Once in a Blue Moon

In Big Cypress, a full moon means savoring the mystery of the swamps brushed by moonlight, the cypress domes aglow, the night air filled with chirps and squawks.

She-inal at Punta Gorda Dairy Queen

One of Florida’s oddities is in the toilet. Really. It’s a woman’s urinal called a Sheinal, developed in Florida and installed in businesses around the state. This one in Punta Gorda is the only one we know of, now a virtual museum piece.

Madison’s Invisible Woman

Wandering down State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, I came across this scene while I was in search of lunch. These are not my shoes. What happened here?

A Taste of Nepal

It’s been nearly a decade since I had a dinner of dal bhat, the Nepali national meal, so tonight’s find of a Nepali restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin was a treat.

Secret Gems of the Suwannee

Four springs, interconnected waterways: the springs along the Suwannee River basin provide a fascinating look into the weird world of the Floridan Aquifer.

White Pelicans

Today, Paynes Prairie and the air around it was filled with white birds. Pelicans! Hundreds of them! Wood storks, herons, and egrets too. Quite the gathering.

Butterfly World

Working on research for Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders while in Broward County, I had the opportunity to visit Butterfly World for the first time.

Zanzibar en Chile

For my foodie friends, a lovely eve last night spent in a trendy restaurant district along the river. Our destination Zanzibar, offering “A World of Cuisines.”

Cerro Santa Lucia

Cerro Santa Lucia is a forested and steep hill in the middle of the city, where Santiago was founded in 1541. It is ringed with historical sites and public gardens.

Presidential Palace in Santiago

Arriving in Santiago, Chile, with a jet-lagged induced headache and a full morning’s wait for my hotel room, I saw the city via tour bus for an overview to allow me to ramble the streets later on my trip.