Blackwater Falls, Davis, WV

Blackwater Falls always runs dark. The tannins from decaying leaves and evergreen needles in the water stain it the color of tea. Contrast that with a fresh snowfall, a hard freeze and enormous icicles, and you have a pretty sight, indeed! (Note the figure on the balcony at left, for scale)

Skogafoss, Iceland

Skogafoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. Aside from its impressive size, it gives the impression of an incredible volume of water that disappears into a stream that's no more than a foot deep. By walking right up to it, you can feel both awed, and tiny.


As I'm reminiscing on last summer's trip to Iceland (and working up videos, etc), I'm uncovering some photos that just make me smile. On the cliffs above Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with impressive caves and balsatic columns outside Vik, on Iceland's southern shore, dozens of puffins were nesting. These pudgy little birds were impressively…Read more Puffins!

Strokkur, Iceland

In addition to many active volcanoes, Iceland is full of thermal features. In fact, it is home to the "original" geyser, a spout named "Geysir". Geysir is not as active as it once was, but its neighbor, Strokkur, erupts reliably every 5 minutes or so, with varying intensity. It's a very popular stop along the…Read more Strokkur, Iceland

Arctic Tern

Arctic Terns (Sterna paradisaea) have one of the longest migrations in the world, annually flying from the Arctic to the Antarctic, a distance of over 12,000 miles (19,000 km), AND BACK. As we were told in Iceland, this exertion leaves them perpetually ticked off. At one point during our Iceland summer (2019), we pulled off…Read more Arctic Tern

Last Snake of 2020

Out backpacking in mid-October, we saw two Timber Rattlesnakes cuddled up together for warmth, and then this friendlier Garter Snake on what was probably one of the year's last hunts. After this weekend, it started getting cold, quick. I'm sure he's underground somewhere now.