April 10, 2013 |
The works of Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman will soon be showcased in a new gallery along Victoria's Inner Harbour. When it opens May 24, the Robert Bateman Centre will become the city's newest attraction. The gallery will feature 130 of his wildlife paintings, from those evoking British Columbia settings to his respected African collection. The 5,000-square-foot center will also include three interactive exhibits. For example, while viewing Bateman's 36 paintings of birds, guests can push buttons to listen to the sounds made by the various creatures.
October 10, 2012 |
There have been plenty of films over the years that grapple with alcoholism, a wide swath that includes "The Lost Weekend" and "Leaving Las Vegas," "The Shining" and "Arthur. " Few have attempted to capture the highs and lows in quite the same naturalistic way as "Smashed. " The movie, which debuts Friday, is a breakout role for 27-year-old Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who has played supporting characters in such films as "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
August 15, 2012
Hetch Hetchy Valley reached a high of 99 degrees when I visited recently. But even on a blistering day, the lesser-known great valley of Yosemite National Park was a beautiful place. Brilliant wildflowers, shady glens, Wapama Falls cascading 1,300 feet and casting a cooling mist over the wooden bridges - and me - below. Opposite the falls, imposing Kolana Rock was mirrored perfectly in the still, blue water of the reservoir. That reservoir, which covers the valley's bottom 300-plus feet, has been wildly controversial since well before it was built.
March 18, 2012 |
Is French the secret language of childhood? Maybe that's why the French-speaking world has produced so many cinematic classics about children, from Francois Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" (1959) and Louis Malle's "Au Revoir Les Enfants" (1987) to Jacques Doillon's heart-rending "Ponette" (1996) and this year's French-Canadian Oscar nominee "Monsieur Lazhar. " Much of the oeuvre of the Belgian filmmaker siblings Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne also belongs in this rarefied company.
February 6, 2012
There's so much to explore in the Rocky Mountains, but where to start? A package from the Rocky Mountain Park Inn in Estes Park, Colo., offers some interesting ways to learn about the area with a pro. The Rocky Mountain Explorer Package at the 150-room inn combines a one-night stay with a field seminar led by naturalists on topics as diverse as migrating birds and the secret life of beavers to hidden trails in the national park. When you go will determine what field classes are available.
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July 10, 2011 |
Naturalist Anne LaBastille became something of a cult hero among modern women for embracing a distinctly frontier past. When her marriage fell apart in the mid-1960s, she took refuge in the wilderness, building a log cabin on a hidden lake in the Adirondack Mountains and then carving an influential writing career out of her remote existence. Both the women's and environmental movements were on the rise in 1976 when she published "Woodswoman," the first in a four-volume autobiographical series that celebrated her adventures — and inspired women across the nation to engage in the great outdoors.