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Ecuador 16, July 2-12, 2014. East Slope, Andes, Northwest, Napo

This was the trip from hell, right from the beginning. I made resees to fly to Quito on Sunday, the 29th of June. But when I tried to check in on the American Airlines web site, my efforts were rejected. It showed a passport with the wrong

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Shenandoah National Park, June

There has been an extraordinary amount of spectacular weather here this spring, but we have been cooped up here for a variety of medical and dental issues. I had an apparent heart episode that the docs still cannot diagnose and Chris fell off the treadmill badly smacking

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Early Spring California

San Francisco – Chris and I arose at some ungodly hour, packed the car and drove up to BWI.  There we drove to the lot of PreFlight where we park the car.  We love this company because they help us unload and load our bags and are promptly

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NYC

On April 1, we hopped a Vamoose bus in Bethesda and traveled up to New York City. A really easy way to make the trip. It took just over four hours with no hassle, no trouble parking and no tolls. And it cost only $54 each. Why

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Quick Trip to Eastern Shore

Chris and I planned to drive over to the Eastern Shore on Tuesday, February 18 to photograph the Long-tailed Ducks at Ocean City inlet and hopefully find one of the six Snowy Owls that had been reported at Assateague State Park and Assateague National Seashore. We wanted

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New Zealand, Nov-Dec 2013

Day 1 Chris and I took off from Dulles on Sunday afternoon, flew to LA and thence off to Aukland. We found the signage at LAX to be poor and frustrating, but we did manage to get to the right gate ahead of time. We boarded our

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Far Northern Wisconsin, September

Warning: We do not recommend you visit Wisconsin from out of state. Details at end of this post. September 19 – We drove down to National AP to catch a flight to Milwaukee on Air Tran. I dropped Chris and all the luggage off at Terminal A

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Ecuador 15, Northwest, July 16-25, 2013

I very much wanted to photograph the Banded Ground Cuckoo that was being seen at a small lodge north and west of Quito before it disappeared.  So, after some dithering, made reservations to fly down to Quito on Taca Airlines through San Salvador.  It was a relatively

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Shenandoah National Park, June 4-5

Chris and I started out the driveway at 6:15 in what was predicted to be the most glorious weather day one is likely to encounter in June in this area.  It proved to be so!  Things started off well, as we managed to avoid the godawful morning

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Delaware Coast, May 22-23

I read on the Maryland Bird internet group that Red Knots were back along the coast of Delaware in large numbers.  The writer implied that one could be within ten feet of these impressive birds and named three locations.  That was enough for me.  I already had

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Ecuador 14, South Ecuador March 12-27

Day 1, March 12.  Flew out of National Airport, through Miami (as usual) down to the new Quito airport.  It has been open only a few months and is not at all convenient to downtown Quito.  Sort of like Dulles was to DC when it was first

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Florida, Late Winter 2013

Chris and I drove out early on February 22 to see friends and photograph in Florida.  It was to be a short, but concentrated trip and that proved to be so.  We met up with four sets of friends, including three fraternity brothers and their wives from

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SGI Book Out!

Finally, after weeks of reviewing, selecting and processing photos from the 4000 images brought home form the SGI trip and ten straight days of full time work on the book layout, I put the book to bed.   There were two editions: a regular cruisebook for passengers and

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Great Sand Dunes National Park

I had heard about this park for years, but never seriously considered visiting.  I was not even clear exactly where it was located, except somewhere considerably south of Denver.  But we were looking for a new place, where neither of us had visited previously, and this looked

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Over the past six or eight years, we have visited this new refuge a number of times during visits to my daughter Monica who lives in Arvada.  It is located only a few miles north and east of Denver and adjacent to the Denver International Airport.  The

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Tierra del Fuego

Part way through the cruise to South Georgia Island, Karl Smith from the UK and I determined that we were both going to stay in Ushuaia for an extra day or two.  He had already reserved a B&B and I a car, so we decided to team

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South Georgia Island, Part 3

Day 15   Up early to a mostly sunny day, for our last time on South Georgia.  When I awoke, we were anchored in West Bay, a wing of the large Cumberland Bay.  Shortly a group of trekers debarked at Maiviken for a three km hike over some

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South Georgia Island, Part 2

Day 12  Awoke to heavy snowing, with a temp of 37 degrees.  Wind nearly calm.  There was about two inches of snow topside.  Looked like a non-photography day.  But was I mistaken about that thought! At 0900 arrived on the beach at Fortuna Bay and slowly began a

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South Georgia Island – Part 1

Day 1 – Chris drove me over to Dulles for departure at 11 AM on LAN airlines to San Salvador.  I had never flown on this airlines before and was very surprised when the pleasant check-in lady weighed my carry-ons.  She and her colleague told me that

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Getting Ready for SGI!

I am down to the last few days before departing for Montevideo and thence on the motor vessle Plancius for a tour out to South Georgia Island.  This island is about a thousand miles off the coast of Argentina and one of the most remote in the

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Ecuador 13

I departed Washington National on Sunday afternoon, September 2, for my thirteenth trip to Ecuador in five years.  I was very hopeful and had a target list of over fifty birds that I wanted for my book.  While I had photographed nearly 600 birds, most of these

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Skyline Drive, August

Early on the morning of August 14, we headed out Route 66 for the 80 miles to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, to celebrate Chris’s recent birthday.  We were hoping to spot a bear or two, but that was not to be.  Notwithstanding that this park

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Eastern Washington

In early July, we flew out to Spokane for a pro bono job with an organization called Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, that assists vets wounded in the wars.  Following this work, Chris and I drove a few miles out of town early the next morning to

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Lower Rio Grande, Texas, April 2012

For a long time we planned to visit Texas in the prime migration time for birds flying in from the Yucatan Peninsula.  These birds typically take off at dusk and fly all night over the Gulf of Mexico, reaching the Texas and Louisianna coasts in early morning. 

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Quick April Tennessee Trip

We had to visit a woman near Roanoke, VA, who is hosting a foster cat that Chris wants to adopt and decided to make a quick trip down to Cades Cove, Great Smokey Mountains National Park. We got a late start, but drove about 500 miles down

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