Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | November 19, 2017

White-fronted Terns on the North Island in New Zealand

White-fronted Terns on the North Island in New Zealand

An image of White-fronted Terns sitting on their nest at Muriwai in New Zealand.

On our first full day in New Zealand, Bob and I headed north from Karekare to the well known Gannet colony at Muriwai. We were very pleased to find a significant colony of White-fronted Terns also sharing the headland at Otakamiro Point. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 14, 2017

A Red Fox on a cold winter’s day in Algonquin Provincial Park

A Red Fox on a cold winter’s day in Algonquin Provincial Park

On a cold winter’s day that included passing snow squalls, Bob and I ventured into Algonquin Provincial Park in hopes of seeing a Spruce Grouse.  Instead, we found ourselves in the company of a Red Fox.  Looking picture perfect, this Red Fox almost seemed to pose for our cameras while fine snowflakes settled on its fur. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 13, 2017

Lesser Masked Weavers in Kruger National Park

Lesser Masked Weavers in Kruger National Park

A image of a lesser-masked weaver bird builds a hanging nest in Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

As Bob and I made our way into the Main Pavilion at Skukuza Rest Camp to sign up for a guided night safari in Kruger National Park, South Africa, our mission was interrupted when a flicker of yellow drew our eyes to a nearby palm tree. We were delighted to see a beautiful Lesser Masked Weaver dangling upside down from a stiff palm frond. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 8, 2017

Our encounters with Cape Giraffe in Kruger

Our encounters with Cape Giraffe in Kruger

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One of my favorite animals seen when visiting South Africa was the tall, elegant South African Giraffe.  Also known as the Cape Giraffe, Bob and I came across these gentle giants on several occasions as we toured Kruger National Park, and it was always a pleasure to sit and observe them. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 8, 2017

Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire

Hobbiton – Our walk through the Shire

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Way before Bob and I decided to go to New Zealand, I held close to my heart the idea of one day visiting Hobbiton.  When we viewed the movie, The Hobbit, I fell in love with the whimsical Hobbit Holes that Bilbo Baggins and Frodo called home.  The dome-shaped dwellings captured the imagination of my inner child, and the seemingly utopian bucolic lifestyle struck a chord with me. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 6, 2017

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and we give a hand!

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and we give a hand!

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Despite our intentions of arriving at the Leaning Tower of Pisa early in the day, we found ourselves landing at the popular tourist destination alongside hundreds of fellow sightseers.  This world-famous freestanding bell tower is considered one of the most remarkable architectural structures from medieval Europe and possibly the tallest bell tower in Europe. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 6, 2017

Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins

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After spending a few days in London, England, taking in several of the well known sights, Bob and I, with our teenaged son, escaped to the peaceful countryside just outside of Salisbury.  On a misty morning befitting a visit to the spiritually significant standing stones, we arrived to find Stonehenge hauntingly empty of anyone but ourselves. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 6, 2017

Our visit to Nkumbe Lookout in Kruger National Park

Our visit to Nkumbe Lookout in Kruger National Park

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Our drive north from Lower Sabie Rest Camp brought us to one of the most popular lookouts in Kruger National Park, Nkumbe Viewpoint.  There, a simple thatched structure is constructed on a high ridge giving an unparalleled view of the striking lowveld savanna that spreads to the horizon. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | January 11, 2017

Our self-guided Safari in Kruger National Park

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Setting off mid-morning from Skukuza Rest Camp in Kruger National Park on a self-guided safari had Bob and me filled with anticipation.  Our destination for the afternoon was Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie Rest Camp, a mere 36 kilometres southeast of Skukuza.  The generous waterhole at Sunset Dam rewarded us with prime wildlife viewing that included this family of Hippopotamuses. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | January 11, 2017

A Tri-colored Heron in the swamp at San Blas

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It is safe to say that Bob and I probably failed to get an exact count of all the different birds that we managed to see in San Blas, Mexico, but at least we were able to make positive identification of those species that crossed our paths, birds such as this Tri-coloured Heron. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 27, 2016

