The following images were taken on a tour boat out of Seward, Alaska.
The Pelagic Cormorant is a small, slender cormorant of the Pacific Coast. Although it is exclusively marine in habits, its name is misleading, since it prefers inshore areas rather than the open ocean.
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.
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.
ARRIVAL IN SAN JUAN
APPROACH OF A STORM
SAN JUAN FORT AS SEEN FROM THE HARBOUR
SAN JUAN FORT
SANTA MARIA CEMETERY
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.
This image clearly shows the transparency in the wings.
“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”
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.
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.
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.
Less than a year after my memorable and very pleasant visit to Barcelona, the city has been hit by a terrorist attack.
LOS RAMBLAS MARKET
Market just steps from the famous Los Ramblas.
Site of today’s atrocity.
LOS RAMBLAS IN HAPPIER TIMES
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.
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.
APPROACH TO HOLEGATE GLACIER
A chunk of the glacier the size of a house falls into the sea.
TOUR BOAT NAVIGATES THROUGH ALL THE “BERGY” BITS
TOUR BOAT GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
CRUISE SHIP DEPARTS SEWARD
On our return to Seward, our tour boat passes a departing cruise ship.
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!!
“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.
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.
ARRIVAL AT THE WILL ROGERS AND WILEY POST AIRPORT, BARROW, ALASKA
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 MONUMENT
The American humorist Will Rogers died with his good friend and pilot Wiley Post when their small plane crashed in Barrow in 1935.
WELCOME TO BARROW
BARROW SIGN POST
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!!
Despite the harsh conditions within the Denali, there is an abundance of wildlife. Admittedly, it was very frustrating shooting through the window of the park bus, however I was able to obtain some half decent shots during our 8 hour park tour.
SOW GRIZZLY ATTEMPTS TO HIDE HER CUBS
MOOSE CALF STEPS OUT TO GREET US