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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To Get To The Cloud Forest – #EcoCostaRica

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!

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

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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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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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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