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Photo of the week


we’re back from Mexico! This is a picture of a cenote or natural sinkhole, which are quite common on the Yucatan Peninsula. Rain caves out the limestone, creating a subterranean ground water system. No cooler place to hang out on … Continue reading

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Photo of the week


People using the Mangoro river in South-Eastern Madagascar to transport goods.

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The allegory of the cave


Disclaimer: Most of my information about this story comes from what I anecdotally knew before, spiced up with info from the web – I haven’t read the original “Republic” myself yet. In the cave allegory by Plato (he lets his … Continue reading

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Humpback whale


A humpback whale diving down at Stellwagen Bank. Stellwagen Bank is a huge National Marine Sanctuary off the coast of Massachusetts. It is a managed area, and a recent report shows that the top-level predators in the area such as … Continue reading

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What a change!


Compared to one week ago, the landscape has changed dramatically: Where we largely slipped over trails glazed with ice and snow last week, this weekend’s hiking has been so, well, muddy. But it’s a joy seeing the season change, like … Continue reading

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Photo of the week


A butterfly sucking nectar from a flower in Madagascar

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Photo of the week


A small endemic bird of the island of Hispaniola, the Tody, looking a bit startled after I woke him up at night.  

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