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Brown Pelicans; Dive-bombers of the Sea – Photo Essay

Joining the thousands of travellers that circumnavigate the globe to watch birds, (the feathered variety) is gathering increasing appeal. I’ve always appreciated their beauty, the freedom they represent, but recent opportunities to see exotic, colourful and majestic flying dinosaurs has added my interest, becoming particularly fond of pelicans. Their appeal may not immediately seem apparent, and cute, funny penguins, majestic …

Postcard of Icelandic Horses; Symbols of Hardiness

Iceland sometimes appears the home of the hardy adventurer, the Viking spirit seems alive, and well in the Land of Fire, and Ice. Icelanders cope admirably with difficult conditions, short days, harsh winters, geothermal activity, including erupting volcanoes, and earthquakes shaping them into a resilient race, which truly seems to laugh in the face of hardship. They seem to epitomise the …

Postcards from Lauluväljak; Tallinn’s Singing Ground

This impressive, if empty concert venue is the scene of one of the world’s largest amateur choral festivals. Lauluväljak ‘singing ground’ is in the outskirts of Tallinn, Estonia, and every five years hosts combined choirs of up to 30,000, singing to audiences of almost 100,000. Male, female, children’s, and boys choirs, accompanied by several performing bands, filling the air with …

Postcards from the Totems of Kitwanga, Canada

Kitwanga, near the Hazeltons, in British Columbia, Canada, may not be actually described as nowhere, but the beauty of travelling is that often the unexpected is found some miles from anywhere. Driving is an especially great way to make discoveries, and one reason roadtrips are so popular, there are usually dozens of surprises found right at the roadside. The conundrum for …

Bird Stalking Adventures on the River Goyt

Carrying a camera everywhere is sensible for photographers, and bloggers. There are few more disappointing moments for a photographer, than missing a great opportunity; recording special moments is what they live for. For that reason my Samsung compact accompanies me everywhere, a constant companion, including when walking the dogs along the nearby River Goyt. This is a favourite route, which along with the …

Postcards from Sunrise in the Sultanate

Grabbing the camera, already setup on the tripod, and heading out to the balcony, the hazy sunrise over the peaks of Jabal Shams, in the Sultanate of Oman provided good reason to smile. We were staying at the aptly named “The View”, an Indian owned resort which overlooks the town of Al Hamra, and treats guests to a panoramic vista …

Postcards from an Urban Sunset, Cape Town

Spectacular sunsets usually bring thoughts of silhouetted surfers, island palm trees, or reflections in mountain lakes to mind. Cityscapes are often equally impressive however, and not necessarily just skylines of towering, reflective glass monoliths. These cloud formations over Cape Town, South Africa, produced one of the most memorable sunsets I can remember. After meeting fur seals in the marina, tasting craft …

Postcards from Yoga on the Hill, Ottawa

Even before setting foot in Halifax on the Atlantic coast of Canada, it was obvious the next six weeks travelling to Vancouver would provide many memories, and dozens of stories to share. Meeting inspiring, passionate people, learning about First Nation culture, and legends, discovering fantastic initiatives, that are bringing the culture alive for the purposes of aboriginal tourism, all left indelible …

Postcards from a Lake Zurich Cruise

The August weather didn’t seem too promising, dark, brooding clouds climbing over the surrounding hills, and descending on the Swiss city of Zurich. A perfect day to take a Lake Zurich cruise then! I’d already been given a basic grounding by Maggie, my local guide on using the tram system to get around the city. After the shortest walk possible from …