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Wilderness Act Photo Contest Awards Prizes to Boy Scouts for Photos of Olympic National Forest

Olympia, Washington (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

Camp Parsons, one of the oldest Boy Scout Camps in the United States along with Olympic National Forest and the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation presented prizes to winners of the “Camp Parsons Wilderness 50 Photography Contest” in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a law passed in 1964 setting aside an initial 9.1 million acres of federal land as wilderness for the use and benefit of the American people.

For the 2014 season at High Adventure Base Camp Parsons Boy Scouts from across NW Washington could take up to three (3) digital photographs within the five Wilderness areas in the Olympic National Forest: Buckhorn Wilderness, Colonel Bob Wilderness, Mount Skokomish Wilderness, the Brothers Wilderness and Wonder Mountain Wilderness.

First Place winner was 15 yr old Eagle Scout Austin Ulfers, of troop 438 in Bellevue, Washington and runner up Kaeden Brinkman, 11 yr old Tenderfoot of troop 600 also from Bellevue took home prizes totaling over $ 2,000 between them. Eagle Scout Austin Ulfers was the first place winner for his photograph of Buckhorn Wilderness and Kaeden won the runner up prize for taking a series of stunning images of Silver Lake. Members of troop 483 and 600 were present with the families of the winners representatives from Camp Parsons, Olympic National Forest and the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation.

The contest was inspired when a series of 12 images taken of Olympic National Forest Wilderness Areas by 13 year old Eagle Scout L. Ron Hubbard in 1924 were presented to Olympic National Forest Supervisor Ms. Reta Laford, “When I first saw these historic photographs it was very exciting, there was a picture of a young Boy Scout L. Ron Hubbard who was ahead of his time, taking pictures of the scenic views of the Olympic National Forest Wilderness areas. These pictures were too precious not to take advantage of and share with others and the idea of a photo contest came about to connect today’s youth with the Wilderness for the next 50 years.”

Camp Parsons Director, Ken McEdwards stated “This contest has highlighted the relationship between the Olympic National Forest and Camp Parsons and the priceless beauty and expanse of our wilderness that has been enjoyed by Camp Parsons Scouts for almost 100 years. The hikes that Scouts did almost a century ago are the same hikes taken today in our popular high adventure program.”

Washington Representative of the Friends of L. Ron Hubbard Foundation Mr. Chris Finn was able to research the locations of these photographs with the help of Mr. Roger Beckett of the highly skilled volunteer organization Olympic Mountain Rescue. Mr. Finn stated, “with Roger’s expertise we were able to pinpoint the locations of the photographs taken by L. Ron Hubbard and the hikes Camp Parsons Scouts took in 1924 through the Brothers and Buckhorn Wilderness to Tubal Cain Mine. These are altitudes of over 5,000 feet and similar to what contest winners Austin Ulfers and Kaeden Brinkman would have hiked to capture their winning photographs of the Olympic National Forest Wilderness Areas.”

The winning photographs can be viewed on the Olympic National Forest Website address: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/olympic/specialplaces/?cid=stelprd3816871







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Animal Welfare and Accessible Tourism take the Gold at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2014


(PRWEB UK) 5 November 2014

In a special ceremony at the World Travel Markets Global Stage as part of the World Responsible Tourism Day annual celebrations, South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance and Campo and Parque dos Sonhos jointly took the coveted position of Overall Winners from of a selection of 25 finalists gathered from around the world.

The judges wanted to recognise two very different winners – Campo and Parque de Sonhos and South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance – for the overall award said Harold Goodwin, Chair of the Judging Panel.

The Sanctuary Alliance for demonstrating that animal attractions can liberate previously captive wildlife and, without petting or exploitation, be commercially successful. Parque de Sonhos for demonstrating that truly inclusive tourism can enhance the adventure activity experiences for everyone, and enable families and friends to share their leisure and the experiences. Both winners demonstrate that it is possible to address the rights agenda, to swim against the tide, and also achieve a successful business.

