Special Places # 111
1 – On the way to Wyoming, the ominous approach of a storm is about to strike.
2 – Just before sunset, the seaplane is about to touch down on the Bay of Sarasota, Florida.
3 – Located in Huaraz, capital of Ancash in Peru. The mountain has two distinct summits, the higher being the south one (Huascarán Sur) with an elevation of 6,768 metres (22,205 ft). The north summit (Huascarán Norte) has an elevation of 6,654 meters (21,831 ft). The two summits are separated by a saddle (called ‘Garganta’). The core of Huascarán, like much of the Cordillera Blanca, consists of Cenozoic granite. On 31 May 1970, the Ancash earthquake caused a substantial part of the north side of the mountain to collapse in an avalanche with an estimated 80 million cubic metres (2.8 billion cubic feet) of ice, mud and rock, measured about 0.8 by 1.6 kilometres (0.5 mi × 1 mi). It advanced about 18 km (11 mi) at an average speed of 280 to 335 km/h (175 to 210 mph), burying the towns of Yungay and Ranrahirca under ice and rock, killing more than 20,000 people.
4 – This is the Resort – Beach of Santa Maria, South of Lima, Peru. A delightful cove.
© HJ Ruiz – Avian101