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: 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: Quiver Tree

Quiver Tree, Namibia

Quiver Tree
Photographed in Namibia

The quiver tree (Aloe dichotoma) is a tall, branching species of aloe, indigenous to Southern Africa. Its name comes from the Kalahari San Bushmen who use the branches and bark to make quivers for their arrows.


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Worldly Vistas: U Bein Bridge

Teak Bridge, Mandalay, Myanmar

Teak Bridge
Photographed in Myanmar

This beautiful wooden foot bridge, spanning approximately .75 miles across Taungthaman Lake near Amarapura,  was built around 1850 and is believed to be the oldest and longest teakwood bridge in the world.

There is something very special about photographing this bridge at sunset!


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Worldly Vistas: Telouet

Telouet, Morocco

Telouet
Photographed in Morocco

Telouet is a kasbah that lies at an elevation of 5,900 ft and is located along the former caravan route that went over the Atlas Mountains from the Sahara Desert to Marrakech. It was the seat of the El Glaoui family’s power. Although crumbling, it is still one of Morocco;s most impressive Kasbahs with beautiful decorative tiles mosaics still visible. The palace can still be visited but it is steadily becoming more damaged and is slowly collapsing.

Finally, in 2010, some work was underway to restore it. Is it too late?


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Worldly Vistas: La Boca

La Boca Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires
Photographed in Argentina

Located in the Buenos Aires southeast corner near the port, La Boca is synonymous with fun for visitors. Eye-popping colourful houses dominate the street, which are pedestrian friendly, and tango artists perform just about everywhere. Of course, vendors selling tango-related memorabilia adds to the festive environment.


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Worldly Vistas: Westfjords

Westfjords, Iceland

Westfjords
Photographed in Iceland

The Westfjords, located in northwestern Iceland and facing Greenland,  is a very mountainous region with the coastline heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills.

But, everything seems surprising flat…at least the tops of the fjords, that is.


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Worldly Vistas: In the Rainforest

In the Amazon
Photographed in Peru

The Amazon seems endless. It covers Well over half of Peru with dense tropical rainforest. Brazil contains with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

It represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and forms part of what is probably the most biodiverse region on Earth


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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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