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Re: Pesuta Shipwreck, Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida-Gwaii, British Columbia

Former Member ·
These photos are evocative. Makes me very glad not to be a sailor back in the day. I have seen some of the many trees washed up on the beaches of the Pacific Northwest. Those are also very impressive. Did you find any glass floats ? I used to have a number of the ones used by Japanese fisherman to hold up their nets. You never know what will turn up.
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Re: Pesuta Shipwreck, Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida-Gwaii, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
The glass floats tend to wash up on the west (windward) side of the Pacific. This hike was on the leeward (eastern) side, where these floats tend not to come. But there were a gazillion trees, like these.
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Re: Pesuta Shipwreck, Naikoon Provincial Park, Haida-Gwaii, British Columbia

Former Member ·
Like the tree pics. I picked up all of my glass floats a bit farther south - on the seaward side of Vancouver Island and on the western shore of the Olympic Peninsula. I think it was always in the summer. Maybe the tides and winds bring different material at different times of the year.
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Re: Top 5 Beaches in India for Honeymoon Couples

NnamAries ·
I was at Goa with a few friends two years ago, it does have that romantic vibe about it.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.5: Newport Pier, Newport Beach, California

PHeymont ·
Hey, everybody: Check in tomorrow for a new Where in the World! It will be on display at 5 am EST. Hope that doesn't put the West Coast at a disadvantage...but I don't think anyone is going to get it right away!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

PHeymont ·
Hey, everybody: Check in tomorrow for a new Where in the World! It will be on display at 5 am EST. Hope that doesn't put the West Coast at a disadvantage...but I don't think anyone is going to get it right away!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

Theodore Behr ·
Wish I hadn't been away last week. I actually knew this one!
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

PHeymont ·
Don't get left out again! You can follow Gumbo on your mobile device...it comes up formatted for tiny-screen use, but if you have enough screen (most smartphones do) click on settings and choose "standard view," or use the menu to select "Desktop view."
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #4.0: Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor, California

DrFumblefinger ·
I didn't even know that, PHeymont! About the cell phone view, I mean.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 1, 2014: A Bird on the Beach

PortMoresby ·
I think updates of this picture should be a recurring reminder of the seasons. Add coats to the chair, take them away. Add hot beverages, change to cold. And in fits of summer euphoria, add bathing suits, take them away... I'll be watching!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 1, 2014: A Bird on the Beach

PHeymont ·
I'd volunteer for the assignment, but the picture dates to 2008, and I'm sure the owner of the chair has moved it....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 1, 2014: A Bird on the Beach

PortMoresby ·
I think we'd all accept a re-creation then, Backyard Beach Babylon. A truckload of sand, a backdrop, stuffed birds that could change with the seasons to simulate migration for more interest. Your fans await. Or, your fan awaits?
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

arion ·
Thank you, thank you, for this, Dr. F. This is an excellent time (November 11, Remembrance Day tomorrow) to be reminded of the D-Day assault. We were in Normandy in 1994, when they were marking the 50th anniversary of D Day, and one night we were having dinner in a restaurant and struck up a conversation with a young couple. They were a bit rough looking, a couple of Brits who were starting on a tour of France on their motorcycle but they had stopped off in Normandy at the beaches to "pay...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for your comment, Arion. It's hard not to be moved by D-Day. The vastness of the assault, the staggering loss of life (civilian and military). What most impressed me is that the local people remember. Not French people away from the coast, but those whose relatives went through the assault make a point of teaching their children and grandchildren the price paid to liberate them from the Nazi fascists. The Juno Beach Center, built by the Canadian Beach, really did a great job of...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Travel Rob ·
Thanks DrFumblefinger, It's been way too many years since I've seen the Normandy beaches. Your photos are very moving .
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
My Father received this from Dwight D Eisenhower at the start of D-Day:
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
That's an interesting and historic document, GarryRF. Many of those who landed on the D-Day beaches never spoke of this with anyone -- so horrible was the experience, so many wounded and killed among them. I'm curious --did your dad ever share these experiences with you?
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
Yes - my Dad and lots of other guys told me their stories! My Dad was in the Royal Navy and was taking landing craft full of soldiers from ship to shore - several times - under heavy fire! A guy I was doing work for had lots of photos and souvenirs on the walls of his house. Medals and maps. Newspaper cuttings and Badges. All in frames. I asked him how much he remembered of D-Day. "Every minute of every hour. Me and my mate had been together since the outbreak of war. Nearly 5 years. We were...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

