San Francesco Church, Montefalco, Umbria, Italy (source)
The small town of Montefalco is known for the San Francesco Church, one of the most popular museums in Umbria. The church houses a Renaissance-era fresco of the life cycle of its patron saint, Francis of Assisi, also of Umbrian origin. The fresco was painted by muralist Benozzo Gozzoli in the festive Gothic style of the mid-1400’s.
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia (source).
Straddling the border of Bolivia and Peru, Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially-accessible lake in the world, at 12,500 ft (3,500 m). It has the largest volume of water of any lake in South America, and is used as a medium for transportation by the people who live along its shores. Titicaca also has cultural and historical significance — Incan mythology says that the world was created from Titicaca, and that the first Incan king, Macno Capac, was born along its shores. It borders the tourist town of Puno, Peru, and is close to the Macchu Picchu ruins.
Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA
Great Meadows, my hometown, was built around this marshy lake/swamp. The first farmers to move there figured that it’d be a fertile place to grow their corn and tomatoes and other New Jersey crops, but didn’t take into account the high risk of malaria that was inherent in living next to a massive swamp. A lot of them died, and the survivors decided to dam up the river that fed the lake. The result was this huge, 5 mile plot of flat land, which would later be used to farm sod. This picture is of a piece of the sod farms off of Alphano Road, taken in September, 2009.