Wandrlust has come up with 11 of the most incredible
landscapes in the world. Check these out:
1: Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Dalene Heck (Hecktic Travels)
It’s tough to beat the salt flats of Bolivia as one of the greatest landscapes in the world. Salar de Uyuni is a prehistoric lake that has long since dried up, leaving 11,000 square kilometres of crusty, brilliant white salt that looks like ice or snow.
Several islands can be found throughout the salt flats, peppered with cacti. During the rainy season, a thin layer of water sits on top of the flats and magnificently reflects the sky.
It’s a harsh but beautiful landscape, and promises an exceptional adventure like no other you’ll find on the planet.
Photo by: Theo Allofs/Corbis Documentary/Getty Images
2: Namib Desert, Namibia
Chanel Cartell (How Far From Home)
Namibia is one of those sensational gems that really could use some more attention from adventure travelers, landscape photographers and anyone who loves natural beauty.
When you find yourself strolling through the hot desert sand dunes, surrounded by 700-year old trees and native Oryx antelope, you’ll feel like you’re on a different planet. If you can withstand the 45 degree C heat (113 F), you’ll experience something few travellers have ever had the pleasure of witnessing: magical sunsets where wind and sand come together and dance. For us, that is Namibia.
No other place in the world has taken our breath away as dramatically as Antarctica. Ancient glaciers tumble into a glistening sea, reflecting brightly against an unpolluted sky. Enormous icebergs float by majestically, glowing intense hues of blue underneath the water. Black rock mountains rise above the landscape in jagged shards.
Most remarkable of all is the wildlife that inhabits Antarctica, the most undisturbed of any creatures on the planet. Humpback whales, orcas, penguins, sea lions and an abundance of birds roam freely across the white continent.
In terms of adventure it is unrivalled, with the opportunity to go camping, trekking, skiing, diving and even sea kayaking, all great ways to explore the unique landscapes.
Photo by: Brytta/E+/Getty Images
4: Lofoten Islands, Norway
Casey Siemaszko, (A Cruising Couple)
The most picturesque islands we’ve ever visited aren’t in the tropics, but rather 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Lofoten islands make up an archipelago characterized by the dramatic weather, craggy mountains, stark-red fisherman cabins and jaw-dropping fjords. The landscape is unlike anywhere else we’ve ever been. Not only are the Lofoten islands gorgeous, but they’re also a prime spot to embark on countless adventure activities. From rock climbing to cycling to kayaking, you’ll have no trouble staying active.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights, too, if visiting during the winter months.
Photo by: Yannik Waeber/Eyeem/Getty Images
5: Rocky Mountains, Canada
Matt Stabile (The Expeditioner)
It’s hard to beat the landscape of the Canadian Rockies, particularly the section straddling the border between Alberta and British Columbia. The snow-capped mountains rise precipitously out of the ground, creating dramatic views as far as the eye can see.
Throw in crystal blue mountain lakes, the occasional geyser and enough peaks to challenge even the most ambitious hiker, and it’s hard to compare the beauty here to anywhere else in the world.
Also, the skiing is great here, and even the ‘normal’ views from the top of the ski runs are unforgettable.
Photo by: Jordan Siemens/Taxi/Getty Images
6: The Outback, Australia
Anna Phipps (Global Gallivanting)
The Outback is where I fell in love with Australia. Contrary to popular opinion, there’s actually a lot to see and the Outback is full of life, vegetation and vibrant natural colours. We dodged hundreds of kangaroos and saw emus, goats, pigs and even camels, stopped at ghost like old frontier mining towns, explored prehistoric gorges, saw 3,500 year old Indigenous art work and admired magical sunsets that gave way to spectacular star-filled skies.
The Outback is where Australia is unique, where you can feel the wild, frontier spirit and be awed by the stark beauty and power of nature. The route to Uluru or Ayers Rock, is well worn but there are plenty more offbeat Outback adventures to be had, especially in New South Wales and Queensland. Driving for days or weeks across such vast, remote and untouched landscapes is intimidating but also exhilarating. The freedom and space are intoxicating and the landscape, which changes every 50kms or so, becomes almost hypnotic.
Chilean Patagonia, and specifically Torres del Paine National Park, has some of the most incredible landscapes I’ve ever seen.
