The stark realities of winter are excellently captured in this photo by Flickr user arunchs.
Taken in the Himalayas, these Pashmina Goats grazing in Changthang Plateau, Ladakh, belong to changpa people residing in the nearby village of Puga. The photo is striking when you think of all of the Pashmina scarves – which are made from this special breed of goat, which is indigenous to the high altitudes of the Himalaya – that one often comes across in Southeast Asian markets. The scarfs are colorful and lively, much the opposite of this image. A good reminder of where things come from.
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[Photo Credit: arunchs]
Only when we take a step back from our travels do we begin to see the bigger picture. Those moments where you slow down, take a deep breath and allow your senses to take in the rich sensory experience of traveling. Flickr user Many Moon Honeymoon has the right idea with today’s photo from Vang Vieng, Laos. It’s just a field of stupid plants, right? But take another look. The rich patterns of the leaves. The many shades of green. The solitary farmer, crouched in her bright blue hat. Amazing how such a mundane scene could be so striking, isn’t it?
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It is going to be surprisingly nice weather in parts of the country this weekend, so why not take advantage of it by heading out into the burbs to visit a pumpkin patch, corn maze or harvest festival?
Many of these events are held at local farms that started by selling pumpkins, and most of them have grown into mini theme parks. Some of the local farms around me have added carnival rides, ghost houses and even a small zoo with tigers and camels!
A handy way to find a local pumpkin event, is on this site where you’ll find all the locations sorted by state. If you are looking for a corn maze, then check out “The Maize” where they cover everything maze related.
One thing I did notice, is that most of these farms are not always cheap; some charge as much as $15 per person to get in, with even more for individual rides. But once you are sitting under the sun with an apple cider doughnut and fresh roasted corn, you’ll quickly forget that. Before heading to a farm, be sure to check their web site for discounts as many of them offer a couple of dollars off the admission if you print a coupon or sign up for their mailing list.
Got a favorite farm or corn maze? Tell everyone about it in the comments!