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Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park (The Place of Refuge), Big Island of Hawaii

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Perhaps the best place on the Big Island to enjoy a sunset (from many great possibilities), Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (the Place of Refuge) is a remarkable destination.  This is a National Historic site which should be near the top of things NOT to be missed by anyone visiting the Big Island.

The Pu’uhonua o Honaunau was built by the Hawaiian people as a sanctuary and place of safety.  Any commoner one who had broken one of the many laws (known as kapu) of their society could try to go here to be safe (although people would be trying to stop them as they tried to get to the place of refuge).  No blood could be shed or people arrested …

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Nowhere is a Place: Visiting Patagonia, 1) El Calafate, Argentina

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While they look extraterrestrial, those aren’t flying saucers or wormholes in the sky; rather, they’re some of the most unusual cloud formations I’ve ever seen.  The above image (and more in the photos below) was captured at dusk my first night in Patagonia and it affirmed my desire to visit this corner of the world.  It had taken 20 years, but I finally made it!  The breath-taking and sometimes surreal and barren landscapes of Patagonia are unlike any other!

Many people don’t know where ‘Patagonia’ is, or consider it just the name of a famous outdoor clothing brand.  My first in depth exposure to Patagonia (the southern portion of South America) came from reading the book, “Nowhere is a Place“, written …

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“Pic of the Week”, September 12, 2014: Sunset, Pismo Beach, California

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One of my favorite stretches of the California coast is that around San Luis Obispo.  Thirty years ago this was relatively undeveloped, but that’s much less true today.

This week’s photo is of a sunset in Pismo Beach.   It was a lovely fall evening.  We were just checking in to our hotel when I stepped out on the balcony and took in this beautiful view.  Fortunately I had my camera at hand and got a decent photo of it.

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“Pic of the Week”, August 8, 2014: African Buffalo, Sandibe concession, Botswana

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One of the most memorable half hours I’ve ever spent on safari was watching this herd of buffalo cross the Okavango Delta.  It was just before sunset and the light was soft and magical, what John Steinbeck liked to call, “the hour of the pearl”.  We approached the buffalo herd downwind so they couldn’t pick up our scent, but they were aware of our presence.  The larger, stronger animals came to the front of the herd and made a living wall between us and the smaller and weaker buffalo.  There they stood, trying to see us (they have bad vision) and smell us, and we sat back taking it all in, enjoying this magnificent spectacle of nature!

 

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“Pic of the Week”. March 21, 2014: Sunset over Courtney, British Columbia

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Situated on the “Sunshine coast” of Eastern Vancouver Island, just off Canada’s west Coast, Courtney is a small town in a lovely setting.

I was visiting my aunt and cousin, who live here.  As is my habit, I like to get out and explore, so we drove around at dusk.  I could tell we were going to have a nice sunset so we gained a vantage point and enjoyed its tranquil beauty.  It was a nice way to spend a some time with a dear relative.

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“Pic of the Week”. March 14, 2014: Patagonian sunset, El Calafate, Argentina

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One of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen was during our first night in Patagonia.  We were staying in the small town of El Calafate in Argentina, walking back to our hotel after dinner.  The clouds were dramatic and I hoped the setting sun would cooperate with some nice light….which it certainly did!

Besides the brilliant colors, what I found most amazing was the spiral shape of the clouds that for all purposes looked like flying saucers.  It was almost surreal and certainly a nice introduction to some of the beauty we were to see in Patagonia.

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“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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