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11 Views Every Photographer Should Capture

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Are you passionate about photography? Then break out the cameras and add these can’t-miss destinations to your photographic bucket list.

1. Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking along the Italian Riviera, you might stumble across colorful villages perched along the cliff. This should be on every photographer’s itinerary. 

2. The Milky Way

Escape light pollution in the big city and visit one of the 20 official “International Dark Sky Places.” Be sure to bring a camera with a high ISO setting and a sturdy tripod.

3. Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut

Forget the Rockies. Auyuittuq in the northern Canadian territory of Nunavut has towering mountains, deep fjords, and expansive ice fields. There’s nothing else quite like it. 

4. Coral Triangle

If underwater photography is your thing, no place is better than this patch of ocean in the South Pacific near Malaysia and Indonesia. At least 500 species of corals grow there, earning it the label “Amazon of the sea.” 

5. Marrakech, Morocco

It’s one of the most photographed cities in the world for a reason. Visit the old town to photograph the winding alleys and the vendors. 

6. The Grand Canyon

Sure, there are lots of photos of it out there, but it takes real skill to make your shots as stunning as the real thing. Book a photography workshop when you’re visiting! If you want to be around fewer tourists, visit Mexico’s Copper Canyon.

7. St. Petersburg, Russia

Looking to photograph some architecture? St. Petersburg will make you salivate. And if the baroque and neo-classical palaces don’t win you over, the canals will. Eat your heart out, Venice.

8. The Northern Lights

Anywhere above 65 degrees latitude is within the “aurora belt,” making Alaska, Siberia, Northern Canada, Finland, and the Scottish highlands hotspots for a light show. March and October are usually the best months to visit.

9. Pantanal, Brazil

Sprawling over some 70,000 square miles, Pantanal is one of the largest wetlands in the world. Over 3500 known plant species thrive there, giving your inner botanist lots of photo ops.  

10. Southern Alps, New Zealand

With 16 peaks over 9800 feet and over 3000 glaciers the size of a football field, these mountains on New Zealand’s south island give the European Alps a run for their money.  

11. New York City’s skyline

It’s a photography cliché, but it’s also the most iconic skyline in the world. Dare to make your take feel different.

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10 Trails Every Passionate Hiker Must Trek
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Lace up your boots and grab your walking stick. It’s time to climb!

1. Observation Point
With hikes like Angel’s Landing and the Narrows, Zion National Park in Utah is a goldmine for trail-lovers. But the best view is at Observation Point—your reward for climbing 2100 feet.

2. Tour de Mont Blanc
One of the most popular long distance hikes in Europe, the 100-mile trail passes through Switzerland, Italy, and France. It takes about a week to finish.

3. Appalachian Trail, US
Extending from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia, this wild 2200-mile trail is a great way to see 14 states.

4. Kalalau Trail, Hawaii
There’s only one way to get to Hawaii’s secluded Kalalau Beach: you have to hike 11 miles to get there. The trail is a fantastic way to see Kauai’s rugged wild side.

5. Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne
Winding back and forth between France and Spain, the 497-mile footpath travels the length of the Pyrenees—and at high altitudes, too.

6. Cape Wrath Trail
Considered one of the toughest trails in the UK, the 200-mile hike in the Scottish Highlands attracts people the world over.

7. Semien Mount Trek
This National Park in Ethiopia is a World Heritage Site, and with mountains almost topping 15,000 feet, it’s one of the few places in Africa that sees snow regularly.

8. Laugavegurinn
Connecting two nature reserves, the 50-mile Icelandic trail crosses over mountains, glaciers, hot springs, lakes, and rivers. There are 20 waterfalls in just the first seven miles!

9. Copper Canyon
Forget the Grand Canyon. Mexico’s Copper Canyon is deeper, wider, and longer. On one trail, you’ll loop 38 miles and see 20,000 feet of elevation change!

10. Santa Cruz Trek
One of the best ways to see the Andes Mountains, Peru’s 30-mile trek requires you to pass through a 15,617 foot mountain pass.
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9 Kitchen Techniques Passionate Chefs Should Master
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Want to kick your kitchen game up a notch? Learn these nine techniques and watch as your food gets even more delicious.

1. Searing

Searing can add a tasty caramelized crust to your favorite dish. Start with a hot, hot pan. Add a thin coat of oil—enough to make the pan gleam—and add what you’d like to cook. Let it hiss and watch the crust form, then flip.

2. Dicing An Onion

Halve the onion from top to bottom and place the flat sides down on the board. Peel off the skin, face the root end away from you, and make vertical cuts. When you’re done, make horizontal cuts. Don’t cut all the way through the root.

3. Make Pan Sauce

After searing, put those extra brown morsels on the bottom of your pan to use. Add wine, stock, or vinegar to your hot pan. Scrape up those leftover bits on the pan let the sauce simmer for a few minutes. Remove it from the pan and stir in some cold butter cubes. Season.

4. Make Roux

Roux will amp up your gravy dishes. Melt some butter in a saucepan until it foams, and then add an equal amount of flour. Whisk until the concoction is smooth and cook for three minutes. Cook longer for a darker, nuttier roux.

5. Tempering

Every cook should now how to blend ingredients that are different temperatures—especially if they work with eggs or chocolate. When chocolate isn’t tempered, unsightly white blotches of cocoa mighty appear. So heat your chocolate, and let it cool by stirring in a solid chunk. When the chocolate is about 88 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the remaining chunks and dip away!

6. Make Vinaigrette

Here’s the secret: One part vinegar, three parts oil. Add a pinch of salt to the vinegar and a little Dijon mustard. Now use both hands—one to pour the oil and one to whisk the mixture. Keep going until it’s all blended.

7. Blanch Vegetables

To soften the taste of your veggies, blanch them! Boil a pot of very salty water and dump the vegetables into it. Once they’re cooked plunge them into ice water. This will stop the cooking process and make your veggies cool and crisp.

8. Make Your Own Stock

Throw some chicken in a pot of water with onion, carrots, and celery. Bring it to a boil, reduce the temperature, and let it simmer for a few hours. Skim off the fat, strain it through a sieve, and put it in the fridge. Your soups and sauces will never be the same.

9. Make whipped cream

Become a master of desserts with this skill! Put your metal mixing bowl and whisk or beaters in the freezer. When they’re cold, pour a pint of heavy cream and whisk aggressively until the mixture becomes cloudy. As it thickens, add some powdered sugar and vanilla for extra flavor.

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