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: Edge of the Oasis

On the edge of the oasis, Douz, TunisiaDouz
Photographed in Tunisia

Douz is located in southwestern Tunisia and is known as the Gateway to the Sahara. The oasis goes on for “blocks and blocks,” looking just like a regular city. That is, until you get to the edge where the trees thin out, giving way to sand. Then, the Sahara stretches out before you for thousands of miles.



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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: 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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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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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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