Choy Lando visits Bulwang Cave in Neg. Or.


Stalactites and stalagmites decorate the intricate details of the cave. (Choy Lando Photography)

Choy Lando inside the Bulwang Crystal cave in Mabinay, Negros Oriental. (Choy Lando Photography)

SOLID BOND. The friends of Choy Lando enjoying the sight. (Choy Lando Photography)

The natural wonder inside the Bulwang Crystal cave. (Choy Lando Photography)

Choy Lando, a photographer who popularized the Hermit Mountain in Barangay Bi-ao, Binalbagan, has another beautiful tourist spot that he went to recently: the Bulwang Crystal cave in Mabinay, Negros Oriental.

It was a majestic site to visit where the wonders of nature are hidden within the land formation.

Choy Land shared his beautiful photographs of the scenery inside the cave and one will be on awe to see it.

“The Bulwang Caves of Mabinay are easy to explore for everyone who loves to commune with nature,” he said.

He added that there are so many beautiful caves on the other side of Negros province and they are a must-see destination.

For those unfamiliar with the term, “bulwang” means “big hole” and is also the name of the barangay where the caves are located.

He shared that his group visited the place last Sunday and they were grateful for the experience.

As a photographer, it excites Choy’s senses since a beautiful scenery is like a happy pill which allow him and fellow photographers to shoot different angles of any site that captivates them.

“Actually, there are so many caves in Mabinay and they’re the reason why it was named as the cave capital of the Philippines,” he added.

Moreover, the Bulwang Crystal Cave, in spite of its close competitors, is considered as the most beautiful cave in Mabinay, Negros Oriental.

Needless to say, Choy Lando is fond of clicking his camera when a beautiful scenery is in sight. He is also fond of discovering beautiful places so that other people who like to travel will appreciate the beauty of nature.

His recent photos of the Hermit Mountain drew thousands of Negrenses to come to the place as Choy Lando took an aerial video of the place. In fact, it has a semblance of the Great Wall of China but the place is actually found in Binalbagan.

He thanked those who appreciated his effort of going from one place to another just to provide his fellow Negrenses beautiful places that they can visit and enjoy with family and friends.

Due to his effort in making the Hermit Mountain a popular place now, the humble photographer was recognized for paving the way in nature photography.*



Colorado bear takes 400 ‘selfies’ on wildlife camera – New York Daily News


A Colorado bear is the talk of the nature photography world after it appeared in 400 selfies on a wildlife camera set up in Boulder.

“Recently, a bear discovered a wildlife camera that we use to monitor wildlife across Boulder open space. Of the 580 photos captured, about 400 were bear selfies,” Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks wrote earlier this week on Twitter.

In followup tweets, the department clarified that the photos had been taken and posted on their Instagram page in late 2022 and that the bear was likely hibernating.

According to the BOSMP website, the department uses nine motion-detector-activated cameras to track a number of different species — like birds, coyotes and, of course, bears — across 46,000 acres.

The cameras use infrared technology so as to not disturb the animals’ nocturnal adventures.

“The motion-detecting cameras provide us a unique opportunity to learn more about how local species use the landscape around us while minimizing our presence in sensitive habitats,” said Will Keeley, senior wildlife ecologist for Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks. “These cameras play an important role in helping BOSMP staff identify important wildlife areas.”

In December, the department posted a series of photos of a pair of howling coyotes.



Great Barrington: Local youth’s image wins Mass Audubon photo contest | Community News


Charlie Jaferian of Great Barrington been named a winner in Mass Audubon’s 2022 “Picture This: Your Great Outdoors” photography contest. Jaferian took top honors in the contest’s People in Nature category, under-18 division, for his image of a line of cross-country skiers in his Berkshire town.

The statewide conservation organization’s annual photo competition attracted more than 7,000 submissions from hundreds of photographers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Contest categories included People in Nature, Birds, Mammals, Other Animals, Landscapes, and Plants and Fungi. Participants entered in their appropriate age groups: 18-and-older or under-18.

All images must have been shot in Massachusetts or at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp in Rindge, N.H., but may have been taken any time prior to or during the 2022 contest period.

Chatham resident Kimberly Robbins’ image of a Great Egret balancing on one foot with wings spread was named the grand prize winner.

As a category winner, Jaferian receives a $100 gift card, redeemable at a Mass Audubon shop or wildlife sanctuary.

To see all winning photos and honorable mentions, visit massaudubon.org/picturethis.



Preliminary data on a novel smart glasses system for measuring the angle of deviation in strabismus


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  • Tyre Nichols was a ‘good kid’ who enjoyed skateboarding, photography and sunsets, his family says




    CNN
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    Tyre Nichols was a father, a man who loved his mama and a free-spirited soul who was looking for a new life in Memphis, Tennessee.

    That life was tragically cut short earlier this month after a violent arrest by five officers with the Memphis Police.

    Now, as attention turns toward potential charges for the officers involved, Nichols’ family wants the world to know the man Nichols was.

