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Humpback Whales – Exploring Marine Life, Dominican Republic

Humpback whales are a cosmopolitan species, found in most of the world’s oceans. Thousands of humpback whales from the North Atlantic migrate to the waters of the Dominican Republic each winter to mate and give birth. Their most popular winter rendezvous is Silver Bank, the 3,000-square-kilometer reef system approximately 70 miles north east of Puerto Plata. Dominican Republic offers a unique opportunity...

The Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna, Finland

The fortress of Suomenlinna is one of Finland’s most popular sights. It is only a very short ferry crossing away from Helsinki. Just a 15-minute ferry ride from the Kauppatori. The Suomenlinna ferry is part of Helsinki’s public transport service. Set on a tight cluster of islands connected by bridges, the UNESCO World Heritage site was originally built by the Swedes as Sveaborg in the mid-18th...

Oneonta Gorge Hike, Oregon

Oneonta Gorge is one of the many wonders of the National Scenic Area. It is not accessible by trail. Rather you must walk up the creek bed, over a large and perhaps unstable log jam, through the gorge, and up to your waist in water until you finally see falls. Lower Oneonta Falls probably dropped just under 100ft in a backdrop surrounded by steep vertical-walled cliffs and fronted by clear pools. The...

Looking into the Marble Cathedral

This spectacular Marble Cathedral is set in the General Carrera lake in Chile’s Patagonia – the second largest freshwater lake in South America. The caves are on the Chilean side of the lake. The Cathedral and the Caves are a unique geological formation featuring a group of caverns, tunnels and pillars created in monoliths of marble and formed by waves over the last 6,000 years. The level...

Bonsai Lodder – One of the Largest Bonsai Store in the World, Netherlands

Lodder Bonsai were the first company in Europe to be commercially involved with bonsai. It is a family business that has its roots in specialty plants. The lodder bonsais range is unique in size, diversity and quality. credit: jeremy_norbury

Cute Dogs Underwater by Seth Casteel

We love this underwater dog series from award winning photographer Seth Casteel, credit: digiaimo

A Land of White – Cuverville Island, Antarctica by David Stanley

Cuverville Island is a dark, rocky island lying in Errera Channel between Arctowski Peninsula and the northern part of Rongé Island, off the west coast of Graham Land in Antarctica. It hosts a large colony of breeding Gentoo Penguins, as well as a large number of South Polar and Brown Skuas. Antarctica is the world’s coldest continent, the world’s most extreme continent and the world’s...

Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan

The park is a sprawling 470 acre park located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan, that features vast flower gardens including millions of daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and an estimated 4.5 million baby blue eyes. You can explore the colorful fields by walking or cycling. Beware that this is not a park for free. The entrance costs about $4 per adult. The Seaside Park is easily and quickly accessible...

Geologic Treasure – Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona. It includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. The Monument borders Kaibab National Forest to the west and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the east. The 3,000-foot escarpment of the Vermilion Cliffs reveals seven major geologic formations in layer-cake fashion. This remote, unspoiled 294,000-acre...

Magnificent Mulanje Mountain and Tea Estates

The small town of Mulanje in the south of Malawi is the centre of Malawi’s tea growing industry. The main attraction in the town is Mount Mulanje. Mulanje is a spectacular 650km2 granite inselberg that rises in dramatic isolation above the Phalombe Plains southeast of Blantyre. The massif consists of a plateau of rolling grassland set at an average elevation of 2,000m, but this is incised by several...

Proxy Falls – Oregon Cascades

This multi-tiered, cascading waterfall is hidden in the dense Williamette National Forest along the McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway. It is one of the most frequently photographed waterfalls in Oregon. Lower Proxy Falls was created 6,000 years ago when a giant glacier carved a deep trough through the area, leaving steep canyon walls after the ice receded. The waterfall is a 100′ drop over stairsteps...

Visit Kyrgyzstan – Climbing Tastar-Ata and Camping Issyk-Kul lake

Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. Landlocked and mountainous, it borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the southeast. Annexed by Russia in 1876, it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. It has the most liberal tourist visa policy in Central Asia and one of the more...

Aurora over Denali National Park and Preserve

The park encompasses more than 6 million acres in a complete sub-arctic ecosystem. It features North America’s highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley. The aurora is a beautiful, phenomenon, occurring year-round. Only in the fall, winter and early spring, is there enough darkness to allow us to see the northern lights when they occur. The aurora borealis occurs when a coronal mass ejection,...

Dragons Blood Tree at Socotra Island, Yemen

Isolated Socotra, 220 miles from mainland Yemen, is home to a panoply of strange plants and animals uniquely adapted to the hot, harsh, windswept island. It has a tropical desert and semi-desert climate with an average temperature of 25°C and hardly any rain. The most famous and distinctive plant of the island of Socotra, the evocatively named dragon’s blood tree has a unique and bizarre appearance,...

Ice Caves under the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska

The Mendenhall Glacier is a tongue of ice stretching 12 miles from the Juneau Icefield to Mendenhall Lake. At its widest point, the glacier is more than a half mile wide, with ice 300 to 1,800 feet deep. Rising global temperatures have caused the glacier to start melting—it has receded by about two miles since 1958. Water has carved caves into the interior, creating surreal, turquoise-toned worlds...