|Golden Elephant Safari|
Discovery Park, Seattle, WA
Friday, June 23, 2017
|Nara Temple - Kyoto, Japan - May 2017|
a wild rose looming at the edge
of thicket, grace, and light.
where yesterday was only shade,
and once again I am blessed....
Sunday, June 18, 2017
|Lower Mountain Fork River|
Broken Bow, Oklahoma
"Listen, God love everything you love - and a mess of stuff you don't. But more than anything else, God love admiration.
You saying God vain? I ast.
Naw, she say. Not vain, just wanting to share a good thing. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
What it do when it passed off. I ast.
Oh, it make something else. People think pleasing God is all God care about But any fool living n the world can see it always trying to please us back."
- Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Monday, December 5, 2016
|Looking down into Wadi Dana from Dana Village in Dana Biosphere and Nature Reserve, southwestern Jordan|
-TE Lawrence, from Seven Pillars of Wisdom, describing Wadi Dana.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
|Crossing the Red River with Lake Texhoma in the distance|
Oklahoma/Texas State Line
What a spectacular send-off this morning as I make my way to Orlando to meet the crew and guests for TCS World Travel's Around the World by Private Jet Expedition. I'll join two other expedition staff and 80 guests for an eight-country journey around the world - ending back in Orlando 23 days later. This expedition marks TCS's 250th jet trip. Stay tuned as the destinations are unveiled one at a time.
|Somewhere in Texas|
Monday, September 26, 2016
|Lake Coeur d'Alene|
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Thursday, September 22, 2016
In celebration of World Rhino Day 2016 here is one of my favorite rhinoceros encounters (well, one which did not include having to run for my life...twice) taken in Kenya while working as a citizen scientist for Earthwatch.
My god these are magnificent beasts - and it is hard to imagine that they will most likely no longer exist in the wild in my lifetime. This is a real tragedy. Click here, World Rhino Day 2016, to follow the WRD celebrations around the world and meet the protective organizations in need of contributions. #poaching #rhino #extinctionisforever #Earthwatch #citizenscientist
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
16 September, 2016
This is Bandit - a very serious Australian shepherd that guards the farmstead at Settlers Creek outside of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. His business is not so much with humans as it is with the deer, elk, bear and porcupines that might trespass his territory at any moment. I was allowed a two-second pat on the head and nothing more! "Can't you see I've got a job to do"! Hey, I'll take my dog fix any way I can get it when I am traveling.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Saturday, April 2, 2016
|Ayers Rock - Uluru|
Red Centre, Northern Territory, Australia
Interesting to note that this sacred red rock and the sacred pink granite mountains of the Wichitas in Oklahoma are the same age (550 million years old) and about the same height above sea level (2600 and 2800 feet respectively).
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
|Reed Flute Cave|
Monday, March 7, 2016
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
|The Mangrove Boardwalk|
Near Cairns International Airport
Find a place where the sun cracks through these dense mangrove forests, giving light to this dark underworld, and you will discover an ecosystem of complicated but immense beauty. Upstream, where the mangroves give way to the rainforest, a cacophony of bird song punctuates the soft morning light - parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, lapwings and wood pigeons all lend their distant reverie to the magic of this place.
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sunday, January 10, 2016
What better place to hike than a trail that winds through a 165-million-year-old rainforest - said to be the oldest on the planet. The bird and frog and insect chorus is deliciously maddening and primeval. The plant life is insane - so many things still thriving and vining and still producing otherworldly fruit - fruit that dinosaurs once ate.
The Mossman River with its tumbled granite monoliths and pristine waters makes the most spectacular swimming holes - called billabongs down here, down under. I want to explore everyone single one of them. I want to map them and photograph them and swim in them all. And the forest's 90 percent humidity and plus 90 degree temps make the prospect of a dip in the river all the more inviting.
This morning I'm cutting a fast clip along the Fig Tree Rapids trail before work begins when I am suddenly stopped in my tracks by several snakes crossing the trail. At closer observation (once the glasses are pushed back upon the nose and the humidity cleared) these several become three, then two - until I realize this singular bundle of taught muscle and rolling rib cage is pushing 12 feet in length all by itself. This gorgeous Amythestine python does not budge. Alternatives that allow me to pass do not pass his mind for even a second. He is the guardian of the end of the trail gate - and I am not allowed in.
My motto: do not go where you are not wanted. I will try again tomorrow. It is the journey, not the destination after all. Seconds later on the rebound I would encounter an apparition, a forest ghost of haunting beauty - white gossamer wings shimmering in the forest air and fluttering up toward the heavens. Eventually the white tail feathers are revealed to belong to a buff-breasted paradise kingfisher. Who has ever even heard of such thing? And fetching up on a lower fig tree limb looking like the exquisite offspring of a kingfisher and a bird of paradise flycatcher. In birder's terms - its a major get -and I give my most humble thanks to my reptilian friend. After all, not all our guides necessarily appear in human form. Pay attention and nature will reward. Show up and nature will deliver.
Friday, January 8, 2016
|Seine Fishing in the Coral Sea from the Cairns' esplanade|
|Coral Sea at sunrise|
|Waiting on the Sun - Cairns Esplanade|
|Tide Moving Out - Cairns Espanade|
|Australian Pelicans on the Cairns Esplanade|
|Low Tide - Cairns Esplanade|
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
|Four Mile Beach at Dawn|
Port Douglas, Australia