If anyone had any doubts that heaven is actaully on Earth, we are sure that after seeing these wonderful photographs, no such doubts would exist. We present to you Michael Anderson, world traveler and great photographer.
”A stormy twilight illuminates the surreal landscape of the Lencois Maranhenses. This was taken half way through my barefoot multi-day trek across the dunes. This is one of the most unique and spectacular landscapes I’ve ever seen; a shining emerald in Brazil’s National Park system. It was pure magic to stand there alone in the gentle breeze and silence and watch the pastel colors fade into the black of night.”
THE MIDDLE OF THE INDIAN OCEAN. Prehistoric, surreal, and empty. Our vast tropical oceans.
”Paradise exists… The most spectacular purple twilight sky I’ve ever seen. I love how the sky colors are reflected on the granite boulders in this one. There was no way to get the palm fronds sharp due to a constant wind and low light conditions after sunset. There was no manipulation to the colors in this image. I did do a little dodging of the ridges on the boulders to give them the 3-D effect they had in reality.”
The National Park of American Samoa, our least visited park but one of the jewels of the system. I’m a little undecided on this one. I couldn’t get all the diagonals to line up, but this still seems to work for some reason. Tranquility without the ‘wow’?
The Gates of Calypso
“You hear it before you see it. You feel it before you hear it, through the soles of your feet, in the chambers of your soul—a low rumble, the very ground thrumming beneath you. Step to the edge. A gust of wet wind and the earth falls away in this great leap into the abyss.” -Jeff Rennicke from National Geographic
Runoff from the heaviest rains in 25 years funnel over the cliffs of Iguazu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet. This is the first image of a new series from South America. I spent the last 2 months traversing the wilderness continent, from the windswept of dunes of northern Brazil to the crystalline icebergs of Argentine Patagonia. I came face to face with a puma in the middle of the night below Fitzroy, trekked 50 miles barefoot across a spectacular wilderness of sand dunes, and was lucky enough to get on the first train back to Machu Picchu after the disastrous floods of the past winter.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LAGOON IN THE WORLD?
MAINA ISLAND, AITUTAKI LAGOON, COOK ISLANDS.
The most beautiful lagoon in the world? That small island in the far corner of the lagoon is called ‘Maina’. It is the most remote island on the atoll and after kayaking island to island for a week we decided to camp out under the stars by ourselves on this island on the night of the full moon. That night was one of the most memorable we’ve had in all of our travels. We felt SO out there!!! Just us and a gorgeous lagoon, billions of stars, not a sign of civilization and thousands of miles of the blue pacific in every direction. This was taken from the prop plane ride back to Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands.
AERIAL VIEW OF OFU ISLAND
This is Ofu Island in American Samoa from the plane. It’s one of the most beautiful islands in the world and fortunately was spared major damage from the Tsunami. We were staying in the Vaoto lodge( the small row of buildings near the airstrip in the lower left corner) when the Tsunami hit. When the earthquake struck at 7am, huge rocks came tumbling down from the huge cliff directly above the lodge. After the shaking subsided, we grabbed our passports and water and got in the lodge pickup and drove the dirt road along the coast to the small gap between the main island and the sharp peak on the right. That’s where we were when the Tsunami hit. The huge bulk of Olosega Island rising up and out of the picture at the far right seemed to block most of the force of the Tsunami and the coast where the lodge is only saw a 15 foot wave. The wave crossed the reef and came up the grass toward the lodge but didn’t flood it. The Samoan people believe these remote islands are haunted by evil spirits, but on this day, it was a benevolent hand that seemed to be in control.
Figures in the Sand
Twilight on the sand and boulders of La Digue Island, Seychelles. The colors of the original post didn’t convert well to the web so this is a repost with correction to look more like the original RAW file.
The Enchanted Gorge
Sunset light is filtered through the heavy mist of Iguazu Falls, one of the seven wonders of the world. My photos of Iguazu Falls don’t do justice to the experience of being there, feeling the ground rumbling, the warm spray raining down, watching the light rays dance in the mist. It’s pure majesty!