If you were to don rose coloured glasses in the Maldives, they would be blue. Take a cerulean-hued look at Maldives experiences from land and reef vantage spots around Baa Atoll. Explore when and where to visit, along with things to do, from seaplane vistas over the archipelago to intimate wildlife encounters while snorkelling its tropical […]
Lush tropical islands surrounded by the cerulean South Pacific, I can’t think of anywhere closer to paradise than the Cook Islands. These quiet achievers were formed through volcanic activity and have all the natural beauty of their better-known Polynesian cousins, minus the hordes of tourists. Accessing the captivating Cook Island atolls is slightly more awkward, but […]
MosaïCanada 150 isn’t any old garden! The exhibit of living sculptures celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation took $10-million, 100 gardeners and 3 million plants to create. Upon arrival at Ottawa airport, our friendly cab driver couldn’t recommend the exhibit highly enough, but I struggled to grasp what it was really about. The next […]
Ever dreamed of getting lost in a cherry blossom hanagasumi (that’s Japanese for “flower haze”)? Here is a fifteen-minute guide to the magic of cherry blossoms, including how to tell them apart from other blossoms, and tips for enjoying their annual Spring bloom in Japan and across the world.
There are endless interesting facts about Yellowstone National Park! Here’s a handful to know and experience while in the Park. Some take more imagination than others, but all reveal the marvel and beauty of this incredible natural landscape and the human struggle to understand, enjoy and conserve it.
Ambling through the Australian flowers of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha I suddenly see the native flora through someone elses’ eyes – artist, illustrator and author May Gibbs. It’s been many years since I followed Gibbs’ Aussie-bush inspired characters Snugglepot & Cuddlepie on an adventure, or looked into the wide eyes of a button-cute Gumnut […]
I grew up in the sub-tropics of the Australian east coast and spent the last 3 years living on the equator, then I moved straight into a Midwest U.S. winter! I was dreading the acclimatisation phase; getting out of bed early on frosty mornings to shovel my driveway, and having to drive on the other side of […]
Unless you’ve been living under Navajo Sandstone, you’ve probably seen images of the exceptionally beautiful slot canyons of Arizona, the most famous of which is Antelope Canyon. Antelope, which can be experienced in two parts – Upper and Lower Canyon – has been beguiling tourists, photographers and nature lovers since it was opened to the […]
One of the most memorable parts of our month in South America, was the six days we spent crossing the Bolivian Altiplano, seeing some of Bolivia’s most remote and awe-inspiring landscapes. The Altiplano is a high plateau in the Andes Mountains, averaging 3,750 meters (12,300 feet) in height. As James aptly remarked, “if we were […]
“Artist Point” and “Inspiration Point” are apt names for the astoundingly scenic vistas they overlook in Yellowstone National Park. However, these are merely two examples from the 899,116 hectares of natural beauty and creative inspiration to explore in the Park. Let’s take a tour around Yellowstone National Park and I’ll show you some of it’s most […]
Only a few blocks from where we live is a home with what the owners claim to be a “prairie garden.” The jungle of long grasses just looks like an excuse for an untidy front lawn most of the time. Their neighbours complain bitterly about the perceived eyesore, devaluing their street and homes. However, after […]
Darwin’s theory of evolution could be attributed to Mother Nature’s quest for perfection, and a perfectionist’s work is never done. The Galápagos Islands are one of the most pristine natural environments on earth. Though not completely unscathed by human interference, the Islands are a window into a world largely without meddling homo sapiens. Here Mother nature […]
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