A Family of Red Foxes Enjoy Spring in Algonquin Park

A Family of Red Foxes Enjoy Spring in Algonquin Park

An image of a Red fox vixen grooming one of her kits in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

It was almost exactly a year earlier that Bob and I had occasion to observe a family of Red Foxes in Algonquin Provincial Park, and here we were, once again, in the company of the same vixen with a brand new litter of kits. Read more

A Blanding’s Turtle one of our best encounters at the Carden Alvar

A Blanding’s Turtle one of our best encounters at the Carden Alvar

blandings turtle, carden alvar, city of kawartha lakes, ontario, pic 15

Bob and I had been looking forward to getting up to the Carden Alvar for at least a couple of years.  Our schedule and family commitments just did not allow us the opportunity until this May.  I was filled with excitement at the prospect of seeing a number of early spring migrants and birds that favour the specialized habitat of the alvar plain, so it came as a pleasant surprise to also come across a rare Blanding’s Turtle. Read more

An American Woodcock at the Carden Alvar in Ontario

An American Woodcock at the Carden Alvar in Ontario

american woodcock, carden alvar, city of kawartha lakes

Our anticipation ran high the night before our first visit to the Carden Alvar that is located northeast of Toronto, Ontario.  We had our alarm set for 5:45 a.m. but I woke up at 5 a.m. and couldn’t get back to sleep.  We were on site by 8:30 a.m. and spent hours touring the area.  It was around mid-afternoon that we came across an American Woodcock, and the sighting pretty much made our day! Read more

Our Armed Safari Among Rhinoceroses & Hyenas in Kruger National Park

Our Armed Safari Among Rhinoceroses & Hyenas in Kruger National Park

armed safari, kruger national park, south africa, pic 10

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., but the dainty chimes wrested Bob from his sleep 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. Read more

Rock Squirrels with sweet little faces in Grand Canyon National Park

Rock Squirrels with sweet little faces in Grand Canyon National Park

rock squirrel on the south rim at grand canyon national park, arizona

Like in our own cities, conservation areas and parks here in Canada, squirrels are a common sight if not a nuisance, but we still   The same can be said for the Rock Squirrels at Grand Canyon National Park.  The rodents are so plentiful that Park’s staff warn visitors to be on the lookout for their bold behaviour! Read more

An Eastern Wolf lurking In The Shadows In The Algonguin Park Wilderness

An Eastern Wolf lurking In The Shadows In The Algonguin Park Wilderness

Eastern wolf in Algonquin Park, in Ontario, Canada.

On any given trip into Algonquin Provincial Park, Bob and I are on the lookout for wildlife.  Who goes to the Park and doesn’t hope to see an animal in its natural habitat?  One of the purposes of the Park is to provide a safe natural habitat for all the creatures that live within its boundaries.  On this visit to the Park in early October, an Eastern Wolf gave Bob a rare opportunity to see and observe its movements. Read more

We Were Quite Thrilled by the Warthogs in Kruger National Park

We Were Quite Thrilled by the Warthogs in Kruger National Park

An image of warthogs standing in the middle of a road in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

I couldn’t help myself but every time that Bob and I saw warthogs in South Africa, I thought of Pumbaa, the warthog in the Disney film The Lion King.  And when Bob and I were conducting our self-guided safaris within Kruger National Park, we saw our fair share of these unusual looking animals. Read more

Our South African Journey to Kruger National Park

Our South African Journey to Kruger National Park

Entrance gate to Kruger National Park in South Africa

Our long-anticipated arrival at Kruger National Park was like a dream come true.  This journey, for me, had its roots tied to historical accounts of explorers Dr. David Livingstone and Sir Henry Stanley and their exploits on the Dark Continent.  Add to that a detailed look at Kenya in one of my high school science projects, and a life-long passion to travel to the deep, dark “jungles” of Africa was born.  Travel to the sub-Saharan region of the continent personified my imaginings of an exhilarating trip complete with risk, daring, incomparable wildlife adventures and unique landscape.  We had to conquer our fears and fan the flames of our adventurous spirit.  As we entered through the Phabeni Gate, our excitement was palpable even though I was withstanding a bout of stomach and intestinal infection that had arisen that afternoon. Read more

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