Yucca Brevifolia Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado Desert in southeast California we find Joshua Tree National Park. The parks ubiquitous Joshua Trees, mountains, rocky outcrops and open arid space certainly provides for some spectacular high desert scenery. The Joshua Trees are said to have been given that name by Mormon pioneers because they look like Joshua’s outstretched arms leading them to the promised…

Soviet Foxtrot Sub B-427 Scorpion Long Beach CA

Soviet Foxtrot B-427 Scorpion Submarine

In Long Beach, California right alongside the Queen Mary sits Podvodnaya Lodka B-427 Scorpion (“Podvodnaya Lodka” is Russian for Submarine). This is a former Cold War era Soviet Project 641 Foxtrot class diesel-electric attack submarine that was once the nemesis of the US Navy Pacific Fleet. B-427 once protected Soviet Fleet warships and nuclear missile submarines from…

USS Iowa (BB-61) today at San Pedro, California

The Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) “The Big Stick”

During World War Two the US Navy built 4 of the 45,000 tonne Iowa Class Battleships to dominate the oceans and Axis navies. Having visited three of the sister ships in 2013: USS New Jersey (BB-62 in Camden, New Jersey), USS Missouri (BB-63 in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii ) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64 in Norfolk, Virginia) I needed to complete the set and visit the class…

Horned Puffin at The Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward

More Puffins!

The Alaska SeaLife Centre in Seward on the Kenai Peninsula has quite a number of Horned and Tufted Puffins that you can get up very close to in the Seabird Habitat section of The Rocky Coast Gallery. This gallery has the deepest seabird pool in the United States at 6.4 metres deep (21 feet) holding…