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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 graze.

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.
Cheetah Cub
Ol' One Horn
Christian's Photos in -
Chobe National Park
Christian's Photos in -
The Grand Canyon
The Chute
Redwall Cavern
Christian's Photos of a 6 day kayak trip in
Prince William Sound
Columbia Glacier
Schoup Glacier
Snow Melt
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
Iceland Rock
Iceberg Lake
Our Valley
Old Kennicott Mine and Moraines
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
If you visit the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on facebook you will see some amazing photos. Here's a little taste of what there is to look at.
The John Day 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