The Lighting of Medellín’s El Alumbrado

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin

December, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 3

Christmas lights along  Medellin River

Christmas lights along Medellin River

In Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia, frequently referred to as the City of the Eternal Spring, Christmas is the most celebrated festival of the year. Throughout the month of December, two and a half million residents revel nightly while admiring more than twenty seven million Christmas lights. Street vendors line streets, there are free nightly concerts, kid- friendly exhibits, cultural events, and plenty of photograph opportunities.

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Scuba Diving in Santa Marta, Colombia

Text by Mary L. Peachin with photos by Mary L. Peachin and Diego Ávila

November, 2014, Vol. 19. No. 2

Flamingo tongue on sea Diego Avila

Flamingo tongue on sea fan Diego Avila

Do you love searching for the deadly blue ring octopus, a fully exposed flat-headed stargazers, the ultimate frizzy “bad hair day” bright-orange hirsute frogfish, a crab fest between an orange and purple decorator crab carrying a live urchin, or perhaps a mimic or red octopus, abundant, colorful soft and hard coral? If so, then you are as a spoiled scuba diver like me. Colombia can’t compete with Indonesia’s underwater diversity, but the country can. And, if you are looking for a quick trip, same day flight, one that is cheaper and faster than going to the Northern Caribbean, Colombia is a great option. Continue reading »

PEI’s North Lake Bluefin Tuna

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin and Northlake Charters
October, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 1

 PEI Bluefin tuna

PEI Bluefin tuna

Bursting out of the water, the Bluefin tuna grabbed the baited swimming mackerel trolled from a kite outrigger. After its initial speed explosion, the tuna stopped, did a 180 degree turn towards the boat, passing within inches of the stern. Then, like a freight train, traveling at what seemed like the speed of sound, it swam until it broke the fishing line. It’s true, Bluefin have been recorded swimming a hundred miles per hour. Continue reading »

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 »