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The Cathedral of Notre Dame and a seminary, both on the PLace De Armes, had been their earliest constructions. The business district has broad boulevards and many, many new glass-faced and towering office buildings. The huge complex of the Montreal hospital completes the crowded space on Rue Sherbrooke, just below the A’Mount,A“ for which Montreal is named. We walked along the busy River front street of Rue Commune, watching the horse drawn buggies and bicycles compete with congested people and auto traffic. We ventured into Simons and took the escalator down into the A’underground city.A“ It is a connected stretch, of all of the stores above ground, with many more food courts , coffee shops and shopping centers. La starbucks and then climbed up to the surface, like some latter day Eloi, from the movie Time Machine. I asked the hotel concierge to book us reservations at the A’Auberge Vieux PortA“ on Rue Commune, for dinner.
After the fireworks, like a huge receding tidal flow, the many thousands of visitors began to recede and exit the old port area. Gboth had to figure out the French translation for the English idiom A’to each his own.A“ It was sunny and pleasant out. The first floor contained 18th century French furnishings and a panoply of silver ware and Canadian tea services from the 1800A•s. We descended, by elevator, to the basement and walked across the street using the underground tunnel.
We watched and enjoyed the street performers and the thousands of strollers as we finished lunch. It was late afternoon as we walked back to the hotel, stopping by for wine and cheese in Suite #701.
Breathtaking landscape: A view across the Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho in 1874 as it was caught on camera by photographer Timothy O'Sullivan during Lt. Land rising from the water: The Pyramid and Domes, a line of dome-shaped tufa rocks in Pyramid Lake, Nevada photographed in 1867.
Famous photographer: Timothy O'Sullivan whose childhood and background are the subject of debate among photographic scholar was of Irish ancestry.
Native Americans: The Pah-Ute (Paiute) Indian group, near Cedar, Utah in a picture from 1872. Breathtaking: Twin buttes stand near Green River City, Wyoming, photographed in 1872 four years after settlers made the river basin their home.
19th century housing: Members of Clarence King's Fortieth Parallel Survey team explore the land near Oreana, Nevada, in 1867. Incredible: Tents can be seen (bottom, centre) at a point known as Camp Beauty close to canyon walls in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. On this rock I build a church: Old Mission Church, Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico pictured in 1873 where the Zuni people of North have lived for millennia. Landscape: Browns Park, Colorado, as seen by Timothy O'Sullivan in 1872 as he chartered the landscape for the first time. Rockies: A man sits on a shore beside the Colorado River in Iceberg Canyon, on the border of Mojave County, Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada in 1871 during the Wheeler expedition. Timothy O'Sullivan's darkroom wagon, pulled by four mules, entered the frame at the right side of the photograph, reached the center of the image, and abruptly U-turned, heading back out of the frame. Industrial revolution: The mining town of Gold Hill, just south of Virginia City, Nevada, in 1867 was town whose prosperity was preserved by mining a rare silver ore called Comstock Lode.
Early rails: A wooden balanced incline used for gold mining, at the Illinois Mine in the Pahranagat Mining District, Nevada in 1871. Silver mining: Here photographer Timothy O'Sullivan documents the actvities of the Savage and the Gould and Curry mines in Virginia City, Nevada, in 1867 900ft underground, lit by an improvised flash -- a burning magnesium wire, O'Sullivan photographed the miners in tunnels, shafts, and lifts. Untouched landscape: The head of Canyon de Chelly, looking past walls that rise some 1,200 feet above the canyon floor, in Arizona in 1873. An earlier visitor: Nearly 150 years ago, photographer O'Sullivan came across this evidence of a visitor to the West that preceded his own expedition by another 150 years - A Spanish inscription from 1726. Settlement: View of the White House, Ancestral Pueblo Native American (Anasazi) ruins in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in 1873. Sailing away: The Nettie, an expedition boat on the Truckee River, western Nevada, in 1867. A man sits in a wooden boat with a mast on the edge of the Colorado River in the Black Canyon, Mojave County, Arizona. Native: Maiman, a Mojave Indian, guide and interpreter during a portion of the season in the Colorado country, in 1871. Shoshone Falls, Idaho near present-day Twin Falls, Idaho, is 212 feet high, and flows over a rim 1,000 feet wide. Rocky: The south side of Inscription Rock (now El Morro National Monument), in New Mexico in 1873. An early spring snowfall had dumped 2 feet of wet snow on Irish Hill making the going tough, but as founder of the cemetery Mary had been there many times before.
