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UN FAO International Mountain Day. International Mountain Day celebration 2015 in Chile/Brazil: photo by College João Paulo of Brazil and the University of Magallanes (UMAG).

11 December: International Mountain Day

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

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Observatorio Astronomico Nacional, Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico,

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 as

San Miguel de Allende, Estado Libre y Soberano de Guanajuato, Mexico, myRTW,

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.

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 Fotografie at as

Mi CDMX: unos momentos en las calles

Mexico City: people and streets of interest

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.

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Alhambra, Sierra Nevada, Granada, Andalucia, Spain,

UNESCO World 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).

UNESCO World Heritage logo, Wikimedia CC3 license

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