Mar
28

You Are the Kid Beneath My Wings

 You Are the Kid Beneath My Wings

In Japan’s Ina-Shi (Ina City), during the height of cherry blossom season,
a man with a trained lovebird was entertaining
a woman and her child in a local park.

And now, that bird is entertaining the rest of us.

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Taken by Travis Ball of Flashpacker HQ 

Ina-Shi, in Japan’s Nagano prefecture,
is about 3.5 miles north and a little west of Tokyo 

Mar
21

Wanna Be(ar) Startin’ Somethin’

 Wanna Be(ar) Startin Somethin

Not all bears are the same.

Some enjoy pretending that they’re extras in a Michael Jackson video.

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Photo taken in Bangkok, Thailand’s Chatuchak Market
by the irrepressible Peter West Carey of The Carey Adventures

Mar
19

Three French Hens

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During the 12 Days of Christmas,
it’s the Three French Hens who have the
café crèmes, croissants…and soulless, beady eyes.

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Photo taken at The Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia
by the bird-fearing Erin Halvey of art/food/travel blog, A Sense of Place

Jan
07

Fierce Jungle Chicken

 Fierce Jungle Chicken

Sometimes, when climbing the spine of a tropical mountain, roosters happen.
It can be scary in the dense, dark woods, but these birds aren’t, um… chicken(s).

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Photo taken along the Cross-Island Trek on Rarotonga,
the largest of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific

Jan
04

Mooving Obstacles

 Mooving Obstacles

Apparently, mountain driving is a lot like a video game:

Stuff pops out of nowhere that you’d never, ever expect.

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Sign enroute to the Mauna Kea Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii
Photo courtesy of GoVisitHawaii

Nov
21

Drive-Thru Tapas

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In Ronda, one of the fabled White Towns in the Andalucia region of southern Spain, this ranchero simply sidled his horse up to the bar, ordered a beer and some tapas, ate his fill and handed the dirties back down to the waitress –-all without dismounting.

Makes you kinda wonder what else he does in the saddle.

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Photo taken by Shelly Lachish,
eloquent writer/wildlife ecologist/explorer behind The Travel Affair

Nov
12

Pretty Ballsy, If You Ask Me

 Pretty Ballsy, If You Ask Me

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Photo taken in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Oct
23

My Dog is Famous

 My Dog is Famous

All the proof you need that Japanese people love Pembroke Welsh Corgis.

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My dog, Toby, at the Joullian Vineyards Tasting Room
in Carmel Valley Village, California

Oct
19

Don’t Go in the Water

 Dont Go in the Water

The coastal edges of Aitutaki, one of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific,
are riddled with huge, squishy sea cucumbers.

They make an excellent argument for choosing closed-toe, waterproof shoes
over, say…flip-flops.

Oct
09

A Crime of Opportunity

 A Crime of Opportunity

While staying at Xudum Lodge in Botswana’s Okavango Delta,
I wasn’t the only one enjoying the cookies served each afternoon.