Around the World in Eighty Years http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com The Travel Writing and Photography of Jim O'Donnell Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:22:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 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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Kvarken Project: VOTE for the Photograph You Want & See the Faces of the People I Met http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/kvarken-vote/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/kvarken-vote/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 19:21:57 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=4101 Around the World in Eighty Years

So. I’ve made my way through a significant chunk of the photographs I took in the Kvarken World Heritage site last month and feel prepared enough to offer the following four photographs to choose from for rewards to the people who donated to this research. Please VOTE for one of these pictures by naming your choice [...]

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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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