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The Prettiest Caterpillar in the World Tastes Like…

“Why are you taking photos of this one? He is for eating.” K.B. stepped back to remove his shadow from over my camera. Lying across a dirt trail near my campsite in southern Africa I was tracking the movements of a large caterpillar. Camera pressed to my face I waited for it to reappear from […]

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Answers to Life, the Universe, and Everything…This Saturday at 2pm

From geckos that “bark” to the wiggly-wobbly walk of a chameleon (and lots of great creatures in between) I might not be able to write the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but let me entertain you this Saturday with other fun tidbits…

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Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Have you ever heard of a “quagga?” What’s black, and white, and red all over? Answers to these questions within my newly published essay at travel website, iExplore! Click here (or the photo above) to join me as I search for these “extinct” zebra, the elusive pygmy falcon, and capture a bit of travel photography […]

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“My Brain Becomes a Pop-up Store of John Muir Quotes”

“…I was awakened by a tremendous earthquake, and though I had never before enjoyed a storm of this sort, the strange thrilling motion could not be mistaken, and I ran out of my cabin, both glad and frightened, shouting, ‘A noble earthquake! A noble earthquake!‘ feeling sure I was going to learn something. ” ―John […]

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Tuesdays in Tshwane: Rhino Orphanage Truck

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Has another week gone by, already!? Where is 2015 going in such a hurry? Here’s a snap taken shortly after we moved to Tshwane (pka Pretoria). A tractor pulling a couple of rhinoceros statues was very attention-grabbing

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Tuesdays in Tshwane: Collared Barbet

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Happy Tuesday, readers! Sharing a few snaps of a couple collared barbets. These two might be a mating pair. Does this surprise you? If so, you’re probably familiar with birds, and know that many male birds have more color, or striking variation in color, than females. The generally accepted explanation for this is that males […]

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Shipwreck With Tiger

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In the Maldives I saw ocean bioluminescence for the first time “in real life.” It was nothing like the swirling ocean of blue that the character experiences in Life of Pi. It was nothing like the endless sandy shores of blue-green illumination, bright enough to read by. We stayed awake into the wee hours of […]

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An Old Fisherman in Mozambique and Glória de Sant’Anna

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I just wanted to share a few photographs from our recent Mozambique travels, along with this poem, by a beautiful writer I only learned about today. Her name is Glória de Sant’Anna.  I want to thank Luis R. Mitras, who works for the European Division of the University of Maryland University College, for his beautiful […]

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Leopard at Letaba

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Came across a young leopard on a recent journey to Mozambique from South Africa. We took the route through Kruger National Park and the Giryondo Border Post. We were just north of Letaba Rest Camp, headed for the border crossing… Beautiful, no? And speaking of beauty, here is a story about a leopard, or maybe […]

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March of the Penguins…Column

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Hello readers! My March column is now online over at Expat Focus, and I hope so much that you will take a moment to go read it. Kurt says he gives it two flippers up. Please click the link below to read it, then return for some photos: Stony Point Penguin Colony in South Africa […]

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