    The 29-year-old was the baby of his family, the youngest of four children. He was a “good boy” who spent his Sundays doing laundry and getting ready for the week, his mother, Ravaughn Wells, said.

    “Does that sound like somebody that the police said did all these bad things?” Wells said. “Nobody’s perfect OK, but he was damn near.”

    “I know everybody says that they had a good son, and everybody’s son is good, but my son, he actually was a good boy,” she said.

    Above all else, Nichols loved being a father and loved his son, his family said.

    “Everything he was trying to do was to better himself as a father for his 4-year-old son,” attorney Benjamin Crump said at the family’s news conference.

    Nichols was someone who brought everyone joy. “When he comes through the door, he wants to give you a hug,” Crump said, speaking on behalf of Nichols’ family.

    Nichols moved to Memphis right before the Covid-19 pandemic and got stuck there when things shut down, his mother said. “But he was OK with it because he loved his mother,” she added.

    His mom said he loved her “to death” – so much so that he inked it permanently.

    “He had my name tattooed on his arm, and that made me proud because most kids don’t put their mom’s name, but he did,” Wells said with a laugh.

    “My son was a beautiful soul and he touched everyone,” she said.

    Nichols became friends with an unlikely group of people because they kept showing up to the same Starbucks around the same time in the morning, his friend Nate Spates Jr. said.

    A couple times a week, these five or six friends would sit together, put their phones away so they could be present and enjoy each other’s company, said Spates, who met Nichols about a year ago at a Starbucks in Germantown, Tennessee.

    The group didn’t talk much about their personal lives, and they never touched politics. But sports, particularly football, and Nichols’ favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers, were regular topics.

    Nichols was a “free spirited person, a gentleman who marched to the beat of his own drum,” Spates told CNN. “He liked what he liked. If you liked what he liked – fine. If you didn’t – fine.”

    Spates said he saw himself in Nichols and recognized a young man who was trying to find his own way and learning to believe in himself.

    He saw Nichols grow and start to believe he could do whatever “he set out to do in this world,” Spates said.

    Spates’ favorite memory of Ty, as he called Nichols, was last year on Spates’ birthday, when Nichols met Spates’ wife and 3-year-old at their usual Starbucks. He watched Nichols play with his toddler and talk to his wife with kindness.

    “When we left, my wife said, ‘I just really like his soul. He’s got such a good spirit,’” Spates said.

    “To speak about someone’s soul is very deep,” he said. “I’ll never forget when she said that. I’ll always remember that about him.”

    Spates joins the rest of Nichols’ family and wider Memphis community in being frustrated at the lack of information that has come out about the traffic stop that resulted in Nichols’ death. He said he’s had to do a lot of compartmentalizing to be able to even speak about his friend.

    “I just hope that this truly does open up honest dialogue, and not dialogue until the next one happens, but a dialogue for change,” he said.

    Nichols’ daily life was ordinary at times, as he worked and spent time with family, but he also made time for his passions, his mom, Wells, said.

    After his Starbucks sessions, he would come home and take a nap before heading to work, said Wells, with whom he was living. Nichols worked the second shift at FedEx, where he had been employed for about nine months, she said.

    He came home during his break to eat with his mom, who would have dinner cooked.

    Nichols loved his mom’s homemade chicken, made with sesame seeds, just the way he liked it, Wells said.

    When he wasn’t working, Nichols headed to Shelby Farms Park to skateboard, something he had been doing since he was 6 years old. He would wake up on Saturdays to go skate or sometimes, he’d go to the park to enjoy the sunset and snap photos of it, his mom said.

    “My son every night wanted to go and look at the sunset, that was his passion.”

    Photography was a form of self-expression that writing could never capture for Nichols, who wrote that it helped him look “at the world in a more creative way,” on his photography website.

    While he snapped everything from action shots of sports to bodies of water, landscape photography was his favorite, he wrote.

    “I hope to one day let people see what i see and to hopefully admire my work based on the quality and ideals of my work,” he wrote. He signed the post: “Your friend, – Tyre D. Nichols.”

    Skating was another way Nichols showed the world his personality. A video montage of Nichols on YouTube shows his face up close with the sun shining behind him before he coasts up and down a ramp on his skateboard. He grinds the rail and does tricks on his board in the video, which was shown at a news conference by his family’s attorney Crump.

    Sunsets, skateboarding and his positive nature were all things that Nichols was known for, longtime friend Angelina Paxton told The Commercial Appeal, a local paper.

    Skating was a big part of his life in Sacramento, California, where he lived before he moved to Memphis, Paxton said.

    “He was his own person and didn’t care if he didn’t fit into what a traditional Black man was supposed to be in California. He had such a free spirit and skating gave him his wings,” Paxton said.

    Paxton and Nichols met when they were 11 years old and attending a youth group, she told the Appeal.

