"The eastern coast of Kalaupapa National Historical Park, where people with Hansen's Disease (leprosy) were once abandoned. It takes a lot of time to get to this national park site—several flights—but it is a memorable place that combines human misery and hope with natural beauty and isolation."
"This was taken in a Xhosa village of Bulungula, on the Wild Coast of South Africa. These homes are made out of mud and have thatch roofs—keeping them cool in summer and warm in winter—and they suit the environment perfectly. The homes are set against a dramatic backdrop of the Kei River, the Indian Ocean, and rolling green hills."
"Bleached white driftwood lines the dramatic coastline of Rialto Beach located just outside of the Olympic National Park in Washington state. It's common to see bald eagles flying overhead in this rugged and peaceful part of our country."
"Pulling out of Puerto Vallarta pier at sunset from the deck of Mariner of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship."
"Southern Peru's beautiful coastline is right next to the driest desert in the world. Covered by ocean millions of years ago, it is miles and miles of sand—no bugs, no vegetation, no animal life."
"As we paddled out in our kayaks toward New Zealand's Milford Sound, this was just one of the amazing views we got to experience."
"Playa Herradurra, Jaco, Quepos, Costa Rica. Eight girls, five days, too much fun!"
"Beautiful fall colors on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, near Bar Harbor, Maine."
"Sunset along the coast of Páros. This tiny Greek island is delightfully quiet and picture-perfect."
"This picture is from May 2007, when we were cruising College Fjord along the Alaskan Coastline."
"A beautiful section of coastline I saw while driving down the Great Ocean Road, outside of Melbourne, Australia."
"A view of Sugar Loaf Mountain and Rio, taken from the Corcovado, Metrô Rio's highest point, in front of the outstreched arms of the 125-foot statue 'Christ the Redeemer'."
"This photo was taken from the Cinque Terre trail as we were approaching Vernazza, one of the five colorful towns. We were very tired after hiking all day, beginning at Riomaggiore and continuing to Manarola, Corniglia, and finally, after the toughest part of the hike, Vernazza."