Around the World in Eighty Years http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com The Travel Writing and Photography of Jim O'Donnell Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:16:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 To Get To The Cloud Forest – #EcoCostaRica http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-cloud-forest/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-cloud-forest/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:14:11 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3686 Around the World in Eighty Years

To get into the cloud forest you first scramble past the hydrangea and on up through blackberry fields and plum and peach orchards on forty-five degree slopes. The craggy moss covered fruit trees seem older than you’d expect and are encircled with vines. There are Chlorophonias munching contentedly on the fuzzy little peaches. They move [...]

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Jim O’Donnell Photography- The Brand New Website is LIVE! http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/jim-odonnell-photography-websites/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/jim-odonnell-photography-websites/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:09:11 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3945 Around the World in Eighty Years

After working on this for several months….. I am happy to finally announce that I’ve set up up a new website dedicated just for my photography.  Take a look! Jim O’Donnell Photography I’ve laid out this new website to highlight just the photography and nothing else. There is as little text as possible.  I wanted it [...]

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Native American Petroglyphs in the Rio Grande Gorge – My Shot of the Day April 7, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/native-american-petroglyphs/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/native-american-petroglyphs/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:11:16 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3940 Around the World in Eighty Years

It is odd how some things just fall into place sometimes. Saturday evening I was at the Taos Mesa Brewery for the first anniversary celebration of our new El Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.  Outside we had typical northern New Mexico spring weather.  A storm was snowing, raining, sleeting, hailing, graupel-ing (?!), blowing and [...]

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The Panamonte Inn of Boquete, Panama – A Review http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/panamonte-inn-boquete-panama-review/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/panamonte-inn-boquete-panama-review/#comments Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:15:57 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3920 Around the World in Eighty Years

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 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/supernova-of-1054/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/supernova-of-1054/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:47:28 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3871 Around the World in Eighty Years

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 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/costa-rica-foods/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/costa-rica-foods/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:48:20 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3875 Around the World in Eighty Years

“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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Dust Storm Hits Chaco Canyon Park – My Shot of the Day – Feb 21, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/chaco-canyon-park/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/chaco-canyon-park/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:06:38 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3867 Around the World in Eighty Years

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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That DNA Clovis Story? It Doesn’t Mean What They Say It Means http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/dna-clovis-firt-americans/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/dna-clovis-firt-americans/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 18:21:42 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3864 Around the World in Eighty Years

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 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/ecotourism-costa-rica/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/ecotourism-costa-rica/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:02:06 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3852 Around the World in Eighty Years

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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Taos Sunset – My Shot of the Day – February 10, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/taos-sunset/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/taos-sunset/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:37:22 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3845 Around the World in Eighty Years

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 Old Barn – My Shot of the Day – February 5, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-old-barn/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-old-barn/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 17:05:42 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3835 Around the World in Eighty Years

  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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New Mexico Drought – My Shot of the Day – January 29, 2014 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/new-mexico-drought/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/new-mexico-drought/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:57:20 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3827 Around the World in Eighty Years

While the eastern section of the United States freezes and it rains in Alaska where there is an unprecidented heat wave, out here in the west we are back to the drought conditions that have lasted for years. There has been no precipitation in Taos since a dusting of snow a few days after Christmas. [...]

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Golden Hour Photography – How You Can Use Light to Capture Emotion http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/golden-hour-photography/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/golden-hour-photography/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:10:58 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3815 Around the World in Eighty Years

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 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/el-guayabo-national-monument/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/el-guayabo-national-monument/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:34:27 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3688 Around the World in Eighty Years

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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Lankester Botanical Garden – #EcoCostaRica http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/lankester-botanical-garden-ecocostarica/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/lankester-botanical-garden-ecocostarica/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:27:56 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3786 Around the World in Eighty Years

Check out more from the #ecocostarica trip on Twitter, FB and G+ I’m a sucker for flowers and gardens of any kind. My dreams are full of them. Just outside Cartago, Costa Rica is an 11 hectare (27 acre) garden created by Charles H. Lankester in the 1940’s. The native of Southampton, England was never formally [...]

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Travel Blogging Calendar 2014 – Less Skin, More Elephants! http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/2014-travel-blogging-calendar/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/2014-travel-blogging-calendar/#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:54:22 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3782 Around the World in Eighty Years

I’m sure you remember. Last year I joined in with a a bunch of other bloggers to bare it all for charity. It was a fun project with an excellent goal.  But…well….my butt. My butt was the problem.  Preciously few people were interested in seeing that white mass hanging out there in the cold mountain [...]

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Pictures of My 2013 – 24 Captures from All Over http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/pictures-of-2013/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/pictures-of-2013/#comments Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:59:26 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3755 Around the World in Eighty Years

Looking back exactly one year ago at Pictures of my 2012, I see that I was in an optimistic place. (Feel free….by the way…. to skip this emotional screed and go straight down to the good stuff ) In reality, the past five years have been a struggle…or a series of struggles…as many of you [...]

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Photo Essay: The Cheesemaker of I Due Falcetti http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-cheesemaker-tuscany/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/the-cheesemaker-tuscany/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:49:36 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3733 Around the World in Eighty Years

~ ~ ~ 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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Vote for (ME!!) Storyteller of the Year! http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/storyteller-of-the-year/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/storyteller-of-the-year/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:48:34 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3724 Around the World in Eighty Years

I am pleased to announce that I was nominated for two awards by Hostelworld. First, Around the World in Eighty Years was nominated for overall Storyteller of the Year and second for best Debate article of the year. Vote for here: Travel Story Awards You can vote once a day until early January. Many of [...]

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Top 5 Archaeological Sites in Cyprus http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/top-5-archaeological-sites-cyprus/ http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/top-5-archaeological-sites-cyprus/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 18:41:57 +0000 http://www.aroundtheworldineightyyears.com/?p=3709 Around the World in Eighty Years

For something like 12,000 years the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been at the crossroads of some of the greatest empires of the world.  From the Assyrians to the British, the depth of history on the island is astounding.  You can’t really visit Cyprus without checking out some of the amazing archaeological sites to [...]

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