Around the World in Eighty Years http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com The Travel Writing and Photography of Jim O'Donnell Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:28:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 A Finnish Photographer – My Shot of the Day – Aug 20, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/finnish-photographer/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/finnish-photographer/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:36:51 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4096 Around the World in Eighty Years

I have no idea who this woman is. Just another Finnish photographer. I REALLY hope she doesn’t mind that I took this picture. After a meal of fried muikku I went down to the the Söderfjärden Meteor Crater to find some cranes. I couldn’t find them however…until sunset when they suddenly appeared out of the [...]

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The Bodvattnet at Bodback – Kvarken World Heritage Site http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/bodvattnet-kvarken-world-heritage-site/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/bodvattnet-kvarken-world-heritage-site/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:22:05 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4087 Around the World in Eighty Years

It is a humid mid-morning and the pond is glassy. Dragonflies pass over the muddy flats marking the edge of the water. A Red Admiral butterfly rests on a golden point of grass. A fat and roly-poly yellow bee lumbers between flowers, hitting the yellowest first and only afterwards tasting from the blue bells and [...]

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Norra Kvarken Sunset – My Shot of the Day – August 12, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/norra-kvarken/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/norra-kvarken/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:59:58 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4084 Around the World in Eighty Years

The Finnish name Mustasaari literally translated means “black island” but as an ancient word Mustasaari holds more meaning that just the literal translation. Since the glaciers rolled away some 9,000 or so years ago, the Norra Kvarken has been rising out of the sea. A rebounding of sorts. The weight of millenia of mile-high masses [...]

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Fried Muikku!! – My Shot(s) of the Day – August 11, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/fried-muikku/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/fried-muikku/#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:53:14 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4079 Around the World in Eighty Years

Finns are going to laugh at me for this post but I don’t care. I LOVE fried muikku! In English we know this little freshwater fish as vendace, Coregonus albula. In Finnish it is muikku. A member of the Salmonidae family the muikku is a type of whitefish found throughout the lakes of northern Europe. [...]

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Helsinki at Night – My Shot(s) of the Day – August 5, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/helsinki-at-night/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/helsinki-at-night/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:46:32 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4069 Around the World in Eighty Years

That is the Tuomiokirkko, the Helsinki Catherdral. While it is one of the most photographed buildings in all of Scandanavia, I’ve never been terribly impressed with it. I’m not sure why, I guess it is just that I’m not into Neoclassical architecture. It was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel as the climax of his Senate Square layout: it is surrounded [...]

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Twenty-One Beautiful Birds of Costa Rica – More Birdgasm! http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/birds-of-costa-rica/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/birds-of-costa-rica/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:43:26 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4046 Around the World in Eighty Years

  See more from the #EcoCostaRica Project From my travel journal: December 2, 2013 Last night at the Savegre Lodge was downright cold.  I was there specifically to see the birds of Costa Rica. I lit a fire and hung my clothes near to the flames to dry the sweat from the day’s hike.  I made [...]

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Roxborough State Park – My Shot of the Day – July 21, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/roxborough-state-park/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/roxborough-state-park/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:56:10 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4042 Around the World in Eighty Years

This picture is of Colorado’s Front Range looking north from Roxborough State Park in a light rain just a few days ago. I was driving north again to the Keystone and Lake Dillon areas for a few days of hiking. Ro​xborough State Park​ is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark for good [...]

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A Short (but awesome!) Colorado Road Trip http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/colorado-road-trip/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/colorado-road-trip/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:35:45 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4035 Around the World in Eighty Years

We left Taos in a pretty violent lightning storm and it rained hard all the way to the Colorado border at Antonito. Our Colorado road trip was supposed to extend for over a week but given a very busy summer, a family reunion and the need to have the kids to the airport by noon [...]

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Arroyo Seco 4th of July Parade – My Shot of the Day, July 7, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/arroyo-seco-4th-of-july-parade/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/arroyo-seco-4th-of-july-parade/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:41:17 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4031 Around the World in Eighty Years

The best show for many, many, many miles around is the Arroyo Seco 4th of July Parade in the little village of Arroyo Seco just north east of Taos. Beginning at 12 pm sharp, this annual parade is considered the quirkiest of the area’s offerings with unexpected floats and unusual costumes. Its participants proudly display [...]

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My Shot(s) of the Day – Taos Lightning – July 2, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/taos-lightning/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/taos-lightning/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:17:52 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4025 Around the World in Eighty Years

Last night, Taos and surrounding areas were hit with a pretty intense storm between about 830pm and 1030pm. It was a fabulous night for Taos lightning shots but I have to admit I was bothered just a bit that my 10-year old daughter was out in that storm without me!  She and her nature camp [...]

