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Earth and Sky The mere mention of Death Valley National Park stirs images of an inhospitable, wretched landscape of nothingness. Truth be told, there is an alluring and astounding variety of natural and cultural features at Death Valley. The curious visitor is confronted with vast sand dunes, a high mountain forest with incredible stone ruins […]

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Daréll Lourens visits The National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site in New York City. It is a space alive with remembrance and renewal, respectively commemorating the six civilians killed in the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, and 2,507 civilians, 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 55 military personnel, who died on 11th September 2001. The visit takes […]

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Los Angeles has long been a popular tourist destination and most people are familiar with spots such as Disneyland, Rodeo Drive and Hollywood Blvd. But L.A. is a vast city with many interesting off the beaten path spots that even longtime residents don’t know about. My obsession is urban hiking. The cliche is that everyone […]

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  In the above picture I am taking a moment from a trail run with my brother to enjoy the view on Meginticook Mountain, Maine USA. The birds haven’t even woken yet, save for a determined Drongo and an ambitious sparrow. Its dark and the cocoon I dwell in under the duvet envelopes me in the […]

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Andrew stops the car and I look out into the wilderness of the desert through the window.  The intricate landscape is practically threatening. All the mesmerizing facts I learned about this place prior to arrival had a mysterious spirit within them and as I step out to feel the sun blazing down on my skin, […]

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Like no other place on Earth, the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park is alive with mystery and wonder. I thought I knew what to expect here, I came for massive trees, but I left with something much, much bigger. The Mariposa Grove, near Yosemite’s South Entrance, contains about 500 mature giant Sequoias. Giant Sequoias […]

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I am standing on the edge of a 200-foot high sandy cliff of Fort Funston looking down on San Francisco’s southwest coast at low tide. Above me the clear skies, a hang glider and seagulls. Beside me my camera, securely mounted for a time-lapse. Down below Andres with a rake that seem as free as […]

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The reasons for using a bicycle as one’s main form of transport for daily commutes and while seeing a new city are endless: It is definitely easier to finance a new bicycle than a new car; a bicycle has a tiny manufacturing footprint when compared to a car; bicycles produce no meaningful pollution when in […]

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Through a string of unexpected events, one of which included having my heart broken by the one I love, I found myself on a sailboat between New York and a small town on the eastern seaboard of the USA, somewhere between Connecticut and Maine and far enough from the coast that all you could see […]

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