Acre for acre one of the most scenic places on Earth, the Isle of Skye has no shortage of stop-in-your-tracks views. Throughout time, landslips have turned this island in the Scottish Hebrides into a place rich with surreal rock formations, sharp cliffs, and massive peninsulas. Here, we’re perched on the slopes of The Storr, a cliff rising more than 2,000 feet in elevation. Just beneath us is its most renowned citizen, a group of jutting, flinty rocks known as the Old Man of Storr. The otherworldly beauty of The Storr is a favorite of painters, photographers, and filmmakers, including director Ridley Scott who used the location to eerie effect in ‘Prometheus‘.
In this far northern province of Vietnam, craggy karst mountains rise from green valleys, and fertile flatlands are mostly a patchwork of cultivated fields. A full 80 percent of the province’s economy is agriculture-based, and we see evidence of that from our overhead view of the Bắc Sơn valley. If you’re visiting a bit closer to terra firma, you won’t get quite this bird’s-eye view, but the high mountains rising above the valley provide visitors with expansive vistas of the spectacular landscape. The scene resembles the better-known and heavily touristed karst mountain regions of the neighboring Chinese province of Guangxi, but Lạng Sơn is still relatively undiscovered.
Lạng Sơn (listen) is a province in far northern Vietnam, bordering Guangxi province in China. Its capital is also called Lạng Sơn, which is a strategically important town at the border with China and is 137 kilometres (85 mi) northeast of Hanoi connected by rail and road. Lạng Sơn Province is bounded by China in the north, Cao Bằng Province borders the northwest, Ha Bac Province to the south, Quảng Ninh Province starting on the south and extending to the eastern border and Thái Nguyên Province to the west. The province covers an area of 8,327.6 square kilometres and as of 2008 it had a population of 759,000.
Ancient history of the province is linked to the Bronze Age when the trade route that existed between China and India that passed from the Red River Delta through Nanning to Guangzhou. The province was one of the 13 original provinces in northern Vietnam created under the reign of Emperor Minh Mạng in 1831.
Patagonia (Spanish pronunciation: [pataˈɣonja]) is a sparsely populated region located at the southern end of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile. The region comprises the southern section of the Andes mountains as well as the deserts, pampas and grasslands east of this southern portion of the Andes. Patagonia has two coasts: western facing the Pacific Ocean and eastern facing the Atlantic Ocean.
The Colorado and Barrancas rivers, which run from the Andes to the Atlantic, are commonly considered the northern limit of Argentine Patagonia. The archipelago of Tierra del Fuego is sometimes included as part of Patagonia. Most geographers and historians locate the northern limit of Chilean Patagonia at Reloncaví Estuary.
This portion of New Zealand’s South Island coast features plenty of strange geology. These sea stacks and surf-tossed rocks are fragments of a much larger formation called the Pancake Rocks, so named due to their stacked, flat layers of sediment and stone. They were once all underwater, and as the Tasman Sea receded, the strange rocks marked the shore of the Punakaiki region. The 118-square mile landscape of the encompassing Paparoa National Park continues the unusual geology of the Punakaiki coast with cliff openings called ‘blowholes,’ rugged mountains, and for the brave, a cave system open for tours.
Discover amazing pancake rocks, lush native forests, delicate cave formations and limestone canyons – all in one beautifully diverse national park.
This fascinating national park, towards the northern end of the South Island’s west coast, runs all the way inland from the ocean to the rugged ice-carved Paparoa Mountain Range.
In the interests of science, the boundaries of the park were carefully established to encompass a complete range of landscapes and ecosystems – from the granite and gneiss summits of the Paparoa Range down to the layered rock formations of Punakaiki.
By following the historic Inland Pack Track, formed originally by gold miners, visitors can discover some of the park’s most special places. Camping under a natural rock shelter – the Ballroom Overhang – is an unforgettable experience. read more
These lovely sunrise images were captured last week while on vacation at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The view is from the east end of this barrier island looking across the channel to Holden Beach, another in a series of North Carolina barrier islands. Mother Nature’s display this morning was quite spectacular! Thank you for […]