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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Thanks for Another Awesome Year

Sunset over the Okavango Delta, Botswana © Ann-Rhea S. Fitch

Okavango Delta
Photographed in Botswana

 

It’s been a truly awesome year. Thanks for allowing me to share some of my travel adventures with you.

For those of you who’ve asked, YES! I am working on a new eBook — Destinations! It’s not going to be travel book. Nor will it a travel diary. We’ve been to over 100 countries on all seven continents plus lots islands in between. Many places are similar; others are unique in ways that fill volumes describing them. I didn’t feel the need to create yet one more travel/tour book. Instead, I’m taking a broader view. This book will celebrate our beautiful planet from a photographic perspective by destination type. I hope to have it on for sale on iBooks by mid year. Stay tuned.

And, here’s to a 2017 filled with more adventures!


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Antarctica: Crabby Characters

Crabeater Seals, Antarctica © Ann-Rhea S. Fitch

Crabeater Seals
Photographed in Antarctica

What an odd name for these seals since their major prey is not crabs but Antarctic krill. Also, interesting about these guys is that they are the most numerous pinniped species in the world. They are found throughout the pack ice that surrounds the Antarctic continent, often in more concentrated numbers around the edges. On occasion have also been found in South Africa, South America, New Zealand and Australia.

There is no accurate count of how many exist, but estimates range 7 – 75 million!


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New Zealand: On the Ice

Tasman Glacer, New Zealand © Ann-Rhea S. Fitch

Tasman Glacier
Photographed in New Zealand

 

The Tasman Glacier, located on the South Island,  is New Zealand’s largest glacier. It is 17 miles long, 2.5 miles wide, and as much as 2,000 feet thick.

We flew from Mount Cook. As soon as we were airborne, the pilot cranked down the skis so we could land on this beautiful frozen snowfield. After a very cold walk, we boarded our skiplane and continued our stunning flight through the Tasman Valley


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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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Pacific Ocean: South for the Winter

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Humpback Whale Tail
Photographed in Hawaii

North Pacific Humpback Whales leave the icy waters around Alaska during the fall and swim practically non-stop for nearly 6 to 8 weeks before reaching their Hawaiian winter home. Once there, they mate, give birth, and nurture their calves.

Beginning in mid to late November, mother whales nursing their calves usually arrive first in Hawaii. Then juveniles and newly weaned yearlings come. The adult males arrive next, double the number of adult females who follow. Finally, the pregnant females arrive, after feeding up to the last minute in Alaska.


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Europe: On the Danube

Hungarian Parliament Building

Parliament
Photographed in Hungary

The Parliament Building is certainly Budapest’s notable landmark and popular tourist destination. It lies in Lajos Kossuth Square, on the bank of the Danube. It is currently the largest building in Hungary and still the tallest one in Budapest.

Beautiful from every angle, I shot this one from the middle of the Danube (yes, I was on a boat!) at sunrise.


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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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