Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top 10 Natural Wonders to see before they disappear

Less than two weeks ago, Nairobi and the world was in doubt on whether the world would come to an end on 21st May 2011 as had been professed. Strangely enough, i did not want to put much thought into the topic but somehow it was getting to me. I recall at one point, i was wondering what would i have love to see before my moving to the next world?As though in a twilight zone, i stumbled on a piece on budgettravel.com that left me in awe! Have you ever realised that just as we shall leave this earth, not only will different animal species become extinct but natural wonders will also disappear with time especially due to the change in global weather among other factors and here is the top ten natural wonders set to disappear!

1. Belize, Barrier Reef - one of the most diverse reef ecosystems in the world, home to whale sharks, rays, and manatees as well as sturgeon, conch and spiny lobsters. Perhaps the most famous site from the reef
is this one, of the Great Blue Hole.

2. The Congo Basin -  Did you know that the Congo Basin produces 40% of the world's oxygen and serve as a vital source of food, medicine and minerals.

3. The dead sea - It's the lowest spot on earth (1,312 feet below sea level), has 10 times more saline than seawater (so humans float like corks), and is believed to contain therapeutic minerals.

4. The Everglades - At least 20 species in the Everglades are endangered including panthers, turtles, manatees, and great white egrets (shown here).

5. Madagascar's Flora and Fauna - More than 80 percent of Madagascar's flora and fauna are found nowhere else on Earth, thanks to millions of years of isolation in the Indian Ocean off of Africa.

6. The Maldives - Only 200 of the islands of the Maldives are inhabited, and none rise higher than eight feet above sea level. Few scientists hold out much hope for the country if global warming continues to melt the ice caps and raise sea levels. Shown here: Baa Atoll.

7. The poles - the polar bear is also endangered by the steady loss of sea ice, which has decreased 3 percent per decade since the 1970s.

8. Rajasthan, Ranthambore - The tiger's habitats have been reduced 95 percent, and though there are reserves across Asia, most are small and have no corridors between them for the normally far-roaming felines. It's estimated that a tiger a day is killed for use in Chinese traditional medicine.

9. Tahuamanu Rainforest - In this rainforest parrots and macaws feed off of the world's largest salt lick. They share this pristine wonderland with endangered creatures like giant armadillos, ocelots, jaguars, and giant otters.

10. The Yangatze River Basin - Exotic creatures like giant pandas, dwarf blue sheep, Yangtze finless porpoises, and Siberian cranes call this region home—along with some 400 million people.

Friday, May 27, 2011

World's Best Secret Islands

I know the first question in your head is probably how are they secret if we are writing about them? Sincerely i had the same question when i first heard about these islands, but the more i thought of it, the more it did not make sense.
Skopelos, Greece
 However, yahoo travel gave a very good example of why they are termed as "secret". Remember the movie Mama Mia?This movie was a 600 Million US$ hit following the genius Hollywood scouts  who knew were on to something when they skipped over Mykonos and chose a secret island in Greece as the locationto pick Skopelos Island.

1. Skopelos, Greece
2. Caye Caulker, Belize
3. Sampson Cay and Exuma Cays, Bahamas
4. Flatey, Iceland
5. Gozo, Malta 
Andaman Islands, India
 And the list continues.........
6. Andaman Islands, India 
7. Rodrigues, Mauritius
8. Great Barrier Island, New Zealand 
9. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia 
10. Mabul, Malaysia

This is my favorite!!!Want to guess which among the ten this is?....

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Place of Versailles, France

" The Palace of Versailles might have had humble beginnings, but times have changed. Now, this ain't no simple hunting lodge, but rather an opulent tribute to the former French monarchy. Highlights include the reflective Hall of Mirrors, where world leaders met to sign the 1919 treaty that ended World War I; the manicured French-style gardens, which prominently feature the iconic Bassin d'Apollon (fountain) and the verdant Orangerie garden; and the Petit Trianon, a smaller chateau gifted to the infamous Marie Antoinette by her husband, King Louis XVI. Early summer is idyllic in the Île-de-France region, so plan your sojourn for that season. That's also when you'll find a few music concerts and special events taking place in the Versailles gardens." Yahoo Travel

   Just another reason why i insist,France is my dream destination. What is your's?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Cool Attractions: Cancún’s Underwater Museum, Mexico

It is the aspect of uniqueness that attracts people to want to see, at least that's what i have always told myself. True to that fact, when it comes to Mexico, all that seemed to attract people,going by the movies i have watched is drugs,crime and a place to escape to  when they break out of jail while in the States, not forgetting hundreds of love story films that Kenyan T.V continuously air! Come on, if you are in Kenya then you are already aware that Love spell, Mari Chui, Ruby,Storm over paradise etc. are all programs from Mexico and we love them!

