“Pic of the Week”. December 27, 2013. Setting Sun, Sandibe, Botswana

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As another year is ready to fade into the history books and a new one about to begin, I thought it appropriate to end this year’s “Pic of the Week” series with a few beautiful, tropical sunset photos.  These were taken in Botwsana’s Okavango Delta, at Sandibe, which  I’ve written about before and you can read more about here.  The photos were taken during a boat cruise on the waterways of the Okavango Delta.

I wish all of you the very best during this Holiday Season and a wonderful and travel-filled 2014!!

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“Pic of the Week”, November 22, 2013. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Utah is a land of surprises and one of my favorite US states.  It has some of the most unusual and colorful rock formations in the world.  Whether it’s dramatic arches, natural bridges, amazingly sheer canyons or rock monoliths, Utah has it all!  And in white, black, red, orange, brown and most every other imaginable shade.

One of my favorite destinations in Utah is Bryce Canyon National Park.  Situated in southwestern Utah the park is of surprisingly high altitude, so keep this in mind when planning your trips there (evenings are always cool, snow comes early and stays a long time, even into summer).  The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 – 9,000 feet …

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“Pic of the Week”, Sept. 27, 2013. Papyrus, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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I’d first heard about papyrus when studying the history of ancient Egypt.  It was the paper equivalent of the old Egyptians, although rough and not easy to write on, and brittle. Papyrus was used to produce scrolls thousands of years ago as we today would use paper to record modern text.   Papyrus was also used to construct boats, baskets, mats and other household products.

Papyrus is a tall plant growing in abundance not only the Nile Delta but also in the Okavango Delta. It’s a tall plant extending about 2 meters above the water level.  If you cut across its long axis, you’ll readily see how useful it could be.

We were going on an evening boat ride through a narrow …

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“Pic of the Week”, Bonus photos, August 6, 2013. Sunset over the Alberta Rocky Mountains

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Just wanted to share with everyone a lovely sunset I enjoyed yesterday as I was driving back to Calgary from the Crowsnest Pass.  There were scattered showers most of the afternoon and early evening, but the sunset as viewed from Highway 22 was lovely!  Highway 22 lies east of the Rockies and parallels them for more than 150 kms; the road takes you along the transition of the great plains with the mountains and is one of Alberta’s most scenic drives.

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“Pic of the Week”. July 26, 2013. Kayaker at Sunset, Johnstone Strait, British Columbia

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Johnstone Strait is a segment of the Inside Passage, through which cruise ships transit on their journey from Vancouver to Alaska (and back again).  It’s a nice place to go on a cruise mostly because its scenery is beautiful and grand, but also because you’re guaranteed a smooth ride as the waters are sheltered by Vancouver Island (and other small islands along the coast).  Situated by the northeastern part of Vancouver Island, the Strait is about 100 km long and between 2.5 to 5 km in width.

Johnstone Strait is home to several pods of Orcas, numbering around 150 individual whales, which feast on the rich fish life in these waters, especially salmon.  Because of the high concentration of whales it’s become …

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“Pic of the Week”. March 8, 2013. Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau (The Place of Refuge), Big Island of Hawaii. Differing perspectives of sunlight at dusk

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The Big Island is one of my favorite destinations, a place I can go to often and always feel at home.  It’s a rugged land, newly created by it’s great volcanoes (and with new land formation continuing in the southern part of the island).

A special place I came across during my last visit to the Big Island was the “Place of Refuge” or, in Hawaiian, “Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau”.  It’s a smaller National Historic Park situated just south of Kona that was important to the Hawaiian people because it was a “safe zone” — a place where someone who had broken one of the many Hawaiian laws could seek refuge and escape their sentence (usually death), with no fear of …

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The Valley Island of Maui: 1) Introduction and West Maui


There are few destinations that evoke more traveler’s fantasies than the Hawaiian islands; of these, Maui is thought by many as THE island to visit.  I have a genuine fondness for the Big Island, one of my favorite travel destinations, but Maui certainly is in the same league.  Most definitely worthy of your time and energy.

Hawaii is among the most remote places in the world, farther from any continent than most anywhere.  As such, it always takes many hours of flying (or an incredibly long boat journey) to get there.  For us it’s a six hour trip from Portland but it’s always a worthwhile trip.  As our plane approaches Kahului Airport from the south — as do …

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“Pic of the Week”. February 15, 2013. Sunset, National Mall, Washington D.C.

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Washington, D.C. is a fascinating place to visit with millions of things to see and do.  You can’t possibly experience it all in one visit, or two, or ever.  From the vast treasures of the Smithsonian to its historic monuments, you’ll never have a dull moment in D.C. (unless you end up talking to politicians or lobbyists).

This photo was taken as we were beginning an evening tour of the city to enjoy the lights on such sites as the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials.  As we were starting the tour the bus drove in front of the Capitol Building, between it and its Reflecting Pool.   This photo was quickly snapped from a slowly rolling bus and captures the Ulysses S. Grant statue …

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