A Civilized Way to See New York Harbor

By Vladimir Brezina

Aboard Bateaux New York‘s boat Celestial for a sunset dinner cruise

Sunset

We’ve seen the Celestial cruising around the harbor many times from our kayaks, but this is quite a different experience ;-)

Cruising up the Hudson

Plenty of opportunities for selfies with the Manhattan skyline

Selfies

There go our kayaking buddies!

Kayaking buddies

The Manhattan skyline in the dusk

Manhattan skyline in the dusk

… and round the Battery for more photo-ops in the East River

In the East River

We’re Back!

By Vladimir Brezina

We’re back from a trip to tropical Queensland, Australia—and, of course, processing a couple of thousand photos. Here’s a brief preview:

Saltwater crocodileJohna snorkeling on the Great Barrier ReefReef lifeIn the rain forestRain forest inhabitantLunch?CassowarySleepy koalaTame macropodsCrocodile feeding frenzy

Much more to come!

Mellow

By Vladimir Brezina

Deep Summer Mellow—

Mellow

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Mellow.

L’Hermione

By Vladimir Brezina

L'Hermione at the South Street Seaport, NYC

The Hermione was a French frigate that, most famously, in 1780 carried the Marquis de Lafayette to America with news of French help for the American Revolution. The Hermione was then a brand-new ship, having been built in Rochefort, France, in 1779. She survived only another few years, being wrecked in 1793.

L'Hermione under sailBut now there is Hermione 2.0! A full-scale replica, she was built again in Rochefort and launched in 2014. Earlier this summer, she sailed across the Atlantic for a tour of the major US ports of Franco-American historical significance.

We went to see her when she arrived in New York City.

Here is a selection of photos from that visit (click on any photo to start slideshow):

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Grey

By Vladimir Brezina

Grey apparition in the mist—

Grey

A contribution to Ailsa’s travel-themed photo challenge, Grey.

Beneath My Feet

By Vladimir Brezina

Giant bird tracks have appeared on the beach overnight—

Beneath My Feet

Probably just a big goose :-)

A contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge, Beneath Your Feet.

Midday at the Morris Canal

By Johna Till Johnson
Photos by Vladimir Brezina

Midday at the Morris Canal 13

As paddling trips go, this one wasn’t much: We left shortly before noon, and returned just after 2 PM—nothing like our typical day-long expeditions.

The weather was perfect: clear, sunny and dry with a light breeze. No wind, waves, or other “conditions” that make for an exciting kayak adventure.

But since it was our first trip together in quite a while, we were happy just to be on the water.

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