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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Antarctica: Yay. It’s Summer

Chinstrap Penguin

Chinstrap Penguin
Photographed in Antarctica

The chinstrap penguins inhabist a variety of islands and shores in the Southern Pacific and the Antarctic Ocean. Its name derives from the narrow black band under its head, making it appear as if it were wearing a black helmet. I think they often look as if they are smiling.

It is one of the easiest penguins to identify, and one of the cutest!


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North America: Waiting for the Ice

Polar Bears

Polar Bears
Photographed in Canada

In October and November, the polar bears begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory—the pack ice that forms every winter.

We went up to Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada just before the bears left Churchill and had close-up opportunities to photograph these amazing animals.


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Peru: At the Clay Lick

Macaws at Clay Lick, Peru

Macaws
Photographed in Peru

Up the Tambopata River in the western Amazon basin is a strange place. It’s a sheer wall of clay where hundreds of macaws and other parrots gather to eat the clay! This is a behavior not seen anywhere else, and scientists have various theories but no conclusive answers why birds gather here to eat clay when it’s not part of their normal diet elsewhere.

All I know is that, other than being one of the most remote and challenging places to reach, it was a truly wonderful experience!


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South America: Iguana

Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana
Photographed in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

These iguana are the world’s only marine lizards. They live in the Galapagos Islands and have adapted to the harsh marine environment. Although they resemble large lizards, they have evolved blunt noses for grazing on seaweed, laterally flattened tails to assist swimming, and powerful limbs with strong claws to help them cling to rocks.

Did you know that marine iguana sneeze? They do this because when they eat, they swallow saltwater. Once back up on land, they need to get rid of all that salt. They do that with the help of their salt-excreting glands. As they sneeze, out comes the saltwater. Quite the adaptive behavior!


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Africa: Gorilla

Female Gorilla, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla
Photographed in Rwanda

This beautiful female is one of a diminishing, critically endangered species of mountain gorillas. As of 2011, there were only about 900 left in the wild, living in four national parks located in three central African countries—DRC, Rwanda and Uganda.

As one of the great apes, mountain gorillas are the largest of the living primates. They have muscular arms, a massive chest, and broad hands and feet. Their thick black hair helps insulate them from cold weather.

They are gentle giants. Males reach 6 feet and 400 lbs; females grow to 5 feet and 215 lbs. Their life span is 40 – 50 years.


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Asia: Floating Market

Floating Market, Thailand

Bangkok’s Famed Floating Market
Photographed in Thailand

These days, transactions at the floating market seem more concerned with tourists than locals. But, the boats are still piled high with tropical fruit and vegetables, fresh, ready-to-drink coconut juice and local food cooked from floating kitchens located right on the boat and serve both locals and tourists alike.


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