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: 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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