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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.
•   Mountains host about 50 percent of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
•   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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Fraser River, Port Mann Bridge, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada,

World Rivers Day: 50+ rivers from around the world

Above: Fraser River, east from Port Mann Bridge, between Coquitlam and Surrey, BC (HL).

The fourth Sunday in September is World Rivers Day. The University of Oxford’s Dictionaries defines ‘river‘ as:

“a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, a lake, or another river.”

A river has always been water supply and demand: daily use and consumption; farming and agriculture; and where the waste goes, often back into the same supply. A river has always been about transport: trade and delivery of goods; shuttling people between places; and with people travelling, the exchange of language and culture. Throughout history, the establishment of towns and cities and the subsequent development of rivers have been about a mix of urban and rural elements, and about the relationship and interactions between people and their waterways.

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

Fotoeins Friday: Up to Southern Brazil’s highest point

Latitude: 25°20’01.3″ South (-25.333695)
Longitude: 48°54’03.4″ West (-48.900934)

My friends have taken me on an afternoon drive west into the mountains which lie between Curitiba and Brazil’s Atlantic coastline. We’re on the Estrada da Graciosa, a picturesque road on Rodovia (highway) PR-410 in the state of Paraná. In the picture above, the view to the northeast from the Mirante (lookout) faces the Serra do Ibitiraquire mountains. At 1877 metres, Pico Paraná is the highest point in the state and in southern Brazil. This area is part of the Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves which in 1999 was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I made the photo above on 10 July 2011 with the Canon EOS450D, 18-55 IS kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/125s, f/8, ISO100, 45mm focal length (72mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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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Madero Prime Steakhouse, Curitiba, Brazil,

Curitiba: Restaurante Madero Prime Steakhouse

In July 2011, I traveled to Curitiba, Brazil to visit friend and fellow photographer Paula Anddrade. I had a great time there, relaxing some, and encountering something different on the other side of the continent. I realized I merely glossed over a delicious lunch in an earlier post; I’m bringing that lunch to life in this post.

Paula wanted to take me to a really nice place for lunch in town. There was very little disappointment and lots of satisfaction to be found at Madero Prime Steakhouse on Avenida Jaime Reis, just west of Largo da Ordem and the historical district.

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What I learned after a week in Curitiba

After having deplaned from my flight from Curitiba, Brazil, I was in Montevideo airport waiting for a second flight to Santiago de Chile. With the layover, I had some time to publish another blog post, and began writing this present post.

Here’s what I learned from the week I spent in Curitiba

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