Archive | September 2012

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China– Recognized as China’s first national park in 1982. Contains 11,900 acres and was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The most notable geographic feature are the pillar rock formations that have formed from many years of erosion. http://i.imgur.com/6vtaQ.jpg

Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima

Mount Roraima, Brazil,Venezuela,Guyana– It lies on the border of these three South American countries. Mount Roraima is said to be quite difficult to climb due to its extremely steep walls but was first scaled in 1884 by Sir Everard Im Thurn. Most common tourist are hikers seeking adventure, they often hire a Indian guide by the nearby village of Paraitepui. From this village it takes approximately one day to get to the base of the mountain and from their hikers travel up a natural staircase to the top. Helicopter rides are also available to reach the top.

Manpupner Rock Formations

Manpupner Rock Formations

Manpupuner Rock Formations, Russia– Also Known as the Seven Strongmen Rock Formations or Poles of the Komi Republic are a set of 7 giant stone pillars located in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District of the Komi District north of the Ural Mountains. Local legend states that the seven large pillars were once an entourage of Samoyeds giants. They were walking through the mountains to destroy the Vogulsky people, but when they saw the holy Vogulsky Mountains the shaman of the giants dropped his drum and the entire team froze into stone pillars. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l72ait8fkN1qcwdxuo1_500.jpg

Kalalau Valley, Hawaii

Kalalau Valley, Hawaii

Kalalau Valley, Hawaii– Located on the northwest side of the island of Kauaʻi it lies with the Na Pali Coast State Park and houses the beautiful Kalalau Beach. The only way to access the valley legally is by kayak or hiking. As a state park it forbids people from living there but many native Hawaiians lived there up until the 20th century. http://i.imgur.com/w6OSv.jpg

Mount Thor

Mount Thor

Mount Thor, Canada– Located on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada; Mount Thor is known to have the worlds highest vertical drop. Nearly 1.5 times higher than the Burj Dubai structure, it is approximately 5,495 feet high. Located 29 miles northeast of Pangnirtung. Donald Morton and Lyman Spitzer made the first ascent of Mount Thor in 1965 led by Pat Baird.

A Starry Night of Iceland

A Starry Night of Iceland

Jökulsárlón Lake, Iceland– The northern lights can clearly be seen illuminating the wondrous landscape that is Iceland. Jökulsárlón Lake is located on the borders of Vatnajökull National Park and is considered one of the natural wonders of Iceland. It has even been the location of several popular movies, such as Batman Begins and Tomb Raider. The first settlers arrived around 900 AD. http://i.imgur.com/BX2s6.jpg

Xtreme Farming

Xtreme Farming

Xtreme Farming, Italy– The location of the picture is just a few miles down the road from Ortesei, Italy. The town has about 4,637 inhabitants and the main source of income is tourism, skiing and woodcarving. 84% of the population speaks Ladin, a close relative of the Swiss Romansh and Friulian language. http://i.imgur.com/Rpotq.jpg