Speaking before a packed audience of over 500 tourism professionals, media, ministers and officials, Justin Francis, managing director of responsibletavel.com pinpointed what makes the Award winners the leaders in responsible tourism:

Our winners have a vision that extends beyond the commercial linking business success with the wellbeing of local communities and the longevity of their environments. They want to make profits with principles, communicate balance sheets alongside beliefs, and wont undermine passion in the pursuit of professionalism. They are resilient, determined, humanising advocates for their destinations. They are the future of tourism.

The Awards were once again sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism. Her Excellency Maitha Al Mahrouqi, Undersecretary for the Oman Ministry of Tourism, who handed out the Awards, said:

As proud headline sponsor of the Awards for the second time, the Oman Ministry of Tourism is delighted to return to London to meet this years inspirational finalists in person. As The Sultanate of Oman cements its commitment as a leader of responsible tourism development in the Arabian Peninsula, we are pleased to congratulate the vision of those Award winners throughout the world providing leadership in their own sectors, and effectively contributing to making tourism a growing sustainable industry.

The Awards are the flagship event of WTMs World Responsible Tourism Programme, extended for the first time across four days this year. Simon Press, Awards Judge and Senior Exhibition Director at World Travel Market, had this to say:

“Congratulations to South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance and Campo and Pargue dos Sonhos for being the overall winners of the award. Animal Welfare and disability access are two of the key issues in responsible tourism so I congratulate both companies, and all the category award winners, for their great work. I found this years judging process again inspiring to see so many travel companies acting in such a responsible manner.

Read below for the full list of this years finalists, or log on to http://www.worldresponsibletourismawards.com to read their stories, download images, or watch videos from the Overall Winners. You can also access a full free copy of Progress in Responsible Tourism Vol 3 (2), edited by Harold Goodwin and Xavier Font.

A photo library of winners images is accessible here: http://www.responsibletravel.com/awards/media/

Additional photos of the ceremony can be found at WTM’s picture library after 14:00 today at: http://wtm.mediafiler.net/.

1 Joint Overall Winners – sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism

Campo & Parque dos Sonhos, Brazil and South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, South Africa

2. Best Animal Welfare Initiative – supported by Born Free Foundation

Joint Gold Winners: World Animal Protection, UK/International and South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, South Africa

3. Best Aviation Programme for Carbon Reduction – sponsored by Visit Gozo

Gold Winner: Thomson Airways, UK/International

4. Best for Beach Tourism – sponsored by Jersey Tourism

Gold Winner: Chole Mjini Conservation & Development Co. Ltd, Tanzania

Silver Winner: Casa de las Olas, Mexico

5. Best City Hotel – sponsored by Los Cabos Tourism Board

Gold Winner: Hotel Verde, Cape Town, South Africa

Joint Silver Winners: ITC Grand Chola, India and Jurys Inn Brighton, UK

6. Best Cultural Heritage Attraction – sponsored by Wightlink

Silver Winner: Festivals of Puebla, Mexico

7. Best Destination – sponsored by Visit Norway

Gold Winner: V&A Waterfront Cape Town, South Africa

8. Best for Engaging People & Culture – sponsored by New York State Division of Tourism

Gold Winner: Kutch Adventures, India

Silver Winner: Footsteps Ecolodge, The Gambia

9. Best for People with Disabilities – sponsored by Enable Holidays

Joint Gold Winners: Campo & Parque dos Sonhos, Brazil and Cavan Town & Environs, Ireland

Silver Winner: NATIVE Charming Hotels & Accessible Tourism, Spain

10. Best for Poverty Reduction – sponsored by Tobago House of Assembly

Gold Winner: Adventure Alternative, UK

Joint Silver Winners: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya and Mdumbi Backpackers, South Africa

