Reflections, Travels

Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

Large areas of Cumberland Island were deeded to the National Parks Foundation by members or heirs of the Carnegie family in 1971. Other lands in private ownership were purchased with funds provided by the Mellon Foundation and Congress, and in 1972 Cumberland Island was designated a national seashore. A small number of property owners still… Continue reading Cumberland Island – History meets modernity

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Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

Cumberland Island is the largest of the over 100 Sea Islands off the coast of Southeastern United States stretching from the mouths of the Santee and St. Johns Rivers across South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. These barrier islands help mitigate the immense energy of ocean waves and protect the inner coastlines against erosion. Facing the Atlantic… Continue reading Cumberland Island – Return to Wilderness

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Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

It's fascinating sometimes how truly small this world is and how various strands intersect in unexpected ways. This story commences in January last year (2017) with me casually browsing through the New Yorker, reading articles that catch my eye. Yes, I still read the paper version of newspapers and magazine - there's just something about… Continue reading Conservation Matters at the Columbus Zoo

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Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

Summer is a great time to visit botanical gardens. It's the best time to enjoy lush green foliage, flower in full bloom and of course, bask in special exhibits. This was especially true of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus, OH where in the Pacific Island Water Garden colorful Central American butterflies… Continue reading Chihuly at Franklin Park Conservatory

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Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs

Despite the fact that wagering on races has risen in recent years, there is no denying that overall horse racing viewership and attendance has been in decline since the latter half of the 20th century. Haven grown up relatively close to Saratoga Springs, my parents brought me to the tracks as a kid and I… Continue reading Legendary tracks – Churchill Downs

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Falling for Apples

Dropping outdoor temperatures marks the arrival of Fall, and trumpets the highly-anticipated start of the apple-picking season. There is truly something magical stepping through an apple orchard during the crisp morning hours.  The earth wakes from its dewy slumber. The branches extend their silent welcome. The air dense with an aroma of delightful serendipity. Colors… Continue reading Falling for Apples

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Finding the “Park” in Parkway

At 104.12 miles (167.56 km), the Taconic State Parkway (aka Taconic or TSP) is the longest parkway in New York State, winding through four counties (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia) to connect the hamlets of Valhalla and Old Chatham. Proposed in 1925 by then chair of the Taconic State Park Commission (TSPC) Franklin D. Roosevelt as… Continue reading Finding the “Park” in Parkway