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During the late dry season - roughly from February to May - the air over Luang Prabang can become very smoky due to slash-and-burn agriculture in the hills and mountains around the city. It becomes so bad in March and April that even local residents will complain of red, watery eyes and breathing difficulties. Landscape photography is hopeless, except on the rare day when a strong breeze flushes out the smoke from the valley. With the arrival of rain in late May or June, the air clears and generally stays that way until the following year. One hopes the authorities will get a handle on the situation before all the surrounding forests are gone, and extensive erosion and flooding result.
MOUNT LE CONTE TRAIL (TN) The trailhead for this scenic 13-mile hike is in Cherokee Orchard. From there, you'll follow the Rainbow Falls Trail to Le Conte Creek and the 80-foot-high Rainbow Falls, a spectacular cascade that lends itself especially to nature photography. From there, the trail begins to climb steeply upward through the forest to join the Bullhead Trail. You'll continue on along Bullhead toward the top of Mount Le Conte, where you'll enjoy spectacular scenic views over the park. You must return the way you came, which makes it one heck of a hike very difficult in some places, more moderate in others. You'll need to be in good physical condition if you are to make it all the way to the top and back.
Although time and emigration have left some villages mostly uninhabited, shed no tears the rise of boutique and environmental tourism has led savvy locals to prosper by converting the Zagorohoria's old mansions (arhontika) and smaller traditional homes into lovely and unique guesthouses (xenones) very popular with Greek and foreign solitude-seekers. Encompassing the magnificent Vikos-Aoos National Park, the Zagorohoria is a top destination for nature photographers, hikers and climbers.
GENTRY CREEK & GENTRY CREEK FALLS TRAIL This is a four-mile hike rising some 1,200 feet to Gentry Creek Falls, one of the most outstanding scenic areas in the Watauga Ranger District. The trail is well defined and of good quality, at least as far as the falls, from which point it deteriorates significantly. The going is easy to moderately difficult. The hike is a must for serious nature photographers.
Archaeological finds indicate that the earliest Anatolian hunter-gatherers lived in caves during the Palaeolithic era. By around the 7th millennium BC some folk had abandoned their nomadic existence and formed settiements. Qatalhoyiik (p489), which arose around 6500 BC, may well be the first ever city. It was certainly a centre of innovation - here locals developed crop irrigation and were the first to domesticate pigs and sheep, as well as create distinctive pottery and what is thought to have been the first-ever landscape picture. Relics from this settiement can be seen at Ankara's Museum of Anatolian Civilisations (p443).
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The third, and perhaps the most influential travel writer, was Seneca Ray Stoddard, a man of many talents - landscape photographer, writer, surveyor, cartographer, and lecturer on the Adirondacks. From 1873 to the First World War he wrote and illustrated a series of guidebooks on Lake George, Lake Champlain, and the interior of the Adirondacks, revising them annually. He began publishing maps as an adjunct to his books and later, separately, worked as a photographer for Colvin's surveys he eventually went on the lecture circuit with his lantern slides.
The Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay (& 808 565-2000 www.four seasons.com lanai) has a P i-hour fitness hike along an old fisherman's trail at 9am Tuesday and Friday, led by Joe West, wildlife and outdoor photographer extraordinaire. Bring your camera and ask Joe for photographing tips. The fee is 15.
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