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Paris and the Ethics of Street Photography

Sometimes people ask me what kind of photographer I am. “The talented kind ” I want to reply, but somehow I don’t think that’s what they are asking. I have been a wildlife photographer, a scenic photographer, a travel photographer, a portrait photographer and, for a short time, a wedding photographer. (I actually love wedding …

Fishing in the Whiteshell: The Perfect Canadian Getaway

I’ve spent a fair bit of time crossing this country from one end to the other, and I’ve come to realize that to really understand this nation, there are a few experiences that every Canadian should have at least once. Every Canadian should be in Ottawa for Canada Day, for example. Everyone should drink Caribou …

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Walking Buenos Aires: Beautiful Birds and Barrios

Nature and culture in one of South America’s great cities, Buenos Aires I am a very enthusiastic walker. I take tremendous joy in getting around at my own speed, under my own power, on my own terms. And I consider myself doubly blessed to have found someone to share my travels with, who shares not only …

The Moods of Coal Harbour

Vancouver’s Coal Harbour is one of my favourite spots to watch the seasons change. Late this afternoon, I was walking towards Stanley Park for a meeting at the Stanley Park Ecology Society, where I volunteer. (You should support them—they do kickass work.) Anyway, walking out of downtown into the park is always a pleasure. You leave …

From St. Petersburg, With Love (And Reservations)

Visiting St. Petersburg by cruise ship feels like a bit of a tease: so much to see, so very little time. All cruising is like that, of course, and you learn to make the most of the time you have. But the Russians add a layer of complexity to the issue: you’re not allowed to …

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Seagulls

They’re loud, greedy, invasive, polluting and aggressive. They eat anything that moves and a lot of things that don’t. Hate them if you will, but seagulls are 100% badass. Here are the secrets to their astounding success. 1. Communicate. Loudly. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. “They screech and they squawk; you call that communicating?” …