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Edited: Mar 31, 2012, 4:56pm Top

The world is full of beautiful and inspirational places, many just a few miles from home. I'm very interested in seeking out these places around the globe, with the hope of one day paying a visit and perhaps taking a photo or two...

I'll start the ball rolling with this place - Burrow Mump - because it's reasonably close, very photogenic, and often I can be the only one there for an hour or more at a time... although your choice doesn't have to be somewhere local, it could be some exotic place that you've never seen, but have always want to...

Burrow Mump - Tall View by Scott Fisher

So, where is your favourite place on Earth, and why?

Mar 31, 2012, 4:59pm Top

Do I have to pick just one?

Mar 31, 2012, 5:03pm Top

Nope, you can pick as many as you like (in fact, the more the merrier really... within reason, of course ;-)

Mar 31, 2012, 5:23pm Top

Great! As I said earlier, I think one of the most fascinating places near me, which really I should go shoot, is the Olympic Rain Forest in Washington State.

There are more....places I love, of course. I'll be back with one or two, I think.

Mar 31, 2012, 5:28pm Top

Well, one is definitely Paso Robles, California. We go to Cali a lot and here in particular. Not only are our favorite wineries in Paso, but the place positively drips with atmosphere and gorgeous scenery.

oh, and the Olympic Peninsula is on my list of places I NEED to get to, maggs. Love the Pac NW.

Mar 31, 2012, 5:33pm Top

What a gorgeous photo.

Mar 31, 2012, 6:06pm Top

I will always love visiting Hong Kong. I don't know if I'd enjoy living there or not, but I certainly love visiting it! It's exciting and modern and really different all at the same time.

Edited: Mar 31, 2012, 7:22pm Top

My absolute favourite place in the world. Beyond the official lookout at Little Huia. (I didn't take this photo):

You can climb over the actual lookout, and go very carefully along a shadow of a track, which comes out at a rock promontory. Then you can sit, while swallows fly over your head, and just listen to nothing but the sea and insects, looking at this view. I haven't been in awhile. Miss it.

Apr 1, 2012, 3:34am Top

This is the Google Image page for Mt. Shasta California, in my backyard, sort of. I'm doing the link because I couldn't pick just one image of it.

For some reason, the first image on the page is a photo my brother took in 2004 for his Christmas card that year.

The Redwood forests in California are lovely and thought provoking.

Mt. Lassen California is also lovely, and you can visit bubbling mud pots and steam vents there. It is a live volcano. Lovely meadows and vistas all around, as well.

Apr 1, 2012, 4:27am Top

Mine would be Victoria Falls I wanted to put a picture I'd taken on here but not sure how to do it.
In England I'd have to say the Lake District is absolutely stunning.!
I would love to visit the Amazon at some point too - that's my ultimate dream : )

Edited: Apr 1, 2012, 5:34am Top

Bookmarque, the Olympic Peninsula has some of my favorite places. Beach, forest, mountains, etc. Here's a just a few of my top spots. It was a pleasure taking these photos.

First Beach, near LaPush (2009):

Kalaloch, by the lodge (2010):

A waterfall on the Lake Quinault road loop (2010):

Edited: Apr 1, 2012, 7:33am Top

oh those are gorgeous, monohex. (drools) One day I'll get there. I've been to Washington thrice, but not to that part of it.

husband and I tried getting to Lassen last year, but too much snow made the roads impassable. this year is probably the year to go with the relative snow drought.

Apr 1, 2012, 10:13am Top

#10 I'll certainly second Vic Falls. Will post an ancient (1971) picture sometime soon. But in the meanwhile how about

The Drakensberg (lots of places like this)

Kruger National Park (this or any of the "hippo Birdie" pictures I post from time to time)

The Mpumalanga Lowveld (the mountain in the background is Legogote, between White River and Numbi Gate, KNP. Read more about this area in Jock of the Bushveld)

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Durban. This view is about 100 yards off my daily commute.

