wildlife conservation tourism

On The Wild Road – Wildlife Conservation Tourism in the Rockies – Part 1

At The Wild Animal Sanctuary northeast of Denver, Colorado I watched through my telephoto camera lens as a grizzly bear gently backed himself into an artificial pond. He was cautious and slow but once in the water he floated peacefully and splashed around with a stick. The pond was out of place among the dry […]

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From the Mouth of the River – Images of Cuba

It was raining on and off at the mouth of the Yumuri River. There were a scattering of small fishing boats passing in and out of the river mouth under the bridge. They made their way from the Punta del Fraile where the storm created an impressive surf. There weren’t many tourists and the little […]

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travel in cuba

Twenty Captures From My Travel in Cuba

“It must have changed so much!” That is what nearly everyone I know has said to me since I returned last week from my travel in Cuba working with Espiritu Travel. Of course this was my very first visit and so I don’t know for sure but…I don’t have the sense that it has changed in […]

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the high bridge

At Home. Very Deep Thoughts on Travel, Boobs, Indigenousness, Floating Tribes and Burning Bags of Dog Crap

It was a Dark and Stormy Night Actually, it was a dark and foggy night. You could see across the dirt road to the abandoned mine but you couldn’t see up to the top of the road and across to the fire station.  After dinner myself, my brother and three other friends grabbed our BB […]

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Tourism's Suicide

Tourism’s Suicide …?

Recently, the Costa Rican Times reported a slight problem. Apparently, a massive influx of tourists to the Ostional Wildlife Reserve was having a negative impact on the ability of the critically endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtle to lay their eggs.  And why were all these tourists there? Well, to see the turtles lay their eggs. […]

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cultural contact

A Cosmic Conundrum of Cultural Contact

“How do you expect to communicate with the ocean, when you can’t even understand one another?” – Santisław Lem, Solaris Recently, NASA uploaded the contents of the golden disk to SoundCloud. When the American space agency launched the two Voyager spacecraft in 1977, they placed onboard two golden records that contain the sounds of Earth. […]

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The Boundaries of the Sacred – A Visit to Zuni Pueblo

NOTE: This article was origionally published in the April 2015 issue of Vrai Magazine as a two-part series. ~ ~ ~ On a breezy late-June morning, Tom Kennedy, the Director of the Zuni Tourism Program at the remote western New Mexico Native American pueblo stands atop the remains of the ancient Zuni town of Hawikku, […]

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cultural tourism

Tourists’ Tastes Craft Culture

NOTE: This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of Vrai Magazine ~ ~ ~ “I leave the good stuff at home,” the man said to me. “It doesn’t sell.” “What do you mean it doesn’t sell?” I asked him. Just last June I was at Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico. On […]

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Valsörarna Lighthouse – Kvarken World Heritage Site – Finland

There is a little island out in the middle of the Gulf of Bothnia that feels like it is a thousand miles from anywhere. The mainland to the east is just out of view behind the curve of the Earth or perhaps behind a thin bank of clouds laying just above the horizon. West, towards […]

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Images of Windows. Tamsweg, Austria

I’ve certainly allowed my website to slide the past month. But I have a good excuse. Not only have I been publishing articles elsewhere but I’ve been developing the first guide to the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Most importanly I’ve been teaching a writing course at Eastern New Mexico Univeristy (ENMU) out on […]

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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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