By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. The rascally Americans had burned the place, during the War of 1812, to shut the British military supply line down. He was the unlucky British Subaltern who had been routed from town by the rascally Americans, before they torched everything. We enjoyed the meal and our surroundings, counting ourselves lucky to be here hale and healthy, sipping wine and enjoying a meal at a nice resort. We walked along the River for a bit then sat in front of our rooms, admiring the visage of the River and the comings and goings along it. Check-in was a bit hectic, as the beleaguered valet scurried to the hotel lot to retrieve exiting cars and park incoming. It sits strategically on the Ottawa River, astride the border of Ontario and Quebec Provinces.
In 1867, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Ontario and New Brunswick had been merged into the New Nation of Canada. Then we wandered a bit enjoying the spectacle of a NationA•s Capitol in Summer, tourist throngs enjoying their heritage. The Chateau Fairmont Laurier is a turreted fairy style castle in the grand manner of the Canadian Rail Road mega hotels. The British had originally constructed the canal as a system for military transport from 1826-1832.
Canada is self sufficient in its oil needs, getting most of its supply from the oil fields in Alberta.
A’ (Darcy had beena founder of the Candian Republic but was assiassinated near Parliament Hill in 1867.) It sits at the end of the Sparks St.
They marched, wheeled and stood at arms in synchronized movement to the delight of the crowd. Finally, the pipers wailed out the stirring melody of A’Oh Canada,A“ the Canadian National Anthem. For $6, we entered this stone and glass pyramid, marveling at the size and grandeur of the facility. It is an interesting portrait of native Canadian life on the far shores of the Arctic Ocean. Throngs of tourists were already headed up to Parliament Hill to watch the nightly sound and light show projected onto parliament Building. We walked back along Elgin to our hotel, where we settled in with our books and waited for Morpheus to claim us. A party of 39 French Missionaries, Sulpician Fathers from Paris, under the direction of Monsignor Maisoneauve comprised the entourage. It is a single-story collection of pricey artistA•s shops, featuring hand-made pottery, jewelry, paintings and other items for the discerning shopper. It really is an A’underground cityA“ that frozen Montrealers can use during the harsh Winter. On etage quatre, we found an entire collection of Dutch and Italian painters from the 1600A•s and 1700A•s.
A monsoon rainstorm, the night before, had given us water in the basement, and that awful armpit smell of mold, as a return present. It is known that as a teenager he worked in the studio of the legendary 19th century photographer Mathew Brady, who is seen as the father of photo-journalism.
Green River and its distinctive twin rock formations that stand over the horizon was supposed to the site of a division point for the Union Pacific Railroad, but when the engineers arrived they were shocked to find that the area had been settled and so had to move the railroad west 12 miles to Bryan, Wyoming. Clarence King was a 25-year-old Yale graduate, who hired Irish tough guy O'Sullivan for his Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. Photographed in 1873 and situated in northeastern Arizona, the area is one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes in North American and holds preserved ruins of early indigenous people's such as The Anasazi and Navajo. O'Sullivan was famous for not trying to romanticise the native American plight or way of life in his photographs and instead of asking them to wear tribal dress was happy to photograph them wearing denim jeans. Lieutenant Wheeler insisted that the team explore the Colorado River by going upstream into the Grand Canyon--apparently to beat a rival, who had first gone downriver in 1869. On the United States Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel, Clarence King insisted that his men dress for dinner every evening and speak French, and O'Sullivan had no difficulty fitting in. During the winter of 1867-68, in Virginia City, Nevada, he took the first underground mining pictures in America. As they sailed upstream into the Grand Canyon, the team commanded by Lieutenant Wheeler used three boats and O'Sullivan commanded one named 'Picture'.


