One of the most iconic images of Maine is that of the Portland Head Light. This lighthouse was completed in 1791 and sits on a head of land at the main entrance to the shipping channel into Portland Harbor. The lighthouse is located within Fort Williams Park (free to enter) and is a great place to explore, have a picnic, and just enjoy the beautiful Maine scenery. And the best part is that we now live here and can see it anytime we wish!
Located in the center of New Zealand’s North Island is a mountain that has been famous with climbers and trekkers for years, Mount Ngauruhoe. It become infamous after the release of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that used the mountain as Mordor’s Mt. Doom. It is an impressive active volcano that has erupted 45 times in the 20th century, most recently in 1974. It makes for a very photogenic subject and I hope you enjoy.
Driving just 90 minutes east of Melbourne, Australia we found the Ballarat Wildlife Park. One of the things we wanted to do most in Australia is to see the strange native critters. Not only do you get to see the animals at the park, but you actually get to pet them, including this cute little koala.
We have seen a lot of monkeys in our travels throughout SE Asia. And just when we thought we were tired of seeing monkeys, we went to Monkey Forest in the Balinese town of Ubud. It was here that we saw numerous baby monkeys and I photographed this mother snuggling with her baby. Baby monkeys are adorable!
One of the reasons we traveled all the way to Borneo was to see the Proboscis Monkey, also known as the long-nosed monkey. To see these monkeys we had to travel to the Bako National Park, which is only accessible by boat. We spent 3 days at the park and saw them on several occasions. Their noses are very unique and reminded us of the legendary American singer and actor, Jimmy Durante. They made a strange noise that reminded us of Stephen Spielberg’s ET character.