What We Love This Week, Volume XXV

August 9, 2013

The 2013 Winners Of The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest came to a close this past week as expert judges selected the best live action or landscape shots from an incredible pool of over 15,500 entries. While winning shots greatly varied in terms of subject and location, they were all similar in that they showcased what a rich array of sights and experiences this world has to offer. To take part in a Brazilian aquathlon or explore the savanna in an African safari without leaving your home, be sure to scroll through National Geographic’s fantastic gallery.

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Fly Geyser, Nevada’s Coolest (And Least Known) Attraction

August 3, 2013
Fly Geyser

Source: ZME Science

Nestled on a patch of private land in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, the Fly Ranch Geyser (known commonly as the Fly Geyser) is one of the state’s coolest attractions, though many residents still do not know it exists. Fly Geyser, which spews waters about five feet high, lies about a third of a mile from State Route 34, a road which functions as the only viewpoint since the geyser is not open to the public.

Fly Geyser Black Rock City

Source: Zim Ride

Fly Geyser Picture

Source: Wall Convert

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The Beautiful Bora Bora

July 31, 2013

Bora Bora

While the name Bora Bora certainly sounds exotic, it’s actually the product of misunderstanding on behalf of the island’s Western explorers. As the Tahitian language does not recognize the “b” sound, the bountiful island’s original name was more likely Pora Pora, however upon its 18th century discovery by the West, it was “Bora Bora” that stuck.

The Magnificence Of Big Sur

July 29, 2013

Big Sur Photograph

Besides its spectacular views, the “Big South” offers astounding heights. Ascending nearly a mile above sea level, Big Sur’s Cone Peak is also the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states.

Nature By Numbers

July 25, 2013

What do pine cones, artichokes and pineapple fruit sprouts have in common? All feature the Fibonacci sequence. Brush up on your math with the spellbinding video above.

Madagascar’s Mystical Baobab Trees

July 23, 2013

Baobab Trees Madagascar

If you’re looking for some of the most bizarre trees the world has to offer, head to Madagascar where you can find six of the eight species of Baobab tree. Resembling something that you might find on Mars, the Baobab ranges in height from 15 to 98 feet tall and can have a circumference as wide as 154 feet. Some claim that the largest of these trees are thousands of years old; that, of course, is hard to prove traditionally since the wood of these trees doesn’t produce growth rings.