Israel’s Wildlife

There really isn't much wildlife to see in Israel, every square inch of fertile land is used for growing crops to self-sustain the country's food supply.  National Parks are reserved for historic sites.  No land is set aside to let the "deer and the antelope roam". The nearest thing I saw to wildlife in Israel was … Continue reading Israel’s Wildlife

Mr. No-It-All

Wise old owl.  Those eyes stare right through you, like he knows more about you then you do yourself.  He knows what you're thinking.  He's forgotten more than you will ever know. I've seen those eyes; they belong to my third grade teacher, she had a hook nose too.  She had fire-red hair and wore … Continue reading Mr. No-It-All

Reflections

Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on all of the good things in your life, a time to give thanks for all of your blessings. This pelican was one of six that was rescued from the Gulf oil spill and adopted by the Henry Doorly Zoo.  They are kept at the Zoo's Safari Park, where this … Continue reading Reflections

Out of the Mouth of Babes

On a beautiful fall day, we took three grandkids, ages 10, 7 and 2, to a safari park, where you drive through the wildlife in their "natural" habitat.  The wildlife get used to seeing humans in cars so they are unconcerned about your presence, but aren't tame enough to come up to your car and … Continue reading Out of the Mouth of Babes

Black Hills, South Dakota

Altogether, I was in the Black Hils area for a week, five days with the fam and two days visiting our friends, Chuck and Karen, who now live in South Dakota.  Chuck and Karen took us along the Needles Highway through Black Hills State Park. It was such a pretty stop, we had our picture … Continue reading Black Hills, South Dakota

Death Valley National Park

My wife was reading an article about Death Valley in the Travel section of the local newspaper.   She said, "Let's go see Death Valley!"     I was not interested.   "Why?", I asked, "There's nothing there but heat and desolation".   This is how I pictured Death Valley, but without the snow capped Panamint Mountains in the … Continue reading Death Valley National Park