    “Tyre was someone who knew everyone, and everyone had a positive image of him because that’s who he was,” Paxton said. “Every church knew him; every youth group knew him.”

    When Paxton found out about Nichols’ death, she crumbled, she told CNN affiliate WMC.

    “My knees gave out,” she told WMC. “I just fell because I could not believe that someone with such light was taken out in such a dark way.”

    Paxton attended Nichols’ memorial service earlier this month in Memphis. She said she represented the people in California who knew him and wanted to support his family.

    “There would be a couple thousand people in this room,” Paxton told WMC, if the memorial had been in Sacramento. “He was such an innocent person. He was such a light. This could have been any of us.”

    For his family, seeing the turnout and feeling the outpouring of support meant a lot.

    Nichols’ stepfather Rodney Wells told WMC: “My son is a community person, so this (memorial) was good to see.”



    The Top 11 Adventure Destinations For Nature Lovers


    No matter what type of adventure you’re looking for, there is certainly a destination for nature lovers that will be perfect for you. From soaring mountains to lush jungles, here are some of the best adventure destinations for nature lovers. So, start planning your next adventure and explore these incredible destinations after getting an idea from this blog.

    11 Adventure Destinations for Nature Lovers

    We share the 11 best adventure destinations for nature lovers;

    1. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
    2. Antarctica
    3. Palawan, Philippines
    4. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
    5. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia
    6. Sequoia National Park, California
    7. Skardu Pakistan
    8. Wulingyuan Scenic Area, China
    9. Capri, Italy
    10. Reynisfjara, Iceland
    11. The Amazon

    1.   Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Are you a nature lover looking for an unforgettable African safari experience? Look no further than the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. This stunning park is home to a variety of wildlife, big cats, and a vast and diverse plant life, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers.

    Key features of the park:

    The Serengeti is one of the largest national parks in the world, spanning an incredible 14,763 square kilometers. It is home to a wide variety of animals, including the Big Five – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo. Here, you will find herds of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras as they move through the park in search of food and water. You’ll also be able to spot other animals such as cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, and hyenas.

    The Serengeti National Park is also home to a wide variety of bird species, including the ground hornbill, secretary bird, martial eagle, and the lilac-breasted roller. Birdwatchers and nature lovers alike will be enthralled with the array of colorful avian life they can observe while visiting the Serengeti.

    Activities to do:

    When it comes to activities, nature lovers will find plenty to keep them entertained in the Serengeti National Park. From game drives and walking safaris to hot air balloon rides and night game drives, there is something for everyone. Remember one thing that must cover your face at the time of walking safaris. Use omnitex ffp2 face mask or something else for covering your face. Additionally, the area also has excellent camping and lodging options, allowing you to extend your stay for as long as you’d like.

    The Serengeti National Park is the perfect destination for all nature lovers. With its ample wildlife, diverse landscapes, and unique experiences, it is a place you will never forget. Whether you are looking for an African safari or just a chance to get away from it all, the Serengeti is the perfect place for your next vacation.

    2.   Antarctica

    Antarctica is the ultimate destination for you. The continent is the fifth largest in the world and the coldest, driest, and windiest of all the continents. Its stunning landscapes, spectacular icebergs, and diverse wildlife will leave you in awe.

    Antarctica is home to an array of incredible features and activities. The continent is a pristine, untouched environment that is truly one of a kind. It is also the only continent that is entirely covered in ice. Here, you can find the continent’s highest mountain ranges, the largest glaciers, and the most active volcanoes in the world.

    Antarctica is a haven for wildlife. You can spot seals, penguins, and whales as you explore the continent’s icy waters. Even on land, you can find a wide variety of birds and mammals, such as the Imperial Shag, Humpback Whale, and Southern Elephant Seal. It’s also home to unique species such as the Antarctic Tern and the Antarctic Petrel.

    Activities to do:

    For the adventurous, you can go kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, and even rock-climbing. For the more relaxed traveler, you can take in the breathtaking views of the continent’s glaciers and icebergs. You can also explore the continent’s history and culture by visiting the various research stations that are located here.

    No matter which activities you choose, Antarctica will give you an unforgettable experience. Nature lovers will be amazed by the continent’s natural beauty and its thriving wildlife. So, don’t hesitate, make your way down to Antarctica and explore this unique and beautiful continent.

    3. Palawan, Philippines

    Palawan in the Philippines is a paradise for nature lovers. With its lush mountains, pristine beaches, fascinating wildlife and myriad of activities, Palawan is a perfect destination for your next vacation.The island of Palawan is home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. With its rugged limestone cliffs, crystal clear waters, majestic karst islands, and lush rainforests, Palawan is a natural paradise that is perfect for exploring. From swimming in the crystal clear waters, to trekking through the jungle, to exploring the unique biodiversity of the area, Palawan is a perfect getaway for nature lovers.

