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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POINT ABINO LIGHTHOUSE PHOTO EXHIBITION

 One of my panels has been selected by the Fort Erie Museum and Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee for inclusion in their photo exhibit to be held in the atrium of the Town Hall from 11-13 August . The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the construction of the Point Abino lighthouse on the north shore of  the eastern end of Lake Erie. What ceaselessly amazes me about this Great Lakes icon is that it was built during a horrendous world war in the midst of labour and financial shortages. Adding to the challenge was the fact that access along a private residential road was denied to the federal government and the building had to be erected by lighters out on the lake.  Despite these difficulties, one of the cultural landmarks of south Niagara was created to the highest standards of the Greek Revival style. Good luck to all those connected with the exhibit!!

Point Abino Word Press“WHITE SQUALL”,  POINT ABINO LIGHTHOUSE, LAKE ERIE

Further information on the exhibition is available here.

The panel will also be on display during the Fort Erie Heritage and Legacy Arts committee’s charity golf tournament at the Fort Erie golf course on August 20.

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BARROW, ALASKA

At 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is America’s most northern community with a resident population of 4,700. The locals call it “Top of the World”. The community was officially renamed to Ukpaigvik (Inupiat for “the place to hunt snowy owls”) in 2016.

will rogers airport (1 of 1)ARRIVAL AT THE WILL ROGERS AND WILEY POST AIRPORT, BARROW, ALASKA

barrow arrivals (1 of 1)BARROW ARRIVALS LOUNGE

You know you’re in Barrow when one of the 10 waiting lounge chairs is taken by a child’s mukluks!

will rogers (1 of 1)WILL ROGERS MONUMENT

The American humorist Will Rogers died with his good friend and pilot  Wiley Post  when their small plane crashed in Barrow in 1935.

SNOWY OWL (1 of 1)WELCOME TO BARROW

 

DESTINATION LOCATIONS (1 of 1)BARROW SIGN POST

BARROW CHURCH (1 of 1)PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 

BARROW CEMETERY (1 of 1)BARROW CEMETERY

will rogers airport (1 of 1)BARROW ADVERTISEMENT

Most Inupiat kids we spoke to you were bragging about their new 4G cell phones. Perhaps it’s time for me to upgrade my old Samsung III!! 

 

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