June 2011

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  • dune

    Dune de Pyla – A new “Sahara” desert being born – in France! [30 pics]

    Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

    Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

    Photo credit: histoire-d1reve

    Introduction

    I never knew about this, but to me it looks like Europe has started turning into a new sahara desert. The Great Dune of Pyla is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 37 miles (60 km) from Bordeaux.
    The dune has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 1,640 ft (500 m) wide from east to west and 1,9 miles (3 km) in length from north to south. Its height is 350 feet (107 metres) above sea level. The dune moves relentlessly towards the interior of the country and gradually covers buildings and roads.
    [30 pictures]

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  • banksy-truck

    Banksy – Guerilla art wrapped in mystery and controversy [35 pics]

    Bansky Truck

    Banksy Truck

    Photo credit: Banksy

    Introduction

    Banksy, an anonymous England based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter, is probably the most popular, yet most mysterious, urban street artist in the world. He has become an internationally known as a subversive graffiti artist – yet manages to maintain a secret identity. However, many newspapers assert that his real name is Robert or Robin Banks.
    He is a counter-cultural prankster, but has art in major cosmopolitan galleries around the globe. Banksy made his name with his trademark stencil-style ‘guerrilla’ art in public spaces – on walls in London, Brighton, Bristol and even on the West Bank barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians – his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    He has dozens of celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera. It is hard to find good facts about the art so some captions in this article might have the wrong name of the art. In case you know what the correct name is, please let us know and we’ll change it. [35 pictures]

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  • joshua-tree

    The fascinating Joshua Tree National Park [34 Pics]

    Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree and shadow

    Joshua Tree is such a surreal place. There’s really nowhere else like it. We had a great time bouldering and exploring during the day, but as the sun started to set, it was time to start playing around with the flash. Photo credit: Adam Brill

    Introduction

    Joshua Tree National Park is a United States National Park that is located in the Southern California’s High Desert. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

    The park is a gem and a must see visit if you ever travel to California to experience the multi-faced californian nature. Joshua Tree Park is a very popular camping, hiking and rock climbing spot for thousands each year. Even more breathtaking is the beautiful starry nights. It is hard to imagine a desert being colorful and beautiful however take a closer look while at the park. There are true hidden gems around each boulder. [34 pictures]

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  • papua

    Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea [37 Pics]

    Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea- Goroka - Festivity of Independance

    Papua New Guinea – Goroka – Festivity of Independance
    Head decoration with feathers of pigeons, Birds of Paradise, parrots, and other exotic birds. Many shell decoration on the neck is a sign of prosperity. Shells were formerly used as money exchange. It is especially valued when it is a wedding gift from the husband. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert

    Introduction

    Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth, with over 850 indigenous languages and at least as many traditional societies, out of a population of just under seven million.

    The PNG Constitution expresses the wish for “traditional villages and communities to remain as viable units of Papua New Guinean society”

    The word papua is derived from pepuah, a Malay word describing the frizzy Melanesian hair.

    Papua New Guinea is one of the most heterogeneous nations in the world. There are hundreds of ethnic groups indigenous to Papua New Guinea, the majority being from the group known as Papuans, whose ancestors arrived in the New Guinea region tens of thousands of years ago. Many remote Papuan tribes still have only marginal contact with the outside world.

    The Goroka Show is definitely happening of the year. Thank you very much to Rita Willaert who gave us special permission to use her fantastic images. [37 pictures]

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