Browsing All posts tagged under »Nature«

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Spending the New Year at Swan Lake

January 4, 2017

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By Joan Larsen   It is the New Year – the new year of 2017, celebrated throughout the world with the traditional crowds always seen, fireworks lighting up the skies in every direction, laughter and excitement as there always is. But we, the people of our world, are far more subdued this year. If we […]

Joan Larsen Presents in Photos: The Call of the Wild – the Unknown Story of Jack London Lake in Eastern Russia

November 16, 2016

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By Joan Larsen Among the world’s hidden secrets, the one that has only now been found in the Russian Far East — in the country’s little-known Magadan region – stands out for a unique beauty rarely seen on our Earth.  Its unusual name:  Jack London Lake.  Imagine its waters crystal clear and very cold – […]

Joan Larsen’s Adventures Off America’s Beaten Tracks: On Foot in the Red Rock Country of Utah

May 4, 2016

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By Joan Larsen   Reimagine a walk in the park… as we all know that the wonderful feeling we get when we “discover” the incredibly beautiful places in our world that just may take us a few steps off the beaten path — or the paved road.  In the Americas, I have kept the national […]

Joan Larsen Introduces: The Avian World’s Showiest Males

October 14, 2015

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By Joan Larsen The love lives of birds really hadn’t been one of my greatest interests in life.   But on our expeditions to my favorite places in the southern hemisphere of our world – like Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and some pretty unknown islands that abound down there – we were guided down trails […]

Joan Larsen Presents: To Melt the Heart – First Photos of the Most Loveable Brown Bears Ever Filmed

July 22, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Dedicated to my long-time friends and fellow explorers, Arthur and Mary Clark.  Arthur is a retired Air Force general, an aviator, and a veteran of World War II.  He has traveled extensively, much of it in Alaska, Siberia and the Arctic.     May I introduce you to Maria, the very becomingly […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Summer Dream – The Hidden Getaway at the Lake House

July 1, 2015

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By Joan Larsen I believe down deep we are all alike. Deep inside us, unbidden thoughts take over our quiet moments in the early darkness of winter. The two of us find ourselves talking – the kind of conversation that usually comes late in the evening when the lights are low. It is then we […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Birds Do It, Bees Do It… A First Look From Above at Nature’s Baby Boom

May 6, 2015

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By Joan Larsen You do know how babies arrive, don’t you?   I looked at my mother with those innocent eyes as she told me about the stork flying over our rooftop with that little wrapped bundle swinging from its beak, delicately placing it on the chimney top for us to find. I seem to remember […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Communing With Giants – A Magical Day in California’s Muir Woods

April 8, 2015

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 By Joan Larsen   2015 . . . and with it another return journey to the West in early spring – to The City By The Bay, San Francisco. Once again the city has exceeded my expectations. It always does. That city pulls out all stops – and then continually adds some more – – […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Tender Gifts From Birds – The Girl Who Gets Gifts From Crows

March 4, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Many thanks to Katy Sewall for alerting us to this wonderful story! Gabriella – a 4-year-old child living in Seattle, Washington – was prone to dropping food – when she was getting out of the family car or just munching in her yard. So very typical of children that age. But, the […]

Animal Altruism is Real, and So is Their Appreciation

February 6, 2015

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Anyone who doubts that animals can have sympathetic, altruistic emotions need look no farther than these videos. In the news last month, I ran across a video from the Taipei Zoo, showing a tortoise very deliberately and methodically bumping an upside-down, stranded tortoise until the stranded one is back on his feet. Yay! Smiles and […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Spending the New Year at Swan Lake

December 31, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   It is the New Year – the new year of 2015, celebrated throughout the world with the traditional crowds always seen, fireworks lighting up the skies in every direction, laughter and excitement as there always is. But we, the people of our world, are far more subdued this year. If we […]

Joan Larsen’s Dream of Late Summer: The Hidden Getaway at the Lake House

August 20, 2014

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By Joan Larsen I believe down deep we are all alike. Deep inside us, unbidden thoughts take over our quiet moments in the early darkness of winter. The two of us find ourselves talking – the kind of conversation that usually comes late in the evening when the lights are low. It is then we […]

We are Nest-Soilers, and Now the Grand Canyon is Under Threat… From Us

August 11, 2014

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Once word gets out about some particularly beautiful or unusual place, the beauty or uniqueness is doomed as we crowd in and stampede it to death, or worse – try to slice it up into individually-owned bits. We admire a thing, then ruin it with our meddling or by our very mass. It never fails. […]

Joan Larsen’s Summer Dream: A Hidden Getaway at the Lake House

July 10, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   We each have our own dreams, our own feelings on the perfect place for the change of scene so long overdue.  The really old days of summer were different – cool, lazy, driving on hidden byways, finding our own private corner at a beach so tantalizing that we wanted to stake […]

The Cicadas are Here!

May 13, 2013

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We East Coast residents have been hearing the warnings for some days now:  a brood of 17-year cicadas (Magicicadas) is due to arrive at any moment!   Prepare to be overwhelmed! Well, Saturday afternoon I saw the first heralds of the brood, at least the ones who have been lurking beneath Lila’s lawn for nearly two […]

Joan Larsen’s Adventures Off the Beaten Track: Between a Rock and a Hard Place in Utah

May 1, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   Reimagine a walk in the park… as we all know that the wonderful feeling we get when we “discover” the incredibly beautiful places in our world that just may take us a few steps off the beaten path — or the paved road.  In the Americas, I have kept the national […]