Around the World in Eighty Years http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com The Writing and Photography of Jim O'Donnell Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:28:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/visit-zuni-pueblo/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/visit-zuni-pueblo/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:28:40 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4307 Around the World in Eighty Years

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, [...]

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The Flowers of Spring http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-flowers-of-spring/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-flowers-of-spring/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:03:10 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4292 Around the World in Eighty Years

NOTE: This article was originally published in the March 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ No kidding. Back in the day when I had the patience for girlfriends and my friends were like…hey man, you should get your girlfriend some flowers…and I was like….my girlfriend should be getting me flowers!! If that didn’t [...]

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Tourists’ Tastes Craft Culture http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cultural-tourism/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/cultural-tourism/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 14:41:10 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4285 Around the World in Eighty Years

NOTE: This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ “I leave the good stuff at home,” the man said to me. “It doesn’t sell.” “What do you mean it doesn’t sell?” I asked him. Just last June I was at Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico. On [...]

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Moonrise Taos New Mexico – My Shot of the Day – April 4, 2015 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/moonrise-taos-new-mexico/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/moonrise-taos-new-mexico/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 16:36:21 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4281 Around the World in Eighty Years

I know, I know. My first post in quite a while. I need to jump back in and spend some time here. Above is a shot of last night’s moonrise over the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains east of Taos, New Mexico. Below is the view west about 30 minutes later as the [...]

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Photo Essay: On the Border – The Slovakia Tatras http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/slovakia-tatras/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/slovakia-tatras/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:07:33 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4259 Around the World in Eighty Years

After several months of computer problems and other complications….most of them very good complications….I finally had time to sit down and edit some of the images I captured in October 2014 while hiking in the Slovakia Tatras National Park with members of the European Wilderness Society. This is the Polish-Slovakian border. In the second image [...]

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Out on the Llano Estacado http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-llano-estacado/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-llano-estacado/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:03:16 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4248 Around the World in Eighty Years

Did you ever wonder what it looks like out on the Llano Estacado? Oh. You don’t know what the Llano Estacado is? “When we were upon the high table-land, a view presented itself as boundless as the ocean. Not a tree, shrub, or any other object, either animate or inantimate, relieved the dreary monotony of [...]

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Valsörarna Lighthouse – Kvarken World Heritage Site – Finland http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/valsorarna-lighthouse-finland/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/valsorarna-lighthouse-finland/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:06:01 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4227 Around the World in Eighty Years

There is a little island out in the middle of the Gulf of Bothnia that feels like it is a thousand miles from anywhere. The mainland to the east is just out of view behind the curve of the Earth or perhaps behind a thin bank of clouds laying just above the horizon. West, towards [...]

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Images of Windows. Tamsweg, Austria http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/images-of-windows/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/images-of-windows/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:30:56 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4236 Around the World in Eighty Years

I’ve certainly allowed my website to slide the past month. But I have a good excuse. Not only have I been publishing articles elsewhere but I’ve been developing the first guide to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Most importanly I’ve been teaching a writing course at Eastern New Mexico Univeristy (ENMU) out on [...]

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A Tepid Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area Victory http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/columbine-hondo-wilderness-area/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/columbine-hondo-wilderness-area/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:41:44 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4214 Around the World in Eighty Years

Last week, the most worthless and unpopular Congress in the history of the United States of America passed the National Defense Authorization Act. The troubled House of Representatives approved the “must pass” bill on December, 4th. The Senate passed it on December 12th. Either this week or right after Christmas, President Obama will sign the [...]

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Some Recent Articles You May Have Missed http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/recent-articles/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/recent-articles/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:54:08 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4211 Around the World in Eighty Years

Not wanting to deprive you of other articles I’ve written the past few months but didn’t post on my website…. I kindly offer a few that were published here and there on the innertubes recently that you may have missed. The four articles I’ve linked to below run the gamut from a photo essy on Finland’s Kvarken World Heritage Site to [...]

