Winter wonderland in Africa

On the summit with Lucky Jaguar (aka Chui Bahati in Swahili, the lingua franca of East Africa), K2, and Rotary Club of Belleville Banner. For the first time in more than 20 years, the Snows of Kilimanjaro did not melt.  Heavy snowfall April to June swathed the top 500 metres of the 19,341′ freestanding volcanic…

UPdown UPdown

Jeff & I continue our prep for Mount Kilimanjaro with daily local hikes carrying 6kg backpacks UP⇑ down⇓ UP⇑ along eskers and drumlins. Followed by 30 minutes on the stationary bike late afternoon. 10km daily (or 13,650 steps).    

Dreaming…

Jurors Peter Crighton and Maya Jagger selected Dreaming to receive the Honorable Mention stating “its out standing appeal was based on the artist’s skillful sense of composition, light, emotion and adherence to the theme of the show. A very thoughtful work.”

Flores to Tintal, El Mirador Basin

Sun rays flooded through towering Cohune palms and bathed Lake Peten Itza in a muted apricot glow. Three hours and 62 rutted and muddy km later, Antonio and I arrived at Carmelita, his home village inhabited by 400 or so Itza Maya. Eladio, the muleteer, packed supplies, backpacks and duffels onto the four mules. We…

Passing through

Please join me on Opening Night Thursday, January 11th 6 -7:30 PM to enjoy photographs, piano music by Duncan Cooper, and birthday cake! Sneak preview of photographs starts Thursday, January 4th, 2018.

Beautiful Downtown Belleville

Some people think that “Beautiful downtown Belleville” is not and can never be.  Here are the first of a few photos featuring the inherent beauty of downtown architecture. Some store owners are visionary and determined. Let’s help them realize their vision. Shop downtown.  Eat downtown. Walk downtown.

Time to spare, go by air -Death Valley

  Day 2, Sunday: No communication from Air Canada.The AC rep had informed Mom that FedEx didn’t work on Sunday, but promised to request permission for same day service with an alternate delivery service for Sunday or same day service FedEx service on Monday. Mom emphasized that she’d only be at Death Valley for four days,…

Time to spare, go by air – Toronto

“Hey mister, over here. Are you blind? Help! Aidez-moi! Why can’t the security cameras identify me? Mayday-Mayday-Mayday.” I’ve been spinning around this carousel for hours, loop after loop. I should have been airborne two hours ago. Instead, I’m stuck on the ground at this damn airport. If I get any dizzier I’m gonna’ decorate the…

Fire & Ice. Sand & Steam.

CHILE: FROM THE ATACAMA DESERT, SOUTH TO THE END OF THE WORLD DAYS 4 – 5:   Salar de Tara & Garganuta del Diablo. We should have paid more attention to the promo photos of the couple dining on the shores of Salar de Tara. Their mittens, wind-breakers, and Andean style hats with integral earmuffs…