Archive for January, 2009

The Canadian Rockies: the Other Rocky Mountains

Banff National ParkThe Rocky Mountains of the United States are famous worldwide, renowned for their beauty, skiing, lodges and extreme weather. The most well known are of the Rockies is most likely in Colorado, which contains Rocky Mountain National Park, Aspen, Denver and Colorado Springs, to name a few of the attractions in the state.

What most people do not know is that some of the most impressive regions of the Rocky Mountain chain lies not in the United States, but in Canada. Lensmaster Andy Po gave us a glimpse of his trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train that runs through some of the unbelievable mountains of the Canadian Rockies.

You can also find some visual examples of just how beautiful the Candadian Rockies are on lensmaster GrandmaBarb‘s lens, Majestic and Beautiful Canadian Rockies, including the town of Banff, which affords extraordinary panoramic views.

Just around the corner, you’ll find Banff National Park. Unique wildlife, sprawling vistas, and some of the most untouched, beautiful scenery you’ll ever experience. Brewster_Web has listed some of the best things to do in Banff National Park, from tours to wildlife viewing, boat tours to snowshoeing.

Whatever season you decide to go, the Canadian Rockies will offer you amazing views, unique wildlife, and endless opportunities for exploring.

January 30, 2009 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Floridian Beauty at Jupiter Lighthouse

Jupiter Lighthouse photo by MBGPhotoThough lighthouses are man made, they seem to be one with their surroundings. Lighthouses tell a story of maritime history, a time when it was much more dangerous to head out to open water. Once widely used to help ships navigate their way to safety, these towering lighthouses have now become tourist attractions.

More prominent on the east coast than the west coast of the United States, you’ll find hundreds of old light stations dotting the eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida (and beyond, to Texas). Some of the more colorful lighthouses belong to the southern states like North Carolina like Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses.

Florida, too, boasts a large number of large brick light towers. Lensmaster mbgphoto has put a spotlight on one in particular, Jupiter Lighthouse. This bright brick red lighthouse is located near Palm Beach, and about 85 miles north of Miami.

Stop by MBGPhoto‘s beautiful Jupiter Lighthouse lens to see all of the incredible photos she took herself. She also features these very same photos for sale on beautiful products in her store like framed tiles, coasters, greeting cards, t-shirts and ceramic mugs. Some of the other lighthouses she features in her store are Maine’s Nubbles Lighthouse, Hilton Head Lighthouse of South Carolina, and Tybee Island Lighthouse of Georgia.

January 27, 2009 at 7:53 pm Leave a comment

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs runs hot and cold with people. If you love warm weather and constant sunshine, you will love Palm Springs. However, if you can’t stand extreme heat, then don’t go during the summer months between June and October. It can reach a staggering 110 degrees during the day at times, while the average daytime peak summer temperature is around 102.

What Palm Springs has to offer besides just heat is remarkable scenery, ancient Indian rock canyons, and some of the best steakhouses in the USA. There’s rock climbing in the Indian Canyons, an impressive zoo at the Living Desert, and some of the best golfing opportunities in the country.

Located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs has its own International Airport. It’s also one of the biggest producers of clean wind energy. Upon entering the city by car, you’ll see row upon row of windmill producing energy for the nation.

Palm Springs and Coachella Valley sit on the San Andreas Fault line, the infamous point at which two massive plates meet each other. What’s startling is you can actually see the fault line above the ground!

Learn more about Palm Springs from lensmaster Kiwisoutback.

January 25, 2009 at 10:12 pm 2 comments

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