No matter where we went in the national park, the landscapes drew us in and took our breath away. Here, you have everything, including jagged peaks, glaciers, meadows filled with guanacos and rheas (regional bird), lakes, waterfalls and lichen forests.
We also found it was all incredibly kid-friendly, from hiking to horseback riding.
Photo by: Encrier/iStockphoto/Getty Images
8: Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand
Juno Kim (Runaway Juno)
It took me years to realize why I’m drawn to glaciers and deserts: I’m in awe of the accumulated time in those areas. Franz Josef Glacier was the first place I actually saw this up-close. My world got so much bigger when I first stepped on the soaring glacier mountains. Wearing heavy-duty hiking books and crampons, I headed out for a full-day of glacier hiking. The smooth and sometimes ridged surface of this ancient ice had the purest colour of blue I’ve ever seen. This is the source of magical coloured glacial lakes in the South Island of New Zealand.
The scenery changed with every step. In fact, the landscape changes daily since the glacier moves. Through ice caves, over crevasses and between glacial walls, we explored this surreal landscape of the Southern Alps.
It rains 240 days a year here, though, so do check the weather before you go.
Photo by: Jesper B?low/Moment Open/Getty Images
9: Cocora Valley, Colombia
Joao Leitao (Nomad Revelations)
The Cocora Valley occupies part of Los Nevados National Park, located in the Andean subtropical highlands. With its temperate weather, it is also the principal location of the national symbol of Colombia: the protected Quindío palm.
A highly popular destination for seekers of extensive camping and hiking adventures, other outstanding opportunities here include mountain biking, horse riding, rafting, bird watching, scenic flights and river swimming.
Afterwards, savour the diverse preparations offered by Cocora’s restaurants specializing in local freshwater trout.
Photo by: DC_Colombia/iStockphoto/Getty Images
10: Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Bagan’s archaeological zone has one of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. It’s easy to see why so many travellers love it here, especially admiring the view of famous Shwegugyi Pagoda.
All your problems fly away together with the air balloons, which give you unforgettable sunrises or sunsets in this magical area.
Bagan’s sky is always colourful and authentic, like stories in children’s books. You can see the rainbow coloured clouds, starting from orange before purple with a soft pink touch. Such a calm and clear atmosphere is ideal to relax your mind and create new ‘crazy’ travel dreams for realizing in the future.
Photo by: lkunl/iStockphoto/Getty Images
11: Arizona Desert, USA
Charli Moore (Wanderlusters)
Arizona has a reputation for being mostly desert, sand and cacti. However, the state is actually home to some of America’s most striking natural landscapes and picturesque national parks.
From the sheer scale of the Grand Canyon and the iconic Horseshoe Bend to the intricacies of its rock formations like Coyote Buttes and Monument Valley on the border with Utah, which rises unexpectedly from the otherwise smooth desert plane, Arizona is a textured canvas of natural attractions that delight and intrigue even the most well-travelled.
I HAVE A HUGE COLLECTION OF PHOTOS I HAVE SAVED OVER THE YEARS FROM THIS BLOG. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS FOR :
I remember when this photo was used as a photo of the week. This artist was well known for his extreme portraits
and good use of make-up and extreme character creations. What do you think?
Photo by: Pedro SpellChek Thomas
Another one of my favorite portraits, done by one of my favorite portrait photographers: April Reeves.
Some portrait Photographers just know how to do children well. Personally, children photography, I think
is hard. April Reeves has cute models, and she practices with them a lot (her children), and that helps.
But, the way she creates the end result is amazing. Thanks April for sharing your skills.
Animal Photos were always a big hit on my blog. Regardless of the animal. This gorilla was in true character. Reminds me
of the joke: Why do Gorillas have big nostrils? Because they have big fingers.
Nothing is greater in a photograph when it touches your heartstings. A very touching picture, and makes you
realize we are all God’s children. Life is precious. And little babies, will always take a hug. A wonderful
touching photo. Photographer unknown.
I always loved the photographers who helped us to learn about the rest of the world that we didn’t
see. The simple life, the life in the 3rd world. Where we can see the life of a simple man who lives in a
beautiful part of the world. And why would you leave this place? Because he has quite the
security system with him too. Those birds are amazing. Just a great photo.
