely around the savanna were Rouleni and Opa. In single file, we struck out on our morning armed safari in Kruger National Park. All the while, remembering just how to react if we spotted an animal. Read more

Hamurana Springs put a spring in our step in New Zealand

Hamurana Springs Recreation Reserve, Rotorua, New Zealand

On our last day in Rotorua, New Zealand, there was ample time to enjoy the morning at a leisurely pace before setting off for our next destination, Tauranga.  Our hosts at Panorama Country Homestay recommended a visit to nearby Hamurana Springs for a morning amble. Read more

The Rising Sturgeon Supermoon

August’s full Moon in Ontario, Canada has traditionally been called the Sturgeon Moon because the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this part of summer.  Earlier this August, on the evening of August 11th, the full moon was closer to the Earth than usual making it appear all that much larger hence it being called the Sturgeon supermoon.

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Eastern Gray Treefrogs Among the Milkweed

After a stretch of very hot weather, Bob and I were desperate to get out for a hike.  The Beare Hill Wetlands in Rouge National Urban Park, in northeast Toronto, Ontario, seemed a logical place to explore.   Among the various butterflies and insects sighted that day, we also managed to pick out some Eastern Gray Treefrogs.

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