Winged Jewels, The World of Butterflies at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

jean at ecocentro danaus, costa rica

Day 2 in Costa Rica had us first completing a very early morning guided bird hike.  After breakfast back at Hotel Kokoro, Bob and I headed to Ecocentro Danaus on the edge of La Fortuna.  It is a private reserve with a butterfly conservatory where Bob and I hoped to see some of Costa Rica’s tiny winged jewels. Read more

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Lake Chapala Birding en route to Mexico City

Lake Chapala Birding en route to Mexico City

lake chapala, mexico

On our last day in Mexico, Bob and I planned to do a little birdwatching along the shores of Lake Chapala before heading east to Mexico City for our evening flight.  As we packed our luggage, pastoral sounds emanating from the urban farmyard next door floated in on the cool breeze.  Shortly thereafter, we found ourselves in the colourful community of Chapala located on the north shore of Lake Chapala. Read more

Western Brook Pond, a Landlocked Fjord in Newfoundland

Western Brook Pond, a Landlocked Fjord in Newfoundland

western brook pond, gros morne national park, newfoundland, canada

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Canada, is well known for its fjords.  Western Brook Pond is one such fjord that was carved by glaciers and is now shouldered by forests and cliffs.  Because it is landlocked, the long, narrow body of water is referred to as a pond or fjord lake. Read more

Among the Natural Splendor and Wildlife at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

Among the Natural Splendor and Wildlife at Ecocentro Danaus, Costa Rica

jean and ecocentro danaus sign, la fortuna, costa rica

Bob and I covered a lot of ground on our second day in Costa Rica.  We began birding before sunrise and by early afternoon, we decided to check out Ecocentro Danaus on the outskirts of La Fortuna. The small private reserve was rich in wildlife. Read more

A Tour of New Zealand’s Only White Heron Sanctuary

A Tour of New Zealand’s Only White Heron Sanctuary

a white heron, waitangiroto nature reserve, south island, new zealand

An opportunity to visit the only nesting site of White Herons in New Zealand could not be missed when traveling on the South Island near Whataroa.  A day in advance, we booked ourselves on a tour that would take us to the heart of the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve to observe these elegant birds. Read more

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

White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

White Rhinoceros and other Close Calls in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, South Africa

The route we chose as a conduit between Hilltop Camp and the Nyalazi Gate in South Africa had us experiencing a couple of close calls on our last morning in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve.  One incident was when we came head-to-head with this massive White Rhinoceros. Read more

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

A Day of Adventure – Toronto to Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

A Day of Adventure – Toronto to Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

badlands, grasslands national park east block, saskatchewan

Bob and I had never explored the Canadian Prairies before we planned our summer vacation to the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Committed to discovering more of our own country’s unique landscape and culture, we booked a car in Regina, Saskatchewan, for use after flying west from Toronto.  Grasslands National Park East Block was our first destination. Read more

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