HIGHLAND MEMORIALS

On this November 11, some images of Scottish war memorials.

BRITISH COMMANDOS MEMORIAL (1 of 1)BRITISH COMMANDO MEMORIAL, SPEAN BRIDGE

Memorial to the British Commandos who trained in the Spean Bridge area during WWII.

HIGHLAND MEMORIAL 2 (1 of 1)

 

GLENCOE MASSACRE (1 of 1)GLENCOE MASSACRE MEMORIAL, GLENCOE

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ALASKA BLACK BEAR

Some photos of Alaska Black Bears shot during my recent trip.

BEAR CUB (1 of 1)BEAR CUB UP A TREE

Black Bear (1 of 1)

 

 

ALASKA BLACK BEAR (1 of 1)

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COLUMBUS DAY

Happy Columbus Day!

colombus statue (1 of 1)COLUMBUS MONUMENT, PORT VELL, BARCELONA

Monument erected at the foot of La Rambla to commemorate Columbus’s meeting with King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in Barcelona after his journey to the Americas.

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ALASKA CORMORANTS

 The following images were taken on a tour boat out of Seward, Alaska.

PELAGIC CORMORANT (1 of 1)PELAGIC CORMORANT

RED FACED CORMORANT (1 of 1)RED-FACED CORMORANT

The Red-faced cormorant is found only in the North Pacific.  On a fly-over, this individual only gave me three clicks. Fortunately the third was in focus!! The species has been of concern but fortunately seems to be increasing in number.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT (1 of 1)DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT

 

 

 

 

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SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO

Hurricane Maria has hit San Juan, Puerto Rico. Power may be out in some sectors for months.  Below are some images from my visit last November.

SAN JUAN ARRIVAL (1 of 1)ARRIVAL IN SAN JUAN

aPPROACH OF A STORM (1 of 1)APPROACH OF A STORM

SAN JUAN FORT FROM HARB0IR (1 of 1)SAN JUAN FORT AS SEEN FROM THE HARBOUR

SAN JUAN FORT (1 of 1)SAN JUAN FORT

san juan cemetery (1 of 1)SANTA MARIA CEMETERY

 

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HEMARIS THYSBE

Hemaris thysbe, commonly known as the hummingbird clearwing, is a  moth of the hawkmoth family. Coloration varies between individuals, but typically the moth is olive green and burgundy on its back, and white or yellow and burgundy on the underside. Its wings are transparent with a reddish-brown border. It has light-colored legs, which combined with the lack of striping on the underside is diagnostic. Beating its wings rapidly, H. thysbe hovers to collect nectar from a variety of flowers. The combination of its appearance, size and its behavior commonly leads to it being confused with a hummingbird or bumblee.

The following images were shot during a recent visit to the extreme south of Ontario.

HEARIS THYSBE (1 of 1)

HEARIS THYSBE 2 (1 of 1)

 

HEARIS THYSBE 3 (1 of 1)This image clearly shows the transparency in the wings.

HEARIS THYSBE 4 (1 of 1)

 

 

 

 

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MEMORIES OF ST. MAARTEN

“I CAME FROM THE NORTH ESCAPING CONVENTION
THE MODERN INVENTION THAT WON’T LET ME BE 
TO THE SHORES OF ST. MAARTEN WITH MY FICTION ADDICTION
TO RESTART THE FIRE A DREAMER’S REMEDY” 

                                                          JIMMY BUFFET

 The trail of destruction in my travel wake from Manchester, Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Barcelona, continues with hurricane Irma’s devastation of St. Maarten.  Ninety per cent of all buildings have been damaged with at least a third  having been completely destroyed. The following images were shot less than 10 months ago during my last visit. 

SAINT MARTIN HARBOUR (1 of 1) PHILIPSBURG, HARBOUR

saint martin (1 of 1) PHILIPSBURG BEACH

DUTCH MARINES (1 of 1)DUTCH MARINES ON PATROL 

According to the latest reports, the military has been called in to restore order after the looting and violence which has broken out after the storm.

WISH (1 of 1)WATCH OUT FOR WHAT YOU WISH FOR!! 

The Dutch government has advised survivors to shelter in place as hurricane Jose  follows in Irma’s wake.

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ALASKA SEA MAMMALS

Sea Otter (1 of 1)SEA OTTER

Sea Otter3 (1 of 1)SEA OTTERS

hARBOUR SEAL (1 of 1)HARBOUR SEAL

 

hARBOUR SEAL 2 (1 of 1)HARBOUR SEALS

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TEARS FOR BARCA

Less than a year after my memorable and very pleasant visit to Barcelona, the city has been hit by a terrorist attack.

BEACH (1 of 1)BARCELONA BEACH

PANORAMA (1 of 1)BARCELONA PANORAMA

MERCAT (1 of 1)LOS RAMBLAS MARKET

Market just steps from the famous Los Ramblas.

LOS RAMBLAS (1 of 1)LOS RAMBLAS 

Site of today’s atrocity.

LOS RAMBLAS (1 of 1)LOS RAMBLAS IN HAPPIER TIMES 

GAUDI CATHEDRAL (1 of 1)GAUDI CATHEDRAL

Gaudi’s tears must be falling for his native city. He was accidentally killed by a tram. Today’s victims were deliberately run over by a van. 

Turns out that the primary target of the terrorists was La Sagrada Famillia (shown above), Spain’s top tourist attraction, and had it not been for the premature explosion the night before of a multitude of gas canisters in the original plot, the death toll could have been much, much worse. 

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KENAI PENINSULA

The Kenai Peninsula is a large peninsula jutting from the coast of Southcentral Alaska. It is separated from the mainland on the west by  Cook Inlet and the east by Prince William Sound. The Kenai Peninsula has many glaciers in its eastern and southern areas. It is home to both the Sargent Icefield and Harding Icefields and numerous glaciers that spawn off them. 

holegate glacier (1 of 1)APPROACH TO HOLEGATE GLACIER

glacier fall (1 of 1)GLACIER FACE

A chunk of the glacier the size of a house falls into the sea.

TOUR BOAT (1 of 1)TOUR BOAT NAVIGATES THROUGH ALL THE “BERGY” BITS

tall glacier (1 of 1)TOUR BOAT GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

holegate glacier quiet (1 of 1)HOLEGATE FAREWELL

CRUISE SHIP (1 of 1)CRUISE SHIP DEPARTS SEWARD

On our return to Seward, our tour boat passes a departing cruise ship.

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