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Field Notes Close to home or in a far away jungle, there is always something marvelous to see.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

USA | Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | Views [1173]

Without National Parks we 'commoners' would never have access to some of the most beautiful places in the country.  Yellowstone and Grand Teton would be ranches for the wealthiest Americans posted with signs reading 'Private.'  The Cape Cod region near ... Read more >

Sanibel Island

USA | Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | Views [409]

We first visited Sanibel and Captiva Islands just after the spate of hurricanes in 2004, really bad timing on our part.  It looked like a war zone; roofless houses, utility poles snapped in half and trees uprooted. The few people we saw walked around ... Read more >

Gallery: Gulf Coast

USA | Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Protecting Nature

USA | Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [383]

As we travel the country we can't help but be impressed by the cooperative effort of environmental groups like the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, state parks and especially the US Fish and Wildlife Service and their system of National Wildlife ... Read more >


USA | Sunday, 27 Sep 2009 | Views [324]

I consider myself an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to photography.   National Geographic isn’t going to offer me a job any time soon.   And I don’t think I would want to work that hard.   I photograph whatever moves me at the time, sometimes ... Read more >


USA | Sunday, 20 Sep 2009 | Views [823]

I really should say something about Gettysburg National Military Park, but I am not sure what.   It is certainly scenic on a beautiful late summer’s day, perhaps one of the prettiest places in the country.   But in early July less than 150 ... Read more >

Cape May, En Jay

USA | Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [344]

There isn’t a time when birds aren’t migrating through Cape May.   What we birders come for in the spring and fall is the migration “rush hour.”   Diverse species traveling down the coast are funneled into this skinny peninsula by the Atlantic ... Read more >

Let Freedom Ring

USA | Sunday, 13 Sep 2009 | Views [551]

A decade or so ago in Philadelphia when I first visited the Liberty Bell you could walk right up and take a photo.   In our post-Nine/Eleven America you must first queue up and go through a security check.   No food, beverages, explosives, firearms ... Read more >

Gallery: East Coast

USA | Saturday, 12 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Passport to the National Parks

USA | Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | Views [329]

Several years ago a park ranger had a brainstorm, a National Parks Passport.   Each year the park service prints stamps that you paste into your passport.   Each national park (and now national monuments and wildlife sanctuaries) has a cancellation ... Read more >

Cape Cod

USA | Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | Views [352]

The red flag is flying at Chatham.   The beach is closed to swimming not because it is too rough but because of sharks.   Great whites have been cruising the shoreline looking for lunch, the grey seals that are currently sunning themselves on ... Read more >

Labor Day in Maine

USA | Monday, 7 Sep 2009 | Views [373]

Today is Labor Day, the official end of the "summer that never was." Nearly everyone packed up early and headed for Boston or Portland or wherever they call home and we have the campground to ourselves.  The traffic must be insane.   It ... Read more >

Acadia National Park

USA | Thursday, 3 Sep 2009 | Views [388]

Acadia National Park surrounds the town of Bar Harbor.  The mansions are mostly gone, destroyed by fire in the late 40s.  Bikers peddle the famous carriage roads, once ridden by the oh-so-rich - the land was donated by the Rockefellers - while hikers ... Read more >

Gallery: New England

USA | Sunday, 30 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Down East

USA | Sunday, 30 Aug 2009 | Views [323]

We crossed back to Nova Scotia on Saturday, as expected three hours late. But again the crossing was calm - the newest storm, Denny or Danny, wouldn't arrive until later that night.  Stupid us, we camped instead of finding a motel.  The rain began ... Read more >

With Apologies to Mark Twain

CANADA | Saturday, 29 Aug 2009 | Views [440]

The coldest winter I ever saw was summer in Newfoundland!  The weather around St. Anthony, the area called "Iceberg Alley" started out cold and wet and only got worse.  The high on Thursday was in the single digits on the Celsius scale, around ... Read more >

L'Anse aux Meadows

CANADA | Thursday, 27 Aug 2009 | Views [2596]

Hurricane Bill has come and gone.  It hammered Sydney, NS and the Bonavista Peninsula here in Newfoundland but the only effect it had on us is disrupting the ferry schedule.  We couldn't get a reservation until Saturday so we are biding our time ... Read more >

A Hurricane Named Bill

CANADA | Sunday, 23 Aug 2009 | Views [428]

For the past week everyone has been talking about the storm.   Hurricane Bill was working its way up the coast and headed directly to Atlantic Canada.   Discretion being the better part of valor, we decided to head inland to Gander to wait out ... Read more >

Puffins And Gannets And Mures, Oh My!

CANADA | Thursday, 20 Aug 2009 | Views [638]

Believe it or not we came to Newfoundland mainly to see Atlantic puffins.   They can be found in Nova Scotia and even in Maine but we took a cruise from Bay Bulls to the main breeding area at Witless Bay near St. John’s.   Gull Island is home ... Read more >

Gallery: Newfoundland

CANADA | Monday, 17 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

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