Laos’s Majestic Cascading Kuang Si Waterfalls
About 29 kilometers (18 miles) south of the Laos city of Luang Prabang sits a majestic, three-tierded wall of water called the Kuang Si falls. After cascading down the tiered 200-foot rock face, the water collects in a series of pools that are a popular draw for locals and tourists alike.
The turquoise cascading pools, a common feature of travertine waterfalls, are open for swimming and a popular subject for Instagramming visitors.
@BorderNerd’s Canine #CatchSeries
"I noticed that my dogs make the funniest faces when catching treats," says Aki (@bordernerd), who shares photos of her two retired search and rescue dogs on Instagram. “So I decided to photograph them catching different things … balls, kibbles, treats and such. Bubbles gave me the funniest pictures.”
Aki catalogs these striking and often humorous photos with the #catchseries hashtag. Since sharing her first #catchseries photo, hundreds of other dogs have joined the fun.
Interested in trying your hand at a #catchseries portrait with your pup? Aki offers these tips: “Take the pictures in daylight or in a well lit area to avoid blurry pictures. Learn the timing by tossing small treats. I usually press the shutter as I toss the item. There are no rules with #catchseries as long as you and the dog have good time!”
The 2013 Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze
For more photos and videos from the event, check out the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze location page. Be sure to explore the #jackolantern hashtag in the coming week to see Halloween pumpkin carvings from around the world.
Set against the rolling mountains and winding waterways of the Hudson River Valley, the 2013 Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze has come to upstate New York, USA. The 25-night-long Halloween event features over 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into sea monsters, spider webs, dinosaurs and a particularly photogenic tunnel where visitors can gaze at the jack o’lanterns suspended above them.
Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces carved into the objects were meant to frighten away any ghouls seeking to do harm.
A Pilgrimage to Mount Fuji (富士山)
Mount Fuji (富士山 or “Fuji-san”) stands 3,776.24 meters (12,389 feet), making it the tallest mountain in Japan and one of the country’s most recognizable symbols. The cone-shaped mountain is an active stratovolcano—a volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava, tephra, pumice and volcanic ash—and is located 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Tokyo. Fuji-san last erupted in the early 1700s. Following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami many feared Mount Fuji would erupt again.
Despite those recent concerns, Fujisan remains an international destination for tourism and mountain climbing. Hundreds of thousands of people make the 8-hour summit each year during peak season in July and August. Most climb the mountain at night in order to catch a glimpse of goraikō (御来光 or “arrival of light”), the special name for a sunrise on Fuji-san.
Exploring the Fallen Idols of Turkey’s Mount Nemrut
For more photos and videos from Mount Nemrut, explore the Nemrut Dağı | Mount Nemrut location page.
In the mountainous southeastern region of Turkey, one peak stands out above the rest. Nemrut Dağı, or Mount Nemrut, ascends over 7,000 feet (2,130 meters) into the sky, and at its peak explorers will find the scattered stone heads of what are thought to be ancient gods.
After the fall of the Seleucid Empire in 190 BCE, a host of successors emerged throughout the region surrounding the Taurus mountains. One such successor state, Commagene, ruled over many diverse cultures and religions. Their leader, Antiochus I, brought these beliefs together into a single imperial cult. The monuments at the top of Mount Nemrut depict the various gods in a blend of regional artistic styles and are thought to have adorned the still-undiscovered tomb of Antiochus I.
The statues lie toppled, defaced and strewn about the weathered mountaintop, suggesting that they were purposefully destroyed at the time of Commagene’s fall.
The site was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
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