Worldly Vistas: Impenetrable Forest

 

Bwinidi Forest, Uganda photographed by Ann-Rhea S. FitchBwindi
Photographed in Uganda

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is appropriately named! The bamboo and thick ground cover of ferns, vines, and other plant growth severely hinder direct access on foot. No matter. It was worth the challenge since half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas live here.

The forest has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance.


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Worldly Vistas: Venice of the East

 

Suzhou, China photographed by Ann-Rhea S. FitchSuzhou
Photographed in China

Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou is located on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and only 61 miles from Shanghai. It remains a major  economic center and has a growing population of over 5 million people! Yet, what makes it so interesting to me are the city’s canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and  gardens.

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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Worldly Vistas: Hard Coral Garden

Hard Coral, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

Yellow Porites
Photographed in Yap

This bright yellow coral is one of the toughest stony corals we see on reefs. What makes diving in Yap so extraordinary was seeing fields of it. We kept diving and diving and diving, yet never seemed to reach the end of it.

Yap? You ask. Yes! It’s an island located in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, and is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.


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Worldy Vistas: Agra Fort

Fort Agra, India

Agra Fort
Photographed in India

A historical fort in the city of Agra, it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.

Shah Jahan built the beautiful Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. At the end of his life, Shah Jahan was deposed and restrained by his son, Aurangzeb, in the fort. It is rumored that he died in one of its towers that had a view of the Taj Mahal.

The Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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Worldly Vistas: Volcano Licancabur

Licancabur Volcano, Atamaca, ChileAtacama
Photographed in Chile

Located on the Chile-Bolivia border, Volcano Licanbur towers over the Atacama Desert at over 19,400 feet. Its summit crater lake is among the highest lakes in the world!

The Atacama Desert has so many special vistas; this is but one.


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Worldly Vistas: Parliament

Budapest, HungaryBudapest
Photographed in Hungary

Dawn. Floating into Budapest on the Danube River and seeing the beautiful Hungarian Parliament come into sight. It remains the largest and tallest building in Budapest. What a majestic view!


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Worldly Vistas: Edge of the Oasis

On the edge of the oasis, Douz, TunisiaDouz
Photographed in Tunisia

Douz is located in southwestern Tunisia and is known as the Gateway to the Sahara. The oasis goes on for “blocks and blocks,” looking just like a regular city. That is, until you get to the edge where the trees thin out, giving way to sand. Then, the Sahara stretches out before you for thousands of miles.



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Worldly Vistas: Tambopata

Tambopata River, PeruTambopata River
Photographed in Peru

Located in southeastern Peru and northwestern Bolivia with the upper part forming the border between the two countries, The Tambopata River is a tributary of the Madre de Dios River. The river flows between Lake Titicaca and deep into the Amazon basin, and flows through the Tambopata National Reserve, which is rich with wonderful wildlife.

Getting here? Easy. Just go to Puerto Maldonado, take a motorized canoe up river…OK. Yes! It’s remote, but that adds to the allure.



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Worldly Vistas: Dubrovnik

City Wall, Dubrovnik, CroatiaCity Walls, Dubrovnik
Photographed in Croatia

The walls of Dubrovnik are a series of defensive stone walls whose construction began in the 7th century. The bulk of the existing walls and fortifications were constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries, but were continually extended and strengthened up until the 17th century.

The walls run an uninterrupted course of approximately 6,360 ft in length, encircling most of the old city, and reach a maximum height of about 25 82 ft.

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



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Worldly Vistas: Cup Coral

Cup Coral, Bonaire

Orange Cup Coral (Tubastraea coccinea)
Photographed in Bonaire

Originally from Indo-Pacific waters, the orange cup coral established itself throughout the Caribbean most likely arriving attached to ship hulls.

Although a beautiful and colorful addition to the reefs, they are an invasive species, displacing native corals and sponges. While the beautiful translucent tentacles project out of its hard coral base, it is not considered a reef-building one, thereby restricting reef growth.


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