Wednesday, 30 January 2013


There are many railroads in Russia...

Railways in Russia

What a nice!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

California Desert

The desert around California's Death Valley is rich with Joshua trees, junipers and wildlife.

But mining and other industrial development threaten this fragile environment, which is why many want to see Congress protect some special places as wilderness, national park and national monument, and set aside other areas for off-highway vehicle use.

Follow local guide Tom Budlong, a date farmer and a member of the Timbisha Shoshone Indian Tribe through the Mojave Desert in this episode of This American Land, produced in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Saturday, 19 January 2013


California's official gold mining ghost town, Bodie was once notorious as the wildest town in the West. From 1877 to 1888, the community swelled to more than 10,000 residents and produced over $35 million in gold and silver.

Now a State Historic Park, Bodie is the largest unrestored ghost town of the American Wild West.

Thursday, 17 January 2013


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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Devil's Hole

Devil's Hole was a large water-filled sinkhole, close to the southeastern corner of Harrington Sound, a scenic inland lagoon in Bermuda surrounded by Smiths and Hamilton Parish.

At one time a subterranean, oceanic cave, it is fed by the Atlantic ocean proper, rather than the far closer sound, via an underground estuary. It closed in 2009.

Harrington Sound

The hole got its name after the cave roof collapsed. The resultant open hole produces eerie sounds as the water rises and falls, which were thought by early settlers to be the Devil moaning.

It had been a tourist attraction since the 1830s, as it forms a natural tropical aquarium. Species range from green turtles to moray eels, and many species of reef fish can be found.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is a range in New South Wales, Australia. It borders on Sydney Metropolitan Area.

Jamison Valley

Today the Mountains is a one of 865 national parks in New South Wales. Now the Blue Mountains area includes the local government areas of the City of Blue Mountains, the City of Hawkesbury, the City of Lithgow and Oberon.

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

437 days in space

January 8, 1994 cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 leaves for Mir, a space station that operated in low Earth orbit from 1986 to 2001.

Mir from Soyuz TM-17

He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space.

More than one year!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Taxus Berries

Yew Berries from a Relict Grove of the Petrov Island, Primorsky Krai, Russia


Taxus is a conifer evergreen tree. The entire yew bush is toxic enough to kill a horse, but yew trees widely grown as an ornamental plant. Berries are not so toxic.
Taxus baccata

Welcome to Petrov Island! An ancient sacred place of Jurchen people.