11. Best for Wildlife Conservation – sponsored by Discover Dominica Authority

Gold Winner: Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours, Australia

Joint Silver Winners: Chambal Safari Hotels Pvt Ltd, India and On Track Safaris, South Africa

12. Best Short Film for Responsible Tourism – sponsored by Fair Trade Tourism

Gold Winner: Travel Oregon: Communities Powered by Travel – John Day River Territory, Oregon, USA

Joint Silver Winners: GLP Films: Basecamp Foundation – Pioneering Sustainable Tourism in Kenyas Masai Mara, Kenya and World Wildlife Fund – The Guardians

13. People’s Choice for Responsible Tourism – sponsored by Spirit Slovenia

Winner: Nam Nern Night Safari, Lao PDR

Runners-Up: Chepu Adventures Ecolodge, Chile, The Great Projects Africa, Asia, South America & Europe, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya, people & places, UK, ReefCI, Belize, Snowcarbon, The Alps, TUI Nederland, the Netherlands and Village Ways, India & Ethiopia

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About the Awards

For more information on the World Responsible Tourism Awards visit http://www.worldresponsibletourismawards.com

Now in their 11th year, the World Responsible Tourism Awards are headline sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism, and were founded in 2004 to celebrate the most inspiring stories in responsible tourism.

The Awards are organised by responsibletravel.com and ICRT (International Center for Responsible Tourism). The Awards ceremony is hosted by World Travel Market during its dedicated World Responsible Tourism Day, which this year takes place on Wednesday 05 November.

The event has the support of prominent mainstream media partners such as Metro, as well as industry broadcasters such as TTG (Scandinavia, Middle East and North Africa), Green Hotelier and Selling Long Haul.

This year, the Awards feature 11 categories covering a variety of topics, which reflect the hottest issues currently debated in the world or responsible and sustainable tourism.

About responsibletravel.com:

responsibletravel.com is the world’s leading online travel agent for responsible holidays and a pioneer of responsible tourism. Started in 2001 with backing from Dame Anita Roddick of The Body Shop the

Academy of Art University Showcases Its Collection of Vintage Cars at the San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

Amid a vast convention center with hundreds of shiny, new, cutting-edge cars that have yet to hit the roadway, theres a rare fraternity of old-timers with a lifetime of stories, journeys and owner memories behind their seat belts.

Academy of Art Universitys dazzling selection of vintage collectible cars on display at the San Francisco Chronicle 57th Annual International Auto Show at Moscone Center, Nov. 22-29, is an annual tradition not to be missed. Though theyre now viewed as venerable, museum-quality examples of the past, each of the exquisite models featured was considered revolutionary when introduced to the market. And, as students of Academy of Art Universitys Industrial Design program can attest, they have much to offer scholars of contemporary automotive design.

Part of a larger collection housed at Academy of Art University Automobile Museum on Van Ness Avenue, the unique examples on display at the Auto Show include a few recent acquisitions, such as the stunning maroon Tucker 48.

The captivating 1948 beauty, nicknamed the Tucker Torpedo, has been a muse of Hollywood movie makers and stands out in a crowd with its unusual third steering headlight. It was designed with many then-innovative safety and design features including the pop-out shatterproof windshield and placement of the engine and drive train in the rear of the car. Academy of Art University is proud to own the third Tucker 48 produced. In all, only 51 were manufactured.

Visitors will also be smitten with the noir 1935 Duesenberg SJ Convertible Coupe, known to reach 135 mph. The epitome of elegance, this comfortable, classic coupe is a seasoned world traveler, thanks to its many adventurous past owners, including William Randolph Hearst.

And then theres the Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, an ultra-rare Art Deco jewel that emerged during the Depression. With streamlined, modern features, it debuted at the New York Auto Show in 1933 with a bold slogan: Suddenly its 1940! Despite the fanfare, only five were produced, of which three remain. The Pierce-Arrow company folded before the arrival of the much-heralded 1940s.

Also on display: Sleek Italian design in the form of a striking red and black 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Coupe and mod 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB; a majestic 1928 Daimler Royal Limousine and the racy 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe.

