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Photo from @ashleyinwanderland - While the Multnomah Falls get nearly two million visitors a year, and are considered one of the top tourist attractions in Oregon, there are hundreds of other falls around the state that offer just as stunning views. Take for example this waterfall near Bend. These falls, inside United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service lands, is around 20 miles from Bend and well worth the trip (text from oregon.com) - Image selected by @ericmuhr Join us in exploring Oregon, wherever you are, and tag your finds to #Oregonexplored #centralOregon #Bend #Oregon via Instagram http://ift.tt/2dgH4bi

“Every Working Elephant Has A Wounded Soul And A Broken Heart

Tourists are responsible for this abuse.

NEVER trek or ride an elephant – any time – anywhere – ever! Never pay a mahout with a street begging elephant or watch a baby elephant playing in the surf. It is all based on egregious cruelty, torture, abuse and deprivation.”

Do you visit circuses that use animals, do you give money to these awful gimmicky animal tourist attractions, do you watch videos of elephants painting and monkeys riding bikes etc… And laugh? Is this entertainment to you? Because it’s no fun for the animals that are used. Please next time you come across any animals used in entertainment, think about this image. Think about all the things that happen to these very same animals behind the scenes. Is it natural behavior for a monkey to ride a bike or an elephant to paint? Is it natural behaviour for elephants and horses to be dancing in shows with huge noisy crowds? Is this what we are going to reduced these beautiful wild creatures to? Our entertainment?

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Pines Twins + parallels pt.2

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Attention, New Yorkers! Book lovers! Fairy Tale enthusiasts! People of Tumblr! You all need to hear about this amazing place in New York City called Books of Wonder.
It’s a children’s bookstore in Chelsea that has an amazing collection of Children’s literature from the Wizard of Oz to new releases. I was most obsessed with their Classics and Fairy Tale sections which are absolutely phenomenal! If you are in the city, planning a trip, or even halfway around the world, I highly recommend that you check this place out.

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With the exception of a few random places like Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Vishala Environmental Centre for Heritage and Arts' Utensils Museum and Sudha Cars Museum, the blog hasn’t spent much time in India. Well, let me change that with this next post. Second only to the Taj Mahal in India’s tourism department, the Rock Garden of Chandigarh is probably one of the best known examples of outsider art. Beginning in 1957, government official Nek Chand began collecting materials from demolition sites in his spare time. He then made art out of the scrap and other waste materials, using bottles, glass, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, and sinks. But he had to work in secret because he was using a location near Sukhna Lake in a deeply-wooded gorge, which had been designated as a land conservancy. By the time the authorities found out in 1975 Chand’s garden had grown into a 12-acre complex (today it is over 40 acres) of man-made interlinked waterfalls and courtyards filled with hundreds of concrete sculptures. You’d think a one-of-a-kind sanctuary would have faced the bulldozers. But despite protests and calls for Chand to be punished, the rock garden was turned into a public space and the artist continued his work. In 1990, a road for the exclusive use of VIPs was to be built right through the middle of the garden and trees were cleared for its construction. There was a lengthy court battle, eventually resulting in victory. But when Chand left the country in 1996 the government withdrew its funding and the park was vandalised. That incident, and the governmental scandal that resulted from it, birthed the Nek Chand Foundation, a non-profit organization that ensures his work will remain preserved, protected and open to the public for many years to come.

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