Author Archives: budcollins

YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE BIRDIES AT WIMBLEDON

budcollins Leave a Reply

LONDON – “Where are those Williams sisters?” a Wimbledon ticket-holder asked me yesterday. They lost in the fourth round, I replied. “So what?” the guy, an American, persisted. “They’re as much a part of this place as strawberries, ivy and the Pimm’s Cups.  It should be like our baseball with designated hitters.  Just insert them …

Continue reading

TOO MUCH BOUNCING, BARTOLI RUNS OUT OF GAS

budcollins Leave a Reply

LONDON – They should call her “The Bouncer.” No, she doesn’t throw unruly patrons out of saloons. Although she did eject a dangerous character – Sister Serena — from the big playroom called Centre Court.  That victory on Monday got her into the Wimbledon quarter-finals, and startled the usual gatherings of 14, 979 with her …

Continue reading

EVERY GIRL NEEDS A BASKETBALL PLAYER

budcollins Leave a Reply

LONDON – Does every girl need a basketball player? Helps with the rebounds apparently, painting a ceiling or scoring on the old boardinghouse reach.  Anything needing a necessary stretch.  But get a good one. A professional. That’s what Maria Sharapova did, and it seems to be working well for the ex-champ, who glided into Wimbledon’s …

Continue reading

FAREWELL INDIAN WELLS, ON THE WAY TO KEY BISCAYNE

budcollins Leave a Reply

INDIAN WELLS, California – Hate to leave Indian Wells, but the Transcontinental Double of American tennis rolls on to Key Biscayne, Florida, the next stop.  They’re a tempting pair for the racket-flapping laborers on the men’s and women’s tours, moving from the western desert to the Atlantic shore, with the champs here – Caroline Wozniacki …

Continue reading

SUNRISES AND MOUNTAINS

budcollins Leave a Reply

The Torres del Paine national Park is one of the jewels of the world, a stunning place of turquoise lakes, amazing mountains ….. it is not the end of the world, but the beginning! Below is a collection of some sunrise scenes and a variety featuring the mountains we saw every minute from the Explora …

Continue reading

INTRO TO HEAVENLY PATAGONIA

budcollins Leave a Reply

I had always wanted to travel to Patagonia … at last we made it, following a marvelous two weeks on Easter Island, Rapa Nui.  We traveled up  the pampas from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales, finally to Parque Nacional Torres del Paine. It is an enchanted place. Not the end of the earth, but the …

Continue reading

FAIRYTALE LANDSCAPES AT THE END OF THE WORLD

budcollins Leave a Reply

PATAGONIA, the very word evokes wild landscapes and adventure, huge spires of mountains and turquoise lakes. We spent ten wonderful days at the end of March 2011 traveling from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales to Parque Nacional de Torres del Paine in southern Chile. We were incredibly fortunate with weather on our flight from Santiago …

Continue reading

TREKKING AMIDST VOLCANOES AND MOAI

budcollins Leave a Reply

Walking is always my favorite way to really see a new place be it a city or the countryside. The trekking was wonderful on Rapa Nui. One of our treks with Bud, was along the coast with its black rocks, turquoise water, ruined ahus and OVAHE beach at the end. My new pal, Teresa and …

Continue reading