Wednesday, March 20, 2019




Lakes around the world

Lakes around the world

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Summit Lake Below Mount Evans, Arapaho National Forest, Colorado

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Spirit Island Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada


Maligne Lake is a lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is located 44 km (27 mi) south of Jasper town site, accessible by motor vehicle. Boat trips run to Spirit Island, one of the most popular sights of Jasper National Park. The 44 km Skyline Trail, Jasper’s most popular, highest and above treeline, multi-day hike, begins at Maligne Lake and finishes near the town of Jasper. Read more


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Amazing photos of Austria made by Rosita

Amazing photos of Austria made by Rosita

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About author:
My name is Rosita, I am 33 years old and I live in Belgium. I was always intriged by Photography, so I studied Digital Photography at the evening school for 3 years. When I started my course I decided to buy myself a Digital reflexcamera to be more creative and to have more options in the photography world.
Later I switched to Nikon material, which I find, has outstanding quality!

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My Gear <<;:

– NIKON D300
– MB-D10 Batterypack
– Nikon AF-S 18-200 VR F3.5-5.6
– Nikon 50 mm F1.8D
– Sigma 10-20 mm F4-5.6 EX HSM
– Sigma 105mm F2.8 Macro (NEW)
– Nikon 3G Lensbaby
– Nikon SB 800 speedlight
– Nikon SB 28
– Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 XR DI
– Lowepro Nova 3 AW
– Lowepro micro trekker 200 AW
– Bilora tripod
– HQ tripod 21 (645gr)
– I use a serie of Cokin filters
– Hähnel HRN280 Remote release
– California Sunbounce 60×90
– Strobist color corrections gels
– Strobist Cactus V4 triggers
– 1 White and 1 black umbrella
– Linkstar Trolly 102

For more information about this very talented artist please visit her home page here.



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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu was actually the unintentional consequence of the search for Vilcabamba – a town established by the rebellious Inca Manco Capac II after Peru was invaded by the Spanish. From this town, the remaining Incas would attack the Spanish settlers in Cusco for the following 36 years. But in 1572, the Spanish invaded the troublesome settlement, and executed Manco Capac’s successor ending the Incan dynasty. The location of this legendary settlement was forgotten – living on only in a few vague maps and clues left by future generations. 1 Machu Picchu Machu Picchu is 80 kilometers northwest of Cusco, on the crest of the mountain Machu Picchu, located about 2,350 meters above sea level. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America and the most visited tourist attraction in Peru.

It is above Urubamba Valley. From atop the cliff of Machu Picchu, there is a vertical rock face of 600 meters rising from the Urubamba River at the foot of the cliff. The location of the city was a military secret, and its deep precipices and mountains provide excellent natural defenses. The Inca Bridge, an Inca rope bridge, across the Urubamba River in the Pongo de Mainique, provided a secret entrance for the Inca army. Another Inca bridge to the west of Machu Picchu, the tree-trunk bridge, at a location where a gap occurs in the cliff that measures 6 metres , could be bridged by two tree trunks. If the trees were removed, it would leave a 570 metres fall to the base of the cliffs, also discouraging invaders.

The city sits in a saddle between two mountains, with a commanding view down two valleys and a nearly impassable mountain at its back. It has a water supply from springs that cannot be blocked easily, and enough land to grow food for about four times as many people as ever lived there. The hillsides leading to it have been terraced, not only to provide more farmland to grow crops, but to steepen the slopes which invaders would have to ascend. There are two high-altitude routes from Machu Picchu across the mountains back to Cusco, one through the sun gate, and the other across the Inca bridge. Both easily could be blocked if invaders should approach along them. Regardless of its original purpose, it is strategically located and readily defended.

In 1909, 337 years after the last of the Incas was killed, Doctor Hiram Bingham from Yale University visited Peru and became fascinated by the legendary settlement and vowed to return in search of it. In 1911, he returned with seven others sponsored by Yale University and the National Geographic Society. In July, Bingham and his team set off on their explorative Inca trail trek and very quickly stumbled upon a settlement that they christened Patallacta (and sometimes called Llactapata).

A week into the expedition, Bingham and his team camped at Mandorpampa (now Aguas Calientes) and spoke to the owner of a local hacienda, Melchor Artega. He told the group of some fine ruins up in the mountains, and agreed to accompany Bingham the next day. When Artega and Bingham reached the top of the mountain (the others passed on the trip due to heavy rain!), they were amazed to be met by two locals evading the police and taxes, Toribio Richarte and Anacleto Alvarez, who led them to the ancient site.

The discovery of Machu Picchu left Bingham “truly breathless” according to his book, but he wrongly inferred that the site was the legendary settlement of Vilcabamba that he had previously set off in search of! The following year, Bingham returned to the site to begin clearing the ruins of overgrowth and vegetation, and three years later the site stood as it does today. A railway link was constructed in 1928 and roads to the ruins were finised in 1948. It eventually reached World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. 2 Machu PicchuYears before this, in 1964, Bingham’s mistake had been discovered – this was not the ruins of Vilcabamba which were discovered some 5 kilometres further along by Gene Savoy. Ironically, Bingham had actually passed through the site in his original 1909 visit but considered the ruins unimportant!

What Was Machu Picchu and Why Was It Abandoned?

There are several theories about what Machu Picchu symbolised, now that most people agree it isn’t Vilcabamba as Bingham theorised. These all centre around the archeological belief that Machu Picchu was abandoned before the Spanish arrived (how else would it have avoided being destroyed by them?)

* It was the ceremonial centre of a large region and possibly the ‘royal estate’ for the Inca Pachacutec and his family clan. Its sacred position (in Incan terms) between mountains and rivers lends credence to this. This would mean that for many a trip along the Inca trail to Machu Picchu would have been a religious pilgrimage!

* It was a look out point guarding the road to Cusco from the Amazon Basin

* It was used to protect the source of coca used in every part of Incan religion

* It was the last refuge of Cusco’s Virgins of the Sun (Incan nuns)

* It was the location where the first Incan, Manco Capac, emerged from a sacred cave.

Obviously it can’t have been all of these, but it’s interesting that it causes such debate to this day.

And why was it abandoned? Some say the death of Pachacutec will have caused a new royal estate to be built for the next leader; others say that the water supply simply dried up.

Whatever you believe, an Inca trail trek remains an unbeatable cultural experience and one that should be on every traveller’s checklist. If you haven’t followed the Inca trail to Machu Picchu yet, you should consider visiting and discovering the secrets of the Incas for yourself.



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Beautiful landscapes of Canada

Beautiful landscapes of Canada

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Canada is located in North America and stretches all the way from the Atlantic to the Pacific, being made up of ten Provinces and three Territories. To the North is the Artic ocean; Davis Strait on the North East separates it from Greenland, to the East is the Atlantic Ocean; the South is bordered by the United States of America and the West by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska.

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