Back to Ilulissat

My fourth day in Greenland – I decided to take it easy.

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I revisited the blue trail that I walked on the first day under the midnight sun. Only this time I was more relaxed and observant. Continue reading “Back to Ilulissat”

Hike to the Delta

I woke up at four in the morning, lying in bed listening to the sound of my surroundings. At first, it was total silence – then birds chirping, gentle waves brushing the shore, and…glacier rumbling in the distance…

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Was there another calving? I got up and rushed to the window… Continue reading “Hike to the Delta”

Hiking: Autumn in Mt. Rainier

People come to Mt. Rainier, in the summer for its myriad displays of wild flowers; in the winter for its endless opportunities of winter sports.

But on a beautiful sunny day in the autumn…

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The view could be equally astonishing.

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Hike to the Moraine

This must be my lucky day!

First the whale, then the calving, next came a tsunami. Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any better…Paarnaq knocked on my door and informed me that I will have not one, but two lovely guides accompanying me on my hike to the moraine. I was psyched.

Simon and Paarnaq are young, intelligent and energetic. We got along just like old friends. We hiked, exchanged ideas, sang songs, and made jokes. In fact, we’ve had so much fun that when I come to think of it now, I don’t remember much of the actual hiking.

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Shirakawa-go in the Snow

After spending a bitter-cold and somewhat uncomfortable night in our farmhouse, we woke up to a pleasant surprise!

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The snow was coming down like down feathers… Continue reading “Shirakawa-go in the Snow”

Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1

Japanese red-crowned cranes(丹頂鶴 Tancho) were almost hunted to extinction at the beginning of the 20th century for their stunning plumage. Miraculously, in 1926, a group of 20 resident cranes was discovered in the marshes around Kushiro. Since then, various conservation efforts, including artificial feeding during winter, hunting prohibition, and habitat conservation, have brought the population back to over a thousand.

We arrived at Akan International Crane Center one hour before feeding time. A dozen photographers had already set up their equipment along the two level observation desk.

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Juvenile crane resembles adults but had brownish head and neck Continue reading “Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1”