Friday Photo Inspiration (vol. 4)

This week’s photo inspiration is inspired by the natural world, and the ways we find our place in it. Hope you enjoy!

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Photo: Emma Y. Young

Though it’s a seemingly simple vignette without much action, this photograph kept pulling me back in – partly because of the abundance of the trees, which seem to envelop the man, and also because of the anonymity. The banana leaves, the worker’s tanned skin, and the slow pace suggested by the photo remind me of being back home in Jamaica, but truly, this could be a scene from any number of places. And that mystery intrigues me.

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Photo: Beverly Joubert/ National Geographic Creative (via Intelligent Travel)

This was taken at the Selinda Camp in Botswana, one of several Great Plains safari camps established by Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Great Plains Conservation combines tourism and land preservation (what they call “conservation tourism”) to preserve wildlife under threat of extinction in Botswana and Kenya.

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Photo: EuroPics (via The Daily Mail)

Speaking of land, how crazy is this tiny turtle-shaped mass in China’s Muodaoxi River? According to The Daily Mail, the shape only becomes visible in the spring when the water levels drop to between 163 and 168 meters high. Any higher, and only the top of the rock is visible, and when the water gets lower, the connection to the mainland appears. Not surprisingly, the “turtle rock” has become a tourist attraction as people come each spring to take photos.

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Photo: Josh Stansfield

And here, in Tibet, is a mountain of homes that appear to be stacked on top of each other like crates. They’re actually just really close together — and they serve as housing for 40,000 monks, nuns and pilgrims at the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in Sertar County, Garze Prefecture, according to Amusing Planet. It’s amazing how such a large community has taken root in this isolated and once uninhabited valley, which at an elevation of 4,000 meters elevation takes at least 13 hours to get to from the nearest large city.

Have you guys traveled to Asia before? 

“Friday Photo Inspiration” is a weekly series featuring beautiful images that I’ve discovered around the Internet. The photos above were not taken by me, and are credited to the best of my knowledge. Read earlier installments here



  1. March 30, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    Hi! I came over from Community Pool to visit. I really like the idea of having the full post on one page rather than clicking around to find it. I think it can get too confusing and people just give up. 🙂 Good job here.

    • March 30, 2015 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks, lilypup. That’s been my concern too because I know people’s attention span and tolerance are short on the Internet. Haha

  2. March 28, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Reblogged this on Red Hot Chili Mother and commented:
    I have lived in Asia and traveled a lot in some countries in Africa. You’re from Jamaica? I was in Dominica in January, do you know it? Are the 2 islands similar?

    • March 28, 2015 / 10:32 am

      Thats so cool! Which country did you live in? Yep, I was born in Jamaica and lived there until i was a teenager. I have family who lived in Dominica but I’ve never been there myself. I’d guess they are somewhat similar in terms of the landscape, though the accents and language in all Caribbean countries usually have slight variations. How did you like Dominica?

      • March 28, 2015 / 4:20 pm

        I loved it. The people were AWESOME and the landscape wonderpretty. It was warm and green and the food was good. And it was much nicer than the French islands just around. And cheaper too.
        I used to live in Taiwan. I traveled a lot in SEA (South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam…) Now I am moving again to the area, in Singapore. Let’s see!
        Do you travel? Or do you plan to?

        • March 28, 2015 / 8:32 pm

          That’s so cool. I should definitely go there in the future. And wow, you’ve been to so many countries! I really want to go to Japan and Thailand.
          I do travel, although not as much as I want to. I just went to Canada in Feb – and I want to go to Europe before the year ends.

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