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Norra Kvarken Sunset – My Shot of the Day – August 12, 2014

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

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

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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SEND ME BACK TO FINLAND! The Lake of Bothnia and Finland Ecotourism Project

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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Eating My Way Around the Wild Coast of Norway

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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A Bright Spot in Ukraine – European Wilderness

“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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Photo Essay: The Cheesemaker of I Due Falcetti

~ ~ ~ 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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One Tuscan Hill in Five Photos

It was just a month ago….outside my window at Casale di Valle,  down and across a string of vinyards, there was this one Tuscan hill crowned with these Lombardy poplars, heavy in personality. The mood of that hill changed almost by the minute over the course of my time in the casale and I found [...]

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Chef Anna’s Italian Crostata Recipe – Try It!

Ok. If you’re only here for the recipe and not the amazing and outstanding and simply mouthwatering photography then jump on down to the bottom where you will find Chef Anna’s Italian Crostata Recipe as presented by chef Karista Bennett of Karista’s Kitchen my friend and fello DaVinci Storyteller for 2013.  Fine. Go ahead…make the [...]

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Magnificent Tuscan Food and Wine in Fifteen Photos

Editor’s Note: Rules being rules and laws being laws, please note that you have to to be at least 18 years old to read the rest of this post. Ya silly I know.  Its because of the alcohol…. Tuscan Food and Wine One of the main things that I wanted to work on while in [...]

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Larciano Castello – My Shot of the Day – October 9, 2013

It is more than a little difficult to imagine that dirty, bloodied violent armies slugged it out back and forth over those green and golden rolling hills for centuries. It wasn’t always that way. The Romans established a villa on that hilltop in the 4th century BCE and called it “Villa Larziana”, the name coming [...]

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“No. No. You May Not Have an Americano” – My Shot of the Day – October 5, 2013

In the Bar dell’Orso on the road to Montalcino I needed a break from all the espresso shots I was kicking back. Instead, I wanted to just sit and sip at a coffee. Take my time. Enjoy it. I asked him for an Americano. His jaw dropped, his eyes nearly popped from his head. He [...]

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