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Author Topic: True Earth / World Tour / Updated 12-31  (Read 111733 times)

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Offline korver

Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
« Reply #700 on: September 20, 2018, 05:55:26 PM »

- UPDATE 90: The Andes -





Today, we're taking a trip to South America and visiting one of the world's most impressive mountain ranges - The Andes. Running for over 4,000 miles along the continent's western edge, they're the world's longest mountain range and offer no shortage of incredible sights to keep you in awe.

Our journey to the Andes begins in Ecuador - and after several days of riding through the rugged hillsides, our train finally arrives in the little town of Alausi. Home to one of the world's highest railway stations - this traditional Andean village is quaint yet beautiful.





We'll be catching a plane to La Paz for the next leg of our journey - and not far from the outskirts of the city is the world's highest ski resort, Chacaltaya. The top lift here is some 17,785 feet above sea level - and was one of the most popular attractions in the area for decades as it allowed great winter skiing from November to March. Unfortunately, it's mostly a ghost town now as the local glaciers have all completely retreated - and the only thing that gets the lift going these days are massive snowfalls.





We travel south through the Bolivian Altiplano for our next destination - the blood red waters of Laguna Colorada. The algae and other microorganisms here attract large numbers of James's flamingos, making for quite the sight to watch.





The western border of Bolivia is home to a number of dramatic peaks, such as Nevado Sajama. Towering nearly 8,000 feet above the Altiplano landscape, this 21,463 foot tall peak is one of the Andes' most majestic sights and has been a sacred destination for centuries by the ancient Uru peoples.





We start heading west for the last leg of our journey, crossing through the mountainous hillsides of rural Peru. The locals have cultivated their crops on these steep inclines for centuries - and these small rural farms are quite impressive from up close and afar.





Our last destination is the Andes' most famous Landmark - legendary Machu Picchu. This massive citadel was built at the height of the Incan Empire in approximately 1450 CE and remained a vital site for over a century until it was mysteriously abandoned. Only in the early 1900s was the site rediscovered by archeologist Hiram Bingham and became the world famous destination that it is today.





-korver

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Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
« Reply #700 on: September 20, 2018, 05:55:26 PM »

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Offline Akallan

Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
« Reply #701 on: September 22, 2018, 02:18:55 AM »
What work! I really like the impression of relief in the image with the fields! It's a wonderful update, you can admire all the images without getting bored! Simply excellent! :popcorn:

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Offline huzman

Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
« Reply #702 on: September 22, 2018, 07:16:25 AM »
That's a heck of job! Wonderful, to say the least.
Brought back some wonderful memories and feelings as I spent quite a few years in the Northern part of the Andes. The Nevado Sajama is particulary awesome.
Congrats and thanks.
« Last Edit: September 22, 2018, 07:21:54 AM by huzman »
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Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
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Offline korver

Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
« Reply #703 on: September 24, 2018, 07:42:33 PM »
Akallan: Thank you for the nice words! I'm happy you enjoyed the update :)

huzman: Thank you very much for the comment! Glad to hear that my update brought back some good memories :thumbsup:

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Re: True Earth / The Andes / Updated 9-20
« Reply #704 on: September 25, 2018, 01:21:19 AM »
I had to smile a lot when I saw the picture with the flamingos. I just had the thought, that it could be done by modding the ingame gulls which used to fly over the landfills and then hide the landfill under this beautiful texture/landscape. Ridiculous, I know. But it made me smile :).

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Offline korver

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« Reply #705 on: September 25, 2018, 11:49:12 AM »
Thank you for the comment Seaman!

For the flamingo scene I was lucky enough that Xannepan made a great flamingo generator here that made things pretty straight forward - but perhaps I'll have to consider that technique too in the future $%Grinno$%

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Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26

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Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
« Reply #706 on: September 26, 2018, 06:54:30 PM »

- UPDATE 91: Scenes From Patagonia -





Our trip through South America continues on today as we return to Patagonia to get a closer look at some of the region's most impressive sights. Few places on Earth can rival Patagonia's natural beauty - the landscapes here are truly magical. We'll begin our journey in the colorful, charming mountain village of El Chaltén to rest and stock up on supplies. Located in close proximity to some of the area's most beautiful scenery, its become one of the most popular destinations in the entire region.




Note: due to compression issues I had to upload this mosaic to Dropbox - if you can't see the link then I also uploaded the more compressed version to imgur as well here.


We head north through Chilean Patagonia and eventually reach Queulat National Park - one of the best places in the region to see glaciers. The park's "hanging glacier" is quite dramatic - it's slowly sliding off the edge of a 3,000 foot cliff and the ice crashes here are truly spectacular.





