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Mute Swans in the U.S.

During our visit to Indiana Dunes National Seashore (on Lake Michigan), we stayed in a hotel along a small lake. Opening the curtain one morning, we were surprised to find six mute swans (four adults and two gray-brown juveniles) lounging...Show More Summary

time to go home

Lake Coeur d'AleneCoeur d'Alene, IdahoSeptember 2016 Fall arrives to this part of the world without much fanfare. A warm autumn wind whips the water into a frenzy. Clouds move like passing freight trains bound for more distant places - parting at just the right moment for a blazing sun to cast copper shadows at days end. Show More Summary

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Arriving in northern Indiana (see yesterday's post), we exited onto State Route 49 from I-94 and stopped at the Visitor Center for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, just north of the Interstate. The Center provides maps of the preserve...Show More Summary

Northeast to the Dunes

Facing a three-day weekend with no plans and encouraged by a decent weather forecast, my wife and I opted for a trip to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the boyhood home of Edwin Way Teale, one of America's most famous naturalists (see Four Books). Show More Summary

the early bird gets the wave - copacabana beach - rio de janeiro

The Early Bird Gets the WaveCopacabana Beach - Rio de Janeiro August 2016

how to pull off dinner in a cave in china

Reed Flute CaveGuilin, China March 2016 How to pull off dinner in a cave: 23 chefs and 100+ catering staff. An incredible night at the iconic Reed Flute Cave in Guilin, China. Records of travelers visiting the caves go back 2500 years. Show More Summary

world rhino day 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...Show More Summary

uluru finally

Ayers Rock - UluruRed Centre, Northern Territory, Australia April 2016 A major bucket-list moment - I have waited years to get here. And none too soon! As beautiful as she is from a distance - she is most spectacular up close. As ancient and magical as the legends would suggest. Show More Summary

the bandit of settlers creek

Bandit Australian Shepherd Coeur d'Alene, Idaho16 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. Show More Summary

A Grosbeak to the Rescue

Since summer heat has re-enveloped central Missouri, activity at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area was below par this morning. While red-winged blackbirds were abundant (as always) most other species were less common (or less conspicuous)...Show More Summary

September Heat

Just when the mild, glorious days of autumn seemed to be settling in across the Heartland, intense summer heat has returned to Missouri, courtesy of a high pressure dome across the central and southeastern U.S. Blocking the progressShow More Summary

the man who fell in love with the moon

Moon Set Lake Coeur d'Alene Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - September 16

Migrating Broad-winged Hawks

While far less spectacular than their congregations near Hawk Mountain Sanctuary (in Pennsylvania) and other viewing sites in eastern North America, a small flock of broad-winged hawks circled above Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area this morning, headed for Central or South America. Show More Summary

Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

Lost amidst the political shenanigans of the Presidential campaign was the news that President Obama signed off on the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod. The preserve,...Show More Summary

A Comma of Storms

Late this afternoon, a potent upper level low is spinning above western Minnesota, its cold front buldging across southern Canada and the Great Lakes region and then curving to the southwest, crossing the Upper Mississippi Valley, passing...Show More Summary

Caspian Terns at Eagle Bluffs

Early this morning, while birding at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area on the Missouri River floodplain, I saw what appeared to be two large gulls, backlit by the rising sun. On closer inspection (and with the sun behind me), I realized...Show More Summary

Patriotism & Human Rights

The current "scandal" of athletes not standing for the National Anthem is especially poignant in the United States where symbolism and tradition have long garnered strong emotions. The flag and the anthem are closely tied to our identity...Show More Summary

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