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Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand.  One of the year around falls.  They installed a small hydroelectric station at the top of the falls, which powers the small city at the head of Milford Sound. (My wife, Leslie, volunteered to stand in front to provide scale to the picture).  The falls are 531 feet tall.Calendar11.thumb.jpg.8d0732493d4d101c2e4bc7c656d28f24.jpg

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Here is one more picture of Antelope Canyon.  The Navaho have built metal stairs and ramps for hikers to get around the different levels so it is not physically challenging to get through the canyon.  The ladder in the picture gives some scale to the size of the canyon.  In some places, the "slot" at the top is only a few feet wide.  During the monsoon season, the canyon can fill up with water.  Not a good place to be then.  The Navaho dump truckloads of sand into the slot to make the floor passable for tourists.

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In addition to being interested in birds, I have been a life long sailor.  One of the most interesting sightings of a bird was when we were in a storm off the coast of the Baha in the Pacific Ocean about 75 miles off shore.  It was blowing about 50 knots with 25 foot waves and we were concerned for our safety in a 37 foot sailboat.  While this was going on, I noticed an Albatross that was gliding on the wind currents just off the water, having fun.  This was its element, not ours.  When we were in South Africa and I was looking at the rough seas of the Indian Ocean off the coast, I was reminded of that time.  The Cape of Good Hope is one of the major danger areas for ships because of shallow water, high winds and underwater rock shelves.  It is one of the "great capes" of the world.  Capes are also convergence zones where waters from different oceans and currents collide and create turbulent seas.  The lighthouse on the tip of land south of Cape Town is named "Danger Point Lighthouse."  This picture was taken in Hermanus, to the east of the cape, but the size of the waves and the turbulence was a message about what it would be like to be out in the ocean here.1999893235_IndianOceanoffCapetowncopy.thumb.jpg.d68480ecceb2c55f8189212edff38419.jpg

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