A wildlife odyssey to rank with any

| Feb 21, 2007

A wildlife odyssey to rank with any

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Mud, mud, glorious mud

| May 17, 2006

Mud, mud, glorious mud

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Loss: That sense of deep detachment when a loved one has departed; the bewilderment and displacement at finding something or somewhere treasured to have gone; the confusion of returning to one’s childhood haunts only to find them changed beyond recognition. We have, no doubt, ...

Birds' amazing 'tweezers'

| Apr 19, 2006

Birds' amazing 'tweezers'

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The chances are that you are reading this while holding The Japan Times in one or both hands. Alternatively you may be reading online after having tapped on various keys with your fingers to make images appear before your eyes. Either way, manual dexterity ...