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In Search of Starlight: The Rise of Dark Sky Tourism

While fewer than 200 stars are typically visible to city dwellers, up to 15,000 are on display in the least disturbed night skies. We may have to go in search of starlight, but chasing dark skies is an exhilarating travel adventure....

The Three Photo Tours on my Wishlist for 2017

We’ve turned the corner into 2017. It’s raining in California and I’m sitting in front of a roaring fireplace dreaming of Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! If I could go anywhere, I ask myself, where would I go? Well, what better way to...

Rick’s Top Five Big Cat Photo Tips

Adventurous travelers can photograph in-the-wild big cats in several locations around the world – Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania and India perhaps being the most popular. In this column I'll share with you some of my favorite in-the-wild photographs of big cats, along with some tips for...

Matt Wilkens: Notes on an Okavango Odyssey

On June 22, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) voted to recognize Botswana’s Okavango Delta as its 1,000th World Heritage Site. The Delta now joins a select group of the world’s most treasured cultural and natural sites, including the Pyramids, the Great Barrier...