Pictorial guide of 10 attractions in and around Boone, North Carolina for nature lovers

Why Boone? My family and I are neither adventure travelers nor tourists who appreciate crowded destinations. We take middle of the road approach instead. We tend to travel to observe culture, history and nature at destinations that are slightly off the beaten path. We researched and found Boone to fit our bill perfectly. Grandfather and … Continue reading Pictorial guide of 10 attractions in and around Boone, North Carolina for nature lovers

Ontario’s Trumpeter swans – why are they tagged and banded?

Please enjoy some shots of individuals and mated pairs of Trumpeter swans, which I took while hiking with K2, the great white Kuvasz, in Hendrie Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and LaSalle Park in Burlington and in Lakefront Promenade Park in Mississauga. These big birds can fly What are those tags for? There are more than 1,000 … Continue reading Ontario’s Trumpeter swans – why are they tagged and banded?

Hiking with dog in Spring season – How to reconnect with nature and earth

K2, our Great White Kuvasz boy, in the lead as usual, my nephew, son, and I were hiking on the Bruce Trail in the Bruce Peninsula on a pleasantly cool early spring day that gave us some dusting of snow. The trail was over a rocky ground with forest growing on one side and a … Continue reading Hiking with dog in Spring season – How to reconnect with nature and earth

Hiking with K2 and observing Mute swans

Aah those Mute swans! They are invasive and aggressive, but Majestic. They are not afraid of humans and even our big dog, who comes from a livestock guardian dogs breed. K2 and I took these shots in LaSalle Park in Burlington; Bronte Creek in Oakville; Rhododendron Gardens in Mississauga; and Col Samuel Smith Park and … Continue reading Hiking with K2 and observing Mute swans

Why I love livestock guardian dogs and why I think you should too!

Heads up: This article may not be to the taste of those who propound LGD use for the specific purpose of livestock protection only. Kuvasz dogs like this one at Red Moon Acres Farm protect goats and homestead against coyotes, wolves, cougars, and bobcats K2, the Great white Kuvasz and a livestock guardian dog (LGD) … Continue reading Why I love livestock guardian dogs and why I think you should too!

Kuvasz – my personal experience with this livestock guardian dog breed

K2, the Great White, exploring frozen creek It was a bone chilling -17 C (1.4 F) at 6 am in the morning. I was bundled up well, but treacherous wind was assaulting me through the only exposed part of my body – my face. My eyes were watery. The mentally disconcerting sound of howling wind … Continue reading Kuvasz – my personal experience with this livestock guardian dog breed

Hiking with my dog and observing winter waterfowl of Lake Ontario

A mute swan flies low over the frozen Lake Ontario K2, the Great White Kuvasz, with his backpack carrying kibble, water bottles, treats, poop bags, extra leash and some of my stuff, all in all about 20 pounds, and I, with  my backpack that carried winter hiking gear plus my camera and paraphernalia, set out … Continue reading Hiking with my dog and observing winter waterfowl of Lake Ontario

A Pictorial Guide – My Trip to Pakistan for Exploring Off the Beaten Path Attractions

It was a second instance where I was observing a group of school going kids visiting a tourist destination under the supervision of their teachers. No it was not Canada, USA, any European country, or a developed Asian country like Malaysia. This was at a historic fort in Pakistan, a country that was written off … Continue reading A Pictorial Guide – My Trip to Pakistan for Exploring Off the Beaten Path Attractions

What type of dogs to have if you live in the land of big carnivores

A cougar is more than a match for a single medium, large, or even a giant size dog Austin Forman, 11 years old, was hauling firewood in his backyard on the weekend, when his golden retriever, Angel, began acting weirdly. Father of the boy was watching both of them. This behaviour explained itself when a … Continue reading What type of dogs to have if you live in the land of big carnivores

Hiking with a dog in the winter season – how to connect with nature and with ghosts

Dogs have better hearing and smelling capabilities than humans. Here, K2 gets suspicious of something or someone on the trail ahead K2, the two and a half year old Hungarian Kuvasz, and I were watching Credit River freezing rock solid right in front of our eyes during an early morning hike in February 2014. The … Continue reading Hiking with a dog in the winter season – how to connect with nature and with ghosts