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Trinidad Day Three: Watching Birds And Exploring The Trails At The Asa Wright Nature Center And Lodge.

The birds once again woke me up before dawn on my second morning at the Asa Wright lodge. I walked from my cottage to the main building in the warm, moist  tropical air.  Coffee is served at 6 a.m. . I drank a cup on the veranda and took a few photographs of the early…

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Trinidad Day Two: A Visit to Caroni Swamp Home Of The Famous Scarlet Ibis.

After my first lunch at the Asa Wright Nature Center and Lodge, I joined three other guests on a tour to the Caroni Swamp. The Caroni Swamp is a large wetland and mangrove forest  located on the west side of the island, just south of the capital city of Port of Spain. It is noted…

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May Arrives, And So Do The Song Birds, At The PPL Wetlands

It has been two weeks since I visited the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township in Luzerne County.  And what a difference those two weeks made.Although it was overcast when I arrived early Saturday morning, the woods were green and alive with the sound of birds, frogs and insects.  In my opinion, there is…

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Trinidad And Tobago Day Two: Exploring The Asa Wright Nature Center And Lodge.

A chorus of exotic birds woke me up before sunrise my first morning at the Asa Wright Nature Center And Lodge.  I slept well in the modest but comfortable room. There was no air conditioning.  But there was an overhead fan.  I was surprised how effective it was at cooling the warm tropical air. I…

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Trinidad And Tobago Day One: A Day Of Airport Hopping And A Night Drive Into The Rainforest

It didn’t take me long to  set off on another adventure.I started this blog post at an airport.  I had just visited New Zealand for three weeks in February. It was an awesome trip. You can follow my daily adventures in my blog archives. I am not young anymore.  I realize there are far more…

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New Zealand Day Twenty One: Farewell To New Zealand : A Final Hike And A Long Flight Home

I awoke with  a feeling of both excitement and regret my last morning in New Zealand. I was excited to be heading home after three weeks of grueling travel. It is always good to go home. But I also regretted leaving this beautiful country and the friendly people who live here.  I had an afternoon…

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Finally, Some Photographs Of Wood Ducks, Wild Flowers And Many More Signs Of Spring

Warm weather  finally arrived here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Temperatures remained above freezing all week. I knew this  would mean a surge of new growth at the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township. And I still wanted to get some photographs of the elusive wood ducks nesting there. It didn’t take long to notice many changes that…

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New Zealand Day Twenty: Another Walk In Auckland And A Visit To Rangitoto Island

My trip to New Zealand was coming to an end.  I awoke on my last full day in this beautiful and remote island country wanting to see as much as I could in the few hours I had left. I was up early to watch the sunrise. I read that the best place to watch…

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New Zealand Day Nineteen: Auckland: A Day On Tiritiri Matangi Island

I woke up early my first morning in Auckland. I wanted to get a quick walk in before my tour  of  Tiritiri Matangi Island.  The ferry was scheduled to leave at 9 a.m.  I was disappointed when I looked out my window to find it was raining. Instead of walking in the rain before my…

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New Zealand Day Eighteen: A Morning In Matamata And An Afternoon In Auckland

I was up early my second morning in Matamata. I was on the road again. I scheduled another bus trip to Auckland at 8: 20 a.m. I needed to get my morning walk in. I never miss morning walk at home. It has been a part of my daily routine for almost two decades. So…

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