Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The greatness of nature has no bounds. From the smallest grain of sand to the highest mountains, each has a sense of meaning and destination. Scientists say that mountains were created as a result of the shifts of the earth’s crust, but I believe that there is some force that knows what it’s doing and has some plan for all of us.
I envy people who got a chance to see the magnificent beauty of these mountains (the world’s tallest) with their own eyes, but I want to thank every photographer whose photo we are showcasing today for giving us a chance to visit the places they’ve been and see the wondrous sights they’ve seen.
The Himalayas are among the youngest mountain ranges on the planet (about 50 million years old), and they are the home of the world’s highest peaks. In Nepali, “himal” means “snow-covered mountain” which in a single word beautifully describes what a traveler sees. The mountain range stretches across six countries: India, Bhutan, China, Afghanistan, Nepal, and Pakistan. No matter which of those countries you travel to, you’re sure to be charmed by the Himalayas forever.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Mist that Thunders) is a waterfall located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are some of the largest in the world.
The Devil’s Pool, a small lagoon, enclosed by rocks, on the edge of one of the biggest, most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls. Set on Livingstone Island, at a height of 103 meters, Devil’s Pool is definitely one of the most surreal locations on Earth.
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia lying on the southern side of the Himalaya mountain range, bordered by China and India. Nepal is about 800km long from nortwest to southeast and has a total area of 147181 sq. km. Its terrain is mostly mountaineous, with only the narrow southern strip consisting of plains. The mountainous north contains eight of the world's ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest.
The Kathmandu valley has been settled for at least 9000 years. The first recorded history dates back to 1000 BC, when a number of small kingdoms and confederations of clans arose in the region. Much of Nepal was first unified by the late 14th century, although for a short time only.
Nepal was unified again in 1768 and maintained its independence even when the British colonised India. In 2008 Nepal became a parliamentary republic. Nepal is an ethnically diverse country with almost 30 million inhabitants and 92 spoken languages.
With a GDP per capita of just USD 400 the economy is very underdeveloped. The impressive natural landscape and the rich cultural heritage of Nepal give it a considerable tourism potential, but the development in this sector has been hampered by the years of civil war through which the country went. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
National Geographic is once again holding their annual Photo Contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30th. For the past eight weeks, they have been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to rate them as well. National Geographic was again kind enough to let me choose some of their entries from 2010 for display here on The Big Picture. Collected below are 47 images from the three categories of People, Places and Nature. Captions were written by the individual photographers. (47 photos total)
Kanana Camp, Botswana. Pulling over by the side of the road to watch a grazing giraffe, we spotted an amber head lurking behind a small mound. A hungry lioness. Watching, waiting, camera to my eye, she eventually chose her moment and pounced just as the giraffe sensed danger. The lioness gave chase, but failed. Hungry, she lay down, invisible, in the grass not ten feet from us and waited again. (Photo and caption by Alex Tan)
Friday, September 14, 2012
Eilean Donan Castle
Photograph by Getty ImagesWidely considered Scotland's most photographed site, Eilean Donan Castle perches on an island at the meeting of three lochs in western Scotland. The island’s first castle was an early 13th-century fortification against raiding Vikings, and it's been sacked and rebuilt several times. The most recent facelift was completed in 1932.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Photograph by CT Feng,The Greek island of Santorini, also called Thira, is known for the whitewashed houses and churches perched along its volcanic cliffs. The picturesque village of Oia in the north is the island's most outstanding example of this architectural style. Here, a twilight image shows another of the town's claims to fame: its sunset views.