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 »

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 »