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Bear in mind that these photos weren't spur-of-the-moment snaps. The skilled photographers who took them likely went to great effort to capture them at exactly the right moment, when the weather was dramatic, when the lighting was vivid, and when there were no people around. Any photographer will tell you that a good photo requires timing; they probably ...


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The best views are the unexpected ones. When are on a hillside and suddenly a gap opens up in the mist through which you glimpse a small lake in the valley down there that you didn't even know existed. Or when you see animals that you only see a few times in your life, and you have a chance to observe them for a minute before they move on. Or when the light ...


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It's the seed tufts of a poplar species, specifically Populus nigra: As this article says: The tree loves a wet, marshy soil. Which explains why there are so many poplars around Milan and in the Po River plain generally, which is a pretty soggy place. And in Milan, the problem of flying white fluff was truly awful. These pictures are not from Milan but ...


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Kangaroos are wild animals. While you will come across them if you are driving in rural areas, do not approach them. While most will simply run away, some may enter a more defensive posture especially if there are young (joeys) nearby. A kick from an adult can kill a human (http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/kangaroo_attacks.htm). Kangaroos can be ...


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There are no Polar Bears in Antarctica, except for at Zoos. There are also no Zoos in Antarctica. So all up, you're pretty safe.


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First I have to say that is very difficult to answer your question, because is near impossible to say "hey, this volcano will be launching lava on this dates". If you remove Hawaii from your list, I believe the only places you can see lava are: Mount Erebus: Antarctica, not very easy to reach and really difficult to climb. Has a lava lake. Erta Ale: ...


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While what constitutes a "best" spot is subjective, here are some popular options: Icho Namiki This road is located in Tokyo, between the Gaienmae and Aoyama-Itchome stations. The best time to visit is from mid-november to early december. Rikugien garden While this doesnt feature only Ginkgo trees, you can enjoy the view in this traditional japanese ...


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It depends on how close you intend on getting for your selfies. If you insist on approaching closely, I would only do so in a controlled environment. If you're willing to have your selfie with the kangaroos a dozen or more metres in the background, you'll be fine. As to where you're able to do so, just about every major town or tourist location has some ...


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I would work this out strategically, and look up lists like The Ten Most Active Volcanoes in the World. There are approximately 1,500 active volcanoes in the world today and 75 percent of them are located in the "Pacific Ring of Fire." On average, 50-70 volcanoes erupt every year. As the article text below provides descriptions, I've included photos along ...


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Strictly speaking, they are the seeds and not the pollen :-) Milano and surroundings are really green and full of mountains and trees and parks, poplars especially are quite popular (pun intended), and what you see is what it's mainly called "lanugine di pioppo"/"poplar fuzz". It's quite complicate and I'm not a botanic myself, so I'll go for a simple ...


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Madagascar or Mauritius, both are islands and both have Indian Palm Squirrels. They aren't that far from South Africa too. This species of squirrels is not native to neither Madagascar or Mauritius, they were introduced in the 19th century.


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Well yes and no. Because it depends what you mean by "near Sydney". Penguins do exist in Sydney, but they are so endangered that only about 60 pairs remain in the only location on the New South Wales mainland that has them. You can read about the efforts to protect them on the environment.nsw.gov.au website. The page doesn't mention anything about tourist ...


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According to this Wikimedia image you can find cheetahs around Africa and Middle East. Image is in public domain One of the easiest places to see Cheetahs (I saw a lot there) is Masai Mara National Park (Kenya).


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It comes down to the definition you want to adopt but apart from the Northern and Eastern periphery (especially Russia), I think there is no real wilderness in Europe. You can have some feeling of remoteness in parts of the Alps but the region has been inhabited for centuries and shaped by humans in many subtle ways. You are also never really far from ...


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Visit Toyko's Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to experience the ginko tunnel in the Meiji-Jingu Gaien, the golden canopy and carpet the most glorious in the autumn.


