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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).

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.

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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.

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 fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8BG.

Mexico City: people and 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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