Worldly Vistas: Seoul

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

Photographed in Seoul, South Korea

As we say goodbye to Spring, it’s a great time to take one last look at a last look at one of my springtime favorites—cherry blossoms! Always a favorite while I lived in Washington, DC, I find myself drawn to them whenever I see them in bloom around the world.


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Worldly Vistas: Lichen

Lichen covered rock, Antarctica

Lichen-Covered Rocks
Photographed in Antarctica

Antarctica has more than snow, seals and penguins, though that might just be a penguin on the top of that rock!

Lichens grow in many areas of Antarctica. This shows how lichen can colonize an area, forming patterns and add interesting color to the rocks jutting out of the snow.


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Worldy Vistas: Dunes

Saharan San Dunes, Morocco

Saharan Sand Dunes
Photographed in Morocco

 

The Sahara is the largest “hot” desert and the third largest desert in the world! What? you may be wondering. What could be larger? As it turns out, two “cold” deserts—Antarctica and the Arctic. How big is the Sahara? BIG! It’s about the area of the US, and stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the west all the way to the Red Sea in the east.

Our first glimpse and climb of these sand dunes were overwhelming. I’ve seen deserts before, but nothing on this scale. And, when you realize that it continues through ten countries (Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, and Tunisia), it’s impossible to grasp its scope. It’s something to experience and appreciate its magnitude.


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Worldly Vistas: Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn
Photographed in Estonia

Located on the Baltic Sea, Estonia’s capital retains its walled and cobblestoned Old Town. From up on the hill, it looks like a fairytale town, with its 15th century towers standing guard. At ground level, there are quaint streets with cafes, shops, old churches and the Gothic town hall.

Tallinn is the oldest capital on the Baltic. And, although part of the former USSR, it maintained its unique heritage. The Old Town is a UNESCO-protected site.


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Worldly Vistas: Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Lower Antelope Canyon
Photographed in Arizona

Calling Antelope Canyon a slot canyon is minimizing its grandeur. Yes. it is a slot canyon, but really it is THE slot canyon: THE one to see; THE one to photograph; THE one to admire.

Located on Navajo land, the Lower Canyon is called Hasdestwazi, “spiral rock arches.” Unlike the upper canyon, which is a straight walk directly into it, reaching the lower canyon is through a ladder system that has been bolted in place. Still, not a place for someone with a fear of heights.


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Worldly Vistas: Orange Canyon

Orange Canyon Wall, Grand Cayman BWI

Orange Canyon Wall
Photographed in Grand Cayman, BWI

 

Many dive site has something special. In Orange Canyon, its the ginormous orange elephant ear sponges covering the site. Couple that with clear blue water creating excellent visibility, and a plethora of fish life, you have the formula for an excellent dive.


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Worldly Vistas: Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest - Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park
Photographed in Rwanda

Located in the Virunga Mountains, and established to protect the beautiful mountain gorillas, Volcanes National Park was the first national park created in Africa.

It is a huge park and its vegetation varies considerably due to the large altitudinal range within the park. From 8,000  ft. to over 10,000 ft., is this amazing bamboo forest, which covers about 30% of the park.


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Worldly Vistas: Monk of Pacana

Monk of Pacana - Atacama Desert, Chile

Monk of Pacana
Photographed in the Atacama Desert, Chile

As if the Chile’s Atacama Desert ins’t magnificent enough on its own, there are also these unbelievable “statues” adding to the scenery. They are huge vertical rocks formations that have been shaped by wind erosion over millions of years, mimicking the silhouette of monks. they are remains of large volcanic eruptions which once flowed in the area.  The gignormous rock formations rise toward the sky enhancing this beautiful area.

How large is this one? Do you see Bill standing in the foreground? He’s nearly 6′ and barely visible!


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Worldy Vistas: Macau

Macau - Chinese special administrative region

Centre of Macau
Photographed in Macau, China

Here is another beautiful place inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the center of Macau is a beautiful collection of streetscapes, churches and temples. It assimilates both the Chinese and Portuguese cultures that make Macau unique.

Although Macau is best known as a gaming playground, it is also a culturally interesting place to visit.


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Worldly Vistas: A Walk in the Forest

Canopy Walk in the Amazon, Peru

Canopy Walk in the Amazon
Photographed in Peru

This Canopy Walkway in the Amazon Rainforest is an experience unequaled! At a height of over 115 feet and extending over 1,750 feet, the Canopy Walkway provides a view of the rainforest from the treetops. This provides a unique perception of the wildlife and vegetation seldom observed from the ground.

Not just one walkway, this is spread between 14 of the area’s largest rainforest trees and is one of the longest canopy walkways in the world.


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