Grizzlies in the Mist

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin
September, 2014 Vol. 18, No. 12

Khutzemateen yearling  eating sedge

Khutzemateen yearling eating sedge

Danger for grizzlies doesn’t come from the water’s edge. Big Mama and her yearling were approximately ten feet from our zodiac. They had just ventured out of winter hibernation, and they were ravenously chewing tall stalks of sedge. Continue reading »

Dubai….More than Glass and Mirrors

Text and photos by Yvette Cardozo July, Vol. 18, No. 11

Dubai: Yvette Cardozo: Dubai skyline

Dubai: Yvette Cardozo: Dubai skyline

Dubai really does look like some sci-fi writer’s city of the future. But it’s with good reason. In only a few decades, the modern city sprang from the desert.It gleams and sparkles with buildings of glass and steel, some that soar, lean, bulge, twist and fold, often seeming to defy gravity.

All that’s missing are the jet packs and hovercraft. Continue reading »

Muck Diving in Indonesia

Text by Mary L. Peachin with photos by Bill Kimball, Dave Lovitt, and Cam Azad

July, 2014 Vol. 18, No. 10

Blue Ring Octopus - Cam Azad

Blue Ring Octopus – Cam Azad

Muck what? Scuba diving, you’ve got to be kidding. Typically, the underwater world is praised for endless vistas with tropical and pelagic fish swimming amidst colorful corals. It’s a magical, weightless drift in warm gentle currents following interesting overhangs or swim-through reef walls. Continue reading »

Normandy’s World War II D-Day Beaches

June, 2014 Vol. 18, Vol. 9

German World War II pill box gun opening view

German World War II pill box gun opening view

Seventy years later, it’s still tragically and emotionally shattering to view what is now peaceful beaches scattered along Normandy in France then recall the horror of memories of  D-Day, the day when Allied Forces, literally “sitting ducks,”  were decimated during their attempt to invade Nazi forces from the English Channel. Today,  eight of the memorial zones include the five beaches of Omaha, Utah, Juno, Sword, and old, plus two infantry landing zones for the U.S. 82nd  and 101st Airborne and British 6th Airborne Divisions. High on cliff of the beaches, Pointe du Hoc’s standing pill box bunkers have pock marks from bullet holes and burnt ceilings from flame throwers. The Germans used these bunkers as living quarters with one having a telephone that provided exact coordinates for shooting guns aimed at the Allies. Continue reading »