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Monkey Orchids Dracula simia from Peru

This is the rare Monkey Orchid, found only in high elevations of Ecuador
and Peru, especially the Peruvian Cloud Forest.  The primate-esque flowers are formally known as Dracula simia.

The orchid was only named in 1978 by the botanist Luer but is in a
family containing over 120 species mostly found in Ecuador.  Up in the
cloud mountains the monkey orchid can flower at any time – it is not
season specific. It scent resembles that of a ripe orange.

The Monkey orchid (Orchis simia) is an orchid species of the Orchis genus.

It is known for its pungent odor, which some  say is similar to that of feces!  Nice right?!

Its scientific name is Dracula simia, the last part nodding towards
the fact that this remarkable orchid bears more than a passing resemblance
to a monkey’s face – although we won’t go as far as
to be species specific on this one.

 The Dracula (genus) part of its
name refers to the strange characteristic of the two long spurs of the
sepals, reminiscent of the fangs of a certain Transylvanian count of
film and fiction fame.


More Amazing Travel Photos From Around the World

This statue, created by Bruno Catalano, is located in France

Airport in the Maldives is located on an artificial island in the middle of the Indian Ocean

Zhangye Province of Gansu . The color is the result of an accumulation for millions of years of red sandstone and other rocks.


In the resort town of Skagen (Denmark)  you can watch an amazing natural
phenomenon. This city is the northernmost point of Denmark, where the
Baltic and North Seas meet. The two opposing tides in this place can
not merge because they have different densities:


Twice a year in the Gulf of Mexico rays migrate. About 10 thousand stingrays at a time!  WOW!

These trees grow in the forest near Gryfino , Poland . The cause of the curvature is unknown.

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My Favorite Best Pools From Around The World


(Maui, Hawaii)

I was looking through my library of books yesterday and came across  Kelly Kleins , Pools
. (Calvins ex-wife)
This book is from the eighties but  went into a reprint a few years ago. Anyway, Inspired by a desire to design a new pool for her own Long Island
backyard, Kelly Klein sought out and put together the most arresting and
iconic photographs of swimming pools in all their various forms to
create this unique and stunning book. The photographs are as inspiring
as they are moving, revealing an incredible wealth of styles and designs
in climates and cultures across the globe, and evoking the sensations
of rest and nostalgia, the clarity of water and light, the coexistence
of coolness and warmth, and the insinuations of sex and romance that can
bring such character to a swimming pool.

Included are pools in all
shapes, sizes, colors, and settings, from Tangiers and Miami to the
ancient magnificence of Hadrian’s Villa; from Coney Island to the Côte
d’Azur; from the robber baron 1880s through the prosperous 1990s, and
captured by great photographers such as Lartigue, Stieglitz, Munkacsi,
Weston, Mapplethorpe, and Weber. Republished in its entirety from the
original first edition of 1992, including 187 photographs and a note
from Esther Williams, Pools is a classic of modern design photography and an inspiration to aesthetes and creative homeowners alike.

But it got me to thinking – what are some of my favorite pools……..


(Caldea Spa, Andorra)


(BIGGEST pool in the world San Alfonso del Mar in Chile)


(Hard Rock Hotel Bali  Indonesia )


(Mykonos Greece)


(Mirage – Las Vegas)


(Caesars Palace – Las Vegas)


(Costa Rica)

What is YOUR favorite pool??

Finger Monkeys from The Rain Forest


I just had a friend get back from a gay travel vacation to the  Amazon rainforest by way of Brazil.

A bit of geography trivia!    The Amazon Rainforest also known in English as Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America.

It  encompasses seven million square kilometers (1.7 billion acres), of which five and a half million square kilometers (1.4 billion acres) are covered by the rainforest.

This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombian Amazon with 10%, and with minor amounts in, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and France (French Guiana).

The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and it comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

My friend was telling my about these finger monkeys!! He took some photos – but his dud not turn out that great = so I found these to share.

Finger monkeys are, as a matter of fact, pygmy marmosets.
They are also known by the names “pocket monkey”and “tiny lion”.
This cute little primate hugs and grips on to your finger so tight that it pulls your heartstrings and
you wish you could take it home with you.
The finger monkey is the tiniest living primate in the world. It’s so small that it can hold on to your finger.
These primates belong to the family Callitrichidae, species Cebuella and genus C. pygma

How adorable?!

Awesome Travel Photography from Around the World


Balloons in Cappadocia…Cappadocia which is unique in the world and is a miraculous nature
wonder is the common name of the field covered by the provinces of
Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir in the Central Anatolian region.

Banpo Bridge in Seoul , South Korea .  GAY  SEOUL  KOREA

Desert with Phacelia (Scorpion Weed). Flowering once in several years.

Favelas of Brazil . The boundary between wealth and poverty.  Sad.

Dubai is the leading regional commercial hub with state-of-art
infrastructure and a world class business environment to support and
sustain its great grouth potential. The buildings are just amazing.  It’s funny if you Google  GAY DUBAI our site comes up in top search!  And Dubai is not gay at all!

The Happy Rizzi House (usually just “Rizzi House”) is a contemporary building in Brunswick , by the American artist James Rizzi designed by the architect Konrad monastery was implemented.

