Posts Tagged With: Nature

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

This week’s Photo Challenge is all about the “wow factor” of a scene or subject that makes a picture stunning.  Since I am an outdoor person and a nature lover, I will stick closer to the theme.   Here goes….presenting the grand majestic Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria FallsKnown as the smoke that thunders, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world because of its height and width creating the largest single sheet of flowing water falling at a rate of 3,000 tons per second.

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From the Zimbabwean side, tourists can see a more comprehensive view of the falls at one time and experience its beauty from various perspectives.  The park opens at 6 am in time for sunrise, the best time to visit as the sun rises behind the falls.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls can also be accessed from the Zambian side where tourists can take trails along the top of the falls allowing one to have a glimpse of the beautiful gorges and the Zambezi River.

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During rainy season, it is better to travel with rain gear or umbrella as there is so much mist and spray from the force of the tumbling water.  For those who wants to capture the wow factor of this spectacular wonders of nature, it is advisable to protect your camera from getting wet as the splashing falls almost appear as rain in a rainforest.

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One thing that excites me while taking photos around Victoria Falls is the ever present rainbow.  Combined with the right water volume and sunlight, a rainbow adds a magical quality giving you a picture perfect panoramic view of the falls.

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The best time to visit Victoria Falls is between June to July where the water levels are not high…just the right time to explore its unique trails and rainforest surroundings and to photograph its splendor.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

The changes in color of the horizon after sunset is one of my favorite subjects to photograph when I am traveling.  I find it amazing how the sky can yield post-sunset afterglows casting beautiful splashes of red, yellow and orange colors.  But why are some parts of the world more colorful than others?

This week’s photo challenge features the horizon, the space or line where the sky meets the earth.  There are many places where the sky meets the earth around the world.  So in today’s post, I am showcasing my favorite photos of horizons in different countries taken just before or after the sun sets.  Let me know which one do you like best.

The Colors of Africa

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The Classic Colors of Western Europe

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When the sky meets the earth in Asia-Pacific

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You

Orange, is a stimulating vibrant blend of red and yellow which is often associated with change like the autumn leaves showing a change in season.  It is often used as a transitional color such as the color of sunrise which meant another day or sunset representing the coming darkness or a change in time.   Depending on the contrast of shades and tints, the hues of orange may mean different things from domination to passion, aggression to soothing, deceit to friendly among others. 

Despite the fact that orange is often recognized as a happy, flamboyant color, I prefer the combination of orange and black.  The contrast between these two colors as shown in my photos below represents the hue of me.    Orange portray the kind of life I have….always moving about….embracing change even if its unsettling or daunting at times (as represented by the shades of black), I still continue to shine and rise up to the challenge of another day. 

As what the famous Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, said, ” Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.  It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”

All photos taken in Botswana.

All photos taken in Botswana.

All photos taken in Southern African countries: Walvis Bay, Namibia (Upper Left Photo); Maun, Botswana (Upper Right Photo); Zambezi River, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (Lower Left Photo); Sowa Pan, Botswana (Lower Right Photo)

All photos taken in Southern African countries: Walvis Bay, Namibia (Upper Left Photo); Maun, Botswana (Upper Right Photo); Zambezi River, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe (Lower Left Photo); Sowa Pan, Botswana (Lower Right Photo)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Its been awhile since I entered a post for the Weekly Photo Challenge and I must admit I had a hard time interpreting this week’s challenge.  I am not sure how I understand the word infinity or whether my understanding is enough to interpret it visually.  According to Collins English Dictionary, Infinity is the state or quality of being infinite, an endless time, space and quantity.

I only know the word as associated with everlasting love as symbolized by the infinity necklace resembling a figure of eight.  But it is too cliché if I am going to interpret this one.

As always, I want to be different and so  I googled how other famous writers use the word infinity.  I found a number of quotes and put them together into a poetry (sort of!).  I looked at my collection of photos and found the ones that actually tell a story…almost related to the quotes I compiled.

All photos were taken by me at Cape Town in South Africa…truly my most memorable and happiest trip!!!

Here goes….enjoy!!

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INIFINITY

" I'm one of those people who think that infinity is big enough for us all--and eternity long enough."                                                                                    -  House Of Seven Gables by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

” I’m one of those people who think that infinity is big enough for us all–and eternity long enough.”
– House Of Seven Gables by Hawthorne, Nathaniel

And, like all fine arts, it must be based upon a broad, solid sincerity, which, like a law of Nature, rules an infinity of different phenomena. - The Mirror of the Sea by Conrad, Joseph

                         ” And, like all fine arts, it must be based upon a broad, solid sincerity, which, like a law of Nature,   rules an infinity of different phenomena.”