The picture is thought to have been taken in Cottonwood Springs (Washoe County), Nevada, in 1875.
Coming to the end of his adventures, O'Sullivan returned to Washington to live with his wife Laura and worked as a commercial photographer for Lieutenant Wheeler. It has been observed that 30 years before Edward S Curtis began his famous study of native American's dying way of life, O'Sullivan was working without prejudice within the field of his photographic art. In 1881, O'Sullivan returned to his parent's home in Staten Island where he died from tuberculosis. The prominent feature stands near a small pool of water, and has been a resting place for travellers for centuries.
If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. It sits across the road from where we were staying for the evening, at A’The Glen House resort.A“ It is a small complex, of two story buildings, that sits along a quiet inlet of the St. We checked into our room, #147 of the Hickory Woods section, ($170 night) and then walked down to the water to sit and enjoy the bright sunshine on the river. We sipped a glass of Cabernet, as we read our books and then drifted off to sleep for a pleasant conversation with Ozzie nelson. It is a six-blocks long string of open air restaurants, tourist shops, street performers and office workers, lolling for lunch or a break. They are an eye catching combination of London and Paris in the 1600A•s, though constructed here in the 1860A•s. It had originally been founded by ex patriate Americans, fleeing the American Revolution in the 1770A•s. I wrote up my notes as we sipped a glass of cabernet and then drifted into a conversation with Ozzie Nelson. We settled into our room, read for a time and then drifted into the welcome abyss of sleep. After coffee, we found the A’Canadian Hall.A“ It is an interesting collection of rural and Winter tableaus celebrating Beau Canada. It is a two story , comfortable place with brick walls, wrought iron railings and lots of charm. It thrived as a fur trading center between Europe and all of the interior of North America.
The Casino, Dome and stadium stand against the skyline as markers of the cityA•s prominence.
The temp was warm and in the 80A•s out now, but in the Winter, this place is frigid, with temps falling well below zero. We sat in dimly lit elegance in the 5 star basement restaurant.Obviously our hotel concierge had mistaken us for people of means instead of the casual types that we are. Hebert, Suzor-Cote, Paul Peel, Helen McNichols and others were represented in a delightful gallery of oils that pleases the eye.
We cranked up the air conditioning and drove to a nearby Tim HortonA•s for soup and sandwiches, while the condo cooled off. A veteran of the American Civil War in its first year, O'Sullivan turned his hand to photographing the horrors of war in during the final three years of the conflict before setting out on his cross-continental expeditions.Timothy O'Sullivan, who used a box camera, worked with the Government teams as they explored the land. Funded by the War Department, the plan was to survey the unexplored territory that lay between the California Sierras and the Rockies, with a view toward finding a good place to lay railroad tracks while also looking for mining possibilities and assessing the level of Indian hostility in the area. Photo shows photographer Timothy O'Sullivan, fourth from left, with fellow members of the Wheeler survey and Native Americans, following ascent of the Colorado River through the Black Canyon in 1871. Made at the Carson Sink in Nevada, this image of shifting sand dunes reveals the patterns of tracks recently reconfigured by the wind.
Known for his dispassionate views towards native Americans on his travels, O'Sullivan was more interested in photographing the true lifestyles of the indigenous people and not a preconceived image that those back east had. With this simple picture of the Navajo Indians, O'Sullivan managed to capture the domesticity of a dying people as wave after wave of migration snuffed out their way of life.
