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UK in 2021?

london kew gardens flower bee

Flowers and a bee in London’s Kew Gardens

I haven’t been to the UK since 2016, when today’s photo was taken. Getting into the UK, without a quarantine, right now is not easy. However, I can get a direct flight from the Faroe Islands (where I will be in July) to Edinburgh, Scotland and not have to quarantine at all since the Faroe Islands are a “green country” so there is a good chance I will find myself in Scotland for the first time this summer.

Southern California Willet

Whimbrel

Puffin

iceland puffin

Látrabjarg puffin

Fox on the trail

Rocky Point Trail fox

@GNPConservancy @GlacierNPS #GlacierLove

While walking along the Rocky Point Trail in Glacier National Park we encountered a fox walking the trail in the opposite direction. The fox went around us, and then got right back on the trail and continued on its way. The fox didn’t think twice about us, but the fox’s appearance was rather magical for us (even though we sometimes see them in our hometown).

Mill Creek

Deliverance

Fratercula arctica

Látrabjarg puffin (Iceland)

Today’s photo comes from a day I will not soon forget. That day was a little over three months ago. I woke up in my rented camper van on the westernmost tip of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland (by myself with no humans within hundreds of kilometers) and proceeded on a wondrous drive that took me to this spot, known as Látrabjarg. Látrabjarg is the westernmost tip of Iceland, and a bird can fly there from Snæfellsnes in under half an hour, but, by car, it takes over six hours–six hours of amazing views and vistas I should add. And no people. Actually, it was more like ten hours as I couldn’t resist the hot springs and photo ops along the way.

Fratercula arctica is the scientific name for the Atlantic Puffin. This one is peering across the Denmark Strait at Greenland in the distance. Speaking of scientific names… A few weeks later I found myself in Uppsala, Sweden immersed in the history of the father of scientific naming, Carl Linnaeus.