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Want to go birdwatching?

Springtime in the desert is the premier birdwatching season, when thousands of avian visitors follow a major international flyway northward as winter retreats.

Shagreen adds pebbly texture to many items

My long-held fascination with a rare and exotic finish began some years ago on my first trip to Asia. Tokyo was my initial stop and it was glorious and exciting despite the intense July heat and humidity — a condition that the local population described as “sah-oona” (sauna). And believe me, it was.