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NATURE: THE GREAT ARCHITECT

First in the series complied by junvir

God created our universe... and the Earth as home for Man... and God created Man in His own image - of love, knowledge and freewill - the masterpiece of all His creations... and God commissioned Nature, the Great Architect, to give Man the best. To the readers, my fellowmen, enjoy God's gifts to us.
The following are masterpieces of Nature that God generously gives to man

BORA-BORA ISLAND, FRENCH POLYNESIA


My first choice is BORA-BORA. Nature, the Great Architect, by the forces of volcanic eruptions, incessant waves, winds, rains and sunshine, has been doing its work to perfection that is now the present-day Bora-Bora Island. Enjoy!!! - the pictures tell it all! Quote
God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther

Quotes Adopt the pace of nature:


her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The poetry of the earth is never dead. ~John Keats

A happy co-existence of Man and Mother Nature! - junvir

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GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, USA


The GRAND CANYON has been carved by forces of nature - wind, rain, sunshine, time... and even some creatures - working incessantly and infinitely, making it one of the natural wonders that challenge our imagination!

The Grand Canyon is indeed awesome ... words are insufficient to convey this work of Nature... the grandeur, the splendor, the magnificence, the greatness, the majesty... that is Grand Canyon!!!

Quotes: Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir

Quotes:
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William Shakespeare

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. ~Frank Lloyd Wright

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SUPERLATIVES FROM THE PHILIPPINES


MAYON VOLCANO, ALBAY
World's most perfect cone-shaped volcano, with Legaspi City in the foreground

Quotes:

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~John Muir

Quotes:

Volcanoes are one way Earth gives birth to itself. Robert Gross

Mayon during one of its tranquil breaths....

Quotes:
Zeal is a volcano, the peak of which the grass of indecisiveness does not grow. Khalil Gribran

Each volcano is an independent machinenay, each vent and monticule is for the time being engaged in its own peculiar business, cooking as it were its special dish, which in due time is to be separately served. We have instances of vents within hailing distance of each other pouring out totally different kinds of lava, neither sympathizing with the other in any discernible manner nor influencing other in any appreciable degree. Clarence Edward Dutton

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CHOCOLATE HILLS, BOHOL


Who can explain this phenomenon? ... countless hills just like your favorite chocolates!
Are these hills man-made? If so, then it would even surpass the construction of the pyramids in Eqypt... 1,268 hills with uniform shapes between 30 and 50 meters high.

The Philippine tarsier, (Tarsius syrichta) (inset) is very peculiar small animal. In fact it is one of the smallest known primates, no larger than a adult men's hand. These primates are one of the tourist attractions in Bohol!

Quotes:
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau
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TUBATAHHA MARINE PARK


CAGAYANCILLO, PALAWAN
A World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO. The Tubbataha National Marine Park is located in the Sulu Sea, 98 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines, and a part of the municipality of Cagayancillo. It was established on August 11, 1988 with an area of 332 km (82,000 acres) and declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in December 1993.

Vivid corals cover more than two-thirds of the area and the waters around the reef are places of refuge for numerous marine lives with over 1000 species inhabit in the reef; many are considered endangered.

The diverse ecosystem of this sanctuary rivals the Great Barrier Reef that is a haven to marine enthusiasts. Divers from all over the world frequently explore this underwater paradise...

St Paul Subterranean River


Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
A World Heritage Site inscribed by the UNESCO.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, locally known as "the Underground River" is located about 50 kilometers north of the city of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines. It was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on December 4, 1999. It encompasses a full mountain-to-sea ecosystem. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river, flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. This underground river is the longest in Asia and second only (in length) to the underground river located in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Incessant dripping of mineralized water for millennium formed these stalactites an stalagmites and remind us of the work of Nature that no man can duplicate.

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BANAUE RICE TERRACES, IFUGAO, PHILIPPINES


The Banaue Rice Terraces ( in Filipino: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) are a part of a series of rice terraces in the Cordillera Region of the Philippines that were carved in the mountains of Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, Mountain Province and Ifugao.

This ancient sprawling man-made structures from 2,000 to 6,000 years of age were carved in the mountains by indigenous people. It is a World Heritage Site declared by the UNESCO. The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometers (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside. They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforest above the terraces. It is said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.

The indigenous people "Ifugao"the builders of this man-made natural beauty?

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. ~William Blake

One of the communities scattered all over the area of the terraces...

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SUPERLATIVES OF PALAWAN PROVINCE


Palawan is the last frontier in the Philippines, a province where Nature runs amuck

El Nido

CORON-BUSUANGA ISLAND

Cuyo, Palawan

Forts

Taytay fort was built in

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