For more information on the Academy of Art Automobile Museum: http://www.academyautomuseum.org; Visitor hours and ticket information for the 57th Annual San Francisco Chronicle International Auto Show: http://www.sfautoshow.com

About Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University, the largest private university of art and design in the United States, is educating students for the art and design jobs of the 21st century. Established in 1929, the Academy is an output-based higher education model that provides an inclusive admissions policy to all students, but imposes a rigorous curriculum that requires the students to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a mastery of their field in order to graduate. Students are taught by a faculty of professionals from the existing marketplace, both online and on campus in San Francisco, who provide them with an understanding of what it takes to succeed in todays business environment. The Academys hands-on curriculum produces graduates who possess outstanding artistic and design skillsand equally as important, the ability to put those talents to work immediately after graduation. As a result, Academy graduates are ready to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st century in the fields of Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media and Art Teaching Credential, and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) (BFA/MFA-IAD), NAAB (B-ARCH*, M-ARCH), and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). *B-ARCH program in candidacy status. Visit http://www.academyart.edu for more information.







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Chimani Launches Grand Canyon National Park App for iPhone and Android


Yarmouth, ME (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011

Chimani, LLC announced today it has released its newest app, a complete resource for exploring Grand Canyon National Park.

The Grand Canyon app, an indispensable resource for anyone exploring our 2nd most visited national park, delivers constantly updated content, including ranger led activities, free shuttle bus schedules and much more. Users can view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks (including Hopi Point, the park’s most popular sunset destination), review lodging options, plan hikes, learn about over 250 points of interest such as Grand Canyons impressive overlooks and access a complete list of facilities including locations of all the restrooms in the park.

Like the Acadia National Park and Yosemite National Park apps that preceded it, the Grand Canyon app boasts a rich and impressive map interface that is custom-made, GPS enabled, includes every hiking trail in the park, and displays interactive points of interest.

The Chimani Grand Canyon National Park app includes over 150 photographs – 50 of which are from award-winning author and photographer Wayne Ranney. Numerous photos are directly from his book “Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories and Mystery”.

“I’m really excited about the how much quality information there is and how it contribute to the park visitor’s experience,” says Chimani President, Kerry Gallivan. “Chimani develops mobile apps strictly for national parks and they just keep getting better and better. With the Grand Canyon app, particular attention was given to making sure safety information is easily accessible to users. The Grand Canyon is one of our most beautiful national parks, but can be one of the most dangerous if not adequately prepared.

Users rave about the ability to follow their progress using the GPS feature, even when cell coverage fails or isn’t available at all. “Like all the features of this app, you don’t need cell access to unleash its full capabilities. Whether you are simply trying to find the closest restroom or taking the audio tour of the park (with over 45 minutes of professionally narrated material), you’ll always be able to enjoy the full experience of the app,” says Gallivan.

The new iPhone app can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes app store and the Android version from the Android Marketplace (keyword: “chimani”) for an introductory price of only $ .99 through April 1, 2011. After that, the app will sell for the regular price of $ 4.99. A lite version of the app is available for free.

The Grand Canyon National Park app is the latest in a series of apps by Chimani, including Acadia National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore apps. All are available in Android versions as well as the original iPhone versions.

About Chimani

Chimani, LLC is a leading developer of mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android designed to help people explore our national parks. Apps launched to date include those for Acadia National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Soon to be released parks include Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain and Zion National Park. For more information visit http://www.Chimani.com.

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Chimani Launches Great Smoky Mountains National Park App for iPhone and Android


Yarmouth, ME (PRWEB) June 02, 2011

Chimani, LLC announced today it has released its newest app – Chimani Great Smoky Mountains National Park – for the iPhone and Android platforms.

