Worldly Vistas: Volcano Licancabur

Licancabur Volcano, Atamaca, ChileAtacama
Photographed in Chile

Located on the Chile-Bolivia border, Volcano Licanbur towers over the Atacama Desert at over 19,400 feet. Its summit crater lake is among the highest lakes in the world!

The Atacama Desert has so many special vistas; this is but one.


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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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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: Antelope Canyon

Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Lower Antelope Canyon
Photographed in Arizona

Calling Antelope Canyon a slot canyon is minimizing its grandeur. Yes. it is a slot canyon, but really it is THE slot canyon: THE one to see; THE one to photograph; THE one to admire.

Located on Navajo land, the Lower Canyon is called Hasdestwazi, “spiral rock arches.” Unlike the upper canyon, which is a straight walk directly into it, reaching the lower canyon is through a ladder system that has been bolted in place. Still, not a place for someone with a fear of heights.


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Worldly Vistas: Berber Village

Tamezret, Tunisia

Tamezret
Photographed in Tunisia

Tamezret is a  Berber village located southeast of the country, about 25 miles southwest of the Gabes—the capital city on which it depends. It is one of the first villages to deviate from the troglodyte dwellings in the region. Many residents here have resisted linguistic assimilation and still speak Berber within their families.

This is a fascinating place to see the past alive!


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Worldly Vistas: Moonscape

Moon Valley, Atacama Chile

El Valle de la Luna
Photographed in Chile

Moon Valley is located in the Cordillera de la Sal (Salt Mountains) in the Atacama Desert. It is an interesting area with stones and sand formations that, for millennia, floods and winds have given it a series of amazing colors and texture. Given its rugged terrain, scientists tested a prototype for a Mars rover here.


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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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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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