Seasons seen out of sync

| May 16, 2007

Seasons seen out of sync

by Mark Brazil

I really thought I had missed out on spring this year. Having left Hokkaido when it was still blanketed with snow, I then spent a prolonged spell in South America before island-hopping across the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. It all left me overly warm ...

A wildlife odyssey to rank with any

| Feb 21, 2007

A wildlife odyssey to rank with any

by Mark Brazil

Being both a columnist and an author is to be constantly in the midst of a kind of battle — between short-term bursts of effort and rapid gratification, and long-term strategic planning, exertion, and inevitably delayed gratification. This battle is fought out over a ...

Seasonal waves of gold

| Jan 17, 2007

Seasonal waves of gold

by Mark Brazil

I am fresh back from an exciting wildlife watching adventure in the national parks of Madhya Pradesh and Assam, India (more of that in a subsequent column). Thanks to the latest Internet and satellite software, I can zoom in to view the very area ...

The swimming dead

| Dec 20, 2006

The swimming dead

by Mark Brazil

The midwinter solstice is here again, and our nights have reached their longest and our days their shortest, driven by our planet’s sun-centered rotation and the tipping of our orbiting Earth. In the endless cycling of the seasons, it’s a time of year that ...

Nature's pulse at Asia's heart

| Sep 20, 2006

Nature's pulse at Asia's heart

by Mark Brazil

It’s September, autumn is around the corner, and here in Hokkaido where I live we have already had the first dusting of snow. This has been a long summer of travels for me. As soon as my teaching commitments at university were completed, I ...

Flourishing on nutrients few

| Aug 16, 2006

Flourishing on nutrients few

by Mark Brazil

As the heat and humidity of summer build up, my favored relief is to head for the hills. Last weekend I even managed to slide down a snowbank, and that really cooled me off! Snow lingers late in the higher mountains here in Hokkaido ...