The Great Smoky Mountains app, an indispensable resource for anyone exploring the #1 most visited national park in the United States, delivers a 60 minute audio tour of Newfound Gap Road and Cades Cove, a high-resolution GPS-enabled map, constantly updated ranger led activities, over 125 photos featuring the work of Ron Hutchinson and much more.

Users can view sunset and sunrise times for the most memorable scenic overlooks (including Clingmans Dome – the park’s most popular sunrise destination), plan hikes, review key safety information, learn about over 250 points of interest and access a complete list of facilities including locations of all the restrooms, campgrounds and picnic areas in the park.

Like the Acadia National Park and Yosemite National Park apps that preceded it, the Great Smoky Mountains app boasts a rich and impressive map interface that is custom-made, GPS-enabled, includes every hiking trail in the park, and displays interactive points of interest. Unlike other apps for the park, the map works without the need for a cell or data connection and is specifically designed for the mobile app platform.

“Whether you’re a first-time visitor taking an auto tour of Cades Cove, or long-time fan of the park exploring a new trail – the Chimani Great Smoky Mountains app will soon become your best friend,” says Chimani President, Kerry Gallivan. “Chimani develops mobile apps strictly for national parks – from the ground up – and we use only the latest map data and technology to produce the most reliable maps.

Users rave about the ability to follow their progress using the GPS feature, even when cell coverage fails or isn’t available at all. “Like all the features of this app, you don’t need cell access to unleash its full capabilities. Whether you are simply trying to find the closest restroom or taking the audio tour of the park (with over 60 minutes of professionally narrated material), you’ll always be able to enjoy the full experience of the app,” says Gallivan.

The new iPhone app can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store and the Android version from the Android Marketplace (keyword: “chimani”). The iPhone app is free for a limited time and the Android version is available at an introductory price of 99 cents.

The Great Smoky Mountain Park app is the latest in a series of apps by Chimani, including Acadia National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore apps. All are available in Android versions as well as the original iPhone versions.

About Chimani

Chimani, LLC is a leading developer of mobile applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android designed to help people explore our national parks. Apps launched to date include those for Acadia National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Soon to be released parks include Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Olympic, and Rocky Mountain National Park. For more information visit http://www.Chimani.com.

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X-Rite Announces Availability of PANTONE Certified Printer Program

Grand Rapids, Michigan (PRWEB) December 04, 2014

X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, announced the newly updated PANTONE Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards. The PANTONE Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of color operations from preflight, file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and process control in the pressroom. This creates total quality management based on industry best practices and procedures that drive consistent and repeatable color.

As a trade printer, you must be lean to be competitive, says Michael Clark President of Cedar Graphics, an EarthColor company and a PANTONE Certified Printer. The more I learned about the PANTONE Certified Printer program and how it could help streamline our processes and make them more consistent, the more interested I became. The outside perspective that X-Rite Pantone brings to the PANTONE Certified Printer program enabled Cedar Graphics to ensure consistent operation from department to department and shift to shift, from ink room through prepress and the pressroom. Everyone is now speaking the same language, and we are much more efficient as a result, Clark says.

The process begins with a PANTONE Certified Printer Audit conducted by an X-Rite specialist. The audit process isolates issues that compromise color accuracy and is the basis for the implementation of Standards-Based Procedures so that all operators on all shifts can consistently produce the best color the same way.

The PANTONE Certified Printer Program closes the gap that exists between the many other certification programs available today which cover only part of the workflow, or simply a press or a proofer, explains Mark Gundlach, Training Development Manager at X-Rite. This program is unique in that it ties all areas of production together, from prepress and ink formulation to the press room with a focus on both process color and spot color reproduction. This applies to digital, flexo, litho and even grand format print production. Good printers can produce great color at a point in time but it may not be consistent over time. This program, which includes a quarterly color check based on a standard set of files, results in more consistent quality with less rework using existing investments and people.

If you know you are going to be checked by an expert on a quarterly basis, Cedar Graphics Clark adds, its just another incentive to keep things up to date as opposed to doing it once and forgetting about it. We look forward to our quarterly reviews and what we might learn each time that will help us communicate even better.

