Tag: Michael Modzelewski

In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods*

Why climb a mountain? Short answer (from George Mallory): “Because it is there.” Longer response (from Reinhold Messner): “Most people are not interested in personal experience. The concept that one can willingly tax one’s physical and mental resources out of a pure joy of living: that one can become obsessed with a hunger to experience the world and the mind… Read more →


A glacier-carved masterpiece, Tracy Arm Fjord winds narrow and serpentine for 26 miles into the southeast Alaska coastline. 4,000 foot granite rock walls soar straight up out of ocean 1,000 feet deep; waterfalls cascade down in silver plumes; mountain goats prance and dance across the vertical escarpments; seals sun themselves on pan-ice tabletops;  garlands of greenery, decorated with wildflowers festoon the mountainsides; in July hummingbirds… Read more →

Madagascar, Africa

Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the southeast coast of Africa, and the fourth largest island in world. It’s been isolated for 70 million years, leading to the development of unique flora and fauna, with 90% of its wildlife found only in Madagascar. The “stars” of the show are Lemurs, over 100 different species of the primates from… Read more →

Benin, West Africa

A visit to the land of Voodoo or Voodun, the world’s oldest root religion. African Voodun has little to do with the Hollywood version of sticking pins in dolls. It is a nature-based wisdom, a church without walls, with the High Priests/Healers knowing the medicinal properties of thousands of plants. Arranged a visit to the center and source of Voodun,… Read more →

Patagonia, Chile

Patagonia is located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. Have been fortunate to visit the Chilean side many times for magazine and TV assignments. Amazing how the bottom of the world looks similar to the top, with huge mountains, calving glaciers, raging rivers, exotic wildlife. A trekker’s Paradise. The definitive book about this marvelous… Read more →

Angel Falls, Venezuela

A magazine assignment sent us to Angel Falls, the world’s tallest uninterrupted waterfall, plunging over the edge of the Auantepui Mountain from a height of 3,212 feet. The waterfall towered above our small prop plane as we flew by and landed on a dirt strip in Venezuela’s Canaima National Park, a remote area of jungle and strange, Lost World tepuis… Read more →

Panda Bears in China

  It’s the black Mickey Mouse ears. The stark contrast, racoon mask face. The round mound of rebound body — making the Panda Bear universally loved. Always a fan of charismatic mega-fauna — jumped at the chance to study the Pandas at The Chengdu, China Breeding and Research Center. I learned that there is good news about Pandas in the… Read more →