Ladakh ("land of high passes") (Ladakhi: ལ་དྭགས ; Hindi: लद्दाख़; Urdu: لَدّاخ) is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south and is inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in India and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet. Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Xinjiang (China) across the Karakoram Pass. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. In the past Ladakh gained importance from its strategic location at the crossroads of important trade routes. Since 1974, the Government of India has successfully encouraged tourism in Ladakh. The largest town in Ladakh is Leh, followed by Kargil. Almost half of Ladakhis are Shia Muslims and the rest are mostly Tibetan Buddhists.
Greater Canyonlands remains one of the last untouched frontiers of the West and one of the largest roadless areas in the lower 48 states. The idea of protecting Greater Canyonlands has endured for nearly 80 years — but protecting it has never been more urgent. Increasing pressures from oil and gas development, potash and uranium mining, and even tar sands development threaten the archeological, biological, and recreational values of this unique region — not to mention threatening the source of the Southwest’s most critical watershed.
The Shan State is a state of Myanmar. Shan State borders China to the north, Laos to the east, and Thailand to the south, and five administrative divisions of Burma in the west. Largest of the 14 administrative divisions by land area, Shan State covers 155,800 km², almost a quarter of the total area of Burma. The state gets its name from the Shan people, one of several ethnic groups that inhabit the area. Sights visited and in these galleries include the colonial hill station of Kalaw, Inle Lake, the caves of Pindaya and much rural countryside in-between. Also included are visits to Pa-O, Palaung, Danu, Intha and Kayan Lahwi (also called Padaung) peoples and villages.
A weekend trip to the proposed Bears Ears National Monument area (Cedar Mesa & White Canyon) with members of Southern Utah Wilderness Society and Operation Climb On. On day two we were joined by Vaughn Hadenfeldt of Far Out Expeditions and Friends of Cedar Mesa. More people-in-the-landscape images may be seen at Perfect Light Studios.
Delhi (Hindustani: Devanāgarī: दिल्ली) is the capital of the Republic of India and the most populous city in India with a population of about 25 million. Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BCE. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region.
Zion National Park is a national park located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (593 km2) park is Zion Canyon, 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches.
Until the mid-19th century, the term "Kashmir" denoted only the valley between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. Today, it denotes a larger area that includes the Indian-administered territory of Jammu and Kashmir (subdivided into Jammu-, Kashmir-, and Ladakh divisions), Pakistani-administered territories of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and Chinese-administered territories of Aksai Chin and the Trans-Karakoram Tract. This gallery focuses strictly on Indian Kashmir.
Natural Bridges National Monument is located about 50 miles north west of the Four Corners boundary of southeast Utah, at the junction of White Canyon and Armstrong Canyon, part of the Colorado River drainage. It features the second largest natural bridge in the world, carved from the white Permian sandstone of the Cedar Mesa Formation that gives White Canyon its name. The three bridges in the park are named Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu (the largest), which are all Hopi names.
Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern day Myanmar. During the kingdom's height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.
The Wasatch Range is a mountain range that stretches approximately 160 miles (260 km) from the Utah-Idaho border, south through central Utah in the western United States. It is generally considered the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region. According to the Utah History Encyclopedia, Wasatch in Ute means "mountain pass" or "low pass over high range."
Arches National Park is a U.S. National Park in eastern Utah. It is known for preserving over 2000 natural sandstone arches, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. The park is located near Moab, Utah, and is 119 square miles (310 km2) in size. The national park lies atop an underground evaporite layer or salt bed, which is the main cause of the formation of the arches, spires, balanced rocks, sandstone fins, and eroded monoliths in the area. The arches of the area are developed mostly within the Entrada sandstone formation.