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|Jim Robertson's Albums|
|Parc Omega August 14, 2004|
|Parc Omega, Montebello, Quebec. One hour drive from Ottawa
|Snow Geese Migration, Mar 30/05|
|Snow Geese along the Long Sault Parkway,Ontario (between Cornwall and Morrisburg along the St Lawrence River)
March 30, 2005.
An estimated 40,000 snow geese migrated through the area that day|
|Snow geese March 25 2011|
|Snow Geese sampling.
Mar 25, 2011,
Lancaster Ont and east to Quebec.
Over 130,000 snow geese were in the area|
|Petrie, April 2, 2009|
|Petrie, April 2, 2009
See Dispatches on Friends of Petrie Island website at:
|Petrie Sept 26, 2006|
|Pictures by Richard Burnford
see Disptaches from Petrie at: http://www.fallingbrook.com/petrieisland/dispatches/dispatches.htm|
|Petrie July 10, 2006|
|Black billed Cuckoo
|Petrie June 25, 2006|
|PHOTOS BY RICHARD BURNFORD see notes at:
|Petrie Nov 8, 2005|
|See Petrie Island website:
|Petrie Aug 18, 2005|
|See Disptaches from Petrie Island at
|Petrie Jan 16, 2005|
|See Friends of Petrie Island - Dispatches at
|Petrie Sept 3, 2004|
|See "Dispatches from Petrie" at
|Petrie July 24, 2004|
|See Friends of Petrie Island Dispatches of July 24, 2004:
|Petrie June 17,2004|
|See Dispatch of June 17, 2004 from Petrie
|selected shots from Florida 2006, February|
|May 2012 Calgary visit|
|Visit to Calgary, May 17-21, 2012
Files are sized for 5x7 prints if you download original size|
|Gwen's and Jim's sent for calendar consideration|
|Pumpkin Carving 2012|
|Lucien, Ben, Doug, Becka, and Pops working on the pumpkins jack-o-lanterns for 2012|
|South African Birds in the Wild|
|Photos of wild birds taken while in South Africa July-Sept 2007.
Some pictures are not tack sharp, but have been retained as "record" shots.|
|East African birds|
|Photographed in Tanzania in Feb 2007.
Not all pictures are tack sharp, but have been included for record purposes|
|Costa Rican Birds|
|A few birds that were photographed in Costa Rica during a three week trip.|
|Map: (North)Eastern South America, Mar/April 2010|
|Map for (North)Eastern South America, 43 days on the ship Mar/April 2010.
Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires, back to Rio, up and back the Amazon River, through the Caribbean to Fort Lauderdale and on to New York City.
An interesting cruise, but not without its issues....
In most cities we were constantly watching our backs for potential crime which we were reminded of by ship staff and others before we left home.
We left our DSLRs on the ship and took our smaller "point and shoot" cameras, but even then police and citizens stopped us and told us to put our cameras away because of the risk.
Unlike all other countries we have cruised to, Brazil made a point of demonstrating their "power" and delayed us getting off the ship in many of their ports.|
|Another Dirty City, Mar/April 2010|
|Another dirty city. Mar/April 2010. (North)eastern South America Cruise.
While it might not be fair, the large cities, particularly in Brazil, struck us as being quite dirty. In many locations we were constantly watching our backs for potential crime which we were constantly reminded of by ship staff and others before we left home.|
|Montevideo, Uruguay, Mar 17, 2010|
|Montevideo, Uruguay, Mar 17, 2010.
Our research had indicated that this was a great city to visit, but when we arrived we were handed a map by the local authorities and told to STAY ON the streets as marked. The streets as marked were less than appealing.
They had police stationed on every corner of the first part of the route. The return route was dismal and had no police in evidence. After being warned by locals, we quickly went back the way we came.
The central part was quite nice looking.
The police, carrying automatic weapons, frequently traveled in groups of 2-3 with a dog.|
|Buenos Aires, Mar 18-19, 2010|
|Buenos Aires, March 18-19, 2010.