Industry Standard Operating Procedures reduce variability across shifts and over time, as well as provide faster, more consistent staff training, Gundlach says. Surprises cost money, and consistency reduces waste. Proofing and printing to standards helps print and converting operations set and meet customer expectations. PANTONE Certified Printers follow standard operating procedures throughout the production operation when specifying CMYK colors based on their print standards. PANTONE colors are specified and formulated using spectral data from the PantoneLIVE digital libraries.

Packaging converters and printers interested in pursuing this certification to bring additional color consistency, quality and efficiency to their operations not only benefit from the certification process but are also able to use the PANTONE Certified Printer logo to add even more credibility to their sales and marketing efforts.

For more information about X-Rite services and solutions, please visit http://www.xrite.com.

About X-Rite

Founded in 1958, X-Rite, Incorporated is a global leader in color science and technology. With its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone, X-Rite employs more than 800 people in 11 countries. The companys corporate headquarters are located in Grand Rapids, Mich., with regional headquarters in Europe and Asia and service centers across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. X-Rite Pantone offers a full range of color management solutions used by manufacturers, retailers, printers, photographers and graphic design houses to achieve precise management and communication of color throughout their processes. X-Rite Pantone products and services are recognized standards in the printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, automotive, paints, plastics, textiles and medical industries. For further information, please visit http://www.xrite.com. For the latest news, information and conversations, connect with X-Rite on LinkedIn, Vimeo, Twitter, and Facebook.

About Pantone

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, has been the worlds color authority for nearly 50 years, providing design professionals with products and services for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity. Always a source for color inspiration, Pantone also offers paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. More information is available at http://www.pantone.com. For the latest news, trends, information and conversations, connect with Pantone on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Top 10 Best Secret Islands: Come Explore One of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World

(PRWEB) October 14, 2014

Penghu is known as the pearl of the Taiwan Strait, being crowned as one of the Worlds Top 10 Best Kept Secret Islands by The Lonely Planet Guides, the international back packers Bible. Penghu is praised as an island with breathtaking scenery and a touch of nostalgia. Its a nesting ground of endangered green turtles, and was listed as one of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World in 2013 by the Most Beautiful bays in the World Club.

Composed of 90 islands with a total of 320 kilometers of shoreline, Penghu offers different moods and sights during the different seasons of the year, thanks to its diverse geographic environment, climate, rich cultural resources, and natural ecology. Penghus magnificent ocean views and unique geologic features make it full of many natural wonders.

Basalt columns sculpted by the elements are a dominant part of the geological landscape. Geologists worldwide have named it Gods Stone Sculpture Park. The clear waters of Penghu Bay and strong winter winds have

The islands host brilliant firework festivals in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, visitors can enjoy the fresh and delicious daily catches at the Penghu Seafood Carnival. Penghu is also an excellent choice for seaside fun with blue seas, clear skies, soft white beaches, plenty of beach and water recreation facilities, amazing marine ecology, and scenic beauty. put Penghu on the map as an international hot spot for competitive sailing alongside the Caribbean and southern Spain.

In addition to the main island, tourists may also visit islets like Paisha, Siyu, Cimeiyu, Wangan island, Hujingyu and Tongpanyu. These scenic spots are part of the unique and wondrous beauty of Penghu. Also included in the latest rankings of the top 10 wonders:

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Barbara has been a photographer since she was in grammer school. Over the years she has used 35 mm Nikon cameras, 4x5 and 11x14 studio cameras, Hasselblads, and now Nikon digital cameras. She loves them all.

At one time Barbara was a portrait photographer with a studio in Princeton, NJ and Hopewell, NJ. Her focus is now on birds and animals. Of course, she still does the occasional portrait.

Over the years Barbara has studied with many well known photographers, including Philippe Halsman and Lisette Model.

All of Barbara's photographs are available for purchase as prints or downloads.