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Melting Glaciers in Austria – Hiking the Untersulzbachtal http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/melting-glaciers/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/melting-glaciers/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:15:00 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4192 Around the World in Eighty Years

Hiking the Untersulzbachtal At the beginning of October, 2014 I joined a small group to hike to the Untersulzbachtal Glacier in Austria’s Hohe Tauern National Park  I was one of the speakers at the European Wilderness Society’s Wilderness Academy Days at the park’s visitor center. With our little expedition were several of the park managers [...]

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For the Birds in Europe, the News Isn’t Good http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/birds-in-europe/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/birds-in-europe/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:34:11 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4186 Around the World in Eighty Years

About a month ago as I was hiking my way around the valleys of Tatras National Park in northern Slovakia I was struck by the utter absence of bird song and bird life. I noted it here:  “Lacking however are birds. I’m a bird guy and so I’ve been keenly aware that there is an unmistakable [...]

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More Pictures of Beautiful Bratislava by Night http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/bratislava-by-night/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/bratislava-by-night/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:18:57 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4173 Around the World in Eighty Years

Although I only had two days in Bratislava at the end of my European wilderness trip I had a great time spending the early part of the night moving around the section of the city along the Danube and near the Nový most (new bridge) taking pictures of the city at night. To follow up on these [...]

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Slovakia Wilderness – My Shot of the Day – October 30, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/slovakia-wilderness/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/slovakia-wilderness/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:15:17 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4172 Around the World in Eighty Years

I stepped out just before sunrise. A warm air was flowing up the valley. I took a quick bath in the cold stream and then sat by the fire, drinking coffee and waiting for the sunlight to touch Nizna Bystra, a peak across the valley. Several jays were playing on the edge of a spruce [...]

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Danube River at Night – My Shot of the Day – October 16, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/danube-river-night/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/danube-river-night/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:38:25 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4159 Around the World in Eighty Years

The Danube River as it runs through Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, on the evening of October 15, 2014. This is looking more or less southeast, downriver. The picture below is from underneath the New Bridge on the western shore of the Danube River. I shot the image from the 95 meter (312 feet) [...]

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Roma Man in the Slovakian Countryside – My Shot of the Day, October 12, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/slovakian-countryside/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/slovakian-countryside/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:51:53 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4148 Around the World in Eighty Years

After a few days exploring the Račkova Valley we came down onto the agricultural plains of the Slovakian countryside for some larger sunset landscape photographs of the entire mountain range. Unfortunately, the clouds rolled back over the mountains and they just sat there like a gray lump while the fabulous golden hour sunlight flooded the [...]

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Up Slovakia’s Wild Koprovsky Dolina http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/european-wilderness-tatras-ticha/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/european-wilderness-tatras-ticha/#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 14:22:28 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4135 Around the World in Eighty Years

Vlado Vancura, volunteer wilderness ranger and member of the European Wilderness Society (EWS) pointed to lichen hanging from a spruce as evidence that things were indeed getting better. “You would have never seen that in communist days,” he said. Air pollution was such a massive problem before Slovakia joined the European Union that foresters even [...]

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Register and Win! International Expeditions Announces Travel to Cuba http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/travel-to-cuba/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/travel-to-cuba/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:29:22 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4126 Around the World in Eighty Years

Cuba…. Dammit. Of all the places on my bucket list, Cuba is WAY, WAY up there.  Back in grad school one of my fellow students was doing his Ph.D on the impacts of tourism in Cuba and the lucky bastage was spending months at a time, for several years on end, in that rich, diverse [...]

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My European Wilderness Trip http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/european-wilderness/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/european-wilderness/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:01:16 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4130 Around the World in Eighty Years

My European wilderness fascination dates back to the early 1990’s when, for various reasons that lack any sense of logic, I ended up walking my way through various sections of southern Europe on my way to Hong Kong. I never made it to Hong Kong. I got as far as the Jordanian-Israeli border, stumbled my [...]

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Climate Change Hits the Tuscan Vinyards http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-wine/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/climate-change-wine/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:59:18 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4114 Around the World in Eighty Years

“We have always trusted in nature to take care of us,” said Andrea Meini, the agronomist for the Cantine Leonardo da Vinci, a wine-growers cooperative in Italy’s Tuscany region. “We’ve really only begun to notice the extremes in the last ten years,” Meini continued. “It’s not that any one year has been terrible but year [...]

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