The Enchanted Landscape of the Po River Delta, Italy

The Enchanted Landscape of the Po River Delta, Italy

fishing houses along a fishing basin, po river delta, italy

Ready to explore the Po River Delta, the biggest wetlands in Europe, Bob and I were off the sheets early on our first full day in the region.  The enchanted landscape covers an area of 140,000 hectares, so under a crystal clear sky, we set off in the direction of Parco Regionale Veneto del Delta del Po. Read more

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Hiking the Valley of 1000 Devils Route, Grasslands National Park East Block

Hiking the Valley of 1000 Devils Route, Grasslands National Park East Block

badlands, grasslands national park east block, saskatchewan

After our flight from Toronto to Regina, Bob and I drove directly to Grasslands National Park near the southern border of Saskatchewan.  We were determined to complete a hike in the East Block of this Park and opted to do the Valley of 1000 Devils Route before traveling further west to Val Marie on the edge of the Park’s West Block. Read more

Our Encounter with Wild Kea, the World’s Only Alpine Parrot

Our Encounter with Wild Kea, the World’s Only Alpine Parrot

a Kea parrot in fiordland national park, south island, new zealand

Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand abounds with picturesque landscapes.  While there, several stops to appreciate the scenery also rewarded us with a couple of special bird sightings.  One pullover afforded us the encounter we had hoped for.  Several Kea, also known as New Zealand Mountain Parrots, flew in to greet us. Read more

Our hike up to the Gros Morne Summit in Newfoundland

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

Among the Magnificent Frigatebirds on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

Among the Magnificent Frigatebirds on Mexico’s Isla Isabel

the Sun rising above the horizon on the Pacific Ocean off San Blas, Mexico

Bob and I could hardly wait to land at Isla Isabel.  We were promised Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds with no fear of humans.  Referred to as “North America’s Galapagos”, Isla Isabel lies about 43 miles northwest of San Blas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Read more

We were charmed by Cinque Terre in the Italian Riviera

We were charmed by Cinque Terre in the Italian Riviera

manarola, cinque terre, italy

After Bob and I left the Leaning Tower of Pisa, we continued west towards the coast of the Ligurian Sea.  Our goal was the region known as Cinque Terre, a narrow coastal strip that comprises 5 villages sandwiched between the sea and the mountains.  It is fondly referred to as the Italian Riviera.

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Our cold, wet hike to Fox Glacier in New Zealand

Our cold, wet hike to Fox Glacier in New Zealand

jean at fox glacier, south island, new zealand

When Bob and I stayed in the community of Fox Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island, it made perfect sense to hike into the actual glacier for a look.  On the appointed day, a slight break in the rain encouraged us to set off, but we ended up hiking in cold, wet weather for a view of the ancient blue ice. Read more

A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park

A Barred Owl in wintry Rouge National Urban Park

a barred owl, rouge national urban park, ontario

When I suggested a walk in Rouge National Urban Park one day, I jokingly said that maybe we would see an owl.  About an hour later, that prediction came true when I almost walked up to a beautiful Barred Owl sitting low in a small deciduous tree. Read more

The Eglinton River Valley abloom with Russell Lupins in New Zealand

The Eglinton River Valley abloom with Russell Lupins in New Zealand

russell lupins, eglinton river valley, fiordland national park, new zealand

While staying for a few days in Te Anau on the South Island, Bob and I made frequent trips into Fiordland National Park.  Panoramic views of the landscape were spectacular and in places made even more beautiful by broad swaths of Russell Lupins that grow in abundance there. Read more

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