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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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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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Register and Win! International Expeditions Announces Travel to Cuba

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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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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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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Twenty-One Beautiful Birds of Costa Rica – More Birdgasm!

  See more from the #EcoCostaRica Project From my travel journal: December 2, 2013 Last night at the Savegre Lodge was downright cold.  I was there specifically to see the birds of Costa Rica. I lit a fire and hung my clothes near to the flames to dry the sweat from the day’s hike.  I made [...]

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A Short (but awesome!) Colorado Road Trip

We left Taos in a pretty violent lightning storm and it rained hard all the way to the Colorado border at Antonito. Our Colorado road trip was supposed to extend for over a week but given a very busy summer, a family reunion and the need to have the kids to the airport by noon [...]

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My Shot(s) of the Day – Taos Lightning – July 2, 2014

Last night, Taos and surrounding areas were hit with a pretty intense storm between about 830pm and 1030pm. It was a fabulous night for Taos lightning shots but I have to admit I was bothered just a bit that my 10-year old daughter was out in that storm without me!  She and her nature camp [...]

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Escaping a Train, Restoration for Wildlife, Another Train and Still Finland

Whats Happening? If we jump in the way back machine and return all the way to 2010, you may remember that I started this website for three specific reasons.   One, I wanted it to serve as resume or CV as a forged out to carve a path into the world of freelance writing and photography. Two, [...]

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Great Sand Dunes in Colorado – My Shot of the Day – June 17, 2014

(Please help support my upcoming work in Finland) “It looks like a painting.” That was Ilan. This wasn’t his first visit to the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado but I think the view finally sunk in and not just the idea of the biggest sand box in the world. He did go back to digging [...]

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