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London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

...their country is the best in the world?

Well, probably because it is...at least natural beauty wise!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/Monument.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/MtHood.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/AntelopeCanyon.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/GrandCanyon.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/CraterLake.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/Whitney.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/LakeTahoe.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/MonumentValley.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v690/AA777/Crater.jpg

This, from just 3 states, there's another 47 to consider!

I honestly cannot think of a single country on the planet that has as much diversity and natural beauty as the USA. Plus, the people that I've known and encountered on my travels throughout the country are amongst the warmest, most friendly and genuinely caring people I've ever known.

Yes, I am an official USA fan!

Mar 29 12 01:37 pm Link

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Shon D.- Homme

Posts: 3210

Virginia Beach, Virginia, US

Those are stunning images.

Mar 29 12 01:43 pm Link

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Deadlynightshade

Posts: 4774

Los Angeles, California, US

4 of those photos are from my home state!

Mar 29 12 01:45 pm Link

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Compass Rose Studios

Posts: 15979

Portland, Oregon, US

Deadlynightshade wrote:
4 of those photos are from my home state!

2 alone are crater lake.  Great images too, esp. the sunset one.

Mar 29 12 01:46 pm Link

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Cynthia Serrano

Posts: 12486

Newark, New Jersey, US

stunning photos!! big_smile

Mar 29 12 01:48 pm Link

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London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

Deadlynightshade wrote:
4 of those photos are from my home state!

You bet, and what a great state AZ is! Love it so much. I have travelled just about all over Arizona but it's that NE corner that gets me everytime, plus the White Mountains, really awesome, mystical and special.

Love Arizona!

Mar 29 12 01:51 pm Link

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Luminos

Posts: 6057

Columbia, Maryland, US

Because it is home.   It is great because it has accomplished much in the world.

It has problems, but they will eventually be brought under control.

Mar 29 12 03:37 pm Link

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David L Photography

Posts: 252

Phoenix, Arizona, US

I don't know, I've been to Europe and Australia and both give the States a run for its money. Australia is really beautiful and I love the architecture in Europe.

Mar 29 12 03:52 pm Link

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SillyEddy

Posts: 2246

Coventry, England, United Kingdom

Hahahahahhahahaahah.... You've clearly never heard of a place called Scunthorpe


big_smile

Mar 29 12 04:34 pm Link

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Melissa Sigler

Posts: 104

Lawrence, Kansas, US

From where I've been in Europe...I'd say it gives the USA a run for it's money.  However...yes, we're very diverse. 

Lets hope all the beauty doesn't get completely ruined.

Mar 29 12 04:37 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

SillyEddy wrote:
Hahahahahhahahaahah.... You've clearly never heard of a place called Scunthorpe


big_smile

The Pyramids of Scunthorpe:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/af/All_Gizah_Pyramids.jpg/300px-All_Gizah_Pyramids.jpg

Mar 29 12 04:39 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

SillyEddy wrote:
Hahahahahhahahaahah.... You've clearly never heard of a place called Scunthorpe


big_smile

The Scunthorpe Space Programme

http://www.aerospaceguide.net/saturn_lv.jpg

Mar 29 12 04:39 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

SillyEddy wrote:
Hahahahahhahahaahah.... You've clearly never heard of a place called Scunthorpe


big_smile

Scunthorpe Gardens

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2362ePFdP3E/ToOJbs0j8EI/AAAAAAAAEKE/F49_tZCKssA/s640/rainforest.jpg

Mar 29 12 04:40 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

Fashion Photographer wrote:

The Scunthorpe Primary School Science Fair winner

http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01766/atlas_1766948c.jpg

Mar 29 12 04:41 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

Fashion Photographer wrote:

The Scunthorpe Industrial Park
http://www.mothertrip.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Burj-Dubai-tallest-skyscraper-3.jpg

Mar 29 12 04:43 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

Fashion Photographer wrote:
The Statue of Scunthorpe

http://flaconservativelatina.typepad.com/.a/6a013488bf9908970c0133f5a010ca970b-800wi

Mar 29 12 04:44 pm Link

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MKPhoto

Posts: 5665

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

wink  Then there is Mother Russia...wink  nobody even knows what's there wink

Mar 29 12 04:47 pm Link

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ThatLook Visual Media

Posts: 6420

Nashville, Tennessee, US

London Fog wrote:
...their country is the best?

Probably because it is...certainly natural beauty wise!
.....

This, just from 3 states, there's another 47 to consider!

I honestly cannot think of a single country on the planet that has as much diversity and natural beauty as the USA. This, plus the people that I've known and encountered are amongst the warmest, most friendly and genuinely caring people I've ever known.

Yes, I am an official USA fan!

Delusions of grandeur.  America is no better than anywhere else except technology-wise maybe.  I don't see the citizens being any better.  I notice none of your pics have people wink  The geography is beautiful everywhere.