DrFumblefinger ·
Several vets I know say that the Normandy beach landings as portrayed in the movie "Saving Private Ryan" are the way they remember it. Madness, chaos, noise, death, fear, adrenaline, more fear. And yet they ran into the madness. It takes a type of courage that's hard for us to imagine in the 21st century. Thanks for sharing that story, Garry.
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

GarryRF ·
When I was a little nipper and hadn't started school we would visit family at the weekend. No TV. No money. 1950's -you get the picture. So socialising with Dad's 9 brothers and sisters was as good as it got ! If you mentioned the War in some homes you'd be out the front door quicker than a Rat up a Drain pipe ! Others would tell you tales to make your hair curl. Tails of unbelievable bravery, absurdity and stupidity. The Ladies would tell the tale of how the American and Canadian GI's would...
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Re: A visit to Normandy: exploring the D-Day beaches

Former Member ·
Thank you mr fumblefinger for your poignant description and photos. Our family lost my uncle at Omaha Beach. He was one of those young men caught up in the drama of war who did his best in a very bad situation. Several times during the 1980s and early 1990s, I made my way to northwestern France to visit the D-Day landing sites. At that time, I was struck by three things - the immaculate grounds and air of respect, the gratefulness of the French people and the fact that there were very few...
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

DrFumblefinger ·
I live in Calgary now and people often have the impression it's a cowboy town -- which it is, but it's really a modern oil-economy based city as well. A view of the city's skyline. How far away are those beaches from Liverpool itself, Garry? What I most like about them is how uncrowded they are. Is the water warm enough to swim in or only for those with a strong constitution?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
The Temperatures for Liverpool rely on the strength of the Gulf Stream which sends warm water up from the Caribbean to the West of the UK. It follows the Jet Stream. It means that we can grow Palm Trees in the West - right up to Scotland ! Without this we would freeze in winter because we're that far North. Near to the Latitude of Alaska. But we don't !
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

Former Member ·
Does the Gulf Stream also bring a harvest of tasty fish with it ? Does the pattern of currents vary so that the Gulf Stream brings warmer waters closer to shore at some times than at other times ?
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Re: Liverpool - What do you mean. It has a Beach ?

GarryRF ·
No - no more Fish. Fish like Cod and Haddock like the colder waters of the UK. Too much heat and they go further North to Iceland. The Gulf Stream often gets caught in a pattern. Its been stuck for months now, bringing us warm water to raise temperatures. At this time of year we get an overnight frost and cool days. But we've had 50f at night and over 60f during the day. My outdoor Tomato's are still healthy and near ready for picking! Thanks to the Gulf stream ! The warmer waters hit the...
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Re: Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
I found the dinosaurs in Alberta, and the Wooly Mammoths in the Yukon, but more on that sometime in the future....
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day. September 10, 2013: African Penguins, Boulders Beach, South Africa.

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, think about what items would fit well for thumbnail images that people could use as avatars. We can create a bunch, and I do have a number of penguin photos that fit the bill.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PortMoresby ·
Won't the beaches just move inland too?
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
What! and spoil my headline? Seriously, though, not necessarily. The deposit of sand and similar materials is a longer process than is being discussed here, and the new shorelines would be quite different, at least for a long time.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

DrFumblefinger ·
I am not smart enough to know what the correct temperature or ocean level of the earth should be.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PortMoresby ·
So many resorts truck in their "beaches", it may turn out to be more an excuse to build new fancier versions of themselves than the prospect of their disappearance. Where there's a will...and you know there is!
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
When the Vikings first discovered Greenland a thousand years ago they wrote of a "Green and pleasant land with pastures, cows and animals". Now its a frozen wasteland ! In 1817 the wine producers of North Yorkshire (England) abolished their trade association as summers were becoming too cold to grow grapes. They've never grown grapes since ! This time last year we were digging the snow out. Today is 68f and sunny. Climate change doesn't go away. Ever.
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
No, climate change doesn't go away...but until the last century, we lacked the ability to really push it in one direction or another. The issue these years is not the natural progression but the degree to which our emissions and more have upset the balance. On the one hand, I won't be around to see how it all comes out...but I'm concerned because my grandchildren will be!
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
I do not believe that the burning of fossils fuels has any effect on the direction of the Jet Stream. Which in turn controls the weather around the world. I do believe that the Petro-Chemical Refineries from the New Jersey coast and further south releasing tons of nasty unwanted chemicals into the atmosphere does have a big effect on the de-forestation of Europe with acid rain. They release this gas when the wind is blowing east across the Atlantic. And when the wind suddenly changes the...
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

PHeymont ·
While I certainly agree with you about the refineries (remember how close to some of them I live) the jetstream is hardly the only factor involved in weather and climate. I'm not best equipped to explain more...that's the domain of my wife the science teacher...but it's clear there's a scary future ahead...
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Re: When there are no more beaches, will we all head for the hills?

