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Top 10 Intriguing Places I Would LOVE to Photograph

I have always had an interest in taking photographs however, it was not until this past year that it became a real passion. In the past I had no interest in learning how to use my camera properly.  When I purchased my Canon EOS 70D last September I was determined to learn the basic functions my camera had to offer.

I have always had a mental list of all the places I have wanted to visit. Now that photography has become an integral part of my life, my bucket list has changed dramatically.

Here is a list I compiled of all the places I would love to travel to and be able to capture through my lens:

10) Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | Iceland

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon -| Iceland |Image taken from https://www.extremeiceland.is/en/ |

Jokulsarlson Glacier Lagoon is located in Vatnajokull National Park in the southeast region of Iceland.  Due to the melting glaciers Jokulaslson became a lake and continues to grow.  Today it is the deepest lake in Iceland.  Since the 1970’s, the lake has quadrupled in size. The lagoon is considered to be a natural wonder of Iceland and one of the most visited places.

The scenery from pictures is fascinating because it is like nothing I have ever encountered before.  Due to the extreme weather, Iceland is one destination I would never have considered.

9) Isle of Skye | Scotland

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Fairy Pools | Isle of Skye, Scotland | Image taken by Simon Cameron | https://www.flickr.com/photos/been_snapping/

The Isle of Skye is known to be the most scenic places within the country.  It is located in the north west region and is the second largest island in Scotland.  The island sits at 50 miles long and offers plenty of opportunity for capturing great landscape images.

8) Holi Festival | India

Holi got its name as the “Festival of Colors” from Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to play pranks on the village girls by drenching them in water and colors. The festival marks the end of winter and the abundance of the upcoming spring harvest season.

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Holi Festival | India | Image taken by Andy Basile |

I have been to India and I wish that I could have been there during the festival of Holi.

7) Machu Pichu | Peru

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Machu Pichu | Peru | Image taken by Fotoslucho |https://www.flickr.com/photos/12917733@N04/ |

Machu Pichu are mysterious ruins located in Peru.  Machu Pichu sits at approximately 7,000 feet above sea level.  It is located in the Andean Mountain Range.  It was known as the “Lost Cities” until it was discovered in 1911.  It was built by the Incas in approximately 1450.

6)  Antartica

Antarctica, almost 98% solid ice, was finally considered a continent in 1840, and not just a group of isolated islands. Antarctica is the coldest and windiest spot on the planet. In fact, the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth was recorded in Antarctica (-129.3ºF) and the mean winter temperatures range from -40º to -94ºF. Winds are commonly measured at up to 200 miles per hour.

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Penguins | Antartica | Image taken by John Weller | http://www.johnbweller.com |

My reason for wanting to visit is to capture the penguins in their natural habitat.

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5) Anhumas Abyss | Brazil

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Anhumas Abyss | Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil | Image taken by Kedson Silveira |

The Anhumas Abyss is a cave located about 23 km from Bonito City. To access the lake one must repel with a descent of 22 meters into a crystal clear lake that has a depth up to 80 meters at it’s deepest.

4) Petra | Jordan

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Petra | Jordan | Image taken by www.flickr.com/photos/23351544@N03/ |

Petra was established in approximately 312 BCE.  It was more than 2,000 years ago the city was carved into the mountains by the Nabataean’s.  It is commonly known as the Rose City because of the colour of stone.  Petra is known as the “lost city” because of the time it remained undiscovered to the westerners till about 1812.

3) Wild Horses | New Mexico

The Jicarilla Wild Horse Territory consists of 76,000 acres within the Carson National Forest, bordering the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Still today approximately 25,689 wild horses and 2,874 burros roam these lands freely.

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Wild Horses |Truchas, New Mexico | Taken by Amy C. Evans | https://www.flickr.com/photos/madeinmississippi/ |

For the longest time now I have had the desire to see wild horses.  I was actually quite surprised to learn that so many horses still run free.  In a time where we are taking away much of these animals habitat it is refreshing to know that these creatures still have a place where they are not kept captive and can live freely.

2) Aurora Borealis | Fairbanks, Alaska

The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding.

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Aurora Borealis | Chenasprings, outside of Fairbanks, Alaska | Image taken by Analogick | https://www.flickr.com/photos/11127719@N04/ |

I chose Fairbanks because it is known to be the ideal location to capture the dancing lights.  The best time to go is between October till mid-April which is also the worst time for me since I have a problem acclimatizing my body even to the Toronto winters.  And that’s just me running from the front door to the car.

1)  Tokyo | Japan

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Tokyo | Japan | Image taken by William Bullimore | https://www.flickr.com/photos/williambullimorephotography/ |

Tokyo is the capital of Japan and one of the most populated cities in the world.  I have been to New York City many times and I imagine Tokyo to share the same energy but on an even larger scale.  It has a population of over 12 million people.  I have always been fascinated with the unique style of the “harajuku girl.”  I am sure that Tokyo is one city that I would never get bored photographing.


 

If someone asked me a few years ago what cities I would like to visit, the answer would have been completely different.  I have always thought of myself as a big city girl.  I love the energy, the vibe and the fashion a large city has to offer.  I never liked being in the country side, being in cold weather, camping, or the outdoors to name a few.

However, in the past year I have woken up in the wee hours of the night, got into a cold car and driven north in hopes of capturing the illusive Aurora.  All of this because the weather reports were forecasting the possibility of Aurora sightings.  And guess what?  The weather reports were incorrect, I returned home with an empty memory but I still did not regret going on the adventure.

What’s on your list?

Until next time,

Alyssa

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References provided by the following sites:

http://icelagoon.is

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/scotland/highlands-and-northern-islands/isle-of-skye

http://goindia.about.com/od/festivalsevents/p/Holi.htm

http://www.peru-machu-picchu.com

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/an.htm

http://www.thousandwonders.net/Abismo+Anhumas

http://visitpetra.jo/Petra/AboutPetra.aspx#all

http://www.westernhorseman.com

http://www.northernlightscentre.ca/northernlights.html