We had an overnight in Buenos Airies which gave us more time to see things in this very large busy city|
|Rio de Janerio, Brazil. March 11 and 17, 2010|
|Rio de Janerio, Brazil. March 11 and 17, 2010.
We had one full day in the city before our cruise ship left and had a second day when the ship returned before it continued north.
We hired different local guides for each day to see the city. Both guides were very knowledgable, but very cautious as to where they woudl take us and what cameras we could use. They much preferred we use our "point and shoots" vs the dSLRs due to the crime.|
|Amazon River, April 4-12, 2010|
|Amazon River, April 4-12, 2010.
The ship sailed 700 miles up the river to Manaus. A large city with a population of over 2,000,000. Cruise ships can go up the Amazon only when the river is high and then only ships drawing less than 30 feet.
The river is wide at its mouth and the narrows down somewhat. There are villages and cities along the shoreline.|
|Manaus, Brazil. April 9-10, 2010|
|Manaus, Brazil. April 9-10, 2010. This is the farthest up river the ship went. It is a large city with a population over 2,000,000. Upstream some 700 miles from the Atlantic.
We opted for nature oriented excursions and did not spent time in the city (or at its world-class Opera House)|
|The "Meeting of the Waters". Manaus. Apr 10, 2010|
|The "Meeting of the Waters". Manaus. Apr 10, 2010.
The confluence between the Rio Negro, a river with dark (almost black coloured) water, and the sandy-coloured Amazon River or Rio Solimões, as it is known the upper section of the Amazon in Brazil. For 6 km (3.7 mi) the river's waters run side by side without mixing.
This phenomenon is due to the differences in temperature, speed and water density of the two rivers. The Rio Negro flows at near 2 km per hour at a temperature of 28°C, while the Rio Solimões flows between 4 to 6 km per hour a temperature of 22°C|
|Boca de Valeria, Brazil. April 8, 2010|
|Boca de Valeria, Brazil. April 8, 2010.
A native village of about 150 being visited by a cruise ship with 1200 passengers. A few other natives from nearby drop in as well.
The kids get dressed up and parade their pets for photographers (one of the few places in Barzil where we heard any English: "One dollar"). Other kids grab visitors by the hand and guide them around. (hoping for some $$ too)
The men bring their boats and offer rides up the small tributary.|
|Crossing the equator. April 13, 2010|
|Crossing the equator. April 13, 2010.
The ceremony of Crossing the Line is an initiation rite in the Royal Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, and other navies that commemorates a sailor's first crossing of the Equator. Sailors who have already crossed the Equator are nicknamed (Trusty) Shellbacks, often referred to as Sons of Neptune; those who have not are nicknamed (Slimy) Pollywogs.
In our case, the passengers were not subjected to "indignities", but the crew is. Crew members who had not crossed the equator before (Pollywogs) were assembled by Shellbacks and had to appear before Neptune and the ship's officers.
A fun time had by all|
|South America Misc - Nature|
|South America Misc - Nature. A few pictures of "nature" that did not make the cut elsewhere in the albums. No decent pictures of the pink dolphins unfortunately. They just did not show themselves very often|
|Devil's Island, French Guiana, April 15|
|Devil's Island, French Guiana, April 15.
