A Whale Tale

“We wait, not knowing just where it will happen; suddenly they smash through the surface, someone begins shouting for joy and you realize it is yourself as they surge upward and you see for the first time how huge they are, as they breach, and dive, and breach...

A Tribute to the ‘Chico Mendes’

My oversized black gumboots thumped against my shins with every step. I was walking fast to keep up with my parents, who set a brisk pace down the ramp of the Maple Bay harbour dock. I didn’t want to get left behind; we were going to look at a new-to-us boat – a...

Toba Fjordlands Exploration

“You want to build a log dump right next to our campsite?” I asked incredulously, “Can’t you move it somewhere else!?” “Nope” replied the forester, standing tall in his Interfor issue orange raingear and spiked caulk boot. “That’s where it’s going, non-negotiable”....

Return of the Humpbacks

Pshhh Pshhhh! Pshhhhhh! Whales!  I woke with a start and peered through the lodge window just in time to see the massive back of a Humpback rise slowly from the water. Rushing downstairs I found several people on the deck, coffee in hand – and eyes glued to the sea....