    Palawan is also home to some of the country’s most amazing wildlife. From the wild boars and monkeys of the jungles, to the exotic birds of the rainforest, to the captivating marine life such as turtles, dugongs and whale sharks, Palawan is a wildlife paradise. For wildlife enthusiasts, there is no better place to explore than Palawan.

    Activities to do:

    When it comes to activities, Palawan has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an adventure-filled holiday, Palawan has it all. From snorkeling and diving to kayaking and trekking, Palawan has activities for all ages and interests. There are also plenty of cultural activities to experience, from exploring the ancient villages to learning about the local culture and traditions.

    The best part about Palawan is that it is easy to get to and perfect for budget travelers. There are plenty of affordable flights to Palawan, and there are also plenty of budget-friendly hotels, restaurants and activities to enjoy.

    For those looking for a truly unique experience, Palawan is the perfect destination. From its stunning natural beauty to its rich culture and history, Palawan has something to offer everyone. Whether you’re a nature lover, a wildlife enthusiast, or an adventurer, Palawan is the perfect place to explore. So pack your bags and head out to Palawan, you won’t regret it.

    4. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the most iconic sites in Tanzania. Located in the Kilimanjaro National Park, it is the highest free-standing mountain in the world, standing at an impressive 5,895 meters above sea level. It is an awe-inspiring sight and a popular destination for nature lovers who are looking to explore its incredible landscape.

    Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and is made up of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. It is surrounded by a large caldera – a vast area of collapsed land surrounded by steep walls – which has been carved by glaciers over millions of years. The peak of Kibo is the highest point on the mountain, offering an incredible view of the surrounding landscape and the plains of Tanzania.

    The mountain is home to a variety of wildlife, including the rare Abbot’s duiker, bushbuck, elephant shrew, and leopard. There are also more than 300 species of birds, including the endemic Kilimanjaro long-tailed cisticola. The mountain also features a number of unique plant species, including the endangered Lobelia Kilimandscharica, found only on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

    Activities to do:

    For those looking to explore Mount Kilimanjaro, there are a variety of activities to choose from. For nature lovers, there are plenty of opportunities to go on guided hikes to take in the stunning views, or to go on safari to see the incredible wildlife. For the more adventurous, there are also opportunities to climb the mountain and reach the summit of Kibo.

    No matter what you choose to do, Mount Kilimanjaro is an incredible destination for nature lovers to explore. With its incredible landscape, diverse wildlife, and unique plant species, it is an experience you will never forget.

    5. Laguna Colorada, Bolivia

    Laguna Colorada, Bolivia, is a stunning site for those who love nature. With its bright red waters, framed by a desert landscape, it is an unforgettable destination for those looking to explore amazing natural surroundings.

    Situated in the Andes in Southwest Bolivia, the Laguna Colorada is part of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Its name literally translates to “Red Lagoon”, owing to its striking reddish-orange waters. The lagoon’s red color comes from the red sediments at the bottom, and the presence of red algae and other pigments.

    The lagoon is also home to an amazing abundance of wildlife, including flamingos, llamas, and various other species of birds and animals. The area also provides a habitat for the endangered Andean flamingo, which makes Laguna Colorada a popular destination for bird watchers.

    Activities to do:

    Nature lovers can take in the breathtaking beauty of the lagoon and its surrounding landscape while spotting wildlife such as llamas, flamingos, and other animals. Trekking and mountain biking are also popular activities, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the stunning scenery.

    For those looking for a more unique experience, Laguna Colorada offers hot spring baths and a unique mud bath. These natural hot springs are said to have healing properties and are a great way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day of exploring.

    6. Sequoia National Park, California

    Sequoia National Park in California is a stunning natural wonder that is full of diverse and majestic beauty. The park is best known for its giant sequoias, which are some of the largest trees in the world. In addition to the sequoias, the park is also home to other remarkable features such as deep canyons, vast meadows, and cascading waterfalls.

    The park is located in the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range, which is the geographic location of the largest concentration of sequoias in the world. The park was established in 1890 and is currently managed by the National Park Service. It covers an area of 402,000 acres, making it the second largest park in California behind Yosemite.

    Key Features of Sequoia National Park:

    One of the most iconic features of the park is the Giant Sequoia trees, which can reach heights of up to 300 feet and can live for thousands of years. These trees also form impressive groves throughout the park, providing visitors with an awe-inspiring view of these ancient, towering trees.

    In addition to the sequoias, the park also has a variety of plant and animal life. It is home to more than 1,500 species of plants, and the park is considered one of the most biologically diverse parks in the United States. Animal species in the park include black bear, mule deer, bobcat, mountain lion, coyote and numerous species of birds.

    Activities to do:

    Visitors can take a leisurely walk through the park to see the majestic sequoias, or go for a hike on one of the many trails. There are also a number of scenic drives throughout the park, including the Generals Highway, which passes through the Giant Forest and leads to the Moro Rock overlook. There are several campgrounds in the park, allowing visitors to stay overnight and explore the park further.