We had been at sea for two days, with little opportunity to stop elsewhere for the next few days, so we dropped anchor and tendered into Devil's Island, a French penal colony that was active until 1952.|
|New York, New York. April 22, 2010|
|New York, New York. April 22, 2010
Arriving in the rain. We walked off the ship shortly after it docked, took a cab to the airport and were sitting in our home in Ottawa by 2pm|
|Georgetown, Cayman Islands Dec, 2010|
|Georgetown, Cayman Islands Dec, 2010. Visit by cruise ship. The wind was too strong for ship to stop by town, so it anchored in a protected bay behind town and we took a bus to town. There was not much to see in town. Some people rented cars and drove around more of the Island.|
|Puerto Limon, Costa Rica Dec 2010 |
|Dec 2010 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica in 2007 for 3+ weeks we had a fascinating encounter with a mother sloth and her infant in the wild. This one day visit saw us at the world famous SLoth Recovery Centre.|
|Cozumel, Mexico Dec 2010|
|Cozumel, Mexico Dec 2010. One day visit via cruise ship. We spent the day at Xcaret Park in Playa del Carmen|
|Bangkok, April 17, 2011|
|Bangkok, April 17, 2011. Temples, temples and more temples. Their temples mean a lot to the Thais, and while our guide took us to several others places, it was hard to convince her we didn't want to see more temples. Central Bangkok is 30-45 minutes from the dock|
|Bangkok, April 18, 2011|
|Bangkok, April 18, 2011. Visit to Nong Nooch Cultural Village and drive through New Year's celebration water fights|
|Shanghai, April 27, 2011|
|Shanghai, April 27, 2011. Day 1 of 2. Visit to Suzhou, Grand Canal, People's Square and The Bund. We had a private car, driver and tour guide, but it didn't work out as well as hoped.|
|Shanghai, April 28, 2011|
|Shanghai, April 28, 2011. Day 2 of 2. A walk over to The Bund and then over to the Pudong District. Sail out at dusk|
|Nagasaki, April 30, 2011|
|Nagasaki, April 30, 2011. A walk around the central area including temples and Chinatown. The Atomic Bomb Museum and monuments were somewhat further away.|
|Kobe, Japan. May 2, 2011|
|Kobe, Japan. May 2, 2011. Our second and last Japanese port. We were to stop at 5 Japanese ports, but the tsunami, which happened about 6 weeks before we left, changed all that.|
|Sea of Japan, May 3, 2011|
|Sea of Japan, May 3, 2011, After leaving Kobe we headed to Busan South Korea through the Sea of Japan|
|Busan, South Korea, May 5, 2011|
|Busan, South Korea, May 5, 2011. This was one of the substitute ports for the cancelled Japan ports. Busan was very nice, clean and seemed very liveable.|
|Vladivostock, Russia May 6, 2011|
|Vladivostok, Russia May 6, 2011. A dull dreary day. Visits to a school for the performing arts and to a (upscale) family, plus a walk around town. There is only rail, air and ship service to the city. No roads. Population is approx 600,000|
|Petropavlovsk, Russia May 10, 2011|
|Petropavlovsk, Russia May 10, 2011. Another dull cold day in a forlorn/decrepit place. City (population approx 200,000) has only been open to visitors for a few years as it is a submarine base. There are no roads into town. Only airport and ships.|
|Storm in the Bering Sea, May 11, 2011|
|Three day storm in the Bering Sea, May 11, 2011. Three days of cold and wind. Temperature 1°C (33°F), winds up to 110kph (70mph), wave height up to 9 metres (30 feet). We weren't allowed out on deck (as if we would want to !)|
|Kodiak, Alaska May 14, 2011|
|Kodiak, Alaska May 14, 2011, late spring-like weather, fishing industry and bald eagles. A nice change from the two Russian ports and the days at sea.|
|Inside Passage, May 17, 2011|
|Inside Passage, May 17, 2011. Ship cruised between Vancouver Island and the mainland (although much of the narrower part was at night)|
|Vancouver, May 18, 2011|
|Vancouver, May 18, 2011. Arrive at sunrise, skyline shots, walk around, Chinatown. We had about 3 hours before we had to leave for our flight home|
|Saguenay Oct 2011 Montreal - Ft Lauderdale |
|Oct 2011 Montreal - Ft Lauderdale (Saguenay)
