Category archive - North America

Tips for Photographing the Northern Lights

Tips for Photographing the Northern Lights

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A Road Trip Survival Guide

A Road Trip Survival Guide

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Hiking in Alaska: Lion’s Head, Glacier View

Hiking in Alaska: Lion’s Head, Glacier View

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Alaska Range From the Air: Denali National Park

Alaska Range From the Air: Denali National Park

 

It turns out diminutive five-seater planes and I don’t really see eye to eye. As we begin our bumpy ascent and the world starts to spin a little, I’m beginning to think that a scenic flight over Denali National Park in Alaska’s central interior was not such a great idea.

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Mount McKinley, Alaska: ‘The Mountain’

Mount McKinley, Alaska: ‘The Mountain’

 

It is known to the locals in Alaska as ‘The Mountain’.

Unfortunately, the chance of seeing Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska is only around twenty percent and many visitors leave the Denali National Park disappointed, having seen only the mass of cloud cover that keeps North America’s highest mountain hidden.

It is there, however: in all its 20,300 feet of snow-covered glory.

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Point Montara Lighthouse, California: Photo

Point Montara Lighthouse, California: Photo

 

I grew up near the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at the most south westerly point of Australia so I guess it makes sense that I have always had a bit of a fascination with lighthouses.

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse shines it’s light towards a point where the Indian and Southern Oceans intersect and as kids we used to try to distinguish the imaginary line that divided them.

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Photo: Beartooth Mountain Highway, Montana

Photo: Beartooth Mountain Highway, Montana

 

Beartooth Highway, Montana

Sunset and fall colours on the Beartooth Highway, Montana

 

This high mountain highway that passes through the heart of Montana and Wyoming’s wild west is often labelled as the “most beautiful drive in America”. Also known as the Beartooth All-American Road, the 68 miles of dangerous curves and switchbacks is wild, rugged and well…rather high: all of which promise fabulous views!

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Highlights of My Travels in 2011

Highlights of My Travels in 2011

 

I’ve had such an incredible year and now 2012 is approaching so fast it’s making my head spin.

The first half of 2011 was pretty quiet for me on the travel front, but the second half certainly made up for that!  I travelled to some of North America’s most spectacular places this year, I redesigned my blog and my readership has increased dramatically over the past six months. So thank you so much to all of you who have made that happen!

There were some very definite highlights from my travels, so these are the places and experiences that had special significance and are the best memories of my adventures in 2011.

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Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

Old Friends, New Lives: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill. PART II

Arctic Dreams: The Polar Bears of Churchill. PART II

 

There are no words to describe the feeling you have when your face is only a couple of feet away from a polar bear: so close that you can imagine the heat of their breath.

 

Of course, if this happened away from the safety of the hulking polar rover, there would be no imagining necessary. These polar bears  have been living on a diet of berries for months now. They are carnivores. They are starving. I rest my case.

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