Tunnel of love ❤️ Hokkaido, Japan. Photo by @hayate555
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Cotton candy skies in Kongsberg, a town veined by cascading rapids and surrounded by dense green forests. Kongsberg's story started in 1623, when two children and an ox discovered silver in the Numedal Valley — less than a year later, the town was founded, and briefly became the second-largest city in Norway. Though no mines remain, Kongsberg is now home to the national mint and one of Norway’s best jazz festivals. (📷: @itseriksen 📍: Kongsberg, Norway)
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In the Land of Tigers, I saw the King of Tadoba, the magnificent and mesmerizing ‘Matkasur ‘.
A beast so beautiful, it has taken days to absorb the sighting, as the magical imagery lingers deep and fresh.
In the sweltering heat of a torrid March afternoon, the sun was at its zenith. Deep into the forest core, atop a gypsy jeep cruising through rickety red-earthed jungle paths, we paused, glimpsing stripes at a far distance. Far in the thickets, a Tiger lay asleep with its back to us, in shadowed camouflage. The forest Ranger tells us to watch patiently, stalking the moves of this curiously beautiful beast. Half hour into watching, he rises and walks to the watering hole, settling inside the water. An hour goes by, no movement. The wait is making us a sweating mess of anxiety and anticipation. Another half hour passes in stillness.
Out of nowhere, in the distance, we see another Tiger walking past the water, sitting down a lot closer to the jeep. This is Matkasur’s fully grown son, Chota Matka. We see him bold and clear, and my heart races watching my first ever sighting of this magnificent beast. His glowing eyes, amber and ominous. His feral presence, sunrise-orange & velvet-black stripes, holding us entranced.
He sits in phantom silence, ravenous yet savagely still.
His father, Matkasur, rises from the water, strolls past him, treading silently with fluid grace, through the shadows of trees. We follow his movement in trepidation, as he strides parallel to the road, through the thickets. Glimpses of his flaming orange & coal black stripes patching in and out of sight.
And then, the moment I will never forget - he walks to the road, making towards our jeep. There is a stunned silence in the car, and the ranger signals to put down the camera. I am looking the Tiger straight in the eye, our eyes lock, and my heart is beating wildly. Smoldering, chatoyant eyes of a deep auburn holding my gaze with a rush of adrenaline, thrill and extreme awe. Somehow, fear is replaced by fervent admiration for the glorious being. And desperate exhilaration. These seconds piercing a look in the face of the Tiger, were everything.
The Blue Lake in North Cascades National Park in Washington features granite peaks, forests, meadows, wildflowers, and mountain lake surrounded by granite. #seeqr#seeqrtravel
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Now Discovering Pamukkale in Denizli, Turkey, with @captainpotter.
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli in southwestern Turkey. Famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water, its terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. #thediscoverer#nowdiscovering
Overcast & windy....an afternoon walk by the estuary along the Salt marshes to the sounds of Curlews & Sandpipers. Inhale.... Exhale!! These mud banks are full of Samphire in the Spring which I'll forage for by the handfuls.
The Sustrans Celtic Trail 4 cycle path runs along here... but is best for hybrids & MTB's.
Meanwhile Harry the Cavalier decided to take a paddle in the muddy water. Time for a bath Harry!!!
We love this time of year because every March the sun sets right in the middle of the Ayampe rocks (Los Ahorcados). It is like the sun has come home, and then it will leave again to eventually come home again. Thanks Mother Nature for always sharing your beauty and magic with us here in Ayampe 🤩😍🤩