This year, and for the first time, I ventured into snowy winter cycling. Like many people, I found the thought of it intimidating at first. Cold winds, glare ice, wipeouts, fogged glasses, frozen toes and frigid fingers all come to mind. However, cycling is not just a pleasure for me, it is my major form... Continue Reading →
Autumn Cycling on Elk Island Trails
This autumn, I managed to get out to Elk Island National Park twice, with two broad goals. First, I wanted to do some early morning photography, and secondly, I wanted to explore some ideas I've been having about using a mountain bike, not for ripping, shredding, or even bunny hopping, but as a means for... Continue Reading →
Does Scotland have the world’s best ecosystem for MTBs?
Glenfinnan, Scotland. Photo by Roman Popelar. Flikr. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Recently, in my quest to learn more about sustainable mountain biking, I came across a podcast by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland. They have only 5 podcasts available so far, but all are interesting. This is not a podcast about the tech, the gear or... Continue Reading →
The Beaufort Wind Scale was first developed in 1805 by Sir Francis Beaufort, of the U.K. Royal Navy. It describes a Force 8 gale as Moderately high (18-25 ft) waves of greater length, edges of crests begin to break into spindrift, foam blown in streaks. Dutch Boats in a Gale ('The Bridgewater Sea Piece') by Joseph... Continue Reading →
Facing a Tiger
Tiger beetles can be a real pain in the knees (and elbows) to photograph. They are predators, a hunter on scrublands, beaches and other sandy open spaces. Photographically they are a challenge because they are relatively small (averaging about 15mm), often well camouflaged, fast as blazes and highly attuned to movement.
Gardens not only reflect and enlarge the minds of their creators, but they can also contribute to the community and the broader environment.