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Photo Essay: On the Border – The Slovakia Tatras

After several months of computer problems and other complications….most of them very good complications….I finally had time to sit down and edit some of the images I captured in October 2014 while hiking in the Slovakia Tatras National Park with members of the European Wilderness Society. This is the Polish-Slovakian border. In the second image […]

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A Tepid Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area Victory

Last week, the most worthless and unpopular Congress in the history of the United States of America passed the National Defense Authorization Act. The troubled House of Representatives approved the “must pass” bill on December, 4th. The Senate passed it on December 12th. Either this week or right after Christmas, President Obama will sign the […]

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Melting Glaciers in Austria – Hiking the Untersulzbachtal

Hiking the Untersulzbachtal At the beginning of October, 2014 I joined a small group to hike to the Untersulzbachtal Glacier in Austria’s Hohe Tauern National Park  I was one of the speakers at the European Wilderness Society’s Wilderness Academy Days at the park’s visitor center. With our little expedition were several of the park managers […]

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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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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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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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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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Roxborough State Park – My Shot of the Day – July 21, 2014

This picture is of Colorado’s Front Range looking north from Roxborough State Park in a light rain just a few days ago. I was driving north again to the Keystone and Lake Dillon areas for a few days of hiking. Ro​xborough State Park​ is a Colorado Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark for good […]

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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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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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