Authentic fisherman 😮
Photo by @by_shan
Then there are the photos that are the weird or unbelievable. Retoouched, or are they? These kind of photos
are just so amazing to look at you have to wonder who in their right mind would do this. But, worthy of
being noticed for sure.
Trying to keep up with the devestations throughout the world. Photographers are there to capture it all. I did a photo special
on earthquakes and how to keep your head right so you can capture some great photos while still assisting those in need.
I have done 3 specials on “The Art of Black and White”. And collected the most amazing photos of black and white
photography you will ever see. Black and White photography is not a dying art. And there are groups of photographers
that have proven this. Their art in black and white photography is amazing. I will be doing another special of “The Art of
Black and White Photography #4” in November. And you must see what great work there is. It seriously will make you
want to take up this art of photography.
Photo by my friend: FIG SAUVAGE PHOTGRAPHY
The close up world, Macro photography, brought us all into a new world of photography. Macro photography is
something that we encounter every day but don’t really see it this close. There is a beauty in macro photos that is
mesmerizing. Time to learn how to do all this different types of photography, right?
THERE YOU HAVE OUR NEW THURSDAY SPECIAL: THROWBACK THURSDAY
A WEEKLY SPECIAL OF PHOTOS THAT I CAN SHARE AGAIN WITH YOU
THAT ARE FROM A HUGE COLLECTION OF PHOTOS THAT I HAVE KEPT FROM
ALL THE YEARS OF PUTTING THIS BLOG TOGETHER.
And now, you could add to it yourself too, if you want. If you want to add your own collection of photos to this “throwback Thursday” feel free to contact me. I will take a look at your collection
to see if they could be presented on this blog. A group of judges will determine if they are
Autumn is a season that provides a golden opportunity to take beautiful shots in varied colors. And what else could be the perfect subjects for your photos? The autumn leaves, trees, and amazing landscapes. You don’t necessarily need to have a DSLR camera, because even with a slim pocket camera to carry everywhere you can get great results with all the colors happening in nature this time of year.
“Autumn Leaves” captured by Kerry Gauthier
Time of Day
If you want drama in your photos, the best times of day to shoot are during sunrise and sunset. It is during these times that the light has a golden color cast on your subjects.
For your autumn photography, the best subjects to take are those that have attractive light. Your subject can be the trees, the leaves that have fallen on the ground, a bird, or a flower.
“Autumn” captured by Grace O’Callaghan
If you’re shooting landscapes, experts recommend composing your images so that they have a great impact on your viewers. If you can, include a foreground, middle ground, and background.
For those who fancy taking close-up shots or macro images, look for subjects that have varied colors and have unique textures.
Fruits, flowers, trees bearing fruits, and plants are great subjects.
Play with Colors
If you’re fond of experimenting with colors, you can use contrasting hues in your images.
For example, you can take shots of trees with their colorful yellow-orange leaves against a blue sky or a close-up shot of a purple flower against a grassy background.
Most people are used to taking pictures while standing. How about if you go down low and take your images from the ground? This is known as the worm’s eye view.
You will be surprised to see the unique impact your images have.
“I Feel Like an Ant” captured by Rob Castro
Macro refers to taking shots of your subjects at a closer range. In photography terms, it is filling the frame with smaller subjects. But no matter how small they may be, they become alive and larger than life when you print out the photos, allowing you to see all the intricate details. When you take macro photos, make sure you set your compact digital camera to the right setting. It is usually indicated by a flower icon, on point and shoot cameras anyway. You might also need a tripod to keep your camera steady while you’re shooting. Don’t be afraid to get very low to the ground. This will allow you to take photos from different angles.
“Untitled” captured by Megan Marcinkus
Be wary of your shutter speed. To prevent blurry images, you will have to set your shutter at a fast speed, particularly when you’re shooting during windy weather. Taking photos of nature in autumn can be a fun experience, especially if you’re just starting out with your photography hobby. There are so many subjects to consider, but make sure to use your creativity when shooting. A steady hand, a good subject and a little imagination can go a long way in capturing lovely photos to be proud of.
THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY : by Kalyan Kumar FOR PICTURE/CORRECT
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