It was raining cats and dogs, nay - bison, elk, and moose, when we, a family of 5 humans, and our dog K2, a Hungarian Kuvasz, reached Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie. For a second, we thought of first checking into our RV campsite, but then the daredevil among us made us drive all the way to … Continue reading ‘The River Wild’ of Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie, Quebec
Blazing the trail: My family was hiking from our RV campsite after entering the Park from at Saint-Jean-de-Piles entrance. We crossed a lonely beach of Lac Etienne. Because of the rainy weather and the COVID-19 situation, we were the only people on the beach. We continued on a lonely trail with bush and wildflowers all around. We … Continue reading Summer of 2020 in pictures – venturing out to Quebec after watching ‘Outbreak’ and ‘Contagion’
We launched our pontoon boat in Georgian Bay waters at Penetanguishene in the wee morning hours of a pleasant day in the month of June. Our objective was to sail along the east coast of the Georgian Bay and negotiate the channels in such a way as to reach French River Provincial Park by evening. … Continue reading Pictorial coverage of Eastern Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve
On February 29, 2020, I hiked with K2 south to north on Niagara Parkway along the Niagara River, 15 km in all. It was a tough hike due to excessive salt near the Falls' area and then no maintenance of pedestrian walkway as we moved away from it. We had to hike over snow and … Continue reading Hiking with K2 along the Niagara Parkway in below freezing, but not quite ‘eight below’, temperatures
Steppe eagles, griffon vultures, cinereous vultures, Egyptian vultures, and kites - all basking in the February sun of southern Pakistan after having a feast on carrion. I was stunned! Where else could one see such a huge concentration of birds of prey as here? Steppe Eagles This happened when we, a friendly group of wildlife … Continue reading A trip to southern Pakistan – a haven for birding and wildlife photography
During a hike with an entourage on a trail in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, one of my nephews noted that people passing by always look at K2 lovingly and stop to ask questions about him all the time. Hikers on the trail showering their love on K2 It is true – K2 and other members … Continue reading Kuvasz dog breed – my experience, a book, a movie, a TV series, and an interview with a breeder
Frozen Credit River K2, a Hungarian Kuvasz, and I were watching Credit River freezing rock solid right in front of our eyes during an early morning hike in February. The temperatures had plummeted to -25 C (-13 F). Hiking during a snow storm, K2 gets suspicious of something As we moved further, the river was … Continue reading A hiking microadventure with K2 on an extreme winter day.
"I was yelling hard and waving my hands as I was backing up. I never wanted to 'turtle' and knew I had to fight. I'm not sure how I ended up on the ground … but I remember [the bear] swatting at me. I just started kicking at her while I was on my back”, … Continue reading Can dogs protect us against a fall season bear attack?
After a day of rain fall, the soggy Bruce Trail started from near the parking lot of Webster Fall Conservation Area near Hamilton, Ontario. Initially, it was quite wide offering easy hike for the entire entourage of 11, aging from a 1 -1/2 year old K2, my great white Kuvasz boy, to a 50 year … Continue reading Hiking with K2 in Fall season – How to reconnect with nature and colours
A Central Asian Shepherd, affectionately known as a lioness, checks out on her charges at Chopaan Guardians Home of the Central Asian Shepherd Dogs He may have died protecting his flock of sheep and the young shepherdess and now even his bones may have become part of the terrain he once had walked majestically. Our … Continue reading Central Asian shepherd dogs – my experience and an interview with an expert on the breed