Spearfisher, Papua New Guinea
Volcanic cloud courtesy of the
Rabaul caldera.

I woke early and wandered onto the beach, spying a
Papuan fishing with a spear with the smoke of the
distant volcano in the background.

Charging elephant, Zambia
Up close and personal with the
largest living terrestrial animal

We had encountered a herd of elephants in Zambia.
Acting on foolish impulse, I stood up in the
Landrover and snapped this portrait of a protective
mother elephant charging. Immediately after, the driver
slammed the vehicle in reverse saving us from being

Blue Rhino, South Africa
Without drastic action, rhinos
could be extinct in the wild
within the next 10 years.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
a.k.a. "Mosi oa-Tunya" ("the
smoke that thunders")

Ambergris Caye, Belize
Gateway to the planet's second
largest coral reef system.

  Paddle Fishing, Huahine
The villagers are fishing because
they ate all the gold fish in the
resort pond.

Elephants Herding, Botswana
"Aw, Mom, I just had a bath

Blue Gondolas, Venice
Step off a train into the 13th

Snake Charmer, Delhi
The main thing is to use
a telephoto lens.

Clontarf Castle, Dublin
Built in 1172, later
demolished and then rebuilt.

The Head Room, Le Louvre, Paris
The Greek, Etruscan, and Roman
Department displays pieces from the
Neolithic to the 6th century.

Politically incorrect caption: Where to
get a little head in Paris.

The Thousand Mile Wall, China
Often billed as the only man-made
object visible from space, generally
it isn't.

Namale, Vanua Nevu, Fiji
Ratu Udre Udre, a local tribal
chieftain, holds the Guinness
World Record for cannibalism,
having eaten 872 people in the
19th century.

Pompei, Italy
The remains, buried by the
eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79,
provide a vivid picture of
ancient Roman society and life.

Eiffel Tower, Paris
Designed for the 1899 Universal
Exposition, it was not intended
to be a permanent landmark, but
proved handy during WWI.

Toledo, Spain
Once the capital of Spain, the
winding streets within the old
city walls are a living museum
of Spanish history.

Nene, Hawaii Island
Branta sandvicensis, the world's
rarest goose, endemic to the
Hawaiian Islands

Interlaken, Switzerland
Ignore the sign. Take the train.

The high was zero degrees.

Queensland, Australia
Kangaroos are the only
large animals that move by
hopping. They cannot move

Tail section, Queensland
Supposedly, a relic of
the first Qantas flight.

The second most densely
populated country in the
world, after Monaco

Qianqing Gong
Palace of Heavenly Peace,

Forum Romanum
Once a market place, the forum
became the economic, political,
and religious center of the
Roman Empire.

Oakley Court, Windsor, England
The restored mansion was used
as the set for the original
"Dracula" movie, as well as
the "Rocky Horror Picture Show."

Mtebele dancers, Victoria Falls
A dance such as a ritual
of spirit possession may
last twelve hours, or even

Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point was first
developed as Governor Macquarie
Fort and later used as a tram

Old mosque near Delhi, India

Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon, Portugal
The site was occupied by the
Romans, Visigoths and Moors before
being transformed into the Royal
Palace in the 14th century.

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau, Hawaii
No harm could come to those
who reached the boundaries of
the Place of Refuge.

Part of the Cyclades island group,
Santorini sits in the Aegean Sea, halfway
between Athens and Crete.

Sampans, Hong Kong
The term "sam pan" is Hokkien
for "three planks," referring
to the hull design.

At 10 AM the beer gardens are
already filling up, and lovers are

The Acropolis, Athens
The first stone was laid in
447 BC to create a monument
to the goddess Athena.

Bora Bora
The rugged volcanic, mountainous
island surrounded by spectacular coral
reefs is deservedly known as the Crown
Jewel of the South Pacific.

Buckingham Palace, London
Originally called Buckingham House,
the building was constructed for the
Duke of Buckingham in 1703.

Changing the Guard, Buckingham
Palace, UK
The ceremony originally took place
at the Palace of Whitehall until 1689.

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