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For the Birds in Europe, the News Isn’t Good

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

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

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

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

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

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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My European Wilderness Trip

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

“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

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

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

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

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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