At the bottom, men stand and pose on cliff dwellings in a niche and on ruins on the canyon floor. In 1876, he buried his only child who was stillborn and it is thought that O'Sullivan buried the baby himself. At this time, photographer Timothy O'Sullivan was working as a military photographer for Lt.
As people in the east came to see O'Sullivan's photographs the legend of the pioneering west as a land of limitless opportunity even for Americans came to form.
Tragically, O'Sullivan's health declined after the death of his boy and he contracted tuberculosis. These were some of the first iconic pictures of the western expeditions that O'Sullivan took on the United States Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel.
Since at least the 17th century, natives, Europeans, and later American pioneers carved names and messages into the rock face as they paused. She knew it was a fine line between spinning out and reaching the summit.A A Tiffani Jones (name changed) was being buried today. The fir trees, and the bucolic scenery of the area, much belie the horrendous snowfalls that blanket the area in Winter. Maybe that's why Indians and British soldiers, from the ButlerA•s Rangers, burned Buffalo to the ground a few months later.
We listened to a musical group, watched another street actor and then browsed a few shops, buying some postcards and stamps. The 1867 Act of Confederation, by the British Parliament, had established Canada as a separate nation.
Roof lines, flourished in black wrought iron, and the cathedral shaped windows reflected the beauty of the French influence on the two flanking buildings. We looked out, from our perch on Parliament hill, and could see the twin silver spires of the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the beginnings of A’Embassy RowA“ along Sussex Street. We drove by the enormous Beau Arts Center, the huge War Museum and the much used Museum of Civilization.
Noting the the waterfall on the Ottawa River, he remarked that it looked like the curtains (Rideau) in his apartment in Paris. Americans had looked down the sights of their rifles at these men in two wars and fought alongside of them in a dozen others. It is carved from the Northwest Territories and is peopled by native Inuits along the Arctic shores of Canada.
We found and entered the A’Blue Cactus Grille.A“ It is open and airy like Sloppy JoeA•s Grille in Key West. At Darcy Mc GeeA•s Irish Pub, we stood for a time and listened to the Sons of Scotland play some stirring music on their bag pipes. We got our tickets at the kiosk and boarded a delightful, open-air, double-decker bus for the ride.($35 each) it was 80 degrees, cloudy and comfortable out. From 1715 through 1815 the small settlement had been surrounded by a stone wall, like cities in medieval Europe. In 1759, at the climactic battle of Montreal (fought in Quebec City) France lost all of Canada to the English. To combat the harsh temperatures, the city had developed over 33 km of A’underground.A“ Two underground boulevards, paralleling busy Rue Ste.
We climbed down from our lofty perch and sought out our chatty van driver for a ride back to the Hotel Place De Armes.
The Main altar is a series of gilded carvings, on three levels, depicting various religious themes.
On this end of the waterfront, sits a distinctive tower clock, It rests on a point overlooking the Cartier Bridge and the St.
We stopped at a Burger King, for bottles of Eau Dasani, and let our body temperatures cool down. On Rue Francis Xavier, we found something promising called A’Cafe De Mateo.A“ It was hot and we were tiring. It seemed that half of Montreal was in the old port area having dinner and getting ready for the fire works. This massive Cathedral holds a smaller version of the enormous, four-collumned Throne of St.
We sat for a time in the PLace de Armes, watching the interesting throngs wander to and fro.
We chose the outside patio of A’Le Grande TerraceA“ and settled in for Caesar salads with Salmon. We retreated to our room, where we had cheese, croissants and finished off the Mondavi Cabernet as we read our books and awaited sleep. Approximately 45 feet higher than the Niagara falls of the U.S and Canada, the Shoshone Falls are sometimes called the 'Niagara of the West'. Wheeler's survey west of the One Hundredth Meridian which O'Sullivan accompanied the Lieutenant on.
The wagon's striking presence in this otherwise barren scene dramatises the pioneering experience of exploration and discovery in the wide, uncharted landscapes of the American West.
It lies on the East end of Lake Ontario and gets the same A’lake effectA“ snow fall that Buffalo gets from Lake Erie.