The Vredefort Dome, between Potchefstroom (North-West province) and Parys (Free State). This is the splash cone of the world's largest (300 km diameter) and oldest (2037 million years) meteorite impact crater.

Beachwood Mangroves, a nature reserve only 5 km from Durban city centre.

Now let me give someone else a chance, but I'll be back with more!

Apr 1, 2012, 10:44am Top

Sooo many fantastic places! I'll add some, perhaps, as I get back home in a handful of days - a phone screen/interface isn't ideal for this kind of thread ;)

Apr 1, 2012, 2:11pm Top

And some from elsewhere in Africa.

Here's Victoria Falls, as promised. The border between Zimbabwe and Zambia is somewhere on the right of the picture.

Also in Zimbabwe, Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Olorgesaille, Kenya. The ridge in the background is the east wall of the Great Rift Valley. Every single one of the dark brown stones in the white patch in front of the shed is a 750 000-year-old hand-axe.

I'd love to see what Tane would make of this. It's a patch of Namib Desert a few km beyond a fishing spot called Mile 72, about 120 km north of Swakopmund.

View from the top of Kotisephola Pass, Lesotho (3240 m / 10620 ft). Thabana Ntlenyana (seSotho "pretty little hill"), the highest point in Africa south of Kilimanjaro, is not far from here.

Apr 1, 2012, 2:26pm Top

This is one of my favourite places - the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. sitting on that hill on a warm August evening, watching the skyline above Main Stage light up as dusk falls, listening to amazing music (or ducking out to get supper if not finding the current act amazing LOL). 11,000 music lovers, a city within a city. All ages, all cheerful.

Apr 1, 2012, 3:24pm Top

Virginia Falls (Nai li Cho) on the South Nahanni River in Nahanni National Park Reserve, awarded one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Site designations in 1978, and proclaimed a Canadian Heritage River in 1987.

I am fortunate to have flown in to the falls four times, and paddled the South Nahanni twice.


Apr 1, 2012, 3:49pm Top

Wow! Desolation to crowds and back in 4 images! Many thanks, all, for the beautiful images.

Among mine, the following are listed as World Heritage sites (see NorthernStar's 3rd link above):
Vredefort Dome
Great Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls

Apr 1, 2012, 4:27pm Top

One of my most favorite places that I've been to is Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia:

And I love the ocean, especially if it's not too crowded...photos are from Ft. Macon State Park in North Carolina:

(guess who?)

Apr 1, 2012, 6:04pm Top

Around the world in 80 posts! Whee!

Apr 2, 2012, 2:13am Top

>6 Delirium9: thank you.

Wow, so many great places. Fantastic.

Apr 2, 2012, 2:20am Top

A place that I haven't visited, but would really like to is Wai o Tapu in Rotorua, New Zealand:

Apr 2, 2012, 6:46am Top

Went there a couple of years ago, Tane. It was otherworldly.

Here's a photo I took while we were there:

Apr 2, 2012, 11:56am Top

Ilulissat in Greenland. The most beautiful place I have experienced. The pictures are taken from a boat, from a helicopter and from the ground

Edited: Apr 4, 2012, 3:25pm Top

#10 ~~ I agree with you about the England's Lake District. It is absolutely breathtaking.

ETA: I tried to put pictures, and failed miserably. *whimper whimper whine whine*

Apr 2, 2012, 12:37pm Top

This is not meant to be sappy, but my favorite place on Earth is home. I've traveled all over the world for work, and there's nothing like the warm glow of the light at home to bring my soul peace. I go to the back room of my house, and sit down in my favorite chair, putting my feet up, with a book to one side, and my laptop to another.

I guess I am like Samwise that way.

Apr 2, 2012, 2:21pm Top

#19 Thank you Fuzzi! For stirring up happy memories of a day spent there in 1998. Wish I could go back and see more ...