A Yellow-crowned Night Heron near San Blas, Mexico

A Yellow-crowned Night Heron deep near San Blas, Mexico
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When Bob and I visited San Blas on the Pacific coast of Mexico, our objective was to see some of the endemic bird species as well as others that winter in that southern locale.  We had seen a juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron in our hometown of Toronto a couple of years earlier.  As we cruised through the mangrove jungle on our guided tour, closeup views of these rather elegant birds were fairly frequent. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 23, 2016

Australasian Gannets in New Zealand

Australasian Gannets at the Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Bob and I had a long list of sights to see in New Zealand and first up was the gannet colony at Muriwai Regional Park just outside of Auckland.  About an hour’s drive north of Lone Kauri Lodge where we were staying on the North Island, it made for the perfect day trip.  Over 2,000 Australasian Gannets make up the colony at Muriwai, which is one of only three mainland gannet colonies in New Zealand. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 15, 2016

Elk in a snowy meadow near Lake Louise

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One afternoon during our stay in Banff National Park, Alberta, Bob and I decided to take a drive from Lake Louise along the Bow Valley Parkway, a quieter highway than the Trans Canada, only two-lane versus four.  We were in hopes of spotting some wildlife and were on the lookout for elk in particular.  Seeing another vehicle pulled to the side of the road, we slowed to have a look.  At first, we didn’t notice the Elk laying in the snow but rather thought the tourists were admiring yet another beautiful mountain peak. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 14, 2016

Skating at Lake Louise in Alberta

Ice Castle on Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

On our first morning in Banff National Park, Bob and I had planned to go cross-country skiing, but with the sun shining brightly, we headed up instead to checkout the skating surface on Lake Louise.  We were pleasantly surprised to find not one but two ice rinks, with one reserved for ice hockey, and the other set off by a glistening castle fashioned out of blocks of ice for ice skating. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 14, 2016

Ice Skating At Arrowhead Provincial Park

Jean and Bob on the ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

A lot has been written in the newspapers lately about the ice skating trail at Arrowhead Provincial Park near Huntsville, Ontario, so Bob and I decided, on our last visit to the area, to give the icy surface a whirl. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 12, 2016

Our Unforgettable Birding Trip near San Blas

In the depths of the mangrove swamp near San Blas, Nayarit, Mexico

In our quest to see and photograph as many different species of tropical birds as possible while visiting San Blas, one of the best locations in all of Mexico for birding, a boat tour into the mangrove swamps was a must-do activity for Bob and me.  And what could be more perfect than a languid birding boat trip through La Tovara National Park, a federally protected ecological preserve? Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 10, 2016

Blanche Russells Rock Houses In Marble Canyon

Blanche Russell Rock House in Marble Canyon in Arizona, U.S.A.

As Bob and I cruised along the black tarmac, the air literally shivered with the heat.  In the distance, at the base of the Vermilion Cliffs, a mirage appeared complete with stone houses rising up out of the desert sands….or so we thought.  This was one of Blanche Russells Rock Houses that was constructed during the Great Depression. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 10, 2016

An African Jacana in Kruger National Park

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Bob and I were obliged to remain inside our car at Sunset Dam as is the case almost everywhere you go in Kruger National Park.  Allowance is made for parking along one section of the shore, and it was from there that we had fantastic views of this African Jacana. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 9, 2016

Our Stay at a Vineyard near Gaiole in Tuscany

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Bob’s and my sense of adventure was high the day we set off from Rome into the rural region of Tuscany.  After picking up our rental vehicle at the airport, beneath damp, grey skies, we negotiated the ring road out of Rome and soon found ourselves scooting along narrow country roads that would lead us to our farmhouse retreat at a winery near Gaiole. Read More…

Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 9, 2016

A Green Kingfisher at San Blas, Mexico

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Bob and I were so excited as we set off from the pier on our mangrove swamp tour.  With Chencho at the helm of our substantial launch, we were confident that many tropical birds would not allude detection.  One species that caught our eye on several occasions was a Green Kingfisher, seen here perching at the edge of the San Cristobal mangrove estuary. Read More…

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