Showing posts from October, 2014

Uluru (Ayers Rock): Photo Essay

Taken at sunrise Uluru or Ayers Rock is a sacred mountain located in the Northern Territory of Australia. This iconic symbol of Australia is part of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a protected area and a World Heritage site. I joined the many visitors that come to photograph this natural phenomenon at sunrise, sunset and in-between. Standing in front of the monolithic rock and taking a photo of its changing color at sunset and sunrise made me understand why the local Anangu people consider it a sacred place.  The rock undergoes dramatic color changes - to flaming red behind the sunrise, bluish and purple at mid-day and orange at sunset. Aside from photographing this natural beauty I walked the base which measures about 5 kilometers.  Both natural and cultural points of interest are well-marked. We see rock arts, carvings and paintings, cave used as a school room, kitchen.   We ended the walk at the watering hole.   Photography is not allowed at certain areas.   The local p

Travels of a Lifetime, VideoBlog Series: Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Series 2: Scuba Diving the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Australia The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia is the most extensive reef system in the world. It is the world largest single structure comprised of a living organism. It is said to be the only living structure on earth that can be seen from outer space. According to Wikipedia, the Great Barrier Reef is composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2300 kilometers (1400 miles). Seeing the amazing marine life, the biodiversity underwater was undeniably an experience of a lifetime.   My diving instructors, who were so patient with me made my fear of the deep disappear, that made my diving experience at the Great Barrier Reef even more unforgettable.             NOTE:  The picture quality is not that great because I tried to compile an hour and a half of video footage into a two-minute video the old fashioned way (without using an app). Warning: This video contains a very dramatic

Travels of a Lifetime, VideoBlog Series: Iguazú Falls

  #1. Iguazu Falls, Argentina and Brazil "The Sound of Water"   Iguazú Falls are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on the border of the Argentina province of Misiones and the state of Paraná in Brazil, and a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Divided by various islands into separate waterfalls, two thirds of the falls belong to Argentina and one third to Brazil. The falls are part of the ecosystem protected by both the Argentine and Brazilian government. About twenty minutes stroll from the park entrance, we took the train at ‘Estacion Catarata’ to reach the entrance to the main route/walkway to the Devil’s Throat or Gargantua del Diablo. It was a long walk to the viewing platform. We could see the spray way over the falls from midway of the trail. Approaching Devil’s Throat, I heard the thunderous sound of violent magnificent falling waters. Click HERE to watch it on Youtube or click the thumbnail below.     NOTE: This is the first issue of "