Nature Views: Sandhill Cranes In Lodi, California

“Sunday Morning” visits sandhill cranes dancing at dusk at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve near Lodi, California. Videographer: Lee McEachern.

The sandhill crane is a species of large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia. The common name of this bird refers to habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska’s Sandhills on the American Plains.

Front Cover Views: First Magazine – September 2021

Hot off the press, have a look at some previews from this Sunday’s September edition of First Magazine, Issue No 327, out with The Malta Independent on Sunday.

Packed with gorgeous photography and features – Venice, Marrakech, Valletta, Capri and Paris; this September also includes the start of an new exclusive series: This is Wine – Chapter 1 – Pomerol on a Shoestring.

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Early Fall Views: Québec City, Southeast Canada

Québec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Québec province. Dating to 1608, it has a fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with stone buildings and narrow streets. This area is the site of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel and imposing Citadelle of Québec. The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.

Architectural Tour: The Pena Palace In Portugal

In 1836, Queen Maria, The Second, of Portugal married a German prince named Ferdinand. As a love letter to his new wife and Portuguese subjects, the King of Portugal built something that would embrace and celebrate Portugal’s cultural DNA – the Pena Palace. From above, one can see the incredibly nuanced construction of the castle’s domes to reflect Portugal’s rich history and the neo-Gothic, neo-Manueline, neo-Islamic and neo-Indian architectural influences. King Ferdinand’s attention to detail charmed his people and the Royal Family, who soon made the Pena Palace their summer residence, which would remain the case for the next six decades.