It is a marvelous Queen Anne style Inn, with rear porches, porticos and a steeply gabled roof line. The surrounding countryside is rural, with conical silos, the odd brace of horses and farm houses dotting the countryside. The green copper roofs, waving Maple leaf flags and crowds of tourists gave it a holiday flavor. He has little actual official power, but is the ceremonial representative of Queen Elizabeth in Canada. Then, the departing troops lifted their colors and marched off down Rideau and Elgin to their barracks, pipers piping and drums drumming. We walked back to the hotel, had coffee in the outdoor star bucks and then retreated to out air conditioned room for a glass of Cabernet and a conversation with Ozzie Nelson.
Historians say that at first neither knew what the land comprised, or indeed wanted to own it, but fate gave it to the English.
Catherine, have emerged as shopping centers, featuring bistros, cafes and all other forms of urban commerce.
McGill University, founded in 1821, is the major presence here, with over 20,000 students. We sat there for a bit and then retired to our room, where I wrote up my notes, and enjoyed a glass of cabernet. Porno shops, strip joints and sleezy bars announced that this is the place to come and slum in Montreal.
We wandered back to Rue Francis Xavier and stopped in the small Cafe De Mateo, that we had noticed earlier in the day.
Today would be A’une beau jour.A“ We prepped for the day, enjoying the luxurious amenities of this grand suite.
Before mass migration and industrialisation of the west, the Bannock and Shoshone Indians relied on the huge salmon stocks of the falls as a source of food.


During this expedition O'Sullivan nearly drowned in the Truckee River (which runs from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake, located in northwestern Nevada) when his boat got jammed against rocks. Anthropologists and archeologists place the Anasazi peoples of Native American culture on the continent from the 12th Century BC.
Even today many of the settlements, along the 120 miles canal, are peopled by descendants of the original diggers in distinctive irish conclaves.In Winter, the canal is drained to a depth of two feet. Two of the A’toy soldiers,A“ with their red jackets and black bear helmets, stood guard at the gates of the home.
The Rideau Canal, the Ottawa River and the government complexes and embassies all create a tapestry of forested urban beauty. It is spacious, airy and luxurious, befitting the arm and the leg that they charge you to stay here.
Much of the old Brownstone mansions, from those who had made it in Montreal, had been converted for college use. It looks like city officials allow A’Le BumsA“ to sleep and congregate on this far stretch of the waterfront.
Laurent and then walked up and into the small but distinctive area known as A’China Town.A“ The requisite signs, in neon red and yellow announcing the lord knows what in Chinese characters, caught our attention. A perusal of the menu, in French, told us that this was going to be a $300 dinner, with few choices for Vegetarians.
He spent seven years exploring the landscape and thousands of pictures have survived from his travels. Wheeler's survey west of the One Hundredth Meridian in Black Canyon has been called some of the greatest photography of the 19th century and a clear inspiration for that other great American photographer Ansel Adams. Mary was glad Tiffani was local -- from the hardscrabble village at the base of the hill -- because after five years, she was a little tired of Greensprings being seen as a groovy, hippie alternative to traditional burial.
Far to the South, across the St.Lawrence, we could see the dim flashes of lightning illuminating the sky.
Only the dull, matte finish of the lethal looking M-16 rifle, that they carried, alerted you to the actual reason for their presence. They were to stand in pairs, in one hour shifts as guards, at the gate of the Governor GeneralA•s house on Sussex street. Just across from the Cathedral sits the large VeteranA•s Monument, a tribute to CanadaA•s fallen. Tourists were already strolling the small pedestrian walkway, browsing the ducks and other things you usually find in the windows of Chinese restaurants.
Eatons, Simons and a score of other big name Canadian retailers were drawing them in by the hundreds. From all accounts Tiffani was a hard-drinking, hard-partying woman and many of her mourners were cut from that same cloth. Nearby are the home of the Canadian Premier, Stephen Harper, at 24 Sussex, and several other magnificent mansions, housing various embassies and officials. A film, depicting the early founding of Montreal and its religious history was projected upon the sheets.