Interestingly, Mexico have opened the eyes of the world, leaving us seeing their creativity in a different light! Just like their programmes this new attraction has cast a spell on travelers who particularly have a keen interest in art and history. They have built an Underwater Museum. In a previous post i spoke of Underwater Hotels  which left alot of people in awe!

Now imagine that the world’s largest underwater museum opened three miles offshore in November 2010 with hundreds of sunken life-size human figures! Artist Jason deCaires Taylor used pH-neutral concrete to create these sculptures, which double as a home for peacock flounder, white telestra coral, and other aquatic life that have becoming increasingly threatened by the 750,000-plus annual divers who visit the National Marine Park’s coral reefs.

This not only goes to show how crazy the human brain works to attract people, but it goes to show the strengths and lengths that innovative tourism can do.This art work is said to be the coolest tourist attraction to date!So this makes me wonder, what next?!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crab Migration:Yes, i said Crab Migration!

If you were to say the word migration to any safari specialist, the first thing they would tell you is that it happens during July - August and they would automatically be referring to the annual wildebeest migration that happens in the Maasai Mara. However, i came to learn that we are not the only one's who seem to have a migration......Christmas Island have one too! A crab migration!

At first, i thought it was a joke because i had never heard of a place called Christmas Island!Yes, it is an existing place.A small Island (dot) in the Indian Ocean with its closest continent being Australia.It is actually north west of Perth,Western Australia.

This amazingly strange migration occurs around the months of October - November where the Christmas Island Red Crabs move from the rainforest into the ocean to allow breeding. The males lead the first wave of the downward migration then 5-7 days later the females follow and at most time out number the males! It is said that the crabs replenish moisture by dipping in the sea, then the males retreat to the lower terraces to dig burrows.

The density of burrows is high (1-2 per square metre and fighting occurs between males for burrow possession. The females move to the terraces and mating occurs, usually in the privacy of the burrows that males have dug and fought for. As mating, and fighting, abates, males dip again and begin returning inland. They move quickly, reaching the plateau in only 1-2 days.The females produce eggs within 3 days of mating and remain in the moist burrows on the terraces for 12-13 days while they develop. The eggs are held in a brood pouch between their extended abdomen and thorax.

Fact: A single female can brood up to 100,000 eggs.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Tale of the Jungle:Her World

When i started this blog, i was not sure of what i wanted to write about and to be sincere, i did not even think much of my header, but as time went by i began to really take this blogging thing seriously. The thoughts that were in my mind were somehow corny! Yes..i did just say that out loud! I moved from being an experimental blogger to a real blogger. I am sure you are pretty much wondering where am i headed with these rumblings?

Next month on the 28th of June, my blog turn's 1 year old and i want to mark it uniquely.I know that i want to change the whole blog design even though i am not sure how i want it to look. I want it to be warm but very earthly. (Yeah...i am still confused) I also want to give my readers a pleasant experience when they get to stop by. So,do you have any ideas on how i can make this possible?!

Here are some images that will give you that "Her World" feeling that maybe could inspire your thoughts?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Nature Photography: A topic i would love to venture

I have become such a bad blogger that i feel so sad about it. Can you believe this is my 3rd post this month?! I have been quite busy with life's up and downs that when i get to my laptop at night, i just fall asleep. However, i did remember that it is in nature that i find inspiration thus found a few images to share with you, plus have promised to at-least blog more for the next couple of days! Infact, i have promised myself that for the remaining days of the month of may, i will try and blog as much as i can about Nature. I hope you and i enjoy this next two weeks nature run stories and images.To start us of .....here we go!

Have a fantastic week! :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wild and Fine: Samburu and Meru

Following my previous post, i did promise to share some images from my trip to Samburu and Meru National parks. The images are quite inspiring because, i may not say this frequently but there is something about the jungle that i associate with life's simplicity and the ability for things, events to fall in place naturally.