Celebrating the Beauty of ‘The Pale Blue Dot’: Happy Earth Day!

We have written love letters to the Earth, we have revered her, eulogised her every time we’d had a chance to, written odes to her pages after pages. But we cannot ever do enough of that.

And when a day such as this comes, when people across the world come together to celebrate her like we must do every single day, how can we not add our verse to this song of the day dedicated to the Earth?

 

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© Sachin Rai

 

On Earth Day, we celebrate all the attempts made by anyone who travels to see as much of this blue-green planet as they can, and while we do so, here’s what we are doing to help those who are seek enriching journeys.

Our Photography Tours to various destinations across six continents (except Australia), brings together travel-and-photography enthusiasts and our natural-history-and-photography experts. This is perhaps the best way for you to express your love for not only the Earth but also to preserve it as images redolent of that love.

 

Asia

 

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© Jayanth Sharma

 

The largest continent, the most populous one, Asia contains in it the origins of some of world’s oldest civilisations, and has some of the rarest of wildlife and natural beauty… and all this in overwhelming profusion. And to be the seventh largest country in the world which is home to some of the most popular animals, India alone, in this vast continent, takes many lifetimes to be discovered, to be explored.

In the virginal valley comprising crater lakes, volcanic calderas mineral springs and many a adorable bear, expose your senses to the rich, raw beauty of this peninsula called Kamchatka in the far east of Russia.

 

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© Rajiv Shyamsundar

 

And when some of the planet’s best destinations for wildlife, landscape and travel photography are in this peninsula called India, arguably the most diverse country geographically and culturally, you have the perfect reason to travel the length and breadth of it to discover and photograph its diversity. You will be spoilt for choice with a breathtaking range of Photo Tours we have in India throughout the year.

Africa

 

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© Santosh Saligram

 

The second-largest and second-most-populous continent in the world, Africa is home to ancient civilisations and a vast variety of cultures, languages, ethnicities and wildlife. In the munificently sprawling untamed wilderness of Africa several endemic and popular species of animals and birds thrive and in astounding numbers.

 

Earth Day

© Sachin Rai

 

Africa has the largest density of a wide variety of fauna ranging freely in its huge open plains. The sheer number of lions, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras living freely in those magnificent expanses can take anyone’s breath away with its unique splendour. While it is a daunting task to put in words all that natural grandeur in Africa, we’d rather share with you a range of Photo Tours we have for you to explore that wonder of a continent with our experts.

Sign up for any of the Africa wildlife Photo Tours we have for Amboseli, Nakuru, Masai Mara, Moremi, Khwai and Chobe, and Botswana.

 

Europe

 

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© Oli H. Valtysson

 

Cradle of Western civilisation and Industrial Revolution, Europe is a continent mostly sought after by those who wish to travel for rich, exuberant human-life details to constitute their experiences. However, our love for the natural world continues to propel our journey into some of the most remote locations in Europe as well: Iceland and Svalbard in Norway.

 

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© Jayanth Sharma

 

For its gorgeous, surreal waterfalls and streams and savagely-beautiful landscape, Iceland has been one of our favourite destinations for landscape photography. Not to forget the incredible aurora and other night sky phenomena this Norwegian part of land offers. And of the many wild creatures that dwell in the extreme climate of Svalbard, especially the dreamy furry polar bear, Norway has been one of our most popular international destinations for wildlife photography.

This generous, gracious Earth is all about grand mercies, and one of them, is Europe.

 

North America

 

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© Jayanth Sharma

 

Entirely within the Northern Hemisphere, North America comprises landmass that’s generally called the New World. Like any other part of the Earth, this continent too, has uniqueness that can only be savoured by being there, gearing up for sensory overload. The New World is no less magical in its ancient beauty that’s bound to mesmerise its seeker.

In the cloud forests, the preposterously prosperous depths of rainforests of Costa Rica, we have ventured out to watch and photography with reverence the most resplendent birds, slowest mammals, adorable frogs and sunsets that can silence us with its ceaseless splendour.

 

South America

 

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© Jayanth Sharma

 

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, South America is where the Andes Mountains are, where the most megadiverse forest Amazon is, where the biggest waterfalls in the world – Angel Falls – is, where the driest desert in the world – Atacama Desert – is… if this is enough to excite the Earth-lover in you!

Where we plan an utterly invigorating excursion to in South America is one the greatest tropical wetlands of this planet – the Pantanal, Brazil, where magnificent mammals including the jaguar, reptiles, flowers, butterflies, fish and birds thrive. This precious paradise is a basin that’s formed as a result of the depression of the earth’s crust, which contains a treasure of rare wildlife for you to see and photograph.

 

Antarctica

 

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© Jayanth Sharma

 

Covered by the Antarctic ice sheet up to 98%, located asymmetrically around the South Pole, Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth. However, it is also a place of unparalleled beauty, especially when the climate is occasionally merciful. As a stark contrast to the biting cold terrains of this continent, our Photography expedition to Antarctica continues to kindle warm imagery and curiosity in the minds of prospective photographers and exploration enthusiasts.

Apart from the main attraction – the ever-adorable penguins – you will present yourself by signing up for this Photo Tour the possibility of seeing and photographing blue whales, orcas, colossal squids, seals, seabirds and the dreamy albatrosses, too.

Today, we also remind ourselves of the significance of our only home and how we must celebrate her not only on a day dedicated to her but every single day. Once again, we wish you all a very merry Earth Day!

Categories: Articles, Nature, Photography, Travel
Sourabha Rao

Sourabha is a staff writer at Toehold who dexterously gives verbal form to the inexpressible, and with her passion for travel, weaves immersive stories that transcend space and dissolve time.

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