Author Topic: The World's Most Beautiful Places... Reality as exciting as the Dream?  (Read 8470 times)

spartana

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Heading home now from this place and its pretty awesome (Grand Tetons). Don't know if its on.the list or not but should be.

I'm sure Grand Tetons is gorgeous nevertheless, but I have to mention that photo has been heavily doctored. The flowers are photoshopped on, for instance. Just in case anyone goes there with that exact scenery in mind. ;)

As for the question in the thread title, some places live up to expectations or even surpass them, some don't. And sometimes you just stumble upon wonderful things. Lists like this can be a nice rough guide, but trying out places that don't make these typical epic lists can also be incredibly rewarding.
oh yeah doctored Im sure (random Internet photo).. It CAN look like that for a bit in.the right season and time briefly but was still cold and snow in some places. Its like a picture taken in the desert after a season of high rain. Massive carpets of wildflowers as far as the eye can see then just gone after a few weeks or even days and just dry dirt for the rest of the year. I like to travel off season so almost never somewhere during the spectacular times but the lack of crowds and lower costs more than make up for that. This is also why I like to stay in one area a fairly long time rather than move from place to place. You can really see thing change over time and find all the little special areas if you aren't moving on in a few days.
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Heading home now from this place and its pretty awesome (Grand Tetons). Don't know if its on.the list or not but should be.

I'm sure Grand Tetons is gorgeous nevertheless, but I have to mention that photo has been heavily doctored. The flowers are photoshopped on, for instance. Just in case anyone goes there with that exact scenery in mind. ;)

As for the question in the thread title, some places live up to expectations or even surpass them, some don't. And sometimes you just stumble upon wonderful things. Lists like this can be a nice rough guide, but trying out places that don't make these typical epic lists can also be incredibly rewarding.
oh yeah it CAN look like that for a bit in.the right season and time briefly but was still cold and snow in some places. Its like a picture taken in the desert after a season of high rain. Massive carpets of wildflowers as far as the eye can see then just gone after a few weeks or even days and just dry dirt for the rest of the year. I like to travel off season so almost never somewhere during the spectacular times but the lack of crowds and lower costs more than make up for that. This is also why I like to stay in one area a fairly long time rather than move from place to place. You can really see thing change over time and find all the little special areas if you aren't moving on in a few days.

I'm sure it looks very pretty during wildflower season. But that doesn't change the fact that the flowers in that particular picture are photoshopped on... they're not wildflowers, but from Schreiner's Iris Gardens. You can look it up if you like.

I'd be keen to see it in its true glory if you have your own photos of it, rather than this fake one taken from the internet. :)

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This photographer seems to have genuine photos of Grand Tetons that aren't composite images, if anyone's interested:

http://www.jessleephotos.com/YELLOWSTONE_SPRING_PHOTO_WORKSHOP13.htm

Didn't mean to derail the thread, and I think composite images have their place in photography, but I just don't like it when they're passed off as the real thing. And in this case, the real thing is already beautiful anyway, so this trickery is rather unnecessary! :)

Though, going back to the thread title, and tying this to the photo discussion... I actually do think that in some cases, the proliferation of unrealistic photos these days are at least partially the reason why reality is not always as exciting as the dream. :p

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Heading home now from this place and its pretty awesome (Grand Tetons). Don't know if its on.the list or not but should be.

I'm sure Grand Tetons is gorgeous nevertheless, but I have to mention that photo has been heavily doctored. The flowers are photoshopped on, for instance. Just in case anyone goes there with that exact scenery in mind. ;)

As for the question in the thread title, some places live up to expectations or even surpass them, some don't. And sometimes you just stumble upon wonderful things. Lists like this can be a nice rough guide, but trying out places that don't make these typical epic lists can also be incredibly rewarding.
oh yeah it CAN look like that for a bit in.the right season and time briefly but was still cold and snow in some places. Its like a picture taken in the desert after a season of high rain. Massive carpets of wildflowers as far as the eye can see then just gone after a few weeks or even days and just dry dirt for the rest of the year. I like to travel off season so almost never somewhere during the spectacular times but the lack of crowds and lower costs more than make up for that. This is also why I like to stay in one area a fairly long time rather than move from place to place. You can really see thing change over time and find all the little special areas if you aren't moving on in a few days.

I'm sure it looks very pretty during wildflower season. But that doesn't change the fact that the flowers in that particular picture are photoshopped on... they're not wildflowers, but from Schreiner's Iris Gardens. You can look it up if you like.

I'd be keen to see it in its true glory if you have your own photos of it, rather than this fake one taken from the internet. :)
I don't know about that particular photo but they appear to be wild Lupine and other types of wild flowers I've seen growing in that area (as well as in.other mountain places). They as a pretty common and very spectacular wildflower here. I'll go ahead and remove the photo and see what I have that is real.
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I guess that is the other thing about the world's most beautiful places - they are all at that Facebook 'photo-perfect' height for only a short period every year.  It's quite an undertaking to really experience the World, and to do it properly means that you see it at its worst as well as best.  Get to know the locals, discuss the history firsthand, and take the time to be open to spontaneity.   Life never gets boring if travel is done well.
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