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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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: 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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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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Worldly Vistas: Icescape

Antractica - ice to the sea

Below the 60th Parallel
Photographed in Antarctica

Ice everywhere…at least for now. But the beautiful glaciers in Antarctica are at threat from global warming as warming temperatures, melting ice, and rising seas endanger this pristine ecosystem.

I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Just sayin’


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Worldly Vistas: Kinabalu

Early morning in Kinabalu Park, Borneo

Early Morning in Kinabalu Park
Photographed in Borneo

Located in the State of Sabah on the northern end of Borneo, Malaysia, Kinabalu Park is dominated by Mount Kinabalu (more than 13,400 feet), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It has a very wide range of habitats changing at various elevations.

Kinabalu Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia. Maybe these interesting trees are but an example of why!


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Worldly Vistas: Snowscape

Snowscape, Hudson Bay, Manitoba Canada

At the 60th Parallel
Photographed in Canada

 

Hudson Bay, Manitoba is a glorious place, for polar bears, that is! It’s the second largest bay in the world, second only to the Bay of Bengal. And, it’s very cold even all year round, especially in the winter. Yet, it  is also beautiful in the way tundra, blowing snow, blocked sun and sparse trees have a beauty all to themselves.


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Worldly Vistas: Reaching for the sky

Andes rising over Lake Titikaka, Bolivia

Andes Rising over Lake Titicaca
Photographed in Bolivia

High altitude Lake Titicaca is located between Peru and Bolivia and at an average altitude of 12,500 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by beautiful, snow-capped Andean mountain ridges and slopes varying in altitude 13,100 – 13,800 feet above sea level. Beautiful!


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Worldly Vistas: Moonscape

Moon Valley, Atacama Chile

El Valle de la Luna
Photographed in Chile

Moon Valley is located in the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains) in the Atacama Desert. It is an interesting area with stones and sand formations that, for millennia, floods and winds have given it a series of amazing colors and texture. Given its rugged terrain, scientists tested a prototype for a Mars rover here.


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Worldly Vistas: Temple Ruins

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Ta Prohm
Photographed in Cambodia

Ta Prohm was built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. and is a templae at Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century, the temple was abandoned and neglected for centuries. In the early 21st century, when an effort to conserve and restore the temples of Angkor began, the École Française d’Extrême-Orient decided that Ta Prohm would be left largely as it had been found. But as of 2013, Archaeological Survey of India had restored large parts of the temple complex, mostly to protect the fragile ruins from the huge influx of tourists.

The trees that grow out of the ruins are perhaps its most distinctive feature. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992.


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