Nita's photos of the Ballestas Islands, part of the Paracas National Reservation, Peru.
Ian's photos of Lake Titicaca in the National Reserve of Titicaca, Peru
Ian's photos of Jurong Bird Park, Singapore
When the great saint Lama Drukpa Kunley, the Divine
Madman, visited Bhutan in the late 15th century, a large
congregation of devotees gathered to witness his magical
powers. The people urged the lama to perform a miracle.
The saint however demanded that he first be served a
whole cow and a goat for lunch. He devoured these with
relish and left him only the bones. After letting out a large
and satisfied burp, he took the goats head and stuck it
onto the bones of the cow. And then with a snap of his
fingers he commanded the strange beast to rise up and
graze on the mountainside. To the astonishment of the
people the animal rose and ran up to the meadows to
This animal came to be known as the dong gyem tsey
(takin) and to this day these animals can be seen grazing
on the mountainsides of Bhutan.
Nita's photos of Motithang Takin Preserve , Thimphu, Bhutan
The Takin is Bhutan's national animal, chosen both because of it's uniqueness and it's strong association with
Bhutan's religion and mythology.
I have to admit, until I went to Bhutan I had never heard of a Takin. They are beautiful, big and strong.
The Motithang Takin Preserve was originally a small zoo
near the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.
The king decided that such a facility was not in keeping with
Bhutan's environmental and religious convictions, and it
was disbanded some time ago.
The animals were released into the wild but the takins,
Bhutan's national animal, were so tame that they wandered
around the streets of Thimphu looking for food, and the only
solution was to put them back into captivity.
Of course they still thrive in the wild and are found in the
Himalayan ranges and western China. In Bhutan they are
found Primarily in the Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park.
Don's photos of his trip to Sabah
Ian's photos of Tarn Hows, part of the Lakes District National Park, England
Ian's photos of Snowdonia a National Park in North Wales
Don's photos of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vietnam.
Ol' One Horn
Christian's Photos in -
Chobe National Park
Christian's Photos in -
The Grand Canyon
Christian's Photos of a
6 day kayak trip in
Prince William Sound
Christian's Photos of A
week hiking in the
mountains in USA's
Largest national Park
Wrangle St. Elias NP
Ascending Independence Peak
Glacial U Valley
Old Kennicott Mine and Moraines
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
East- central Oregon. The park is known for its well preserved layers
of fossil plants and mammals, going back as far as 44 million years.
Sun was starting to set