    The park is also located close to the Sierra Nevada mountains, making it a great destination for camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities. There are also several ranger-led programs throughout the year, such as guided hikes, talks, and evening programs.

    7. Skardu, Pakistan

    Skardu is one of the most beautiful and remote destinations in Pakistan. It is located in the Northern Areas of Pakistan, in the Gilgit-Baltistan region. Skardu is home to some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery and is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

    The key features of Skardu are its stunning mountainous landscapes, its incredible glaciers, and its abundance of rivers and lakes. The most popular of these is the Skardu Valley, which is known for its lush green meadows, tall mountain peaks, and great rivers. Other features of Skardu include its high altitude, its barren desert, and its picturesque waterfalls.

    The culture and traditions of Skardu are also unique and fascinating. The local people are known for their hospitality and friendly nature. They are also renowned for their traditional music and dance. Local festivals are held regularly and provide a great opportunity for visitors to experience the culture and traditions of Skardu.

    Skardu also has a number of modern amenities, such as shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels. Visitors can take advantage of these facilities while they explore the beautiful surroundings.

    Activities to do:

    There are numerous activities to do in Skardu, and the best way to explore this stunning destination is on foot. Trekking is a popular activity, and nature lovers can explore the mountains, rivers, and glaciers that make up this region. Those who are looking for adventure can also opt for jeep tours, rock climbing, and mountaineering.

    8. Wulingyuan Scenic Area, China

    Welcome to Wulingyuan Scenic Area, located in Hunan Province, China! It is one of the most spectacular places in China, where an incredible array of natural beauty and cultural wonders awaits you.

    The majestic Wulingyuan Scenic Area is home to a breathtaking landscape of towering peaks, deep canyons, waterways, and lush forests. The key features of Wulingyuan Scenic Area include the majestic sandstone peaks of Zhangjiajie, the world-famous Tianmen Cave, the awe-inspiring Yuanjiajie Grand Canyon, and the mysterious Tianzi Mountains.

    This incredible natural wonderland is a perfect destination for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers alike. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful and tranquil hike, an adrenaline-filled rock climbing experience, or an unforgettable sightseeing tour, Wulingyuan has something for everyone.

    Activities to do:

    You can explore the breathtakingly beautiful landscape on a leisurely hike or a challenging climb. The area is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including rare species of birds and animals. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try your hand at canyoning, river rafting, and rock climbing.

    If you’re looking for a more leisurely activity, you can explore the quaint villages dotted around the area, or take a refreshing dip in one of the many waterfalls. There are also plenty of cultural attractions to explore, such as the Wulingyuan Folklore Museum, the Wulingyuan Scenic Area Museum, the Tianzi Mountain Temple, and the Zhangjiajie Grand Theatre.

    Wulingyuan Scenic Area is a must-visit destination for anyone looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience. With its stunning natural beauty and wealth of activities, Wulingyuan is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

    9. Capri, Italy

    Ah, the charming island of Capri, Italy. Located in the stunning Gulf of Naples, this picturesque island is one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean and a must-visit for any traveler. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or an action-packed vacation, Capri has something for everyone. Let’s take a look at some of the key features of this Italian paradise.

    First of all, Capri is renowned for its stunning scenery. The island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from the bustling Marina Piccola to the peaceful Faraglioni. Its rugged coastline and dramatic cliffs create a backdrop for some truly unforgettable views. And with its crystal clear waters and azure skies, it’s easy to see why so many people come back to Capri year after year.

    Next, Capri is known for its vibrant nightlife. With its many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning. Whether you’re looking for a few drinks with friends or an unforgettable night of dancing, Capri has something for you.

    Activities to do:

    Capri offers a wide range of activities to enjoy. From hiking and biking to swimming and snorkeling, there’s something for everyone. You can explore the island’s many historical sites, take a boat tour around the island, or even take a ride in a luxury yacht. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at paragliding or parasailing?

    10. Reynisfjara, Iceland

    Reynisfjara, Iceland is a breathtakingly beautiful and unique destination. Located on the southern coast of Iceland, Reynisfjara is a stunning black sand beach with towering basalt columns and captivating sea stacks. It’s an ideal destination for travelers looking for a great beach destination and an unforgettable experience.

    Reynisfjara is a great destination for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. The black sand beach is surrounded by towering basalt columns, which create an imposing and picturesque backdrop. The towering sea stacks, known as Reynisdrangar, can be seen from miles away and are a popular photography subject. The rocky shoreline and powerful waves make Reynisfjara an ideal spot for spotting seals and other local wildlife.

    Activities to do:

    Reynisfjara is also a great place for activities such as surfing, fishing and even camping. The beach is well-known for its great surfing conditions, perfect for both beginners and experienced surfers alike. Fishers can also find plenty of opportunities to catch local fish and seafood. Campers can also find a great spot to pitch a tent and enjoy the spectacular views.

