Back to Basics

There's a wonderful old "Far Side" cartoon featuring a dog, Ginger, and its owner. The owner says to the dog, "OK, Ginger! I've had it! You stay out of the garbage! Understand, Ginger? Stay out of the garbage, or else!" But all the dog hears is, "Blah, blah, blah, Ginger. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, … Continue reading Back to Basics

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The Thrill of a Lifetime, Part Two

We're still thinking about our encounters in northern Arizona (not far from the Grand Canyon) with the rarest North American bird and largest North American flying land bird, the California Condor. The Critically Endangered California Condor. If you'd like to learn about how our adventures began, please visit the last 2 blogs, "Under Construction" and … Continue reading The Thrill of a Lifetime, Part Two

The Thrill of a Lifetime

I wrote in an earlier blog, "Back to Flying," about "rusty pilots." Well, yours truly is a "rusty writer." I haven't posted a blog in almost 2 weeks. Yikes! But I have an excuse. My wife and I did, indeed, as planned, go to Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in AZ to join up with the … Continue reading The Thrill of a Lifetime

The Year 2018 in Pictures, Cont’d

You've seen, and have hopefully enjoyed, the bird and people photos in the previous blog, "The Year 2018 in Pictures." Now, let's take a look at the 2018 "Elizabeth River Critters List" photos as well, which feature everything from butterflies and blue crabs to dragonflies and dolphins. Please remember that each can be enlarged by … Continue reading The Year 2018 in Pictures, Cont’d

The Year 2018 in Pictures

What follows are some of my favorite bird and people photographs of 2018. I'm fond of calling these "indicator photos," or photos that indicate the importance, the health, and the vitality of a restored river: the Elizabeth River in SE Virginia. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them. … Continue reading The Year 2018 in Pictures

The Spirit of the River

We are officially ending the series on bird flight. I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope you learned something. If you got something out of it, I'd love to hear from you. I learned a lot myself while doing the research. Please recall that our 6-blog flight series began with "Designed to Fly" and … Continue reading The Spirit of the River

See a Plane, Thank a Bird

There's usually a "quip, question, or quote" at the end of each blog post. But this time, the quip is the title of our 29th blog. Birds' Amazing Flight Skills At the end of "Designed to Fly," the first blog in our continuing bird flight series, Glenn Butler made this comment, "Humans finally learned to … Continue reading See a Plane, Thank a Bird