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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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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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Valles Caldera Afternoon – My Shot of the Day – June 3, 2014

I finally made it back out to join my friends on some stream restoration projects in the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, New Mexico. The partners on this project are the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation and Los Amigos de Valles Caldera… …the project is designed to enhance the water quality of Jaramillo Creek. Volunteers [...]

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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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New Mexico Drought – My Shot of the Day – January 29, 2014

While the eastern section of the United States freezes and it rains in Alaska where there is an unprecidented heat wave, out here in the west we are back to the drought conditions that have lasted for years. There has been no precipitation in Taos since a dusting of snow a few days after Christmas. [...]

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Volcan Turrialba – My Shot of the Day – December 2, 2013

#ecocostarica Volcan Turrialba (~11,000 feet) caked in cloud frosting hat brought on by some crazy violent winds. This shot was taken from the top of Volcan Irazu in a wind so fierce I could barely hold the camera still. When I arrived at Irazu it was smeared in a thick coating of chilly mist. I [...]

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Deforestation in Panama

EDITOR’S NOTE: I still have so much material from my first visit to Panama. Yes, I plan another visit as soon as possible – Costa Rica first however, in just three weeks!  I’ll be trickling out more from Panama over the next few months. Deforestation in Panama In January 2013 I spent several days hiking [...]

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Valle Vidal NM – My Shot of the Day – August 23, 2013

The kids and I spent several days last weekend and into the week camping and hiking up in the Valle Vidal, one of the most amazing places in North America. We meant to go fishing but after arriving to our campsite in the Valle Vidal it turned out that while I had brought all the [...]

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There is not language yet for what we’re trying to do. Izilwane – Voices for Biodiversity

Editor’s note: Last month I had the pleasure to interview Tara Waters Lumpkin the Executive Director of Taos, New Mexico (USA) – based Izilwane about her work to create a global online community sharing stories to connect humans with the natural world and help other species flourish. ~ ~ ~ Bala Dada was stunned when he saw [...]

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Evening Rain on the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area – My Shot of the Day – May 16, 2013

An evening rain storm soaks the valleys on the west face of the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Area just a few miles northeast of Taos right after sunset. A slew of other shots of the Columbine Hondo can be found here. What else is there to say? ##

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Ute Mountain, County of Taos – My Shot of the Day – May 9, 2013

  Ute Mountain, located on the northern edge of the county of Taos, New Mexico, is perhaps the crown jewel of the new El Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. Ute is a 10,093 foot high volcanic cone rising nearly 3,000 feet above the surrounding plain. Ute is something you can’t miss. Located about ten [...]

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