Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park (Parque Nacional dos Lençóis Maranhenses) is located in northeastern Brazil. Although made up of large sweeping sand dunes, it is not a desert. Due to lying just outside the Amazon Basin, the region is subject to a regular rain season during the beginning of the year. When fresh water collects in the valleys between sand dunes, the desert is spotted with blue and green lagoons.
The area is also surprisingly home to a variety of fish which, despite the almost complete disappearance of the lagoons during the dry season, have their eggs brought from the sea by birds.
Travel photography by Simon Morris (aka BurnBlue)
- Riverman -A Fisherman Thing - Tales of the River: A fisherman, in South China on the Li River with a Cormorant bird.
- Camera: Nikon D700 - Lens: 28.0 - 70.0mm f/2.8 - Focal Length: 50mm - Apeture: f/2.8 - f/5.6 - Shutter speed: 1/10sec - ISO: 400
Cormorant fishing is an age-old art spanning 1300 years,; is practiced in China and Japan (as well as a few other countries). Dressed in traditional costume, the fishermen ride on small bamboo rafts lined with Cormorant birds. On the raft, lit by a simple lamp, the Cormorant fishermen of the Li River (Lijiang River) paddle out slowly and then use a pole to encourage the birds into the water, where they dive for fish. 
The Li River stretching a course of 437 kilometers (originates in the Mao’er Mountains in Xing’an County and flows in the general direction through Guilin, Yangshuo and Pingle. In Pingle the Li River merges with the Lipu River and the Gongcheng River and continues south as the Gui River, which fall into the Xi Jiang, the wester tributary of the Pearl River, in Wuzhou. 
World’s Largest Stone Buddha
An ominous colored statue, this gigantic Buddha is the largest in the world. Called the Leshan Giant Buddha, the construction of this enormous carved deity began during the Tang Dynasty between 618AD and 907AD. What’s truly fascinating about this statue, aside from its size, is that it was sculpted directly out of the face of a cliff.
At the deity’s feet is the confluence of three rivers, the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi, located in the southern part of the Sichuan province near the city of Leshan in China. This incredible Buddha is also the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. The statue’s home is the Mount Emei Scenic Area which has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
There are two ways to get a close-up view of this impressive sight. One is to take the perilous path down the cliff face, walk in front of the Buddha and climb up the other side, as the people in the picture are doing. A more relaxing method is to take a tour boat and sail down the river. He’ll be waiting for you.