Sailed up the Saguenay River (a fijord) in the early morning hours missed the whales in the dark. The port gets 18-20 ships per year, we rec'd a great welcome.|
|Bar Habor Oct 2011 Montreal - Ft Lauderdale |
|Oct 2011 Montreal - Ft Lauderdale (Bar Habor, Maine)
Tendered into to port. Second cruise ship in that day. Stores were closing up in two days after last cruise ship comes in.|
|West coast trip 2012 -Vancouver|
|A day and half visit to Vancouver. Have been there many times, so just visited Granville Island and a small portion of Stanley Park this time
To view the images full screen, double click on an image and then use the arrows. Set size, bottom left, to extra large, except the first one set to original and scroll across the panorama|
|West coast trip 2012 - Glacier Bay Alaska|
|6 hour cruise into Glacier Bay. Unfortunately the clouds were down very low and it was raining and then snowed for about an hour. The US Park Ranger commented that she had never seen a day like it this far into the year.|
|West coast trip 2012 - Ketchikan Alaska|
|A rainy day in Ketchikan. Took free shuttle bus to Eagle Recovery Centre/Fish Hatchery, then Totem Heritage Centre followed by a wet walk along Creek STreet|
|West coast trip 2012 -Inside Passage|
|We did the inside passage in 2011 returning from Singapore, so far fewer pictures were taken this year. In both cases we had a sunny day with intermittent clouds.|
|West coast trip 2012 -Parksville area|
|Visits to several areas around Parksville:
- World Parrot refuge ( a refuge for over 800 former parrot pets)
- Morning Star Farm (farm that produces, cheese, wines)
- Wildlife Recovery Centre (Mainly raptors)
- Cathedral Grove Forest (a preserved old growth forest)
-Little Qualicum Falls (A series of waterfalls on a river running through a small gorge)|
|West coast trip 2012 -Ucluelet, Tofino environs|
Ucluelet - where we stayed
Tofino - the town at the other end of Pacific Rim Park
Pacific Rim Park - A National Park Reserve, not officially a park yet as Native land claims still under negotiation.|
|West coast trip 2012 -Broken Island boat cruise|
|6 hour trip on a 53 foot cruiser through the Broken Island Group off shore from Ucluelet. We had a beautiful sunny day, saw two types of sea lions, seals, a hint of a whale, a few birds, but not much else. We had hoped for some bears as well, plus breaching whales.|
|West coast trip 2012 -Butchart Gardens, Victoria|
|Located in a former limestone quarry, the Butchart Gardens, started in 1908, cover 55 acres just outside Victoria.
Each year over 1,000,000 bedding plants in some 700 varieties are used throughout the Gardens to ensure uninterrupted bloom from March through October.
Close to a million people visit each year, enjoying not only the floral beauty, but the entertainment and lighting displays presented each summer and Christmas. |
|West coast trip 2012 -Port Renfrew|
|Port Renfrew is a small "village" on the west coast of Vancouver Island, about a 2 hour drive from Victoria We were heading to Botanical Beach to see what we could find in the tidal pools.|
|Fall Trip 2012, Winterthur Gardens, DE, Sept 28|
|Really a museum of American decorative arts. Runs from china sets to entire rooms and their walls.
Sept 28, 2012
Henry Francis du Pont, a cousin of Pierre Dupont (see Longwood Gardens) enlarged his home (and moved out) to 175 rooms to display his collections.
( http://www.winterthur.org/?p=515 )|
|Fall Trip 2012, Road Scholar, Chincoteague VA, |
|Sept 30-Oct 5.
We attended a Road Scholar 5 day session on Chincoteague Island.
Topics included speakers on Pirates, Lighthouses, War of 1812, Decoy carving, painting, sea faring songs, fishing industry, birds in the Wildlife refuge, a visit to NASA's Wallop Island, and the Chincoteague ponies.
An eclectic mix.|
|Fall Trip 2012, Chincoteague Ponies|
|The Chincoteague ponies date back to the 1830's. Currently 150 are allowed to remain on Assateague Island.
New foals, beyond those needed to keep the number at 150, are sold off at auction each year. The money raised is used to look after the ponies and the balance to help fund the local Fire Dept.