Mar 29 12 04:48 pm Link

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Gloria Budiman

Posts: 1683

Beijing, Beijing, China

London Fog wrote:
...their country is the best?

Probably because it is...certainly natural beauty wise!

I'm not a fan of their foreign policy. But let's leave those for soapbox tongue
Great pics smile

Mar 29 12 04:50 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

MKPhoto wrote:
wink  Then there is Mother Russia...wink  nobody even knows what's there wink

Let me show you:

http://sonnyphotos.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451f3fc69e201348822593c970c-800wi

Mar 29 12 04:55 pm Link

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London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

Fashion Photographer wrote:

Let me show you:

http://sonnyphotos.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451f3fc69e201348822593c970c-800wi

David, we all know that Russian and Eastern European women are to die for, but this is really about the natural beauty of the country!

Mar 29 12 04:59 pm Link

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Fashion Photographer

Posts: 14388

London, England, United Kingdom

London Fog wrote:

David, we all know that Russian and Eastern European women are to die for, but this is really about the natural beauty of the country!

Natural beauty?
I don't think they have had boob jobs?

Mar 29 12 05:01 pm Link

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MKPhoto

Posts: 5665

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

London Fog wrote:
David, we all know that Russian and Eastern European women are to die for, but this is really about the natural beauty of the country!

Natural beauty?
I don't think they have had boob jobs?

Don't have to show me that. I am from there wink,  and boob jobs are rare. No need.

Mar 29 12 05:22 pm Link

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Clare-Alana

Posts: 3514

London, England, United Kingdom

SillyEddy wrote:
Hahahahahhahahaahah.... You've clearly never heard of a place called Scunthorpe


big_smile

LMF-*hack*-AOOOOOO

Mar 29 12 05:25 pm Link

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hygvhgvkhy

Posts: 2092

Chicago, Illinois, US

Fashion Photographer wrote:

Natural beauty?
I don't think they have had boob jobs?

Youd think if they had boob jobs she wouldve got those caterpillars waxed off too, no?

Mar 29 12 05:46 pm Link

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T

Posts: 53557

Washington, District of Columbia, US

South Africa is far more beautiful...

http://infotraveltourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Tourism-Object-Victoria-Falls-South-Africa.jpg

Mar 29 12 05:49 pm Link

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Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10548

Glendora, California, US

T wrote:
South Africa is far more beautiful...

Um.  You do realize that Victoria Falls is not in South Africa, right?  It's on the border of Zambia/Zimbabwe.

Mar 29 12 05:54 pm Link

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Giacomo Cirrincioni

Posts: 21438

New York, New York, US

T wrote:
South Africa is far more beautiful...

http://infotraveltourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Tourism-Object-Victoria-Falls-South-Africa.jpg

Really?  I mean, parts are beautiful, sure.  Parts of lots of places are.  But more so that Hawaii and Alaska and the deserts and plains all rolled into one?  I can't think of another country that encompasses as much as the US does.  Can anyone else?

Mar 29 12 06:05 pm Link

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Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10548

Glendora, California, US

Paramour Productions wrote:
Really?  I mean, parts are beautiful, sure.  Parts of lots of places are.  But more so that Hawaii and Alaska and the deserts and plains all rolled into one?  I can't think of another country that encompasses as much as the US does.  Can anyone else?

I lived a year in South Africa.  I traveled extensively.  Although it's beautiful everywhere, it really doesn't come close to the United States, as far as a country with endless world class beautiful scenery is concerned.  Not close.  Even if it did have Victoria Falls in its borders.  I can't think of a single beautiful spot in South Africa that we can't outdo here in the States at some location, barring our different animals and plant life.

New Zealand comes close, but they don't have any deserts. 
Australia comes close, but they just don't have the mountains.
Norway has its moments, but again, no deserts.
Canada is nothing but awesomeness, but, not desert.

Mar 29 12 06:07 pm Link

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- Phil H -

Posts: 25848

Bury Saint Edmunds, England, United Kingdom

Carlos Occidental wrote:

I lived a year in South Africa.  I traveled extensively.  Although it's beautiful everywhere, it really doesn't come close to the United States, as far as a country with endless world class beautiful scenery is concerned.  Not close.  Even if it did have Victoria Falls in its borders.  I can't think of a single beautiful spot in South Africa that we can't outdo here in the States at some location, barring our different animals and plant life.

New Zealand comes close, but they don't have any deserts. 
Australia comes close, but they just don't have the mountains.
Norway has its moments, but again, no deserts.

Just off the top of my head,

Knysna, Outeniqa and Herods Baai on the Garden Route.
Stellenbosch
Drakensberg mountains, especially during winter.
Cape Point
and, back in the day, Luderitz and the Skeleton Coast.