    11. The Amazon Rainforest

    The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most incredible places on Earth. Located in South America, this vast area of tropical rainforest spans across nine countries and is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife, plants, and ecosystems. It is often referred to as the “Lungs of the Planet”, due to its incredible ability to capture vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into oxygen.

    The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places on earth, with over 40,000 species of plants and 2.5 million species of animals. It is home to some of the world’s most unique and beautiful creatures, from the tiny poison dart frog to the majestic harpy eagle. Its incredible diversity of species makes it a haven for scientists and nature lovers alike, who come to explore its wonders and learn more about the environmental processes that make it so special.

    Activities to do:

    There are a variety of activities to take part in. Exploring the area on foot or on a boat is an amazing way to take in the sights and sounds of the forest. For those looking for a more adventurous experience, there are guided fishing, canoeing and hiking trips available. Those who want to learn more about the area can take part in educational tours and lectures, or volunteer with conservation initiatives.

    Conclusion

    Whether you’re an experienced outdoor enthusiast or just looking for a new adventure, these destinations are sure to provide the perfect adventure for nature lovers. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and explore one of these beautiful destination!








    4 Simple Ways To Earn Using Your Phone


    Smartphones play a universal part in our day-to-day lives. We use them for everything from keeping in touch with friends and family to ordering food and managing our finances. But did you know that you can also use your smartphone to make money? Check out these 4 simple ways how to do it.

    Sell photographs

    If you’re a passionate photographer, there are many different types of art that you can produce and make money from by simply using your phone. For example, it could be nature photography for travel magazines, street photography for news outlets, or fashion photos for advertising campaigns. 

    Once you have a clear vision of the type of images you want to produce, the next step is to find potential buyers. If you’re selling digital files online through an online marketplace such as Shutterstock or iStockphoto, expect some competition. After all, these services dominate the overall market, meaning that the count of photographers and photos available is large. The positive thing about selling on marketplaces is the fact that these photos will keep on bringing you income as long as they are available there.

    In addition to selling on stock marketplaces, you could also reach out directly to potential buyers such as bloggers or publications with a website or blog that fit into your niche. This may be more time-consuming but could yield better results.

    Online surveys

    Taking surveys with your phone is a great way to make money, as it requires very little effort and time commitment. To get started, you’ll need to register with an online survey provider. Some of the top companies in this field include Survey Junkie and MyPoints. 

    Once registered, you’ll be able to access their app for your phone and start taking surveys. Most surveys require you to answer a series of questions, which generally take between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete. After completing each survey, you will receive points that can be redeemed for cash or gift cards.

    Taking surveys with your phone offers a number of benefits when compared to other ways of making money. For example, survey takers can typically work from anywhere within their home country or even abroad if they have an internet connection and access to their phone. Additionally, those who are looking for more flexible working hours can easily fit taking surveys into their schedule without needing to commit a set amount of time each day or week.

    Passive income apps

    As the name suggests, passive income apps provide you with income without your input. These apps come in many different forms, such as rounding up your purchases and investing the spare change, or they provide you with income for letting the app use a certain resource of your device.

    For example, the Honeygain application makes use of your unused internet bandwidth and provides you with income in exchange for it. By installing and running the app, you are allowing it to share your internet bandwidth with its network. The process is automatic as the application runs in the background without any activity required from you.

    As the bandwidth is shared, you will receive credits. In this system, you receive 3 credits for each 10 MB of traffic that is shared, and 1000 credits are worth $1. Once you accrue the minimum amount of $20 worth of credits, you can payout to your PayPal account or to your crypto wallet.

    Micro-investing

    Making money using your phone through micro-investing is an easy, low-risk way to increase your income. With a few clicks of the screen, you can make small investments of as little as $5 to start investing in stocks, mutual funds, ETFs, and more. The market size of platforms catered for this endeavor is very large, meaning that it is indeed a popular way to make some extra money.

    Micro-investing also allows you to invest in fractional shares of high-priced stocks, meaning even with limited funds, you can become a shareholder in companies like Apple and Microsoft for just a few dollars. Furthermore, this type of investing allows individuals to manage their own portfolios without paying excessive fees or requiring large sums of capital.

    In order to get started with micro-investing on your phone, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of what you want out of the investment. You should create an investment strategy that takes into account both short-term and long-term goals. Additionally, familiarize yourself with different types of investments and research which ones are right for you.

    With your smartphone in hand, you can easily start making money by using these four simple ways. They are all different in their own right, but you will be able to find one that suits you best.

    Great Big Canvas or Great Big Mistake?


    What is Great Big Canvas?

    It’s great and it’s big, I get that and bigger IS better right? Greatness is determined by service, so we will have to come back to that. Based on the name alone though, Great Big Canvas must have something truly special to offer in the world of canvas wall art right?

