Caye Caulker Harbor

Two Different Harbors

It’s about time I post photos for Twitter’s #FriFotos challenge.  This week’s theme is HARBORS.  I’ve picked a couple of harbors that probably couldn’t more different from one another. Seward, Alaska – Small Boat Harbor Seward happens to be one of the ice free ports in Alaska and because of that stays busy year-round, but […]

Sierra Negra Caldera

Hiking into a Volcanic Caldera

During my trip to the Galapagos, we stayed three nights on Isabela Island.  All the islands of the Galapagos were formed by volcanoes and Isabela is no different, but it was the one island where we ventured up to, around the rim of, and into a volcanic caldera.  Isabela is also where I learned the […]

Duo of Penguins

Penguin Encounters

The Galapagos penguins are the second smallest penguins in the world.  For some reason I was certain I wouldn’t see any on this trip.  I figured they would be very elusive.  Luckily I saw them three times; all three times were off the shores of Isabela.  The first time they were swimming as our boat […]

Male Tortoise Close-up

Tortoise Encounters

The lesson of the day was the difference between turtles and tortoises…it’s simple really, yet I had no idea…turtles live in water and tortoises live on land.  We got to see both giant tortoises and giant turtles.  I’ll post about the turtles later. So far we’ve visited three tortoises viewing locations.  A farm on Floreana, […]

Poser

Sea Lion Encounters

One of the first things we learned from our Intrepid guide, when we arrived on San Cristobal, was the difference between Seals and Sea Lions.  He also promised punishment for anyone who called them Seals instead of Sea Lions.  🙂 After our transport from the airport and hotel check-in, we walked to get lunch.  Along […]

DNP - Landscape

The Landscape of Denali National Park and Preserve

Grizzly sow and cubs, prancing caribou, majestic dall sheep, and hidden moose (not to mention the moose charging) were all amazing, but the landscape of Denali National Park and Preserve was also beautiful.  I already shared some of the landscape in my post about the sunset. I spent several hours sitting in my car, at […]

DNP - Sunset Reflecting on Mountain

Sunset in Denali National Park and Preserve

Getting a sunset photo in summer (and even in the spring) could be challenging unless you want to stay up very, very late.  In the middle of the summer there would be a good chance of catching a sunset and sunrise within one hour of each other.  There wasn’t that much daylight while I was […]

DNP - Bull Moose

Hidden Moose in Denali National Park and Preserve

I don’t care how many moose I’ve seen in my life, I get excited every time.  During my Alaska/Canada road trip I saw 38.  Of those, eight were in Denali National Park and Preserve.  The thing about moose in the spring was they were shedding and sometimes looked a bit ragged.  They also blended in […]

Polar Bear Bites

The Alaska Zoo

When I was very young we lived near the Alaska Zoo.  I don’t remember much from then.  I do however remember trips we made after we moved away. My Memories The two animals I remember the most are Annabelle (the elephant) and Binky (the polar bear).  They are both gone now, but in their time […]

DNP - Caribou Prancing Across Road

Prancing Caribou in Denali National Park and Preserve

Caribou are interesting animals.  I found out a couple new tidbits about caribou on this trip. They have hollow hair which helps them swim and keep warm. They keep two temperatures…one for their core body and one for their legs.  In extreme cold, they are able to redirect heat from their legs to their core. […]