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UN FAO International Mountain Day, December 11

Since 2003, December 11 is International Mountain Day as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. Annually, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) observes the day:

… to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

•   Mountains cover almost one-quarter (22 percent) of the Earth’s surface.
•   Up to 80 percent of the world’s freshwater supply comes from mountains.
•   One in eight people (13 percent) around the world lives in the mountains.
•   Mountain tourism accounts for almost 20 percent of the worldwide tourism industry.

The following ten provides a short glimpse to the mountain environments around the world and to the challenging conditions our ancestors would have faced and endured.


1.   Australia : Blue Mountains, from Katoomba, NSW

Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Katoomba, NSW, Australia, fotoeins.com

Torrential rain approaching the Three Sisters; Mt. Solitary peak at right was known as “Mun-mi-ee” by the Gundungarra people (HL 20070708).

2.   Brazil : Serra do Ibitiraquire mountains, near Morretes, Paraná

Serra do Ibitiraquire, mountains, Mirante, lookout, PR-410, Estrada da Graciosa, Paraná, Brazil, fotoeins.com

At 1877 metres (6158 feet), Pico Paraná is the highest point in Paraná state and in southern Brazil (HL 20110710; see also Fotoeins Friday).


3.   Canada : Coast Mountain Range, near Vancouver, BC

Helijet's "West Coast Spectacular" Vancouver tour

The Squamish people had coastal villages in and around Howe Sound (HL 20140516; see also this postr).


4.   Chile : Lower Andes, in IV Región de Coquimbo

Cerro Tololo, Región de Coquimbo, Chile, fotoeins.com

A sleepy “zorro” (desert fox), from Cerro Tololo Observatory (HL 20070623; see also Fotoeins Friday).


5.   Chile : Coastal Range (Cordillera de la Costa), from II Región de Antofagasta

Residencia, ESO Paranal Observatory, Chile, fotoeins.com

Telescopes & Residencia, ESO (European Southern Observatory) at Cerro Paranal. Arid Atacama desert, horizontally laminar air flow, and well beyond city lights are prime conditions for astronomy (HL 20091125).

6.   Germany : Zugspitze, from Bavaria (and Austria’s Tyrol)

Kirche Maria Heimsuchung, Zugspitze, Germany, fotoeins.com

Germany’s highest church, Kirche “Maria Heimsuchung” (HL 20111009; see also here).

7.   México – Picacho del Diablo, Parque San Pedro Martír, Baja California

Observatorio Astronomico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico, fotoeins.com

Southeast from México’s Observatorio Astronómico Nacional to highest point on Baja California peninsula (HL 20051216; see also Fotoeins Friday post).


8.   New Zealand : Southern Alps, flyover near Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Aoraki, Mount Cook, Horokoau, Mount Tasman, Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Flying north and facing west to the 1st and 2nd highest peaks in New Zealand (HL 20120721; see also post on the “Grand Traverse”).

9.   South Africa : Table Mountain, in Cape Town

View from Table Mountain, Indian Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Muizenberg, Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

From the back of the Table to where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean meet (HL 20121013; see also Fotoeins Friday).


10.   USA : Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, HI

Kohala volcano, Mauna Kea Golf Course, Island of Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, fotoeins.com

Cinder cones on extinct volcano Kohala (HL 20091208; see also Fotoeins Friday).


UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016. Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images.

Photo by Amy Toensing for Getty Images. UN FAO International Mountain Day 2016 information material.


Except for the top and bottom images, I made the remaining photos (HL) between 2005 and 2014 with three Canon cameras: Powershot A510, EOS 450D, and EOS 6D. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-99u.

Observatorio Astronomico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Más alto de la Baja en México

(Top of the Baja in México.)

It’s over a decade of past in the making …

I’m standing on the grounds of México’s Observatorio Astronómico Nacional (National Astronomical Observatory) in the Parque Nacional de Sierra San Pedro Mártir on the Baja California peninsula. The observatory stands on a mountain peak 2800 metres (9200 feet) in elevation. It’s my second visit to the observatory: all astronomical observatories have similar features and amenities, but every observatory has a distinct environment with a unique view.

