Archive: Wildlife

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Review & Tips

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  6 Comments

San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a vast wildlife preserve that’s home to thousands of animals from all over the world, which are separated into distinct “lands” based upon the animals’ habitats. While there are a variety of unique attractions at the San Diego Safari Park, its flagship offering is the Africa Tram, which takes […]

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Kyoto Monkey Park Photos, Tips & Review

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  14 Comments

Iwatayama Monkey Park is a gathering place of Japanese Macaque monkeys in Kyoto, Japan. This post features my photos from the park, plus tips for visiting this unique location, and a review of whether it’s worth the time and money. This monkey park in Kyoto is extremely cheap to visit (~$5), so whether it’s worth it […]

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Move Over Mountains, Cows Are the Real Reason to Visit Switzerland

Posted on Feb 19, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  8 Comments

The title seems silly, doesn’t it? The landscape of the Swiss Alps is some of the world’s most jaw-dropping, and yet a bigger selling point of Switzerland is…cows? Animals that are seemingly the sole inhabitants of miles (and miles…and miles…) of the most boring interstates in America? Perhaps cows are a novelty if you’re a […]

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Review: Is the Georgia Aquarium Worth It?

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  20 Comments

The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is widely regarded as one of the best aquariums in the United States. It’s the world’s largest aquarium, holding 10,000,000 gallons of water. It’s also one of the busiest, with huge crowds gathering on a daily basis. The Aquarium includes a variety of exhibits and touts itself as having a […]

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The Devious Deer of Nara, Japan

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

Nara, Japan is an excellent place to visit, and a big part of this is the wild deer that roam the city. You read that correctly. So, if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “gee, I really want to go to a park where I can interact with and feed a bunch of deer” then it’s […]

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San Diego Zoo Info & Tips

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  7 Comments

San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the country, and for good reason. This post offers a review of the zoo, photos from the animal exhibits, and various tips & tricks for making the most of your visit to the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo had been on my […]

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Tips for Whale Watching in Dana Point

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  2 Comments

Whale watching season is upon us! November through April, Gray Whales pass along the California coast, and there’s no better place to watch them in SoCal than in Dana Point. If you’re visiting Southern California in the winter, I think whale watching is a must-do. Especially from late December to late March, whale watching is […]

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Fukuro No Mise Owl Cafe Review

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by Tom Bricker  •  Dining, Points of Interest  •  11 Comments

Fukuro No Mise is a popular Owl Cafe in Tokyo, Japan where you literally dine and interact with a variety of owls. This review features photos of the owl cafe, and answers the question whether it’s worth the money. Animal cafes are a distinctly “Japanese” experience, with a variety of different animals, from cats to […]

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First Snow in Yosemite

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  5 Comments

Winter in Yosemite National Park is a beautiful thing. I had previously been last February and caught the park in the midst of its winter season, even hiking in waist-deep snow along the way to this shot. Still, I had not seen Yosemite after any fresh snow in the Yosemite Valley, which I had heard […]

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Glacier National Park Photos

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  9 Comments

I recently visited Glacier National Park in Montana with a few other photographers and spent a few whirlwind days photographing sunrises, sunsets, the Milky Way, and everything in between. It was an excellent trip, one that offered a lot of fun with fellow photographers and great variety in the scenes we photographed. After visiting Yosemite […]

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