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Remembering my Grandfather

Remembering my Grandfather

Baltimore, Maryland.  My grandfather, Herman ‘Dinky’ Wockenfuss, died on January 27th of this year.  He was 92.  More than just the head of our family, he was one of the most important people in my life.  With a strong sense of adventure, a love for life and a penchant for mischief,  Dinky fanned the fires […]

Clearing the waters of Chincoteague Bay

Clearing the waters of Chincoteague Bay

ARLO HEMPHILL on THE OSPREY NEST | 8 January 2014 The weekend before New Years was cold. Not nearly as cold as the polar vortex we’re experiencing right now, but cold enough to make a day on the Coastal Bays a brisk endeavor. However, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program has committed to cleaning lost and […]

Two Days in China

Two Days in China

Beijing, China.  Something about China makes me want to take pictures of myself.  I just spent three weeks in Indonesia and maybe appeared in a handful of photos.  But China, I was only there on extended layovers – not even two full days – and I couldn’t stop snapping “selfies”.  I was obsessed, essentially addicted […]


The World's Top 10 Places to See Penguins

The World’s Top 10 Places to See Penguins

Travel Reviews, Tips & Ideas   Naturally dressed for any black-tie affair, penguins unfortunately get few party offers, probably on account of their ridiculous waddle and that offensive habit of coughing up dead fish. Yet, cute as hell, we just can’t help but bring the party to them. Here are some of the best places […]

Closure of National Parks impacts us all

Closure of National Parks impacts us all

Ocean City, Maryland. The following article was published on 6 October 2013 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland.  It also appeared on 7 October on Delaware Beaches and in the print version of The Ocean Pines Independent and The Worcester County Times. National Parks are […]

Bay survey measures community role

Bay survey measures community role

Ocean City, Maryland. The following article was published on 23 September 2013 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland.  It also appeared in The Worcester County Times and Delaware Beaches. Do you use rain barrels? How often do you apply fertilizer to your lawn? Have you […]


Sequester is biting into bay program efforts

Sequester is biting into bay program efforts

Ocean City, Maryland. The following article was published on 12 August 2013 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of  The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland and in print form in the Worcester County Times and the Ocean Pines Independent. Are you sick of hearing about the constant bickering of partisan politics in […]

President Obama acts on Climate Change

President Obama acts on Climate Change

  Washington, D.C. Today, President Obama gave a landmark address on Climate Change.  His speech outlined a new path forward on dealing with U.S. carbon emissions. Here is the speech in its entirety.  

Coyotes are good for Delmarva

Coyotes are good for Delmarva

Ocean City, Maryland. The following opinion was published on 21 April 2013 as “Arlo Hemphill: In Reality, Coyotes are Good for Delmarva” in The Daily Times and its online companion, DelmarvaNow.com – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland. Living on the Eastern Shore, The Daily Times is one of my favorite sources for unbiased and insightful […]


Maryland bites into shark fin trade

Maryland bites into shark fin trade

Ocean City, Maryland. An edited version of the following opinion was published on 6 March 2013 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland. It also appeared in the 7 March print version. Maryland is currently considering a bill to prohibit the trade and distribution of shark […]

A Rising Maryland: Our Coastal Bays and the Dawn of a New Legislative Season

A Rising Maryland: Our Coastal Bays and the Dawn of a New Legislative Season

Ocean City, Maryland. The following article was published on 28 January 2013 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland and in print form in The Ocean Pines Independent. It’s still the dawn of a new year and Maryland, in particular, has a lot to be excited […]

Planning for our common future

Planning for our common future

Ocean City, Maryland. The following article was published on 30 December 2012 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland and The Worcester County Times. When the government talks about taking action on climate change, we tend to think in terms of reducing greenhouse gases and investing […]


Explore Europe this Christmas

Explore Europe this Christmas

Ocean City, Maryland.  This week I published a new travel blog post with gogobot, the social networking travel site.  The post covers some of the top Christmas destinations in Europe.  Ever thought of a European Christmas vacation?  Then check out my post – Three Spectacular Christmas Destinations.  I focus on Copenhagen, Denmark; London, UK; and […]

Maryland's Coral Gardens

Maryland’s Coral Gardens

Ocean City, Maryland.  Maryland is not known for its coral reefs.  In fact, many people would quite logically assume that no such thing exists.  However, such an assumption would be wrong.  In recent decades, an increasing number of coral “gardens” have been discovered just off Maryland’s coast.  These hard bottom areas are scattered around at […]

Sandy – a freak of nature or a sign of more to come?

