Worldly Vistas: Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest - Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park
Photographed in Rwanda

Located in the Virunga Mountains, and established to protect the beautiful mountain gorillas, Volcanes National Park was the first national park created in Africa.

It is a huge park and its vegetation varies considerably due to the large altitudinal range within the park. From 8,000  ft. to over 10,000 ft., is this amazing bamboo forest, which covers about 30% of the park.


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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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Africa: Sunrise

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Zambezi River
Photographed in Zimbabwe

We are just down river from the world famous Victoria Falls, watching the sun rise.

It is an amazing feeling to be hundred of feet above the might Zambezi River—the fourth-longest river in Africa, the longest one that that flows east in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from Africa. The light’s reflection made the river look as if it was on fire!


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Namibia: Deadvlei

Deadvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia

Deadvlei, Namib Desert
Photographed in Namibia

Deadvlei is a white clay pan. It was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab River flooded, creating temporary shallow pools where camel thorn trees grew. When the climate changed and drought hit the area 600–700 years ago, the sand dunes encroached on the pan, blocking the river from reaching the area. The trees died, leaving their skeletons behind.


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Africa: Sossusvlei

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sand Dunes of Sossusvlei
Photographed in Namibia

Located in the southern area of the Namib dessert, Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes. The older the dunes, the more intense reddish color. These dunes are among the highest in the world; many of them are above 650 feet (200 meters).

Yes. We were up in the air, flying above the dunes when I took this photo!


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Africa: Yikes, Stripes!

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Zebras
Photographed in Botswana

Closely related to horses and donkeys, zebras are best known for their striped bodies. In fact, zebra stripe patterns are unique to each individual. These stripes are believed to be camouflage devices that help zebras hide well in the grass.

When we were up in a hot air balloon over Kenya’s Masai Mara, our pilot pointed down and said “look at all those zebras!” We looked at him as if he were drinking. There were no zebras. All we saw was brown. Then, he brought the balloon down lower, and we were just above a heard of hundreds zebras!! WHAT?! Those stripes really do provide camouflage; at least from the air.


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Africa: Gorilla

Female Gorilla, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla
Photographed in Rwanda

This beautiful female is one of a diminishing, critically endangered species of mountain gorillas. As of 2011, there were only about 900 left in the wild, living in four national parks located in three central African countries—DRC, Rwanda and Uganda.

As one of the great apes, mountain gorillas are the largest of the living primates. They have muscular arms, a massive chest, and broad hands and feet. Their thick black hair helps insulate them from cold weather.

They are gentle giants. Males reach 6 feet and 400 lbs; females grow to 5 feet and 215 lbs. Their life span is 40 – 50 years.


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Africa: Wild Dogs

African Wild Dog, photographed by Ann-Rhea S. Fitch in South Africa

African Wild Dog
Photographed in South Africa

African wild dogs are classified as endangered by the IUCN, with the current population estimated at roughly only 1,400 adults.


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Africa: Aït Benhaddou

Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Morocco is made up of made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars which are individual Kasbahs

Ait Benhaddou
Photographed in Morocco

Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is made up of made up of six Kasbahs and nearly fifty ksars, which are individual Kasbahs.


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