Apr 2, 2012, 3:45pm Top

My wife and I took a trip to Italy before we had kids. This was my favorite spot during an absolutely awesome vacation. It's a little town called Vernazza, one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre. They are five little towns along the coast that you can only get to via train.

See that little castle tower? We ate a lunch of bread, salami, and cheese while sitting at its base, staring at the Mediterranean.

I loved Italy.

Apr 3, 2012, 9:59am Top

#26 I so know that feeling.

I'm still old skool and don't have any photos online, but they'd be of places within walking/day trip distance of where I've lived, whether it's the cambridge Backs crowded with punters and picknickers, or my local vale with kingfishers and dogwalkers, a remote exmoor combe with sun on the oak trees peeking through the mist, or the flickering neon of Manchester's china town. Holiday places are all very pretty but I wouldn't want to live there.

Apr 3, 2012, 3:24pm Top

Trunk Bay in the St. John National Park has the softest, cleanest sand I have ever felt between my toes. Standing at the water's edge and looking across the blue Caribbean water to the other islands is my idea of heaven.

Apr 3, 2012, 7:34pm Top

(27) hfglen, where? Shenandoah or the Outer Banks?

Apr 3, 2012, 7:39pm Top

(25) millhold, don't cry, read how to do it here:


Apr 4, 2012, 2:12am Top

Not sure about my fave places on earth, but I had a massage appointment last week that was for an "escape to the rainforest" package & I think that the place could be well up there on my list, there are a couple of pics on the website (www.sunriseview.com.au) but none of them do it enough justice for me to post here IMO...

Apr 4, 2012, 2:50pm Top

#31 Shenandoah. I had three weeks as a visiting scientist at Smithsonian, and leant on my host to take me to this place I'd heard much about. It lived up to the hype! :-)

Apr 4, 2012, 3:27pm Top

#32 fuzzi ~~ I tried that, previously, and was unsuccessful. I know very well it's a user error, and not a site problem. *Sigh*

I'm going to practice somewhere else, and see if I can get it right.

Apr 4, 2012, 6:44pm Top

(34) I've been there three times now, hfglen, but just driving through. I'm not much for camping.

The first time was with my kids in the back seat: we saw deer (they walk up to the car and stare in the windows at you) and a bear, briefly.

The second time was in November, and we saw lots of deer, herds in fact!

The third time was two years ago: coming back from a visit with my in-laws in Connecticut, we decided to 'do' Shenandoah that day. It was a misty day, and I was sort of disappointed because I was hoping to see a bear.

While driving very slowly in the mist and fog, a small bear ran out in front of my car, and I bumped it, knocking him to the ground! He got up and ran, and I drove to the closest station, to report it. The bear was a yearling, the ranger said, and didn't think he was hurt, as there was absolutely no damage to my car.

Be careful what you wish for...

...I got to see a bear that day. ;)

Apr 4, 2012, 6:45pm Top

millhold, I've had to mess with it a bit before I got it right. Don't give up. :)

Edited: Apr 7, 2012, 7:39pm Top

Standing trackside anywhere in the cool pre-dawn blue hour with my camera firmly mounted on its tripod waiting for a train. The blue hour is very quiet. You wait ...and then you hear it...the faint burbling of fast moving prime movers with a light load - a passenger consist. The burbling increases in intensity and changes to a thrumming which is joined by the rumbling sound of rolling steel. You hear the horn as the train blows for the first grade crossings to the west of your position and then, looking upgrade, you see his headlight as he rounds the last curve and heads down the straightaway towards you. He flashes past, all the while sounding his horn for the three grade crossings to the east. The six silent sentinels, the crossing gates, come to life and honor him with a perfectly executed salute. The high green on the signal bridge notes his passing and changes to red...and then he's gone. Next stop, some city to the east shortly after sunrise.

...as the poet said "There isn't a train I wouldn't take no matter where it's going."

Apr 7, 2012, 10:31am Top

#38 Wow! What a stunning picture!

