Worldly Vistas: Crinoid and Fan

Crinoid on Sea Fan, Indonesia

Crinoid on Red Sea Fan
Photographed in Indonesia

The rugged northern coastline of Sulawesi has steep drop-offs as well as slopes and pinnacles, which exhibit almost undamaged marine life. It is famed with soft corals, sponges, sea fans and crinoids. The colors are intense and diving is divine!


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Worldly Vistas: Kinabalu

Early morning in Kinabalu Park, Borneo

Early Morning in Kinabalu Park
Photographed in Borneo

Located in the State of Sabah on the northern end of Borneo, Malaysia, Kinabalu Park is dominated by Mount Kinabalu (more than 13,400 feet), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It has a very wide range of habitats changing at various elevations.

Kinabalu Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia. Maybe these interesting trees are but an example of why!


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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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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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Asia: Ghost

Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Thailand

Ornate Ghost Pipefish
Photographed in Thailand

Ornate ghost pipefish are found in Indo-Pacific waters along reef edges prone to strong currents. At most, they are less than five inches long. They vary in color from red or yellow to black and may appear almost transparent.

Although relatively common, they are difficult to find as they well camouflaged and often float among sea grass. So, it is a real treat to be able to photograph one!


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Asia: Treasury First View

Petra, Jordan

Petra
Photographed in Jordan

Petra is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system.  It was established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Arab Nabataeans. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

I took this photo as we came to the end of the Siq (the narrow passage that leads into Petra) and it is the first view of what lays ahead!


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Asia: LOVE!

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
Photographed in India

A symbol of his love, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This immense mausoleum of white marble was built in Agra between 1631 and 1648.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”

On a personal/photographic note: I did NOT PhotoShop this image. We planned the shoot the day before; I was the first person through the gates and ran to the designated spot. I was able to photograph this magnificent site, without a single person in my shot, just as the sun was rising.


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Asia: Giving Alms

Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Monks of Luang Prabang
Photographed in Laos

The UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, Tak Bat—the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony, This is a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang. This morning ritual is where monks silently line the streets while locals (and interested tourists) put gifts of food into the bowls carried by the monks.


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