The peak at centre is Picacho del Diablo which at 3100 metres (10200 feet) is the highest feature on the peninsula. The faint linear feature in the background to the left is the peninsula’s eastern coastline with the Gulf of California some 80 km (50 mi) in the distance.

And as for mountain observatories, I’ve been to a few

I made the photo above on 16 December 2005 with a Canon PowerShot A510. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-87H.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Ring around the flowers, SMA México

On our morning stroll to breakfast within San Miguel de Allende‘s “Centro”, this stand of large paper flowers for sale appeared at the (northwest) corner of Calle Canal and Calle del Dr. Ignacio Hernández Macías. It’s almost picture-perfect, but it’s no surprise I’m recalling a similar motif by renowned photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson at a Japanese funeral in 1965.

In 2008, UNESCO recognized the town as World Heritage Site, which is about three to four hours (one-way) with bus or car from México City. A larger gallery with my photographs of the town is available here.

I made the photo with the Canon 450D and 18-55 IS kit-lens on 4 March 2012 during my year-long RTW. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8BG.

Mexico City: people in streets of interest

Unos pocos momentos en las calles de Ciudad de México

The following is a cross-section through the massive metropolis that is Mexico City. The city proper has population around 9 million, but the greater urban area has in excess of 20 million. An afternoon walk provides a tiny visual slice of all that makes up the city in her streets: her people and where they live, work, eat, play/pray, and love.

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Torre Latino”

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Lineas”

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Aburrida” (bored)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Ojos” (eyes)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Blind band (near Metro ALLENDE)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Watching the blind

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“No ver, pero O-y-R”

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Orando” (praying)

"Modern religion", Catedral Metropolitana, Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“La religión moderna” (modern religion)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Centro joyero” (jewelry centre)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Capital en movimiento” (capital in motion)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Tacos de guisado” (tacos with stew)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Tacos a la orden” (tacos to order)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Tacos en la calle” (tacos in the street)

Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“Eje, siempre” (primary road, always)

50 Friends, La Condesa, Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, myRTW, fotoeins.com

“50 Friends”, in La Condesa

Over the course of my year-long RTW, I made the photos above on 9 March 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-1wO.

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

Plugging 20 UNESCO Heritage Sites Around the World

Since 1995, I’ve been fortunate to experience significant travel: first as green graduate student on my first (of many) trips to Chile; followed by the opportunity to live and work in 3 countries on 3 continents inside a span of 10 years. I didn’t give much thought about their relative importance at the time, but I’m lucky to have visited a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).

I’ve written about 5 UNESCO sites in Germany and there’s more to come. Meanwhile, here below are a list and short descriptions of 20 additional UNESCO WHS from around the globe:

  1. Australia: Blue Mountains (Katoomba)
  2. Australia: Fremantle Prison
  3. Australia: Sydney Opera House
  4. Argentina: Iguazú Falls, Iguazú National Park
  5. Brazil: Iguaçu Falls, Iguaçu National Park
  6. Brazil: Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves (Curitiba)
  7. China: Historic Centre of Macao
  8. Czech Republic: Historic Centre of Prague
  9. Czech Republic: Kutná Hora
  10. Denmark: Kronborg Castle (Helsingør)
  11. France: Historic Site of Lyons
  12. Italy: Cinque Terre
  13. México: Historic Centre of México City
  14. México: San Miguel de Allende
  15. New Zealand: Te Wāhipounamu (South Island)
  16. Spain: Alhambra, Generalife, & Albayzín (Granada)
  17. Spain: Cathedral, Alcázar & Archivo de Indias in Seville
  18. Sweden: Skogskyrkogården (Stockholm)
  19. United Kingdom: Old & New Towns of Edinburgh (Scotland)
  20. USA: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Big Island)

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