Trip Report: Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Congo

Mount Nyiragongo, located in Virunga National Park with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is an active stratovolcano that has erupted at least 34 times since 1882. The most recent major eruption of the volcano occurred in 2002, destroying 4,500 buildings, displacing 400,000 people, and causing 147 casualties. The primary draw of Nyiragongo is the

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Return to Argentina’s Puna de Atacama

I recently returned to photograph Argentina’s Puna de Atacama region, a high desert plateau located in a remote corner of northern Argentina, adjacent to Chile’s Atacama Desert. I previously wrote about Argentina’s Puna region for Outdoor Photography Guide. This year I was leading a photo tour for Epic Destinations, and the stunning scenery of the

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Komodo Islands

Trip Report: Komodo Islands, Indonesia

During my recent trip to Indonesia, I spent three days cruising through the superlative Komodo Islands. Best known as the home of Komodo dragons, the Komodo Islands also offer world-class diving and snorkeling and feature stunning landscapes. My three short days in this tropical paradise certainly weren’t enough. Most people who visit the Komodos go

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Trekking with Sumatran Orangutans in Indonesia

I recently spent five days trekking with orangutans in Gunung Leuser National Park, on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. The orangutan’s name is based on two Malay words, “orang” (“people” or “person”) and “hutan” (“forest”), and roughly translates as “man of the forest.” Critically endangered and threatened by habitat loss due to logging and

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Trip Report: Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, named for the park’s extensive red sandstone formations. Despite being less than an hour’s drive away from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire seems to be from a completely different world. Over 150 million years old, the ancient rock has withstood eons of uplifting, faulting, and

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Pantanal of Brazil

The Pantanal of Brazil is the world’s largest tropical freshwater wetland area, and is a great location to photograph a number of species including caiman, giant otters, hyacinth macaws, and many other tropical bird species. But forget all that: the Pantanal is the best place in the world to see and photograph wild jaguar! I

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