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PLACES OF THE WORLD

25/01/2012

EARTH |

There’s no shortage of things to photograph in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (formerly known as Saigon). I’ve always wondered if anyone accidentally walked out the second story door on the left.

Northern California is home to the giant sequoias.  This road led directly to the “Avenue of the Giants“, where the average tree height is around 300ft.

Swiss artist H.R. Giger, most famous for his work in the Alien movies, themed and modeled this bar located in Gruyere, Switzerland.

These magnificent towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were designed by the famous  Argentian architect César Pelli, and were the world’s tallest towers from 19982004.  Without a doubt, these towers have to be one of the most beautiful skyscrapers I’ve ever seen, inside and out.

This shot was taken very early one morning on the way to the Perito Moreno Glacier, on the southern tip of Argentina. The pinkish hue visible with the sunrise is an optical phenomenon known as Alpen-glow.

It is hard to capture the magnitude of the Louvre in a photo.  Not only is the Louvre one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, but with over 8million visitors a year, it’s also the most visited.

This string of shops in Pully caught my eye right away because of their beautiful varying hues of color.  I had the extra bonus of capturing a shot with no people, since I was up early on a Sunday morning long before most of the locals were awake.

This Iconic Catholic chapel was built into the mesas of Sedona, Arizona by Frank Lloyd Wright‘s student.  Over 25,000 tons of rock were removed to create this structure, which still has church services today.

I had an amazing opportunity to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef and decided to rent an underwater camera housing to capture the event.  This dive took place an hour off the coast of Port Douglas, Australia.

This photo was taken very early one morning on our trek to see Alpimayo, considered to be the most beautiful mountains in the world.  Our guide woke us up after noticing the incredible visibility, and said the conditions for the time of year we were there were some of the best he had ever seen.

This photo was taken near the town of Gruyere, Switzerland.

I had the privledge of being one of the first to ride the Lhasa Express, a $4billion train connecting Beijing, China and Lhasa, Tibet.  The landscapes visible on this 48hr ride were like none I’ve ever seen.

The alien landscape in this photo is due to the fact that Rotura is a city with constant geothermal activity.  Although the town has a number of geysers and hot mud pools, there is also a pungent smell of sulfur throughout the region.

Machu Picchu was constructed around 1450, at the height of the Inca Empire, and was abandoned less than 100yrs later.  The site is located about 7,700ft above sea level. It is one of the most important archaeological centers in South America and the most visited tourist attraction in Peru.

This photo was taken from the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

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Source: Lee Steffen

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