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500,000 Sandhill Cranes in one location

This past weekend, March 25 and 26th,  I was near Kearney, Nebraska at the Iain Nicholson Audubon Center at Rowe Sanctuary photographing Sandhill Cranes. About five years ago I went to Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Albuquerque, … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Travel Styles

Since I began traveling extensively seven years ago with a nearly two month trip to Alaska, my style of travel has adapted to fit the situation.  When I went to Alaska I drove my cargo van from Dallas and back. … Continue reading

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Wakkanai, the northernmost city in Japan!

Wakkanai, Japan’s northernmost city, is only six miles across the channel from Russia.  And it’s Russia, specifically Siberia, that influences it’s weather.  It’s the cold north wind blowing in from Siberia that brings massive amounts of snow to this area. … Continue reading

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A Landscape Interactive Blog Post

The first half of my Japan trip has largely centered around wildlife.  Snow monkeys, Red-crowned cranes, whooper cranes, Stellar sea eagles and white-tailed eagles. We even had a arctic red fox and, although I haven’t included them, a couple of … Continue reading

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Stellar Sea Eagles and White Tail Eagles

After spending a couple of days around Lake Kussharo, we worked our way east to Rausu, a port city on the Notsuke Peninsula.  We had scheduled two early morning boat trips (5am departure) to photograph Stellar sea eagles and White-tailed … Continue reading

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Red-crowned cranes and the hoar frost!

On day 5, we headed to the Haneda Airport for our flight to Kushiro in Hokkaido.  Japan is made up of five islands and Hokkaido is the largest and most northern one. The northern tip of Hokkaido is six miles … Continue reading

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Snow Monkeys, Red-crowned Cranes and Stellar Sea Eagles

Today I’ll begin a new blog post on my three week trip to Japan this month.  I went to photograph wildlife and landscapes.  Tokyo was just a stopover enroute to my real destinations. I arrived in Tokyo late Friday afternoon … Continue reading

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