For further details, see:
|Fall Trip 2012, Safari Park, Virginia, Oct 6|
|We spent the morning driving through Safari Park. elk, eland, llamas, deer, zebra etc are roaming free within the drive through area. (And act as toll collectors by standing in front of the car until you stop, then they approach you for a handout.)
There is also a walk through section with caged animals.|
|Fall Trip 2012, Hershey Factory and School Oct 10|
|There is no city legally called Hershey, but the urban area is still called Hershey. The Visitor Centre offers free simulated factory tours, and then for $$ has many other activities one can participate in.
Hershey is now owned by a Trust, the purpose of which is to provide an education for underprivileged children (Jr Kindergarten to final year of high school.)
The school is on some 10,000 park-like acres.|
$195/pound, 20:1 conversion, abstract, acquarium, action, african grey, african hoe poe, alaska, albino, albino peacock, alter do chao, amazon, amazon parrot, amazon river, amazonian waterlily, amusement park, animal show, ann, antelope, anteosos bear, antique, apartment, apple comp, architecture, argentina, armacao dos bruzios, art, atrium, augrabies, augur buzzard, avishesh shah, bagpipe, bahamas, baie comeau, bald eagle, bangkok, baobab tree, bar harbor, barbados, barbet, barefaced go away turaco, barge, barn owl, barry savoy, batelaur eagle, beach, bear, belem, benefit concert, bering sea, berry, bicycle, bird, bird of paradise, bird show, birds of prey show, black jaguar, black kite, black stork, black vulture, black winged stilt, black-breasted snake eagle, black-headed heron, black-shouldered kite, blacksmith plover, blossom, blue and gold macaw, blue crane, boat, boca da valeria, bonaventure island, botanical garden, boulder beach, boxing, brazil, brian, bridge, bridgetown, british columbia, british virgin islands, bronze sunbird, broom, brown headed parrot, brown hooded kingfisher, buddha, buddha tooth relic temple, buenos aires, buffalo, bulbul, bupyeong market, burchell's coucal, bus, busan, butterfly, cactus, cambodia, camel, canada day, canada geese, canal, cannonball flower, cannonball fruit, capachin monkey, cape eagle owl, cape sparrow, cape starling, cape town, cape turtle dove, cape weaver, capybara, caribbean, cart, cartagena, cat, cattle egret, celebes crested macque, cemetery, chairs, chao phraya river, charlottetown, chat, chatuchak market, cheetah, chicken, china, chinatown, chinese lanterns, chipmunk, christ the redeemer statue, christmas decoration, church, cicada, city hall, cityscape, clark quay, clivinia, clock tower, clothing, cloud, coast guard, cockatoo, coconut, cocoon, colombia, colon, colonial buildings, condor, conical hat, construction, construction equipment, container, cool docks, corn, costa rica, costume, cottage, cotton top tamarin, cow, cozumel, crab, crew, crimson breasted shrike, crossing the equator, crow, crowned crane, crowned plover, cruise, cuckoo, current, d'arnaud's barbits, dance, dancer, dessert buffet, devil's island, dog, dog walker, dominica, door, douc langur monkey, drum, duck, easter, easter sunday, egg, eggs, egret, elephant, embroidery, emu, enclosure, escarpment, exercise, eygptian goose, fabric, fall colour, false gharial, family, favelo, fern, fish, fish eagle, fishing boat, flamingo, flotsam, flower, flying fish, food, fork-tailed drongo, fort lauderdale, fortaleza, french guyana, fruit, gabar goshawk, gabour goshawk, gannet, garden, gaspé, gatun lake, gatun lock, gemsbok, georgetown, giant eagle owl, giant kingfisher, gibbs farm, ginger blossom, giraffe, glover garden, go-away bird, goliath heron, goose, gord, grand canal, grand cayman, grand palace, grass, grass owl, grasshopper, great grey owl, great horned owl, great white egret, green pigeon, green sea turtle, grey headed 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