That DNA Clovis Story? It Doesn’t Mean What They Say It Means

This kind of lead in to a scientific article really upsets me: “DNA harvested from the remains of an infant buried 13,000 years ago confirms that the earliest widespread culture in North America was descended from humans who crossed over to the New World from Asia, scientists say.” Why am I upset? Because the DNA [...]

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Ecotourism Costa Rica – The Impacts on Three Guides

It is hard to deny that ecotourism has benefited the nation of Costa Rica in a great number of ways.  The ecotourism boom began in the mid-1980s and really took off in the 1990s with 800,000 foreigners visiting the Central American nation in 1995, 1.03 million in 1999 and an astounding 2.34 million in 2012, [...]

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Golden Hour Photography – How You Can Use Light to Capture Emotion

One of the main goals of photography should be to communicate an emotion. Well.  Thats my opinion anyway. Its about an experience.  A feeling.  That moment that hits you and makes you gasp. Be it a beautiful plate of food, a stunning landscape or the face of a child, what many photographers seek to do [...]

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A City in the Jungle – El Guayabo National Monument – #ecocostarica

From the crest of the hill above the center of the site there was a clear view south and an odd, pointy mountain jutting from a plateau several miles distant. It stood out like a sore thumb. In fact, it looks like a giant thumb. I asked my guide, Rosa Fernandez, if it was a [...]

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Photo Essay: The Cheesemaker of I Due Falcetti

~ ~ ~ The cheesemaker Francesco Bagnoli lives with his parents and grandmother Lorena on the summit of an outrageously steep and pointy little Tuscan hill near Lamporecchio. The house seems cubist-inspired, all stacked both on top of and next to itself all at the same time.  Countless dogs, cats and chickens come and go from [...]

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A Taste of Costa Rican Wildlife from La Selva Biological Station

Check out more from the #ecocostarica trip on Twitter, FB and G+ By the time I climbed back into the van for the drive back to San Jose my clothes were drenched, my glasses fogged up and my camera worn out. Located right at the confluence to two croc-filled rivers, the air in the forest is so [...]

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Sugar Cane – My Shot of the Day – December 4, 2013

#ecocostarica A sugar cane field east of Cartago, Costa Rica.  (This image is for sale here) Most Costa Rica sugar cane crops are used to produce granulated sugars and other cooking ingredients, as well as alcoholic beverages such as rum. However, Costa Rica sugar cane is sometimes burned to provide heat. Sugar cane stalks can [...]

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El Quetzal – My Shot of the Day – December 3, 2013

#ecocostarica You may recall that back in January I went on a fruitless search for El Quetzal in the mountains of Panama. It was an awesome trek into some amazing country with a great friend but alas…not rare and endangered bird.  Today I had a bit more luck…although these lovely creatures were NOT cooperative. Just [...]

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Volcan Turrialba – My Shot of the Day – December 2, 2013

#ecocostarica Volcan Turrialba (~11,000 feet) caked in cloud frosting hat brought on by some crazy violent winds. This shot was taken from the top of Volcan Irazu in a wind so fierce I could barely hold the camera still. When I arrived at Irazu it was smeared in a thick coating of chilly mist. I [...]

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Taos Mountain, New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – November 23, 2013

A major winter storm is moving in on us from the southwest today. I took this picture of Taos Mountain at 1:35pm today as the storm came in.  Here is another shot of Taos Mountain that I have for sale: “Mountain Light – Taos” From the National Weather Service: BOTTOM LINE:  MAJOR WINTER STORM [...]

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Deforestation in Panama

EDITOR’S NOTE: I still have so much material from my first visit to Panama. Yes, I plan another visit as soon as possible – Costa Rica first however, in just three weeks!  I’ll be trickling out more from Panama over the next few months. Deforestation in Panama In January 2013 I spent several days hiking [...]

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Should Foreigners Pay More? Damn Straight.

Should foreigners pay more? That was the question back at the beginning of summer when a heated discussion ensued among travel bloggers on Facebook. At the center of the debate was the tendency of some world governments to charge foreign visitors more than locals to enter a national monument, archaeological site or wildlife park. The [...]

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Ancient Games of Daldøsa. How did an Islamic Game Travel to the North?

Editors note: this is an updated version of an article I published here nearly three years ago. Ancient Games Go North Here’s a study I stumbled across that combines three of my favorite things: The Arctic, the Arab world and cultural connections in the ancient world. The question is, how could a board game that [...]

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Going on holiday by car? How to survive those dreaded long drives.

There are various ways to get to your holiday destination, but if you’re one who likes to sit in the car for hours on end, then you’ll need to do a bit of planning to ensure you all make it there alive. Here are some top tips on surviving those long holiday drives… Plan your [...]

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Exploring the Surreal Beauty of Australia’s Simpson Desert

A flat, barren desert notable for its sand dunes and red dusty landscape, Australia’s Simpson Desert covers an area of 176,500 square kilometres. It’s only the fourth largest desert in Australia, but it’s also one of the most frequently visited due to its well-travelled tracks and parallel sand dunes which shift in the wind. The [...]

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The Panamonte Inn of Boquete, Panama – A Review

Editor’s Note: The first thing I want to say here is that I owe the fabulous people at Panamonte Inn in Boquete, Panama a serious apology – particularly to Charlie and Yolanda. When I returned from Panama just over a year ago I was hit with some major and totally unexpected troubles that literally took [...]

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The Supernova of 1054 – My Shot of the Day – March 5, 2014

It’s not like it’s a hard hike. There really isn’t any elevation change but the four miles to get to the “ Supernova of 1054 ” petroglyph takes you across an open valley bottom of soft sand held in place by rather hard-done-by Four-wing saltbush, sagebrush and cactus.  There is some tough grasses out there [...]

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Costa Rica Foods – El Mirador Sitios Angustura

“So.  There are three areas on the stove basically.  The hottest is right here over the area where you put the wood.”  Maria Luis waved her hard-working, muscled hand over the front part of the stove.  “Both sides.  Hot.  Then the medium heat is here in the center.  Over there on the edge is the [...]

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The Top Five Attractions in Miami, FL

A trip to Miami offers the chance to take in some fantastic attractions and the only problem you are likely to face in the city is narrowing down the choice to which you should visit. With this in mind, some of the must-see destinations include the following. Jungle Island The sunshine of Miami makes its [...]

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Dust Storm Hits Chaco Canyon Park – My Shot of the Day – Feb 21, 2014

The wind howled out at Chaco Canyon park all day Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  I spent the day hiking around in the wind.  But by three in the afternoon a huge cloud of dust was moving up the canyon from the southwest.  It looked like one mean, angry pile of cold blowing dirt heading my [...]

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Taos Sunset – My Shot of the Day – February 10, 2014

The sunsets the past few evenings in Taos, New Mexico have been nothing short of spectacular. Yes, we often get pretty amazing sunsets but in the past week since we’ve actually had some clouds and storms for the first time in well over a month, the light from the setting sun has had much more [...]

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The Road Less Travelled: The World’s Most Spectacular Wilderness Spots

Sometimes travel is all about the hustle and bustle of capital cities, bartering in busy bazaars and meeting fellow travellers. But, equally, it can be about enjoying perfect solitude, visiting places where the only noise might be a rushing waterfall, the chattering of monkeys high in the treetops or the howl of the wind atop [...]

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The Old Barn – My Shot of the Day – February 5, 2014

  This shot of the old barn in the Cañon area of Taos was far from the ideal capture- and I really liked it. I pointed the camera right into the low, setting sun to get the picture. The air around the old barn was full of smoke from several newly lit stove fires in [...]

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