They stood shivering in thin leather jackets pulled tight around their bodies while the wind blew, making it seem colder than 28 degrees. It was a 30 minute version of A’La Belle Canada,A“ featuring, in light and sound, the considerable bounty of the Canadian Republic. Actions in India, South Africa, and other venues of the British Raj, had been supported by Colonials from all members of her Common Wealth. An eccentric monk, Brother Anthony, had taken as his life's work, the task of raising money and building this huge complex in honor of St.
Our French wasnA•t good enough to understand much of the rapid fire patter on the French stations. After the 30 minute film, the sheets dropped and we got to spend 15 minutes wandering around this beautiful edifice.
We sat for 90 minutes as they went through the whole extensive A’customs procedures.A“ We had grown up on the Canadian border and always resented the A’thorough look overA“ by overly officious knuckleheads. A large and ornate complex, that now is a functioning gambling Casino, had been the French Pavilion at the WorldA•s Fair. I was sure itA was either someone who worked at the Borders bookstore coming in early orA perhaps an Asian student who lived in an adjacent apartment complex.
Sometimes there were none and I wasA surprised at how disappointed I was when that was the case.
Often there wereA just one or two standing and I made it a habit to carry my camera so I couldA take pictures of them.
If they didna€™t, they didna€™t.A And the ephemeral quality of the perched rocks was somehow thrilling. Youa€™dA expect to find something like this on a beach or maybe a river bed but a mallA parking lot?
I also buy a new pen before a journey that I slip through the elasticized band that encircles the journal.
This is my traveling kit a€“ one in which I make notes in longhand and draw sketches to illustrate what Ia€™m seeing.
A --A A modest low-slung metal building, set in the woods off a dirt road, is home to the world-famous Thistle Hill Weavers, workplace and studio of textile historian and weaver Rabbit Goody. Approaching the building a muffled thwack-thwack-thwack mechanical sound created by power looms can be heard.
When the door is opened, the noise spills out along with the smell of fibers mixed with machine oil. Lawrence River leaves the confines of its banks and flows into the ocean, one of the biggest draws for me was the night train from Montreal to Gaspe. Trains have always held a fascination for me, drawing on some part deep inside that really wants to live in the 19th century (although Ia€™m not so much of a sentimentalist that I dona€™t know that 19th century train travel also involved lots of soot and hard seats).A (Click here to read more . The young man beside me with a modified mohawk and earlobe plugs thanked me for pushing some hot air his way. At that moment, the SufferJets were skating two players down because jammer Sarabellum and blocker S---- a€?N Gigglz sat in the penalty box (an area adjacent to the track with metal folding chairs surrounded by shower curtains).
A My boat, hired for a week, was steel, sleek, and low-slung, and painted maroon with yellow and green trim and a knotty-pine interior. Mid-Lakes Navigation built these self-skippered canal boats to be both rugged and comfortable. He was an agricultural economist and a speechwriter for President Roosevelt during the Depression but by the time I knew him, he spent his days painting pictures and researching local history.
He was a quiet man with strongly held opinions and although he died when I was very young, my aunts say I'm an awful lot like him.
A When I was young, my sisters and I roamed the Spiritualist campgrounds on our Spyder bikesa€“a€“sticking to the narrow gravel drive. During the summer, when the camp was full, there would be a message service in the auditorium on Thursday nights and we'd often sneak into the back of the hall to listen. But I didn't really think much about the psychics and mediums and healers and the messages they were giving to the believers on those humid summer evenings.
On one side of the fjord, abandoned low-slung gray apartment buildings almost blended in with the low hills. On the other side, someone had painted many of the occupied buildings in blazing colors: pink, yellow, and minty greena€”a jarring sight in the washed-out landscape. A This is the part of Russia that Sarah Palin could see if she had super-binocular powers; it lies just across the Bering Strait from Alaska.