– The Mirror of the Sea by Conrad, Joseph

                     ” Through the glass of the little skylight you saw a square of blue infinity. “                                                                                                             – The Four Million by Henry, O.

” It gave you an awful sense of the infinity of space and of the endlessness of time. ” – Moon and Sixpence by Maugham, W. Somerset

 

” Then silence that passed into an infinity of suspense.” – The War Of The Worlds by Wells, H.G.

“The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me. ” – Pascal Pensées

” Was it being borne in that profound darkness through the infinity of space?” – Round The Moon by Verne, Jules

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The Almost Perfect Cone Volcano in the World

A tragic day in Albay. The bodies of 5 mountain hikers who died during the Mayon Volcano ash explosion were recovered today.  Four of the casualties are foreigners (3 Germans and 1 Spanish, a resident of Germany) and a local guide.

Yesterday, May 7, 2013, the Mayon Volcano in Albay, Philippines belched out ashes declared to be as phreatic explosion. The steam-driven explosion spewed a towering cloud of ashes hundreds of meters above its summit.  About 30 hikers were approaching the summit when the disaster happened.

I am currently on my holiday break in the Philippines and was in Albay when the imminent volcano eruption happened.  On that same day, I woke up early and decided to have a walk. Around 6:30 am, I stopped at a rice field with a good view of the volcano.  It was a clear beautiful day.  There were no clouds covering the volcano, no signs of impending disaster.

I was surprised to hear from the news that the Mayon has exploded at 8 am, an hour after I came back from my morning walk.  I immediately went to Legazpi City to have a glimpse of the volcano.

 These are the photos I have taken around 10 am, two hours after the explosion:

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Uncovering Cape Town’s Nudist Beach

I have never been to a nudist beach before.  I am always curious as to why and how people flaunt themselves naked in public beaches. Hence, visiting a nudist beach has always been part of my bucket list.

As I listed down the places I want to visit in Cape Town, I find that almost all attractions are interesting.  However, one in particular stands out from my list: Sandy Beach, Cape Town’s one and only nudist beach.

Situated along a secluded bay past Llandudno Beach along the road between Cape Town to Cape Point, Sandy Beach is a quiet and tranquil setting allowing naturists to have their own privacy whilst enjoying the untouched natural coastline.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Color is the highlight of this week’s Photo Challenge. I was contemplating of which one to showcase between a gallery of objects focused on one color or a macro photography of flowers. However, I decided to focus on the natural colors of a country.

Thinking of my travels, I wondered where I saw dramatic color contrasts of scenery and landscapes. Then I remembered the unique ‘gasm’ experience I had during my 3-week backpacking trip in New Zealand. I witnessed the magnificent explosion of colors filling the vast open spaces of stunning landscapes, amazing sceneries, gorgeous beaches, unique wildlife and fauna that make New Zealand’s nature experience even more memorable.

I have decided to feature the NATURAL COLORS OF NEW ZEALAND as my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Color.

Below is a gallery of New Zealand’s colorful nature I have photographed around South and North Islands.

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Categories: Auckland, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Kaikoura, Nelson, New Zealand, Oceania, Picton, Queenstown, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wellington | Tags: , , , , | 11 Comments

A Portion of Dune 7

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The highest sand dunes in the coastal dune belt in central coast of Namibia is Dune 7 situated 10 km from Walvis Bay. It is approximately 130 m high, ideal for sand boarding, quad biking or hiking.

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The ‘Switzerland’ of Africa

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Mbabane is the capital and the commercial hub of the Kingdom of Swaziland, the smallest country in the southern hemisphere.  There are not much tourist attractions in the city. However, the mountainous grandeur and picturesque valleys surrounding the city make Mbabane an excellent base for exploring the rest of the country.

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Sri Lanka: A Haven for Beach Lovers

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Galle, a major historical city located near the southern end of Sri Lanka, offers a variety of nature sceneries.  One of its major attractions is its beaches with leaning coconut palm trees lining the coast.  What makes it different from other beach holiday destinations is that south east coast beaches are far less touristy and the further east you travel it becomes more remote. It is not surprising if you find yourself alone on one of the best stretches of beach in Sri Lanka.

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