Friday, 13 March 2015

Famous Walkway Known as the Most Dangerous in the World is Set to Re-open for Public in Spain



Well, this is famous as El Caminito del Rey (the King's little pathway) and was a very popular challenge for adventurers lovers, because until five people lost their lives while taking on the path between 1999 and 2000. Therefore, after a long gap of 14 years after it was closed due to safety fears, the renowned walkway - recognized as the most dangerous in the world is set to reopen to the public.

The beautiful narrow gorge in the province of Malaga, El Caminito del Rey is a risky walkway that rises over 100 metres (328ft) above the river below. Although after an extensive €2.8 million restoration it was in recent times reopened to the press and will officially open to the public on March 28. Well, a hard joint effort by the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Malaga, who shared the costs of the renovation, the project has retained much of the walkway’s original features.

The picturesque pathway has also been reinforced with an additional security fence and despite offering up some dizzying views is entirely safe. The walkers can wear hard hats as they clutch the newly installed handrails on their way along the trail. A majestic cave is also incorporated into the path, and walkers can be seen entering and exiting it via a set of stairs. So far, the walk will be free to enjoy for the first six months before a small fee is brought in thereafter. Well, King Felipe is due to be among the first guests to take a walk along the renovated path.

Tristan da Cunha, The World’s Most Remotest Island



Tristan da Cunha, is 1,491 miles from the nearest continent and home to just one 300-person village at the foot of an active volcano, and experience life on the inhabited island, the world's most remote island. It is an arduous task to be there, and you have to be mentally and physically fit to journey this remote island, because it is accessible only by a 6-day boat journey from South Africa or as part of epic month-long cruises through the South Atlantic Ocean, Tristan da Cunha is about as far from a quick holiday destination as it gets. Tristan da Cunha is archipelago stands 1,243 miles from Saint Helena, its closest neighbor with residents, 1,491 miles from South Africa and 2,088 miles from South America.

The majestically beautiful island is just 7 miles long and 37.8 square miles in area, officially known as Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, referred to by locals - less than 300 of them - as The Settlement, located at the foot of the 6,765-foot Queen Mary's Peak. Although this is small unimposing size and formidable remoteness, “Tristan da Cunha” has great rich history and a plethora of native wildlife that is truly unique. Therefore Ocean-wide Expeditions have 4 cruises that take in 3 days stops at Tristan da Cunha, the name given to both the main island and the surrounding archipelago, including the uninhabited Nightingale Islands, and Inaccessible Island and the Gough Islands, which are nature reserves. However cruises, such as those which leave from Ushuaia in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego, are the most convenient way to see the island.

Moreover one of 12 spaces can be filled on the fishing vessel MV Edinburgh and the cargo ship MV Baltic Trader. Though, non-local travelers are at the bottom of an eight-tier priority pecking order that may also include those responding to medical emergencies, official visitors and locals. While the other cruise sails annually to Gough Island, run since 2012 by the South African Antarctic Research and Supply Vessel Agulhas II, and carries more than forty passengers to and from Tristan. Ocean-wide Expeditions' Atlantic Odyssey tours, the shortest and cheapest being the 27-night tour from £3,929 calls in on The Settlement, and aims to land on Nightingale and Inaccessible, which millions of millions of seabirds call home.

The landings aren't guaranteed though, with 30 % of attempts via zodiac boat since 1998 having been failed due to bad weather. Thankfully, tours often factor in a spare day. On Nightingale Island, the wandering, yellow-nosed and sooty albatrosses all breed, and the Rockhopper penguins that live on all four of the Tristan Islands are also immensely popular with those who manage to make it there. Despite of such attractions, tourism is a slight industry for Tristan, with the majority of earnings coming from their commercial crawfish or Tristan rock lobster (Jasus) operations and the sale of their exclusive postage stamps and coins to collectors. Though, a range of accommodation is offered in the form of home stays with locals - descendants of one of seven families originating from Scotland, England, The Netherlands, the United States and Italy - who also serve as guides and sell craft and souvenirs.

As expected, all inhabitants are farmers too, and the total area is communally owned. Historically, the island has proven a vital stop for sailing ships needing a stopover in the Atlantic, and was annexed by the United Kingdom in 1816 to ensure the French couldn't use it as a base to attempt a rescue of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was imprisoned at Saint Helena. The Settlement was named in honor of the 1867 visit of Queen Victoria's son Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, when the islands served as a Royal Navy outpost called HMS Atlantic Isle, also said to have been used to observer shipping movements in the ocean and the radio communications of Nazi U-boats. Prince Phillip, the second Duke of Edinburgh, also visited there on board the royal yacht Britannia in 1957.

After 4 years later, the whole population was enforced to evacuate to England via Cape Town when Queen Mary's Peak erupted. Luckily, the damage to the Settlement was found to be minimal and most inhabitants returned in 1963. Moreover the local penguin population was threatened in March 2011 when the MS Oliva freighter ran aground and created a potentially overwhelming oil slick around Nightingale Island, which has no fresh water. Rockhoppers had to be taken to Tristan to be cleaned. The remote island then got even more worldwide attention later the same year when Volvo Ocean Race competitor Puma's Mar Mostro broke a mast during its journey from Alicante to Cape Town and was enforced to stop there. The town turned it on for the eleven person crew, who visited the local St Mary's School, took a tour of the fish processing factory and picked up emergency supplies at the local shop. 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Barehipani Waterfall India



India has some of the best and most attractive waterfalls in the world. Every state has its very own show piece, making it dynamic to enlist the waterfalls in every state. So, you never know when you may plan a trip and having this information ready could prove handy. Barehipani Falls is a two tiered waterfall located in Simlipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district in the Indian state of Odisha.

 It is famous for its famous Barehipani Falls which are found in the central region of the national park. Therefore it is one of higher waterfalls in India, situated at 21.932759N 86.380145E on the Budhabalanga River flowing over the Meghasuni mountain. The nearest railway station is at Baripada. The Joranda Falls is also located nearby Barehipani falls. It is 120km far from a small town Jashipur. The Barehipani Falls has a total height of 399 metres.It is tiered waterfall with two drops.

The tallest single drop is 259 metres. The waterfall is very violent in nature during the monsoons season which is evident from the lack of vegetation around the falls. The surrounding area is lovely covered with lush green forest and though on the way there you can spot the local wildlife and birds, native to the region. However; during the night if you’re lucky enough you may spot leopards on prowl as well.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Atlantic Light from Peter Cox



Peter Cox wants a coffee table book with photographs from these locations? Support the Kick starter at atlanticlight.ie, for over a year now; I've been trying to work on a project to create a new book of aerial photographs of Ireland's west coast. Though making these images, I've also been shooting video with a view to producing a short film. This represents a highlight reel of the journey to date along the wild Atlantic way. If you'd like to learn more and see the upcoming book, please visit the Kick starter page at atlanticlight.ie.  Music: Rise by Lights & Motion, licensed from musicbed.com, with filmed with a DJI S1000 and Canon 5D Mk III. I must say; stunning piece of work Peter, best of luck with the kickstarter.

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