Category Archives: Seminars

Orkney, Sunday, January 3, 2021

From Skara Brae to Scapa Flow – 5000 Years and More on Orkney
Presenter: Rob Fensome
Time: Jan 3, 2021 07:30 PM Atlantic Time (Canada)

Join Rob Fensome on a tour of the unique Orkney Isles, off the northeastern corner of Scotland. Usually referred to as just “Orkney”, the archipelago offers an unparalleled range of historic monuments:
Neolithic stone circles and remains of the earliest-known village in northern Europe (Skara Brae); Pictish brochs (tower settlements) from around the time of the Romans; Viking settlements and a Viking Romanesque cathedral; late medieval palaces; and numerous relics form World Wars 1 and 2, when Orkney’s inland sea (Scapa Flow) was home to the British fleet. Add in towering sea cliffs, quaint old towns, and a fascinating geological history and you have ingredients for a great armchair adventure.

Rob Fensome is a research scientist and geologist with the Geological Survey of Canada, working in their Atlantic Division at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth. Before starting with the GSC 36 years ago, Rob studied at Nottingham University in England, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto. Rob is lead editor and co-author of two books, The Last Billion Years on the geology of the Maritime Provinces of Canada, and Four Billion Years and Counting on the geology of Canada. He and colleagues are now working on a second edition of The Last Billion Years, scheduled to be out in 2022.

Zoom meeting from the members only webpage.

Seminar 8: South Africa Namaqualand and Namib Desert
Photo Experience, Sunday, February 23, 2020

I’ve taken in both South Africa and Namibia in 2014. You will note that much of this is covered in the photoguild newsletter: Volume 50 Issue 1, Jan. 2015. For any photographer who loves the excitement of both desert and wild life as well as the people of these two African countries… it is important to familiarize himself/herself with all that Africa has to offer both visually and historically.

Eugene Mio