    Formed in 2002, Great Big Canvas is a private company located in Raleigh, North Carolina that offers canvas prints, framed prints, posters and large canvas wall art both online and at the retail level with distribution through brick n mortar stores such as Walmart, Amazon and Wayfair. While the materials used to produce Great Big Canvas wall art are imported from overseas, the assembly of the materials is completed in the USA. Let’s dive in and find out if buying canvas art from Great Big Canvas will be a positive experience or a great big mistake.

    A royal carpet of scarlet leaves winds through a stand of maples in the deep of fall. A quiet country road bears its hidden splendor before the snows that will hide its brilliant chromatic display until next year. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

    What Is Canvas Wall Art?

    Canvas wall art is either printed using digital photography or art or painted onto thick canvas material and then stretched and stapled to a wooden frame. Traditionally, canvas was produced using hemp. In modern times, hemp has been replaced by cotton and linen. The majority of canvas art that you will purchase for your home use cotton or polyester. The main difference between cotton and polyester when it comes to canvas wall art is absorption of inks. Color seeps into cotton fibers while resting on top of material made with synthetic polyester strands. Cotton prints are typically longer lasting while polyester blends more vivid visually.

    Canvas Prints Vs Framed Canvas Prints

    Great Big Canvas offers their artwork rolled and unmounted, stretched and stapled around a wooden frame and externally framed. If purchasing a rolled print, the artwork will need to be stretched whether wrapping and stapling or traditionally framing the work. The choice between framed and unframed canvas art ultimately comes down to personal choice and style of decor. That being said, there are advantages and disadvantages to both options.

    Stretched canvas prints, especially in larger sizes are prone to warping over time. Canvas art is also known to sag, losing it’s rigidity over time. The artwork is also unprotected against damage from light, dirt, contact from foreign objects and humidity.

    Framed canvas prints add elegance to canvas art and a higher sense of visual quality. Additional support can be provided as part of the framing process to reduce the chances of warping or sagging. An extra dimension is added to the artwork when a frame is used and the glass, or plexiglass used during the framing process can protect against dust and contact damage. Normal glass does not provide any type of UV protection and is also susceptible to humidity and water damage in the same way that stretched canvases are.

    Cloud shadows flow across the face of the scarred peaks of Colorado’s Maroon Bells Wilderness. Glimpses of jade boulders on the lakebottom are seen through the veil of gold radiated by the autumnal aspens on the shore. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

    The Great Big Canvas Experience

    The first time I visited the Great Big Canvas Website I was immediately bombarded with a pop up offering 50% off my order. While everyone loves to save money, a 50% discount the moment I say hello doesn’t speak well to quality or value in my experience. At the very least this tells me that the company already has a significant profit margin built into their pricing structure.

    The second thing that jumped out at me was the overwhelming collision of options on the homepage. For those who love to look through every available option, you are going to need to clear your calendar through 2087 to look through all of the canvas styles, colors, artists, rooms, subjects, featured collections, best sellers and ideas. Most of us search for artwork visually and being bombarded by a cocktail of pop art, paintings, graffiti and posters of wizards and witches, natural wildlife and Jesus curing the blind, I felt instantly overwhelmed by too many options and lack of cohesion.

    Nevertheless I dug it and picked one artwork to look into pricing. Prior to the 50% discount offer, a stretched 18″ canvas print started at $114 and rose to $739.99 for a 60″ print! When you compare these prices to the $79 and $99 canvas prints you can purchase at any Target, World Market or Walmart, you get a very clear picture for why they are so quick to offer a 50% discount.

    A dense stand of quaking aspen sits on the edge of a meadow near Leavenworth, Washington. A brilliant canary yellow spreads through the boughs–a sure sign of cooler weather to come. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

    Great Big Canvas Reviews

    Enough about my opinions. After all, I don’t deal in cheap art and never have. My clients aren’t looking for cheap, they are looking for luxuriousness, luminance, quality and value. Since I may be biased, let’s have a look at what others think by following the Trustpilot link on the Great Big Canvas Website.

    The first review gets 1 star. “Terrible Customer Consideration” and DO NOT BUY FROM THIS COMPANY were a few of the highlights from this review.

    The second review must be better right? “Total Waste of Money” and “ridiculously ugly” are the rave reviews from this customer.

    Remember, this was literally the first two reviews, but don’t worry I’m sure it gets better from there. I guess it could be worse. Great BIG Canvas is 34 out of 71 best companies in the category Decoration and Interior Design Store on Trustpilot.

    While I may be biased against Canvas Prints themselves, there is no doubt that customer service determines the value of your brand. While a picture is worth a thousand words, Testimonials from your clients are worth far more than that. Don’t worry though, Great Big Canvas has cherry-picked only 5 star reviews for you to run on a carousel at the bottom of their site, hoping you don’t dig any deeper for yourself.

    Ghosts of frothy surf lap the torn coasts of the Pacific. The final light of the day, buried behind the mountains under a thick blanket of cloud set the verdant beds of ice plant aglow. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

    Quality Fine Art vs Canvas Art

    Many forms of art can be quite expensive, from hundreds of dollars to millions, there is an endless range of cost and quality across the world of art. Once you get past the marketing and the description of the artwork itself, it all comes down to real world quality. I personally have never been moved emotionally by a roll of cotton fabric no matter what was printed on it. Ok, I take that back. The Shroud of Turin is undoubtedly impressive and alluring. Great Big Canvas though….. not so much.