JPB's comment in #26 reminded me of that wonderful piece by T.S. Eliot (?) about how one travels the world and the result is to get back home and know the place for the first time (I can neither find this nor remember it accurately; could someone please help me out of an Alzheimeroid hole by posting the correct quote? Thanks). So I was inspired to stroll down to the end of the road I live in and take a picture of the view on not the clearest day ever, or even this week. And only some of the haze is due to a warm current offshore ...

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve (in a previous post) includes the two green ridges to the right but not the grass nearest the camera; Beachwood Mangroves are behind the tower blocks just right of centre. Durban city centre is a couple of degrees right of that, in the haze.

Edited: Apr 7, 2012, 5:56pm Top

39 - It's from the Four Quartets - Little Gidding (part 4):

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

(It's one of my favourite quotes).

Apr 7, 2012, 7:12pm Top

alco: I was brought up in a railroad family - my father was a depot agent - and I've lived around trains all my life. (Sometimes very close; as in upstairs over the depot.) The stunning picture and the poetry of your words sums up an entire childhood. Thank you so much.

Apr 7, 2012, 9:39pm Top

Here's another of my favorite places. It's about 5 miles or so from Grass Range, MT (the town where my father grew up). The area has all these little canyons and interesting rock formations.

Apr 7, 2012, 9:49pm Top

>41 MerryMary: You're welcome. I see by your library profile that you are in Nebraska. I'm sure you have a long list of TBR's but given the locale and the interest you might want to consider reading Held for Orders by Spearman. He was a western Nebraska banker whose clientele included a lot of railroad men and, if you have ever read any well written first person accounts of railroad life, it is obvious that he listened to what they had to say used what he had heard in constructing his stories. Held for Orders is the second of two collections of short stories and I think it is the best book he wrote.

Apr 7, 2012, 10:32pm Top

Sounds wonderful, alco. Thanks. It is on my list.

And monohex: I also lived in Montana for a time. I love it there too. Especially the rocky places, the forgotten places, the ghost towns. I enjoy lush mountain scenery as much as anyone, but the rough-as-a-cob places touch me somehow. Guess I've lived in the Sandhills a long time for a reason.

Apr 8, 2012, 3:40am Top

#40 Thank you, Will.

#42 That could so easily be Suikerbosrand (Gauteng) or quite a few places on the Mpumalanga escarpment. Places that I have enjoyed! Thank you.

Apr 8, 2012, 4:48am Top

For many years "home" had to take a back seat in my life - I've always enjoyed seeing and experiencing places new to me, even if it was only around the bend. Since we became a family that had to change, our son is violently motion sick. Only lately has it abated somewhat and we still carry bags to be sick in, wherever we go.
Also, small kids don't enjoy dramatic vistas or crowded cities ;-)

...and yet there are so many unseen places left! One of my great sorrows is that I won't see all those places before I die. Especially not now, when we have the cabin. Which I also enjoy, but...

Here's some of my favourite places -

Milan, Italy, in February. Alpine mists on the flood plains...

Corsica, France, in June. The smell of the maquis...

...and I used to go to West Berlin every spring, and I loved sitting at Café M sipping my milchkaffee late at night, inhaling the atmosphere. No photos from that time of my life, though - it was before I distanced myself from the experience of just being ;-)

Sometimes the everyday can be beautiful too. Those who follow me on Facebook know I regularly post pictures from my daily commute. This one is from earlier this year, as I waited for the boat -

And I do think the atmosphere up by our cabin is special, too. This is from October last year, as the sun set -

I have seen some awesome vistas that made it to the camera but really - while beautiful they are not favourite. Because while Cuba was beautiful and fantastic I don't want to live there. Likewise with Spain and Thailand, for example.
To be honest, I wouldn't want to live in Italy either, they have no social security, no functioning infrastructure, and corruption runs rampant. Despite that I'm sorely tempted by Milan's more bohemian districts.
The same would go for Corsica, which also is expensive and, in the most beautiful parts of the island, humid, cold and poor.

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