Photo Essay: Cabo in ROYGBIV

When I visited Cabo in December I found a myriad of bright colours nearly everywhere I looked. From its turquoise waters to potted red Christmas poinsettias, the dull browns of the desert to the vibrant greens of the palms, eye candy colour is found with each glance.

Below is a roundup of photos featuring rainbow colours collected during my visit. As you will easily notice, many of these photos could represent multiple colour categories!

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Photo Essay: Uganda land and river safari (part 2)

Welcome back to the safari party!

In case you missed the first post on the beginning of my African safari at Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda and stay at Paara lodge, you can catch up here. Basically I had to split the posts as I had so many images to share (these really are just the tip of the iceberg) and wanted to include as much of what was a wonderful adventure with you. Onto Day Two!

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Photo Essay: Murchison Falls National Park land safari (part 1)

There are so many things that come to mind when I think back about my time in Uganda such as witnessing whole families on boda bodas, remembering the rich the taste of baby bananas and my failed attempts to avoid the red, red dirt that seemed to get everywhere. My iPhone ear buds are forever stained. But the chance to experience both a land and river safari are memories that will never be forgotten.

Which is a really good thing, because apparently I forgot to write about it last year.

My time spent at Murchison Falls National Park was brief (3 days in total) but I was still able to fit in some solid and incredible safari time.

About Murchison Falls National Park & Paara Lodge
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest park in Uganda. It is found in the northwestern part of the country and spreads inland from the shore of Lake Albert around the Victoria Nile. The park is home to the famous Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabarega Falls, where the Nile River squeezes into a narrow gorge, 7 meters wide before plunging 43 meters below.

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Murchison Falls is best viewed from the top. It’s about a 45 minute walk up from the bottom to the top.

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Wildlife Wednesday – features 5 questions with Gary Arndt

I recently had the great honour to virtually chat with Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere and he agreed to answer five questions for a very special Wildlife Wednesday post!

If you read travel blogs or are part of the travel circuit chances are you are familiar with Gary. But for those of you who may be living under a rock (kidding), Gary Arndt is a passionate traveler who also happens to be one heck of a talented (and self-taught!) photographer. In fact he was just named The Society of American Travel Writers 2014 Photographer of the Year.

Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt ~ The Society of American Travel Writers 2014 Photographer of the Year

On the move is an understatement for Gary.
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Wildlife Wednesday – Eagles of Northern Saskatchewan

This summer I checked a lot of birds off my life list which admittedly at this point is still relatively easy considering my status as a newish birder. Although I had seen bald eagles before, it didn’t get old when I saw around 10 or more during my visit to northern Saskatchewan this past summer.

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Wildlife Wednesday – featuring foxes!

I have found a way to share the many, many images of wildlife that rarely make the blog. They will have a new home and a section of their own called Wildlife Wednesday.

For my first Wildlife Wednesday post I wanted to feature an animal near and dear to my heart – foxes. It’s been a really good summer for fox spotting. Here are a few beauties!

Red Fox, north of Regina, near Bethune, Saskatchewan

Red fox near Bethune

Technical details:
Camera 60D, Lens 75-300 mm set at 240 mm, ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/250 sec

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Golden hour on the prairies

I love it when you happen to be at the right place at the right time.

The right place today was on this gravel road running my dogs minutes from home. The right time was catching the golden lights of sunset. The result was this shot (unedited), the only one I took with my iphone4.

This is my favourite type of prairie scene – so simple yet so beautiful. Hope you enjoy it!

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The coolest thing that has happened to me as a travel writer

It can be said that there are many cool aspects and perks to being a travel writer/photographer. Sometimes we get to explore exciting destinations, meet incredibly interesting people, learn about other cultures, try new and exotic food and drinks, stay in places we would have never imagined and live out many adventures some (including us) have only dreamed of.

Of course on the flip side of that is the work. The planning, the conceptualizing, the frantic pace, the pitching, the recovery from rejection of unsuccessful pitching, the writing, the editing and so on! But for those of us who thrive on the ability to tell the stories of travel we feel the need to just keep on keeping on. Even if we live paycheck to paycheck or aren’t sure when we are going to get a paycheck! After all, that is where happiness (in its various forms) is derived from for many of us.

And, when we succeed in drawing attention to a destination that we truly have enjoyed – is where all the starts align. On a recent trip to Pine Island Resort in Northern Saskatchewan, I was beyond humbled to receive the honour of having a Bay named after me. I was told this was in appreciation for me being there, doing my job. Those are the days where I realize how truly fortunate I am to be able to do what I do and meet who I meet.

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Capture the colour contest 2013: My entry

Thanks to fellow travel blogger Candice, of Candice Does the World for nominating me for the Capture the Colour contest 2013! The premise? Post five travel pics on your blog that feature the colours blue, red, green, yellow and white. Then, nominate fellow bloggers. The contest is put on by Travel Supermarket and they are offering up some great prizes!

So without further adieu – here are my entries:

Blue - Every year blue birds migrate to valley areas near Craven, Saskatchewan to take up residence in the birdhouses that sit attached or atop the fence posts. This little fella was the only one I spotted when I made my journey there but I was satisfied as he sat and posed for me for quite a while. Blue Red - This pic of my son was taken during an adventure packed visit to Waskesiu, Saskatchewan. We had just finished a morning of dog sledding through the boreal forest and spent the afternoon tubing on the slopes at Elk Ridge resort.

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50 Shades of Hay

Yes it is true. I have had an affair and indeed, there is a new man in my life. He’s not my usual type – tall, dark and handsome. Rather, he is short, heavy and freckled. His name is Gus and he’s 17 years old.

Now don’t be so quick to judge me. 17 is like mid-life for Gus. Plus, I know I am not the first woman to fall for him. And hey, I am barely a cougar.

We met at La Reata Ranch last weekend. I knew instantly that we were going to be together. The first time he walked by I gave him a nice stroke on his rear and he came in closer for more. His skin was so soft. I found him instantly irresistible.
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