Sandy – a freak of nature or a sign of more to come?

Ocean City, Maryland.   The following article was published on 13 November 2012 in DelmarvaNow.com – the online version of The Daily Times – a newspaper of  Salisbury, Maryland. “Anyone who says there is not a change in weather patterns is denying reality”. These were the bold and perhaps somewhat controversial words of New York […]


Leatherbacks of Nantucket Sound

Leatherbacks of Nantucket Sound

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.  It is jellyfish season, and for Nantucket Sound this means the arrival of the giant leatherback sea turtle – Dermochelys coriacea.  Each July, as coastal waters warm up, various species of jellies show en masse to feed on the rich soup of planktonic life that thrives offshore of New England.  And once […]

Matt is at it again!

Matt is at it again!

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.  Although this blog is intended to be about wilderness issues and exploration, along with updates on my work, I sometimes just like to share things that inspire me.  Where the Hell is Matt?  is one such inspiration.  And Matt is at it again.  The kid from Connecticut who has danced his way around the […]

New Book - Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet

New Book – Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet

Melbourne, Florida. Photographer and conservationist Cristina Mittermeier has outdone herself again with the release of Oceans: Heart of Our Blue Planet.  The book is the latest in the CEMEX Conservation Book Series, for which Mittermeier serves as series editor and includes some 19 titles such as Megadiversity and Hotspots Revisited.  The book is a stunningly […]


Did You Enjoy Your Story?

Did You Enjoy Your Story?

Baltimore, Maryland. Is it possible to be happy with this life?  If Gnarly Bay Productions has anything to say about it, true happiness can be found in the wilds of Chile, from the great Atacama to the Pacific coast and remotest Patagonia. In their short film A Story for Tomorrow, we join an adventurous young […]

Our Blue

Our Blue

Baltimore, Maryland.  “I wake up every morning thinking of my blue.  No matter where I’m going, I’m headed straight to you.”  So begins the tribute to Our Blue – our watery mother ocean. Created by a team of Red Sea divers known as Tank Bangers, the melodic compilation is the latest in a series of […]

Big America: White Sands at Sunset

Big America: White Sands at Sunset

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Desert terrains often have an other-worldly character to them, but White Sands in southern New Mexico is in a class of it’s own. Ever-moving dunes of pure gypsum sand cover an ancient lake bed for some 275 square miles of desert basin. And these dunes are white as snow. […]


Big America: Bighorn Sheep of the Grand Canyon

Big America: Bighorn Sheep of the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Sure-footed, graceful and family-oriented, the bighorn mountain sheep (Ovis canadensisis) is an iconic image of the American west. Associated with durability and ruggedness, the sheep are nonetheless not always easy to observe in the wild. Regular residents of the Grand Canyon, the sheep are only infrequently seen by park staff […]

Big America: Crossing Deserts

Big America: Crossing Deserts

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Today was a day of crossing deserts and state lines.  Parched, dry landscapes and obscure Americana dominated our voyage east on this leg of our cross-country journey.  Escaping California offered little relief in terms of change of barren landscapes, although the appearance of giant solar farms was a welcome first.  […]

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Big America: Monterey to Barstow

Barstow, California. Today’s theme was energy. The first day of our cross-country road trip started with high hopes and enthusiasm along Monterey’s verdant Pacific coast. It ended in fatigue in the Mojave’s brown and bone-dry desert expanses. Boca, who’s doing all the driving on the trip, didn’t make it onto the Monterey Peninsula until around […]