Friday, November 20, 2015
With a half day to do some exploring, we decided on a visit to the Seno Otway Penguin Colony.
Magellanic Penguins (For a larger version, click any image.)
The weather was what we soon learned to be fairly “seasonal”, i.e., cool, overcast and very windy, which didn’t seem to phase some of the other indigenous species, including Darwin’s rhea:
and the ubiquitous sheep:
We ended the day with an unexpectedly, wonderful meal at Damiana Elena Restaurant. Here’s my Tripadvisor review.
The next day we drove to Puerto Natales, from which we would venture to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario © 2015 Peter Marble
May 9, 2015 – Having opted to leave my DSLR in the hotel, I grabbed this shot looking up Metcalfe Street with my iPhone from inside the Queens' Lantern. The glass tower, named in honour of both Victoria and Elizabeth II, was completed as part of the 2010 restoration. For more information about the history of the museum, see the Historical Timeline.
(For a larger version, click the image.)
I spent several enjoyable hours wandering through the museum's exhibits and would happily go back the next time we are in Ottawa. For information about the tentacles hanging from the ceiling, see Guy Romain's blog post Creating Light in the Lantern.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Indian Ocean Surf, Wilderness, South Africa © 2015 Peter Marble
(For a larger version, click the image.) February 15, 2012 – On the second day of our Garden Route tour, after a very pleasant stay at the 88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse in Oudtshoorn, we visited Cango Caves and then drove our rental Honda Jazz across the Swartzberg pass on the unpaved Route 328 to Prince Albert. Lunch at the Prickly Pear was "okay", after which took the "long cut" via R407 through De Rust back to Oudtshoorn and then on to the The Dune Guest Lodge in Wilderness.
This was by far the most "lux" accommodation of our month in Africa. Our room overlooked the Indian Ocean, with a walkway down to the beach. We enjoyed the sound of the pounding surf both nights. Next stop: Knysna.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
River traffic on Chao Phraya - Bangkok, Thailand © 2015 Peter Marble December 8, 2004 – Okay, so I'm digging deep here folks, but one of the best things we found to do in Bangkok was hopping on and off the Chao Phraya ferries. This video shows the long tail boats, Wat Arun and the general river mayhem, which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
Frozen morning - Toronto, Ontario © 2015 Peter Marble February 20, 2015 – On the way into work Friday morning I pulled over for this grab shot with my phone.
At -18 degrees Celcius, the "smoke" rising from the water and ice surface of the lake was beautiful. I got as far as the other side of the car, but couldn't summon the willpower to walk out to the boardwalk for a closer look.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Key Maker and Cyclists - Siem Reap, Cambodia © 2015 Peter Marble December 14, 2004 – Early on our last day in Siem Reap, our adopted Tuk-Tuk driver, Mr. Tan, drove us into town for a final walk-about:
Monday, February 9, 2015
Vapor Amadeo at San Gregorio in Magellanes, Chilean Patagonia © 2015 Peter Marble November 15, 2008 – On our way back to Punta Arenas from El Calafate via Rio Gallegos (affectionately known as the ugliest city in Argentina:
Apparently she was built in Liverpool in 1884, sold to J. Menéndez of Punta Arenas in 1892 and finally beached here in 1932.