Saturday, February 2, 2013

Simpson Desert, Australia

When it comes to Australia's extremes, nothing beats the Simpson Desert.  It lies in a mostly uninhabited area near the middle of the country. What makes it stand out is the sand swirling through the desert of 54,000 square miles which is blood red in color! The Simpson Desert is a dunal desert having linear dunes stratching up to 125 miles in length and 23 miles in height. The red color is caused by the presence of iron oxide in its sands.  The shades range from light pink to bloody red.

Socotra Island, Indian Ocean

What makes this island unbelievable is its amazing flora. Located 250 miles off the Yemen coast, this is the biggest among the 4 islands found in the Socotra Archipelago.  It boasts 250 plant species that you cannot find anywhere else on earth! Be stunned with the blood tree that has canopy tops and oozes bloody red resin if you pierce its trunk. Also, never miss out on the desert rose that grows up to 10 feet and has a bulbous trunk swelling with water to prepare for the summer heat.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

Arizona is home to a number of awesome landscapes in the U.S. This almost 300,000-acre place is popular for its rich colorful shale as well as the Navajo sandstone eroded by different elements that created cliffs as high as 3 thousand feet. You can find the Coyote Buttes, that features The Wave, a huge wall of red sandstone twisting and turning naturally!

Salt Flats, Bolivia

Just like what the name says, this awesome white landscape located in central Bolivia is salt. This place is also called Salar de Uyuni and it is believed to exist 30,000 years back after Lago Minchin totally dried up, and left the salt behind.

Now, you can find 10 billion tons of salt spreading across 4,000 square miles, and it naturally cracks in hexagonal designs. You can visit this amazing wonder in the rainy season (from January until March) and you'll find a thin layer of water spreading on the flats creating an illusion of an endless mirror.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Sacred Place in Jerusalem

After Jesus Christ carried His wooden cross, this site became the site for Jesus’ crucifixion, as well as His  burial and Resurrection. Established in 335 AD, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is regarded as one of the most sacred places for Orthodox Christians and Catholics. It has been made on the foundation of a Roman temple to Venus (Aphrodite). You will find the actual sepulcher inside Edicule, a chapel with 2 rooms located under the rotunda of the church. There are different prayer times for various denominations. To enter the Edicule, you need to have  patience to fall in line for a long time. 

Musical Ski Lift

Musical Ski Lift in France

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Spotted Lake, Bristish Columbia

During the warm months (June to September), this 61-acre lake's water evaporates and leaves behind rings forming canonical shapes. Because of the increased levels in magnesium, calcium, titanium and silver, the water reflects green, blue and yellow. For the Osoyoos First Nation people, Spotted Lake is a spiritual place and according to the legend, its minerals provide the water a healing power. You cannot fill up your bottle with the water, though, because the area is protected and has no direct public access.