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Endangered Ecosystem


Wildebeest populations are in drastic decline. This not only threatens an entire ecosystem (the Mara-Serengeti) but also one of the most incredible natural phenomenons that still exist in our planet, the Great Migration.

Casa Batllo, Gaudi Art Nouveau

Casa Batllo, poetry turned into architecture


❝ Anything created by human beings is already in the great book of nature.❞ – Antoni Gaudi Casa Batlló is more than just a house it is an amazing work of art in the most magnificent avenue in Barcelona, Passeig de Gràcia or Paseo de Gracia. Paseo de Gracia has been Barcelona’s backbone since the1860s…

Great Hornbill

Are we doing enough to protect the magnificent hornbills?


Although the snake does not fly, it has caught the hornbill, whose home is in the sky. Akan Proverb Apparently not enough, especially in some African countries like Ghana and Cameroon where uncontrolled hunting and habitat degradation is decimating the hornbill population. If you don’t know what hornbills are, I encourage you to read my…

Can we stop the relentless spread of Bd, the infamous frog-killing-fungus?


Early this month an article in National Geographic prompted me to re-publish one of my first posts about the amphibian extinction crisis.  The article titled Ground Zero of ‘Amphibian’ Apocalypse Finally Found summarizes a research article published in Science in early May.  The research article Recent Asian Origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines,…

Part II: Nuts About Hornbills: What’s So Special About Them?


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” -William Blake There are many fascinating things about these amazingly weird looking birds; a couple of them are pretty obvious their colorful and in some species huge casques and large bills. The other one, which is not so obvious, but very interesting, is…

Nuts About Hornbills: A Fascinating Evolutionary Story


The extraordinary habit of the male, in plastering up the female with her egg, and feeding her during the whole time of incubation, and until the young one is fledged, is common to several of the large hornbills, and is one of those strange facts in natural history which are “stranger than fiction.” -Alfred Russel…

Much Ado About Puffins


“Seabirds are ideal symbols for ocean conservation… Because they live in a variety of habitats-including oceans, islands, estuaries and beaches-they can show visitors how all coastal life is connected and spark new interest in coastal conservation. Long-term conservation success hinges on public understanding and community support.” – Stephen Kress They look like cartoon characters taken…

Why Newfoundland?


“It’s the place where land, water and sky embrace like old friends”. -Newfoundland Saying Why indeed? At the beginning of 2012 I began looking for a destination for my next photo safari, after being in Africa the previous year I must confess it was quite challenging to find a place that I really wanted to…

2012 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get…