A Day at the Zoo (or at least a couple of hours)

While I enjoy taking wildlife pictures, the complexities of zoo photography (wires, glass, crowds, cages, etc.) make taking good photos a special challenge. I enjoy the challenge and hope you enjoy a day – or my shots from a couple hours – at the zoo.


In the last few months I have taken pictures of fishermen in three different countries. I thought the contrast was interesting, so I thought I would share these pictures with you.

Iximche Mayan Ruins

After our visit in Colombia, we went to Guatemala to visit my brother Paul, and his spouse Bev, who live in Antigua, Guatemala. We did some sightseeing by visiting an interesting museum in Guatemala City and later a trip to Lake Atitlan – a volcanic crater lake covering over 50 square miles. On the way to Lake Atitlan we visited the ruins of the…


While in Colombia, I did pay attention to the flowers as well as the birds. Here is some of what I saw.

Birds II

More shots from the Colombian National Bird Sanctuary; in the order seen.  

For the Birds

The Colombian National Bird Sanctuary (https://www.aviarionacional.co – click on EN to view the site in English) is the largest bird sanctuary in the Americas. Colombia is home to more bird species than any other country in the world. The 2-hour walk through the aviary is filled with awesome sights and sounds. I will be doing two large posts -mostly without captions . . . because I…

Beaches, Palms & Cartagena

Joanne and I had an opportunity to visit Columbia and stay in the beautiful city of Cartagena. Our host was, Carmen, an exchange student from Joanne’s high school days. Carmen is now a trial attorney and her husband, Mauricio, is a retired admiral from the Colombian navy. They graciously provided an apartment for us right on the Caribbean Sea. Cartagena is a mix of…

Lakeshore & Lighthouses

On Saturday, Joanne and I took a trip to three Lakeshore sights to view the remaining ice buildup along the western shores of Lake Michigan. We stopped at South Haven, Douglas, and Holland. It was a delightful day. Here is some of what we saw:


Flutterbys are what I told my grandkids I called butterflies. It seems a better word to describe them to me. Last week my spouse and I joined three of our grandkids, their parents, and one of our daughter-in-laws at the Frederick Meijer Gardens to see the coming out party of the butterflies (or flutterbys). These pictures are from that visit. They had butterflies in…

Mum’s the Word

The mums are showing off their Fall plumage right outside the entrance to our condo. So is it Mums, Mum’s, or Mums’ the word? This photo image makes a nice Fall background for computers. Feel free,