Restaurant on a cliff on the east coast of Zanzibar, Tanzania . Depending on the tide, you can sometimes walk out to the restaurant.  The Rock Restaurant is an extraordinary seafood restaurant located on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean.  It serves up to 14 tables, all facing a wonderful terrace on the Ocean.

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Bone Church…A short trip from Prague




Kutna-Hora is a small village located just a few miles east of the Czech Republic’s capital city, Prague.

Kutna-Hora would be a fairly anonymous town were it not for its bizarre, and some might say macabre attraction, THE
BONE CHURCH OF KUTNA-HORA. Built in the 12th Century by monks, the Bone Church, or “Ossuary” had a small cemetary, which over the years, soon ran out of burial space.

The monks’ solution?

Decorate the Church with the bones of deceased parishoners. 
 40,000 human bones–mostly from the plague years in the 14th century–artistically arranged.

Soon, it became a status symbol of sorts to have your bones on display at the Church. Today, visitors climb the winding, craggy hill to view this most unusual of places of worship.

The most interesting creations by Master Rint are the chandelier in the centre of the nave, containing all the bones of the human body , two monstrances beside the main altar and the coat-of arms of the Schwarzenberg noble family on the left-hand side of the chapel.



 GETTING THERE- A  train stops at the town’s Hlavní Nádrazí (main train station); a smaller commuter train will take you onward to local stops. Get off at the first stop, Kutná Hora-Sedlec, and follow the signs to the Kostnice, or ossuary (a 10-minute walk from the main train station).

AFTERWARDS, Back at Kutná Hora-Sedlec, grab another commuter train to the station called Kutná Hora-Mesto, near the old town (or walk–the ossuary is a mile and a half away). Kutná Hora was an ancient center of silver mining and minting. Those riches paid for the stunning Cathedral of St. Barbara, founded in 1388; the flying buttresses and soaring spires make it one of the best examples of late-Gothic architecture in Central Europe.

A three-minute walk down Barborská Street, the Czech Museum of Silver offers tours of the remaining mines and displays of historic coins. When it’s time to recharge, wander over to Dacický Pivnice, where the hearty meat-and-potatoes fare is updated from medieval recipes and the boisterous taproom pours five types of beer–the pilsner is excellent with the buttery roasted trout. Get in a quick game of ninepins in the pub’s backyard before heading over to the creepy Alchemy Museum, devoted to the times when people tried to convert base metals into gold. Finally, for a one-of-a-kind souvenir, pick up a colorful handmade hat by milliners Bára Jelínková and Lucie Franková at the Salon Meluzína. 

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Amazing Iceberg Photos from Lake Michigan



IS THAT FREAKING WILD?  OR  WHAT!

A reader emailed these – but didn’t say where they shot at!

The captions  said, Icebergs in Lake Michigan sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.


When an iceberg falls into the lake, a layer of water can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.


Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the lake.




Frozen Wave Pixs – Nature is amazing!


The water froze the instant the wave broke through the  ice. That’s what it is like in Lake Michigan where it is the  coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant  it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the  water is already some degrees below freezing.  


Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air!!!

WOW!   Think Spring!




 

Gay Travel Guide Goes to Chile to See The Worlds Largest Swimming Pool

If you like doing laps in the swimming pool, you might want to stock up on some energy drinks before diving in to this one.

It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water.  (which is similar to 6000 8 meter long pools).

The pool can be found in Algarrobo, Chile at San Alfonso del Mar.
The  water has the transparency and turquoise look of the clear sea, this is thanks to the technology used which collects water from the ocean and keeps it in perfect condition.

It took five years to build, cost nearly £1billion and the annual maintenance bill will be £2million.

Quite a lovely resort!
When are we going?!

 

Gay Travel and Gay Pride Around The World 2010

As summer winds down so do the gay pride parties.
Here is a sampling of Gay Pride 2010 from around the world!

Speaking of Gay Barcelona…. ES COLLECTION WILL BE HEATING THINGS UP THIS WINTER! New Underwear Collection Unveiled!














ES COLLECTION just unveiled their hot new line for Winter 2010!  The models and photo shoots
are just amazing! Plus the underwear  rocks! and fits like  a  glove! Much like their summer 2009
collection
,  the styles are eye-popping, the designs unique, and they make you NOT want to wear
clothes to cover them up!


STOP BY THEIR SITE AND SEE more underwear and more models!


PLUS –  Very  Steamy  Videos!



New Gay Travel Guide
   Besy Gay Cities 

Amazing Gay Travel Vacation Photos













More cool  photos sent in from a reader in London!

Beauty is everywhere…from  China to Kansas City!


Gay Peru

 





WOW! 

Someone sent me these pictures from PERU!  How beautiful is that? Peru is a spectacular country with much to offer tourists and travellers, I am told.  There are the well-known destinations like Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Nazca Lines, Paracas, and the Amazon Rainforest.

Has anyone been there? 
How  is the gay  scene  there?  
We  will have to explore that in  a future article.  Spirit Journeys is planning a  2 week  gay vacation there! It looks amazing!








 

Best of Gay New York City



People have been sending us some cool travel photos!
So we thought we would start picking one a week and running them here. 
If you have a cool photo you want to share, E MAIL US !


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