Ancient Olive Trees in Crisis

Ancient Olive Trees in Crisis

Journey to Puglia Lynn and I traveled to Italy with our friends Joe and Mary in September of 2017. After a night out in Rome we met up with our Italian friends and tour guides, Stefania and Orazio of Casa Stefazio fame. They planned and accompanied us for a journey around the Puglia region. We were treated to so much good food – too much really. And we drank our fair share of wine as well. There were so many wonderful overnight stays in places we would never have found on our own. Our stay was for 2 weeks but Read more »

Lynn & Charles headed Down Under in 2018

Lynn & Charles headed Down Under in 2018

A long flight and recuperating in Sydney Lynn and I took advantage of a United sale and headed “Down Under” in early September to explore the East Coast. A 16 hour direct to Sydney flight is a little more bearable when you’re setting up front. A couple of glasses of bubbly, a little whiskey, wine, and an ice cream sundae certainly encourages napping. We spent three nights in Sydney which let us hit the normal tourist spots and museums with all the other tourists. We also managed to get a little way off the beaten path to places like Paddington Read more »

Focused on Creating a Real Black & White Print

Focused on Creating a Real Black & White Print

So I’m retired, now what? For the past two years or so I’ve been focused on creating a good black & white print much more than a color print. Call it getting back to my roots. My spousal unit may not be completely happy with that but she is supportive as always. I post images in half a dozen Facebook groups, my Instagram account, and lately in SmugMug. That’s fine because it reaches a bigger audience than trapping friends with a slideshow. But at least we give them food and drinks so they tolerate me, I hope. In the end Read more »

Out and About in Chile and Argentina

Out and About in Chile and Argentina

Part 1 – Santiago and Valparaiso January 2017 found Lynn and I traveling out and about in portions of Chile and Argentina with our friends Mary and Joe Studlick. Joe spent a considerable amount of time going back and forth with Jeff at Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to plan a 20+ day trip to visit the Atacama Desert and Patagonia in Chile and the Salta area in Argentina. And OBP did a great job with airport to hotel transfers, guides, restaurant reservations, wine tours, and trips back and forth across the Chile/Argentine border. We were looking for good food, Read more »

The Making of the Fly

The Making of the Fly

Ok, ok, I’m a little late with this post. Halloween is over and nobody probably cares anymore, but I had a blast making this Halloween Costume. So here’s how it all played out… At the end of last year’s Boyd and Bouffard Halloween party we all voted on the theme for this year. And the winner was “Classic Hollywood Horror” movies. After my totally bogus Ballchinian mask for that year’s party, and the disappointment of my little friend Danny, I was determined to make up for it. So a couple of days after the party I found “The Fly” from Read more »

Time Traveler, Episode 1

Time Traveler, Episode 1

OK then. Here’s where I start making up for all the times I haven’t posted and should have. As most of our regular readers (heh, heh) know, Lynn and I have been doing lots of traveling over the past few years and if you haven’t been over for dinner then you haven’t seen many photos from us so I’ll try to change that starting now. Those of you who have been to dinner, thanks for putting up with me. Now these aren’t going to be in chronological order ’cause I’m not that anal. And mostly because some stuff is on  Read more »

Wyoming Beauty

Wyoming Beauty

Well time sure flies don’t it. Here I’d planned on doing regular posts since I’m retired now. Anywho, here’s a photo from our trip to Jackson Hole to visit with our friends Beth and Jeff Schenck who are getting ready to build a house there. This is a 3 shot panorama with a Leica M-P and the APO 50mm lens. The detail is incredible. Many, many thanks to Beth for printing this for me! It’s out for framing right now. The little white spot on the left edge of the light green shoreline is actually a boat in the water Read more »

Saturday, Jan 10th

Saturday, Jan 10th

It’s our last game drive at Tintswalo and the weather is not promising. The sky is overcast and it’s still a little cool at 5:30am when we hit the road. We still haven’t seen the honey badger and everyone is ragging on Darren and Foster. Except for me – I’m a nice guy. Where’s the dang hippos you’ve told us about? And the rhinos? Get it together. Zebras are losing their luster as we’re seeing them almost every day. But on our way to chase down the elusive hippos we run back through the Cape Buffalo herd from yesterday. Everybody Read more »

Friday Evening, Jan 9th

Friday Evening, Jan 9th

We’re on the road for almost an hour this afternoon before we see 2 cheetahs sneaking up on a big herd of impalas. At this point we’re between them and the dinner they’ve imagined themselves having shortly. Unfortunately for them there’s a small herd of zebras who aren’t going to let these bullies beat up their friends. The two cheetahs move up slowly passing us in the trucks and the zebras separate from the impala herd moving toward these bad boys. The guys in the striped suits are having none of it and look like they’re about to throw a Read more »