I lived there for the best part of 20 years. big_smiletongue

Mar 29 12 06:43 pm Link

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Carlos Occidental

Posts: 10548

Glendora, California, US

Yes those are pretty, but, shall I name an equally beautiful (if not more so) States location for those mentioned?

Mar 29 12 06:50 pm Link

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Fifi

Posts: 58133

Annapolis, Maryland, US

Don't forget about my favourite place of all-time... Pensacola Beach.

This place makes you forget that you're in the States and not in some tropical paradise... at least when you're south of the main drag...

*sigh*

http://www.beachguide.com/upload/areaimages/2009220125646_4_AreaImage.jpg

Mar 29 12 06:58 pm Link

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- Phil H -

Posts: 25848

Bury Saint Edmunds, England, United Kingdom

Carlos Occidental wrote:
Yes those are pretty, but, shall I name an equally beautiful (if not more so) States location for those mentioned?

I've lived in the States for quite a few years as well and could probably cite many similar locations there. Saying one is more beautiful than the other though, I don't think it's a comparison that can rightfully be made.

I recall a time when I was driving 101 through Oregon heading to CA, came across this beautiful spot on the coast bout 10, 15 miles outside Cannon beach, kinda remote. A little freshwater creek running out into the sea, overhanging trees, the whole shooting match.

It kinda reminded me of the Garden route, so I busted out the camera to get some shots, moved around this bush and came across a mess of beer cans, needles and other trash. It got me thinking, that albeit there are some truly beautiful spots in the US, you never have to look far, to find evidence of the sullying hand of man.

When I was last in SA, I could still find vast tracts that bore no such evidence and that, to me at least, adds significantly to the "beauty" of a place. smile

Mar 29 12 07:09 pm Link

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TrianglePhoto

Posts: 582

Chicago, Illinois, US

SillyEddy wrote:
Hahahahahhahahaahah.... You've clearly never heard of a place called Scunthorpe


big_smile

The Devil when down to Scunthorpe:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbVShjnMoBs

Mar 29 12 07:09 pm Link

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London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

Fifi wrote:
Don't forget about my favourite place of all-time... Pensacola Beach.

This place makes you forget that you're in the States and not in some tropical paradise... at least when you're south of the main drag...

*sigh*

http://www.beachguide.com/upload/areaimages/2009220125646_4_AreaImage.jpg

Beautiful Fifi!

Mar 29 12 11:33 pm Link

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DougBPhoto

Posts: 38915

Portland, Oregon, US

T wrote:
South Africa is far more beautiful...

http://infotraveltourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Tourism-Object-Victoria-Falls-South-Africa.jpg

Hey, don't diss Oregon!!

We may not be Africa, but we got some decent shit going on here.

Mar 29 12 11:42 pm Link

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M A U I

Posts: 1587

Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe

Bleh, that's nothing... I'd rather see Japan

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQR7OXC1zTCeASh2Rpk16EmgU-Mj6yFpkjwERIJqolZ2aVW10vYFGTqWB2qww
http://www.japan-i.jp/hotspring/kyushu/d8jk7l000002dcd0-img/d8jk7l000002njm0.jpg
http://imgc.allpostersimages.com/images/P-473-488-90/28/2809/WWIOD00Z/posters/kannawa-ryokan-hot-springs-resort-beppu-japan.jpg
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQGcWK8NqeLtAu9KzSxLQ47pnQ2iLiu4IR5lfeLiG5bT8CgF3FwVNs37Fi8cw

Mar 29 12 11:50 pm Link

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London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

DougBPhoto wrote:

Hey, don't diss Oregon!!

We may not be Africa, but we got some decent shit going on here.

Doug, Oregon is seriously gorgeous. The Mt Hood area is beyond amazing, the beaches are quiet and unspoilt, there's even a desert area. Bend is a great little town, and Sisters just awesome.

Totally stunning state!

Mar 30 12 02:07 am Link

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P I X I E

Posts: 35329

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maui MVP wrote:
Bleh, that's nothing... I'd rather see Japan

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQR7OXC1zTCeASh2Rpk16EmgU-Mj6yFpkjwERIJqolZ2aVW10vYFGTqWB2qww
http://www.japan-i.jp/hotspring/kyushu/d8jk7l000002dcd0-img/d8jk7l000002njm0.jpg
http://imgc.allpostersimages.com/images/P-473-488-90/28/2809/WWIOD00Z/posters/kannawa-ryokan-hot-springs-resort-beppu-japan.jpg
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQGcWK8NqeLtAu9KzSxLQ47pnQ2iLiu4IR5lfeLiG5bT8CgF3FwVNs37Fi8cw

Japan is one of the many places I want to visit so bad... Hoping to make it happen in 2013!

Mar 30 12 06:41 am Link

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P I X I E

Posts: 35329

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

OP, American = Canada, US and Mexico. Just saying.

Oh and I'll just say: Canadian Rockies.

Mar 30 12 06:43 am Link