Author Archives: Tom

About Tom

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Appalachian State University.

Photography Fundamentals Workshop

I just finished teaching the first offering of Photography Fundamentals Workshop Level 2, a workshop for beginning photographers in the Photography Club of Sun City-Hilton Head (PCSCHH).  It’s time to reflect on the effort and to decide whether it is … Continue reading

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And then they were gone…

A day later, the fawns were still there, waiting patiently for Mama Doe to come back for them.  Apparently she leaves them in a safe location for a short time, then moves them along to another place before they attract … Continue reading

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“Afternoon of the Fauns”

Interesting experience this afternoon.  While walking our dog around the house, I happened upon a pair of baby deer under the cypress tree by the lagoon.  I first realized there was one lying under the tree when I saw the … Continue reading

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Easter Reminiscences

Just four years ago, on Easter Sunday, 2015, Billie and I were in Paris and actually attended services at the Notre Dame de Paris.  It was a special opportunity that came with a very special river cruise that began in … Continue reading

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June 15 & 16 – Cruising the Inside Passage to Vancouver

Our last days aboard the Golden Princess were spent cruising the Inside Passage to the port in Vancouver where our cruise ended on the morning of June 16.  The scenery along the way was eye-popping. One of the big surprises … Continue reading

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June 14 – Ketchikan

Today we cruise toward Ketchikan, Alaska’s first city, known as the “Salmon Capital of the World” and the “City of Totems.” Along the way we passed a family of humpback whales.  Judging by the backs in view and the number … Continue reading

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June 13 – Juneau and Whale Watching

Today we visit the capital city of Juneau, where the saying is that you can only arrive by boat, by plane, or by birth canal (the city is on an island with no bridge to the mainland).  The city sights … Continue reading

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June 12 – Skagway

Today we cruise from Glacier Bay to the Alaskan town of Skagway where we walked ashore and explored the Gold Rush theme of the town.  We took a tour of the Chilkoot Trail through mountain passes to the Yukon Territory … Continue reading

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June 11 – Glacier Bay National Park

As we entered Glacier Bay National Park we immediately notice the increasing numbers of sea birds surrounding the cruise ship.  These birds followed us throughout the park as we explored glaciers near the north end of the Bay. We saw … Continue reading

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June 10 – Hubbard Glacier

Today we cruised past the mammoth Hubbard Glacier, one of Alaska’s advancing glaciers.  It is more than six miles wide where it meets the ocean, and the face is up to 400 feet tall.  Icebergs 3 to 4 stories in … Continue reading

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