Worldly Vistas: Hard Coral Garden

Hard Coral, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

Yellow Porites
Photographed in Yap

This bright yellow coral is one of the toughest stony corals we see on reefs. What makes diving in Yap so extraordinary was seeing fields of it. We kept diving and diving and diving, yet never seemed to reach the end of it.

Yap? You ask. Yes! It’s an island located in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, and is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.


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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: 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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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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Asia: Arabian Sunset

Dubai Desert Sunset

Arabian Desert Sunset
Photographed in Dubai, UAE

 

Did you know that the Arabian Desert is one of the largest continuous bodies of sand in the world?! It is a vast desert wilderness occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula, with an area of 900,000 square miles.

My fascination with deserts continues and, although the temperatures were well above 100°F, I couldn’t resist lying on the very hot sand to capture the sun’s effect on the sparse desert vegetation as it set over the low dunes.


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Europe: Cat on a roof

Cat on the Roof, Riga

Riga “Kitty”
Photographed in Latvia

Riga is a lovely city and has some fascinating touches, including many rooftop cats! The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.

In the area? It’s worth a stopover to spend a day exploring this beautiful place.


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Europe: From the City Wall

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik
Photographed in Croatia

A UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Dalmatian coast, the old city of Dubrovnik became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, the city managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Armed conflict damaged the city again in the 1990s, it is now undergoing a major restoration program.


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