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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions Blog! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. You may filter this content by geographic region, by typeincluding blog post, field report (a daily recap of a past expedition with images), photo gallery, or video—or by topic. Explore your world, from our perspective.

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Mosque interior, Shiraz
May 29, 2015
Blog Post

We detect a pattern here—for centuries, Persian carpets have been prized around the world for their masterly weaving and meticulously detailed designs. Every color, shape, and form is part of a central motif in one-of-a-kind kilims, or tribal rugs, considered works of art that can sell for millions of dollars.

A carefully guarded skill handed down from father to son, Persian carpet weaving shares a collective history that reaches back thousands of years; ancient Chinese and...

Denali National Park, Alaska
May 29, 2015
Blog Post

As you embark on your Alaska immersion, taking in the grandeur and arresting beauty of the Great Land, ponder for a moment the great conservationists who took strides to preserve this majestic landscape. You’ll be visiting the protected lands that make up Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Kenai Fjords and Lake Clark national parks, all magnificent in their own unique ways and worthy of intensive exploration.

Denali, perhaps the biggest name in the state, is home to 37 species of mammals...

Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima
May 29, 2015
Blog Post

Back in 1915, Hiroshima’s governing assembly opened an exhibition hall along the eastern banks of the Motoyasu River. The three-story brick building—crowned by a copper-covered dome that stood some 80 feet high—was used to highlight the prefecture’s various commercial enterprises. Just 30 years later, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall would encapsulate something far more nefarious.

At 8:15AM on August 6, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress aircraft named the Enola Gay...

Valletta, Malta
June 1, 2010
Field Report

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - Valletta, Malta: After our individual arrivals we made our own way to the comfortable Grand Hotel Excelsior just outside the walls of the city of Valletta situated on the northeastern coast of the island. In the afternoon many of us set out to explore the ancient city while some rested after the long journey to the Mediterranean. In the evening we enjoyed a welcome cocktail party and dinner.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - ...

Nares Point, Talbot Bay
November 15, 2013
Field Report

Sunday, September 15, 2013 - Broome, Australia / Embark Caledonian Sky: We converged on the far-away outpost of Broome from distant reaches of the planet for the same reason—to embark on an expedition to experience the culture, wildlife, and landscapes of Australia’s Kimberley region. Following breakfast at the hotel, our birdwatching group headed out for an introduction to the birds of the region. The shorelines around Broome...

Baltra Island, Galapagos
August 22, 2014
Field Report

Our recently completed Ultimate Galapagos expedition returned with some incredible images from Las Islas Encantadas. Check out these pictures from the archipelago, courtesy of Zegrahm cofounder Jack Grove, leader Greg Estes, and several adventurers along for the ride.  

Blue whale
May 28, 2015
Blog Post

You’re traveling in the company of renowned wildlife expert, Mark Brazil, in one of the most photogenic places on Earth—Sri Lanka. It only makes sense to leave home with the ultimate in photographic gear. What to bring to capture the abundant wildlife of Yala National Park, the monumental ruins of Polonnaruwa, and the blue whales off the southern coast of this “Pearl...

Yala National Park
May 28, 2015
Blog Post

Animal lovers, take note—Sri Lanka is home to some of the most incredible displays of wildlife you’ll see in your world travels. Our expert expedition leader, Mark Brazil, is no stranger to this dramatic landscape with its elephants, leopards, spotted deer, sloth bears, wild buffaloes, and over 200 species of bird. In fact, Sri Lanka is one of the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots! Before...

Wild Rhinoceros
May 28, 2015
Blog Post

Nepal’s Chitwan National Park tops many a traveler’s wish list, and for good reason. If you’ve ever dreamed of stepping foot in this UNESCO World Heritage Site, now’s your chance: our 21-day Nepal & Bhutan tour (departing October 29, 2015) includes ample time to explore the park. Here are a few of our favorite things to do there:

1.) Live (for a few days at...

Nepal & Bhutan
May 28, 2015
Blog Post

To behold a flock of endangered black-necked cranes in flight can only be described as sublime. The birds’ aerial displays are so beautiful, and their preening dances so balletic, that the Bhutanese people have long believed them to be the souls of reincarnated Buddhist monks returned to earth in avian form.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, it’s easy to see why some three hundred black-necked cranes return to Bhutan’s Phobjikha Valley every autumn after emigrating from the...

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