Posts Tagged ‘Arlo Hemphill’

New Book: Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Sea Mammals

New Book: Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Sea Mammals

Ocean City, Maryland.  There’s a new edition to the highly acclaimed Lynx Edicions book series on Mammals of the World, and I’m proud to be part of it. The book Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Sea Mammals is a treatsie on all things mammal in our world ocean.  I had the pleasure of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


1,000 Ways to Die

1,000 Ways to Die

Los Angeles, California. Arlo played Karl, a nit-witted kitchen aid in Season 1, Episode 6 of 1,000 Ways to Die. The episode was entitled Death Get’s Busy, the scenario “Choke-a-Lot”.   SPIKE Choke-A-Lot www.spike.com Spike Full Episodes Spike Video Clips Spike on Facebook

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 […]

Endangered Species Observing

Endangered Species Observing

Industrial activities in the ocean are an economic necessity. Nonetheless, such activities have the potential to cause harm to or interfere with ocean life. In an effort to protect particularly sensitive and endangered marine species, the US government via the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has put in place a program of Marine Endangered Species […]


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 […]

How Life Began

How Life Began

  Hollywood, California. Arlo Hemphill played John Needham in the 2008 History Channel documentary How Life Began. Directed by Luke Ellis.

42 Ways to Kill Hitler

42 Ways to Kill Hitler

Berkeley, California.  Arlo Hemphill played Adolf Hitler in the 2008 film: National Geographic Ways to Kill Hitler directed by Jon Taylor.


Exploration as Art

Exploration as Art

Beyond all else, exploration is my greatest passion.  It is the process of discovery with risk. It provides the opportunity to experience what few others have and the potential to witness that which no one else has.  It is both the hazy cloud of the unknown and the shining beacon of enlightenment.  And to me […]

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: 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 […]

Big America with Boca & Arlo

Big America with Boca & Arlo

Welcome to the Tweet-pedition! On October 14, 2011, two life-long friends – Boca and Arlo – are going to set out on a one-week, cross-country road trip from Monterey, California to Melbourne, Florida, taking in and reporting on America along the way.   It’s a journey that’s been made many times before, perhaps even by you.  […]

A Pirate Looks at 40

A Pirate Looks at 40

Marina, California.  I’m a pirate.  I’m 4o.  Today. Enjoy the song.


Leaving California Behind

Leaving California Behind

Marina, California.  It’s official.  I’m leaving California.  In two weeks time, I’ll be relocating back to Florida. For much of my life, people told me that I belonged in California.  They told me I had that California laid-back vibe and attitude, and that I’d find it a land of kindred spirits.  And as my environmental […]

My Friends, the Sea Lions

My Friends, the Sea Lions

Moss Landing, California. With the impending prospect of my leaving the Monterey Peninsula, and perhaps California altogether, I think what I might miss most of all are my lively Pinniped friends, the sea lions.  California sea lions Zalophus californianus are a nearly ubiquitous part of day-to-day life along the coast of Monterey. They occupy vacant wharfs, […]

The Joy of Wild, Wild, Wild Places

The Joy of Wild, Wild, Wild Places

Marina, California.  Sorting through last year’s footage, I came across this little clip in which I was asked “What do you love?”.  I get a little tongue-tied and repetitive in my response, but the short answer is wilderness. And wild, wild, wild places.  Which are beautiful.  And I love them.  With wild animals running around.  […]


Speaking Up For The Blue

Speaking Up For The Blue

Marina, California. A few weeks back, Andrew Lewin of Speak Up For the Blue asked me to talk with him about a blog post I wrote concerning the incarceration of climate activist Timothy DeChristopher. Andrew divided this interview up into five blogs posts. You can check them out on the links section below this post, […]

Are Writers Better Behind Bars?

Are Writers Better Behind Bars?

Marina, California.  On Friday The New York Times featured an essay entitled Why Writers Belong Behind Bars.  It’s a fascinating look at what makes some writers especially prolific and how forced imprisonment has often catalyzed the most productive years of writer’s lives. The article then leads into the somewhat more light topic on techniques of […]

Big Deal

Big Deal

Big Sur, Calfornia. Few sensory pleasures compare to dipping into a cool mountain river on a scorching hot summer day.  During my past four years in California, this has been my ultimate indulgence.  To get away from the hustle and bustle of life for a day, bake in California’s warm interior on a scenic hike […]