Belize River Jungle Cruise – A River Boat Safari

Belize City, Belize.

As I am writing this post, the world is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We were lucky to complete our Southern Caribbean cruise in early February just as the world was awakening to the realization of the severity of the pandemic underway in Wuhan, China. As we boarded the ship, a special questionnaire was distributed along with our normal paperwork. Had we visited China in the previous two weeks? There were one or two more questions on the topic besides the usual questions about illness symptoms, but I don’t recall them. In any case, our cruise on the Carnival Conquest was without issue. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Transient

This week, Andrea Badgley focuses on drifters, nomads, and even the state of impermanence. “Where did it come from? How far did it travel? What stories would it tell if it could talk, and how long before it will move on again?” You can read the entire challenge post hereContinue reading

Bosque Del Apache Revisited


Socorro County, New Mexico.

Last year I was introduced to the Bosque del Apache by my sister who lives in Albuquerque. The Bosque is a short 90-minute drive from Albuquerque. We spent part of a day there and had a great time capturing wildlife pictures. This year on our way back to Arizona, we stopped there again. This time I was equipped with a new camera and lens. I’ve used the Tamron 16-300 mm lens for some time with my D7000 Nikon DSLR and am pleased with its performance over the 18-270 Tamron it replaced. Continue reading

La Jolla Cove – San Diego’s Most Photographed Beach

La Jolla Cove-1 La Jolla, California.

Pronounced La Hoy-ah, this photographer who grew up in California was at least a dozen years old when I realized that La Jolla and La Hoya were the same place. OK, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much.

On the day we visited the Cove at La Jolla, I don’t know who had the greater population, the people or the birds. Continue reading

Bosque del Apache – Avian Refuge in Southern New Mexico


Bosque del Apache is home for thousands of birds on the flood-plane of the Rio Grande in New Mexico.


Socorro County, New Mexico

One of our New Mexico stops on our way to Arizona this winter featured the winter home of thousands of migrating birds. Sandhill cranes, several varieties of geese, ducks, and over 350 other species of bird visit this 57,331 acre (232 sq. km) refuge that includes 3,800 acres (15 sq. km) of watershed on the Rio Grande flood-plane. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Continue reading