Monday, September 12, 2011
The world’s most spectacular vistas
It’s long been said the beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What’s stunning to one person may lack significant appeal to another. That may be, but when it comes to spectacular global destinations, it’s hard imagine anybody could deny the beauty of these jaw-dropping vistas.
The Maori attribute the creation of the New Zealand fjords, such as Milford Sound, to Tute Rakiwhanoa, who cut the steep-sided valleys with his adze. What other explanation could there be for these spectacularly steep, sheer cliffs that rise nearly vertically from the ocean?
Also known as Ayers Rock, Uluru is a large rock formation in the National Park Uluru-Kata Tjuta in the Northern Territory of Australia. Uluru is sacred to the Aṉangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation is home to a plethora of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings.
Swiss architect Le Corbusier called Italy's Dolomites les plus belle architectures du monde (the most beautiful architectures on Earth); indeed, the Italian mountain range speaks to the power of nature. The Dolomites comprise many types of rock, some of which eroded spectacularly, leaving seemingly delicate pinnacles, some of which formed tightly compact peaks and some of which formed from cooling lava.
The Grand Canyon can easily overwhelm our imaginations with its daunting size: A mile deep, 277 river miles long and 18 miles across at its widest. But it can immediately deliver serenity with its solid magnificence; it is a powerful landscape at any time of the day, but most inspiring at sunset and sunrise when the canyon walls color and fade.
Cliff of Moher
As if shot from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, the massive Cliffs of Moher make the edge of Ireland appear to have been sheared off by giants a long time ago. One of the country's most popular attractions, the Cliffs of Moher attract a million visitors each year and provide a home for millions of nesting sea birds.
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