    As an artist the work that I produce is the made using the highest quality materials on the planet and I wouldn’t have it any other way. While I certainly could produce my work using cheaper materials, that would just make it cheap. You do truly get what you pay for, so don’t be surprised when your $65 canvas art shows up at your doorstep… or doesn’t. 😉

    Mass Produced Wall Art, Posters & Prints

    If you are looking for cheap, mass produced wall art, it can be found everywhere you look from your local Target or Wal-Mart, to print-on-demand sites such as Fine Art America or Art.Com. If you need a wide selection and a higher level of quality you can check out Lumas Art Galleries or Yellowkorner Photography Galleries. However, if you want the very best photographic wall art available today, you won’t find it on any of these websites.

    Columns of yellow lupine are nourished by the salty spray of the Pacific along the edge of a cliff in Big Sur, California. Beyond, the frothy surf seeps into the cracks and crevasses of the coastal sea stacks. Fine Art Limited Edition of 50.

    Where To Purchase The Highest Quality Wall Art?

    The highest quality photographic art can most often be found by purchasing directly from the artist themselves. Once middlemen, mass production, overseas materials and poor customer service get involved you can pretty much guarantee a lackluster return on your investment.

    The gnarled branches of a Japanese maple spread forth a flaming crown in a sculpted garden in Portland, Oregon. Beside a tranquil pond, the winding footpaths and soft beds of moss are scattered with the gold and crimson stars from this dazzling display. Fine Art Limited Edition of 100.

    Benefits To Working Directly With An Artist

    As a family-owned and operated business you will always work with me (the artist) directly, never disconnected office staff, wholesale distributors or pushy gallery directors. I believe in offering the highest quality photographic art available in the world today, while continuously going above and beyond for collectors of my work, providing exceptional and personal customer service. Whether you are simply looking for a single showpiece to transform a room or have a grand vision to fill your home or office with the world’s finest photographic art, my level of dedication to you never wavers.

    Here in my online galleries, you will find stunning limited edition nature and landscape photography collections showcasing the beauty of our natural world. From the unbridled wonder of trees to the repetition of abstracts found in nature and much more, I am confident you will find inspiring and uplifting art you will fall in love with.

    Au Naturel! Anne Hathaway Looks Ageless in New Makeup-Free Selfie: Photo


    Fresh faced! Anne Hathaway showed off her natural beauty in a stunning makeup-free selfie.

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    The Princess Diaries actress, 40, took to Instagram on Sunday, January 22, unveiling her no-glam glow, leaving fans in awe. In the shot, Hathaway is seen lying in bed, giving the camera sultry pout. The Armageddon Time star looked cozy in a white robe as her brunette tresses cascaded down her shoulders and framed her face.

    The up-close photo highlighted her rosy cheeks, scattered freckles and dark brown eyes.

    Anne Hathaway Courtesy of Anne Hathaway/Instagram

    “Swipe right for a warm surprise…” the Les Misérables star captioned the social media post, directing attention to the second slide of the carousel, which showed a cup of coffee with her face etched in foam.

    Hathaway’s fans praised the slideshow in the comments section, with one writing: “She doesn’t age. Like AT ALL.” Another called Hathaway a “natural beauty” as a third gushed: “Wow! Absolutely stunning!”

    The Bride Wars star looks just as fab with a clean face as she does glammed up. On Saturday, January 21, the New York native dressed up to attend the Eileen premiere during Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. For the soirée, the Locked Down actress sported a fitted Versace coat dress that featured a corset bodice and miniskirt. To spice up the look even more, she wore sheer tights and platform leather booties with gold details.

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    Underneath the outerwear, Hathaway rocked a black tweed minidress that was equipped with spaghetti straps, a subtle checkered pattern and a sheer back.

    The Devil Wears Prada star posted two snapshots from the event via Instagram and captioned them, “This coat was another warm surprise

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    ,” and tagged celebrity hairstylist Orlando Pita.

    The Hustle actress’ strands were parted down the side and texturized. For glam, Hathaway looked radiant with warm eyeshadow tones, light mascara, eyeliner and peachy lips.

    Celebrity friends and fans added their loving words to her comment section. Pita commented a heart emoji and Donatella Versace wrote, “So beautiful!!” while actress Krysten Ritter added fire emojis.

    Pita has also worked his magic on Cindy Crawford, Lily Collins, Selena Gomez, Gwyneth Paltrow and more.

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    The stylist was the brains behind Hathaway’s hair for a Vogue Hong Kong photoshoot in October 2022. For the spread, he styled her mane in a voluminous updo featuring a slicked back ponytail with her tresses cascading down to her waist.