Snows of Kilimanjaro…the journey begins

Day 1 – Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Camp First daily diamox with our last breakfast in Arusha. Diamox – aka acetazolamide – is a prevention of (but not a treatment for) symptoms of altitude sickness: headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath at high altitudes (10,000 feet/3,048meters).  Diamox helped me on the Inca…

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).    

Prepping for Mount Kilimanjaro

Count down to departure. Been hiking in conservation areas all winter but yesterday added 6kg: a daypack packed with books. Five km up-down-up-down the esker and five empty beer cans later, Kalurra, the dog, & I returned to the car. I’ll bet you’re thinking “WHOA did she guzzle a beer every 12 minutes?” What I wrote…

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.”

The Lookout: El Mirador

The first snake I saw on this “snake-infested” trek was a False Coral Snake or maybe a Coral Snake or maybe a Milk Snake.  The only thing certain about this tiny, 1/2 diameter x 12″ long juvenile snake was it was a serpent (though I think it was a “plant”). The night before, as I walked…

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…

Into the jungle, El Peten, Guatemala

I’ve dreamed for many years about visiting El Mirador deep in the Guatemalan jungle. But dreams without action stay dreams so I decided to act on my BIG DREAM. I  SET a GOAL, made a plan, and TOOK ACTION. There are three ways to visit El Mirador: 1. Fly 45 minutes in a helicopter from Flores…

3rd Place SPARK 2018

More than 120 photographers, friends, and enthusiasts attended 6th Annual SPARK Photography Competition Opening Night Ceremonies at Lett Architect Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario. 30 images were selected from 161 entries submitted by photographers throughout Eastern Ontario.  Judges were independent photography professionals Rick Bell (Richard Bell & Associates), Charles van Ouden (Humber College), & Wendy Gonneau (Soul’s Creation…

A B*I*G thank you to everyone

My doppelganger (courtesy Kathy of Marks Work Wearhouse) & I want to thank everyone who made my recent photography show & sale a big success. I appreciate all 120+ visitors who PASSED THROUGH on Opening Night January 11th to enjoy photographs and help me celebrate my birthday. Thank you for coming, thank you for enjoying,…

Students Visit the Gallery

I was thrilled to speak with Sherry and her primary grade students about my travel photographs on exhibit at the Parrott Gallery on Pinnacle. The children were a well-traveled group who had visited major American cities, the eastern seaboard of North America, China, India, Costa Rica, & Mexico. We all had fun! Show & sale…