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Right, despite missing out on the first day of my tour there while my train broke down, the rest of the gang went and unfortunately for me, I missed out on an opportunity to see Nessie. One day though, one day... Firstly, you need to be aware of the geography. Loch Ness is in a natural cleft between Fort William and Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, ...


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This map shows the tropical rain forest in the whole world. As you can recognize, the rain forest in Africa are geographically located closest to Europe. Other references also state that the rain forest in Gambia are the closest rain forest to Europe, for example here. A quick matrix flight search turns out that you can get there from central Europe (I ...


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First of all, please let me explain what is Tokyo. Tokyo is not a city in its traditional meaning, Tokyo is a whole prefecture and at least half of it is covered by evergreen forests and scenic mountains. Quite unexpected for Tokyo, right? There are bears in Japan and even in Tokyo. But odds of meeting one are quite low, so I would not worry. Monkeys are ...


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If you come to the UK, don't bother with grey squirrels, which are classified as an invasive animal pest species (introduced from the USA) and have almost wiped out the native European red squirrels. You can find grey squirrels pretty much anywhere in the UK in urban areas where there is a park with a few trees. Personally, I think the description of grey ...


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Would you believe, Wikipedia has a list of dolphinariums! I won't list them all, but basically there are several in Germany (Allwetter Zoo Münster, Duisburg Zoo, Tiergarten Nürnberg) and Lithuania is also pretty close, depending where in Poland you are (Lithuanian Sea Museum, Klaipėda) - but I'll leave it to you to check out the list.


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Yes, this is possible, but I guess only if you have your own vehicle. I have done two road trips together with 3 friends through France experiencing all the things listed, except for the vultures. On both road trips we didn't have a clear goal in mind, and chose a destination from day to day. The first road trip was around the Vosges mountains, on the ...


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Speaking strictly statistically, judging by the official range of the creature, it actually runs in two bands from the north of the Dead Sea, down the west a bit, and down the east. Notably, not SW (you may have to zoom into the map). Animals are of course, wild and hard to predict - the bane of anyone looking for something in a wildlife reserve. However, ...


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This is very much an opinion-based question. That said, it's my experience that if you travel enough, you'll eventually be lucky enough to witness some pretty darn beautiful sights with your own eyes: a beautiful sunset, the light reflecting off a building just so, the exotic animal who wanders across your path and sticks around to hang out with you, etc... ...


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I am Billy Ssali (freelance local Tour guide in Uganda). I would say that Rwanda has an added advantage over Uganda compared to the distance to be driven in the car, in Rwanda it takes 2 hours drive from Kanombe International Airport to get to Kinigi (Parc De National) while in Uganda it needs a minimum of 11 hours to drive from Entebbe International ...


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Parks in Paris' vincinity: Bois de Vincennes and, a bit wilder, the Bois de Boulogne. Even though large and not in Paris center, these are both city parks, and you should not expect anything wild there. Closest “real” forest to Paris: Fontainebleau forest. This one has a few deers, but you should not expect to see any (French Wikipédia says less than one ...


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I would also recommend Pacaya in Guatemala, it is easy to get to and you can stand pretty much next to the lava, even though many people have melt their shoes while doing this. The main reason why I would recommend Guatemala is that there are several other smoking volcanos in the area. My highlight in Guatemala though was watching an erupting volcano from ...


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Looks like an Eastern Water Dragon to me. From wildlife.qld.com.au: Sexually dimorphic with males more robust than females. Prominent spines on head and along length of back, with a laterally compressed body and tail. Long powerful limbs. Olive green to brown in colour with short dark bands on the body, dark stripe behind the eye. Males have a distinctive ...


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Here's a recent article from the Phnom Penh Post: Dealing in turtles is mostly illegal in Cambodia, where six of the 14 turtle species are endangered, some critically. The only legitimate options are to import them or buy from the single licensed farm. But a thriving trade that stretches from small provincial restaurants in Cambodia to Hong Kong ...


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