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Escaping a Train, Restoration for Wildlife, Another Train and Still Finland http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/odonnell-update/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/odonnell-update/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:32:01 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4021 Around the World in Eighty Years

Whats Happening? If we jump in the way back machine and return all the way to 2010, you may remember that I started this website for three specific reasons.   One, I wanted it to serve as resume or CV as a forged out to carve a path into the world of freelance writing and photography. Two, [...]

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Great Sand Dunes in Colorado – My Shot of the Day – June 17, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/great-sand-dunes-in-colorado/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/great-sand-dunes-in-colorado/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:16:24 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4015 Around the World in Eighty Years

(Please help support my upcoming work in Finland) “It looks like a painting.” That was Ilan. This wasn’t his first visit to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado but I think the view finally sunk in and not just the idea of the biggest sand box in the world. He did go back to digging [...]

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SEND ME BACK TO FINLAND! The Lake of Bothnia and Finland Ecotourism Project http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/lake-of-bothnia-and-finland-ecotourism/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/lake-of-bothnia-and-finland-ecotourism/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:11:12 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4005 Around the World in Eighty Years

My first crowdfunding campaign is under way! This is my very first attempt at crowdfunding one of the numerous projects I have in mind.  It probably will not be the last. Please help me set this project in motion. Click that link and please be so kind as to jump on board. Goal I need [...]

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Paywa Zuni Bread – Sourdough From (PERHAPS) the Largest Horno in the State http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/zuni-bread/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/zuni-bread/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:36:58 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4003 Around the World in Eighty Years

Two days ago I dropped in on Jimmy Paywa of Zuni Pueblo for some bread. “Jim….hmmmm…. I think I’ll be able to remember your name,” he said. “Don’t worry if not,” I told him. “Sometimes I can’t even remember my own name.” “Then you might have a hard time remembering mine!”  He waved me over [...]

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Eating My Way Around the Wild Coast of Norway http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/eating-way-around-wild-coast-norway/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/eating-way-around-wild-coast-norway/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:19:41 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3997 Around the World in Eighty Years

Origionally published in Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ The island of Sandhornøya sits near the mouth of the Saltstarumen Sound in the far north of Norway. The shape of a squished heart stabbing into the Norwegian Sea, Sandhornøya is a wild and craggy rock guarding the entrance to some of the dramatic fjords that cut [...]

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Valles Caldera Afternoon – My Shot of the Day – June 3, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/valles-caldera-afternoon/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/valles-caldera-afternoon/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:00:59 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3994 Around the World in Eighty Years

I finally made it back out to join my friends on some stream restoration projects in the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, New Mexico. The partners on this project are the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation and Los Amigos de Valles Caldera… …the project is designed to enhance the water quality of Jaramillo Creek. Volunteers [...]

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Bighorn – My Shot of the Day – May 15, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/bighorn-new-mexico/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/bighorn-new-mexico/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 14:59:26 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3988 Around the World in Eighty Years

A young, male bighorn sheep. Somehow “tomorrow” turned into three days later this week. I really feel like I should say something here but I said it all the other day here where I described how these shots came about.  I’ll just allow this beautiful beast to speak for himself. ##

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Unsettled Eve – My Shot of the Day – May 12, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/unsettled-eve/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/unsettled-eve/#comments Mon, 12 May 2014 14:19:53 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3985 Around the World in Eighty Years

It has been one unsettled eve after another the past week. I mean both the weather and for me, with lots of emotional turmoil on the inside. On Friday afternoon I went for a short run and then packed a sandwich and a few beers in a small cooler and drove back out to the [...]

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A Bright Spot in Ukraine – European Wilderness http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/nature-of-ukraine/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/nature-of-ukraine/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 12:31:12 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3960 Around the World in Eighty Years

“Why does Ukraine invest in nature conservation? Simple,” says Max Rossberg of the European Wilderness Society. “These young people are much more educated than we believe and they are realizing that nature has a value. So they are tapping into all of the support programs from US foundations, EU organizations and NGOs to finance these [...]

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The Taos High Bridge – My Shot of the Day – May 6, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/taos-high-bridge/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/taos-high-bridge/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 15:22:12 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3972 Around the World in Eighty Years

  The Taos High Bridge is so spectacular I keep returning to it photographically from different angles. Here is a shot of the Taos high bridge from a hot air balloon.  Here is a shot of the Rio Grande gorge taken looking north from the middle of the bridge. There is a 9 mile biking [...]

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