Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I am always on the lookout for new opportunities for local projects that will benefit the areas I visit so I am pleased to share a "find" I made in Kiakoura, New Zealand: Trees for Travellers. They have a convenient flight calculator and you can track the growth and health of your assigned tree on Google Maps.
Check it out and see if a tree in Kaikoura makes sense for you.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
"Just lay down in the dirt there and you can get the penguins walking toward you!" said Iain.
There is a cacophony of sounds ranging from soft purrs to loud braying and high pitch shrieks. Shutter clicks punctuate the night accompanied by brief flashes of light from our camera strobes. We were in a sea cave on a tiny island in the Bass Strait (between mainland Australia and Tasmania) and the cave was filled with Little Blue Penguins and petrels. Every night the penguins make the journey from the sea, over huge rocks, through a small meadow and up a cliff to enter the cave where their babies are waiting to eat the haul from the days fishing.
Our headlamps and flashlights were equipped with red filters to minimize distraction to the birds and I'm certain that anyone viewing the uninhabited island from the sea might believe aliens had landed or the the rock was possessed by ghosts. It was just two crazy photographers, thousands of sea birds and who knows how many more thousand fleas! Judging by the bites on my knees and elbows... there are over half a million fleas... but it was well worth a bit of itching to spend the night with these wonderful birds. Next time I'll remember the bug repellent!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
In February I'll be sharing some of these images with the Ohlone Audubon Society. If you are in the area, stop by! I'll see you all in February!
Date: February 2 Time: 7:30 p. m.
Place: San Leandro Community Library Karp Room
300 Estudillo Avenue (94577)
Topic: Albatross: Wanderers on Wing and Wave
Presenter: Rebecca Jackrel
Of the 22 recognized species of Albatross, only one is showing an increase in population. Three species are stable. The remaining species are in decline. From plastics to long-line fishing, the challenges facing albatross are huge but not insurmountable. Join us for a look into the world of the albatross. See the beauty, the strength and the challenges ahead and learn why American ornithologist Robert Cushman Murphy exclaimed, “I now belong to a higher cult of mortals – for I have seen the albatross.” Rebecca Jackrel will give a slide presentation about her adventures photographing albatross around the world and the conservation issues facing these amazing sea birds. She will take you to the windswept Falkland Islands to meet the incredibly adept flyers: the Black-browed Albatross and to the island paradise of Midway Atoll, where the comical and goofy Laysan and Black-footed Albatross reside. We’ll end the evening with a trip “down under” to Australia and New Zealand to meet the large Northern Royal Albatross and the introverted Shy Albatross.
To reach San Leandro Main Library from I-580, take the Estudillo exit. Follow Estudillo to library on the right. From I-880, take the Davis St. exit and head east, passing under BART tracks. Go through light at E. 14th St (Davis becomes Callan). Continue 1 ½ blocks to library on right. Library parking lot can be entered from both Callan or Estudillo. We’ll meet in the Karp Room.
Friday, January 1, 2010
Well today it stops... OK actually up to 90 days from now... but thanks to research done by my friend Jim Goldstein, I have opted out of magazine, credit card, insurance and catalog offers! To find out how you can do the same, visit Jim's Blog and follow his easy instructions! Just one word of warning - the text they use on the opt out websites to verify you are a person and not a computer bot is case sensitive and a bit confusing: 'I' and 'l' look the same etc... if it doesn't take it the first time keep trying. At least they don't remove your data and make you start over from scratch!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!