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Alligator Alley

For once on this trip we indulged ourselves and slept in. Oh, my! It felt good to just get up whenever. Highway 41 in Florida is known as Alligator Alley, and for good reason – there are loads of the beasts in the Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park which is slices through…

Nifty 60

Other than my knees, I don’t feel 60. As long as that bendy part of me cooperates, I feel like I did in my 40s. All in all, pretty good. We got up early (of course!), and Alan presented me with some sweet birthday cards, then we headed over to Perkins’s (next door to the hotel) for…

Burrowing In

While we were out on our looong trip last year, we tried like crazy to spot a Burrowing Owl when we were around prairie dog towns. Alas, we were not so lucky… we thought. The funny thing is, we DID see one, we just didn’t know it at the time. When I was photographing a…

On the Border

After a wonderful day of Whooping Cranes and armadillos, we decided to get up at the asscrack of dawn and head down to Laguna Atacosa National Wildlife Refuge, right at the border between the U.S. and Mexico on the eastern side of Texas. One of our fellow boat passengers, and an avid birder, told us…

Whoopers!

For decades one of my secret Bucket List items has been to see the critically endangered wild Whooping Cranes. Back before I hit the 20 year-old mark, I read a book by George Archibald, about his life with these remarkable birds, the largest in North America, and his efforts to help save them from extinction….

S**t Happens

Back in September, when we were visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, I was photographing some elk. It was Rut season and they were all over the place. Long story, short – I fell and bonked the camera hard on the pavement. I am usually able to keep my camera arm up, no matter how I…