Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019

Author: noloneliness

jackdaw

A History Of Birds. Jackdaw

Jackdaw. Originally this bird was called simply the daw – a name that was probably imitative of its call. The prefix ‘jack’ may have been added as an endearment, in a similar manner to Tom Tit or Maggie Pie (magpie). Jonathan Swift seems to endorse this explanation in his poem Salamander (1705): As mastiff dogs, […]

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palau

Palau. Republic of Palau

When asked to sum up the diving draw of Palau, Wayne Hasson was to the point: “On one dive, you can see almost everything that swims in the western Pacific. There’s so much soft coral and deep water, just about anything can happen.” The Republic of Palau consists of 200-plus islands, on the southern edge […]

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Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras

“Wreck diving drew me in through its connection to history,” Dave Sommers began. “When you can add in an abundance of sea life, it’s hard to beat. Cape Hatteras gives you both—plus a great diversity of species. We get marine life that comes south from the North Atlantic with the Labrador Current, and Caribbean species […]

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poor knights islands

New Zealand. Poor Knights Islands

New Zealand’s Poor Knights Islands are said to take their name from a French toastlike pudding that they somehow resembled in the eyes of Captain James Cook, the first European explorer to visit here. For latter-day English explorer Matthew Oldfield, Poor Knights proved a feast. “I first learned about Poor Knights from a few of […]

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SANTA MARGHERITA

Italy. Santa Margherita

Twenty-five years ago, we rented our first summer house in Santa Margherita. It was our introduction to the Italian Riviera. Our children were little and we spent six weeks in a hillside villa perched high above the town. It was our first time living on the Riviera for an extended period of time, and of […]

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