GarryRF ·
The Jet Stream is responsible for the California drought. The Polar Vortex you've been suffering from - and for the UK not having frosty weather since last November. English strawberries in Winter and de-icing salt being 15cents for a 10 kilo sack ! Its not yet April and I've cut the grass twice ! Blame it all on the Jet Stream.
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Re: The (Long and Winding) Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

GarryRF ·
Some wonderful pix of Australia that bring back so many memories of my visits Islandman I could look at those rock formations for hours. Looking into a million years of history. Australia is certainly like nowhere else on Earth and every day is a fascinating adventure. Certainly is a well written comprehensive Blog you've presented. I've enjoyed it. Thanks.
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Re: The (Long and Winding) Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for sharing this interesting and most beautiful roadtrip with us, Islandman! Another one for my bucketlist.
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Re: The (Long and Winding) Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Travel Rob ·
Wow Islandman ,thank you for this blog. it really moved Australia up on my list. When i saw your photo of the Loch Ard Gorge i immediately thought of the Calanques near Marseilles, France .
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Re: Newport Coast sign, Newport Beach, California

Travel Rob ·
For some reason your Newport sign makes me think of the famous Laguna beach Greeter.Eiler Larson, who lived quite a life .Although I am too young to remember him , the stories my parents told and seeing his replacement several times bring back great memories. Reminds you what effect people have on tourism too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiler_Larsen
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Re: Exploring the Baltic Coast. 1) Poland

Marilyn Jones ·
Wonderful narrative and photos!. You make me want to go to Poland even more now.
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Re: Exploring the Baltic Coast. 1) Poland

Travel Rob ·
Thank you for this. Poland really is wonderful and the people are some of the most generous in the world. I spent some time there in the 1980's, and at that time a tourist, could live on a dollar a day, although the government forced tourists to exchange more. Even though it was so cheap for me, my Polish friends insisted on paying and life there for them was expensive.
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Re: Exploring the Baltic Coast. 1) Poland

DrFumblefinger ·
Great post and photos and a nice introduction to the Baltic region. I look forward to your second post next week on Latvia! I'm coincidentally in Krakow today, and there is a familiarity to the architecture here in this city with what's in your images. Having a nice time. They Polish people are very kind and the country certainly is a travel bargain.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 28, 2015: Kinbrook Island Provincial Park

GarryRF ·
I've seen so many beautiful lakes in Canada. Mostly on photos. Does this lake ever become cool or warm enough for a skinny dip ? Not that shorts keep you much warmer anyway ! I've not found one yet.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 6, 2015: Turtle Watching in Trinidad

DrFumblefinger ·
Beautiful photos of an amazing experience, MAD! I'm always in awe when I see some of these creatures up close.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, April 6, 2015: Turtle Watching in Trinidad

Marilyn Jones ·
Awesome blog. So interesting and fantastic photos!!
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Re: South Beach Miami - A walk through Art Deco History

PHeymont ·
I'm notoriously not a fan of Florida, but I love Moderne and Deco...and you've given me possibly the only reason to put a trip to Florida on my list... Thanks!
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Re: South Beach Miami - A walk through Art Deco History

Travel Rob ·
Jonathan, you did a fantastic job at showing South Beach! It really lives up to it's hype. One thing I love about Miami is Downtown,South Beach and the Airport are all an easy drive from each other. I'm curious too about your impressions of Downtown? It's experiencing one of the biggest construction booms in the country. Paul, say it ain't so that your not a fan of Florida!It's like California in the fact that the state is very diverse .You can love parts of the state and dislike others.
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Re: South Beach Miami - A walk through Art Deco History

DrFumblefinger ·
An interesting and well presented photo-tour of a place I'd like to spend a little time at. I've only visited South Beach once and that was for a very brief stay. I'd like to savor this great architecture. Thanks, Jonathan!
 
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