Worldly Vistas: Jade Vine

Jade Vine, Strongylodon macrobotry

Strongylodon Macrobotrys
Photographed in Australia

This amazing vine is commonly called the jade vine, emerald vine, as well as the turquoise jade vine. Whatever you call it, it’s a woody vine that’s native to tropical forests. I first encountered it in the Daintree Rainforest.

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Worldly Vistas: The Citadel

Citadel, Amman Jordan

Amman Citadel

Photographed in Jordan

Known as  Jabal al-Qal’a in Arabic, the historical site is in downtown Amman on an L-shaped hill on one of the seven mountains that made up the original city of Amman. That said, this amazing ancient site dates back to the Bronze Age (1650 – 1550 BC), and  is considered to be among the world’s oldest continuously inhabited places. Now a musuem, it’s antiquities are well protected and a worthwhile site to see.

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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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