He was a quiet man with strongly held opinions and although he died when I was very young, my aunts say I'm an awful lot like him.
During the summer, when the camp was full, there would be a message service in the auditorium on Thursday nights and we'd often sneak into the back of the hall to listen. But I didn't really think much about the psychics and mediums and healers and the messages they were giving to the believers on those humid summer evenings. I would be riding in either a hovercraft or have a jet pack strapped to my back as I made my way to the grocery storea€”wait, there would be no grocery stores because all of our food would be in the form of little pellets that expanded to glorious dinners when put in some kind of rehydrating device. I think that everything I imagined about the future I got from watching a€?The Jetsons.a€? (click here to read more . He doesna€™t live on an island in the Caribbean or even within spitting distance of an ocean.
Rather, his farming takes place in 100-gallon saltwater tanks in the basement of his neat and tidy house the color of a warm Sargasso Sea in upstate New York. In college, he learned to scuba dive and began collecting corals from the temperate zones around the world. Less than half an acre and only, at its highest point, about 30 feet above the crashing waves, the islet is a godforsaken bit of rock stuck in the Atlantic Ocean off the eastern edge of Bermuda and one of four secret nesting sites for one of the rarest seabirds on earth, the Bermuda petrela€”known locally as the cahow because of its eerie cry.
Madeiros, Bermudaa€™s terrestrial conservation officer, is a small, soft-spoken 47-year-old with a mustache, tortoiseshell glasses, and a penchant for Australian army hats.
Carefully working his way across the isleta€™s stony surface, he makes the rounds to specially designed artificial nest burrows built to protect petrel chicks from the danger of tides and rough seas.
The burrows are marked by wooden baffles that guard the entrances and have a very precisely measured oval cut into thema€”big enough that an adult petrel can get in to feed its chick but a hair too small for a white-tailed tropicbird to squeeze through and take over.A (click here to read more . I know if I ever smell yak butter again Ia€™ll be back in Lhasa, Tibet, in the days before the first train was scheduled to arrive from China.Last summer, my daughter, Railey, and I went on a journey, and although I wasna€™t sure what we were looking for, somehow I thought we might find that indefinable thing in Tibet. My prior knowledge of Tibeta€”a beautiful, mysterious, and remote countrya€”came from the movies and from my local grocery store. Ronald Colman from Lost Horizon and Brad Pitt from Seven Years in Tibet were my spiritual guides, and the monksa€”small, brown men in long maroon and yellow robes who I periodically ran into in the produce sectiona€”shaped my notion of Tibetan culture.
I would steal glances at them as they smelled the cantaloupes and picked out oranges, and if they caught me looking, theya€™d flash wide smiles and their eyes would almost disappear, and I would get all embarrassed. Ithaca, New York, is home to the Namgyal Monastery, the Dalai Lamaa€™s personal monastery in North America, so you get used to seeing the Tibetan monks around town. In winter, their maroon and yellow robes hang below puffy down jackets as they trudge through the snow and slush of upstate New York in hiking boots.
It might have been the weather--it was hot and rainy and foggy all at once creating a misty landscape that looked an awful lot like those painted scrolls of the humpbacked mountains you see hanging in Chinese restaurants. Or it might have been that I felt like I was looking at shadows, for much of what I saw was doomed and would soon disappear beneath the muddy river water.
In early summer, the Yangtze--the longest river in China and the third longest in the world--is a swift flowing muddy brown mess of a river. We were on a boat about 200 kilometers upstream of the Three Gorges Dam and the landscape we passed through was going to be flooded with sixty more feet of water in a couple of months. The Chinese are maniacs about their building projects and, true to form, were rushing to finish the dam and start generating electricity well ahead of schedule.
As a result, the water level in the gorges was going to rise sooner rather than later.A (click here to read more .



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