After spending a few days in the park, we start to head back south, traveling through some of Chile's most scenic rural landscapes. The valleys around Coyhaique are particularly beautiful and are filled with small cattle farms.





For the thrill seeker, there's always plenty to do in Patagonia - such as kayaking down the turbulent waters of Salto Grande.





We'll soon come face to face with another one of Patagonia's impressive mountains - Cordillera Paine. If you can brave the five to six hour hike, you'll be rewarded with one of South America's finest views:





Our journey today concludes with an overview of the majestic Torres del Paine and some of the beautiful surrounding landscape.





-korver
« Last Edit: September 26, 2018, 07:03:18 PM by korver »

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Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
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Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
« Reply #707 on: September 26, 2018, 07:30:58 PM »
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« Reply #708 on: September 26, 2018, 11:07:22 PM »
These last two posts have left me totally speechless, lol. I know many have already said this: It’s hard to believe this is still SimCity. The MMP-ing on that picture of the winding river and cattle farms is outstanding. I can’t take my eyes off it. And the colors in that flamingo scene — gorgeous! Thanks again for sharing your work with us. This is pretty magical stuff.  &apls

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Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
« Reply #709 on: September 27, 2018, 01:12:38 PM »
From under your brush came a new unrivaled masterpiece!  &apls &apls &apls

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Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
« Reply #710 on: September 28, 2018, 11:04:25 AM »
You managed the feat of reproducing in Sim City 4 mountains with an accuracy worthy of google map but with a rendering much more superior.  :o
Not only the photoshopping with these images of glaciers that seem to perfectly fit the curves of the mountain, but especially the work on the terrain with simple Sim City tools and placement of rock props for example is extremely impressive.
And as always the result is sublime and can be more real.  &apls &apls &apls
The photo of Salto Grande is thrilling, especially since you managed it with some more than 10 years old rocks props.
You are a magician!  :thumbsup:

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Offline korver

Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
« Reply #711 on: September 30, 2018, 03:42:23 PM »
Durfsurn: :thumbsup:

bladeberkman: Really appreciate the kind comment - I'm glad you've enjoyed the MMPing in these recent updates :)

Alan_Waters: Thank you for the comment and nice words! :thumbsup:

manga rivotra: Thank you very much for the comment!  :) I always appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm, it always helps keep me going.  :)

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Re: True Earth / Patagonia / Updated 9-26
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Re: Patagonia Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 9-30

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Re: Patagonia Pt. II / True Earth / Updated 9-30
« Reply #712 on: October 01, 2018, 12:53:24 AM »

- UPDATE 92: Scenes From Patagonia - Part II -





For the final chapter of our Patagonian journey, we're visiting a few more of the region's most incredible scenes. Mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, and ice fields dominate the landscape - any trip to this extraordinary place is unforgettable.

While the region is world-renowned for it's natural features - there's also a number of charming villages here that you'll want to visit as well. Chile's Chiloé Island is located in northern Patagonia and is home to a number of quaint, charming fishing villages like Castro - where colorful stilt houses line the waterfront.





As we venture deeper into rural Patagonia, we're sure to check out one of the many cattle markets that can be found in the mountainous countryside. Cattle farming is a massive industry in the region and many depend on it to make a living.





Wind swept plateaus dominate the barren, flat landscape of southern Argentina - giving the region a stark beauty. The locals still manage to brave the elements and make a living out here, with sheep farming being one of the most important activities in the region.





We travel further south towards the Chilean border to get a look at one of Patagonia's most majestic sights. The massive Perito Moreno Glacier can be found close by and is one of the world's largest glaciers and is actually growing in size (compared to a vast majority of the world's glaciers that are currently shrinking at an alarming rate) - and rises nearly 240 feet above the water's edge. Watch out for routine ice crashes here - as they can create quite the splash!





We finally get a good look at one of the region's most awe-inspiring sights - Mount Fitz Roy.





Our trip to Patagonia concludes with a plane ride over the incredible Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Covering some 6,500 square miles, it's the world's largest non-polar ice field and truly a sight to behold from the air.





-korver
« Last Edit: October 01, 2018, 01:05:55 AM by korver »

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« Reply #713 on: October 01, 2018, 03:42:11 AM »


oh man, that water is pretty. Even the houses have matching reflections and the light distorsions from what looks like stuff floating around... the result is gorgeous!

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« Reply #714 on: October 01, 2018, 01:29:25 PM »
Just amazing! :popcorn: &apls

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« Reply #715 on: October 02, 2018, 04:10:51 AM »
Seaman: Thanks for commenting, glad you liked the water - took a while to get it just right :thumbsup:

Akallan: Thank you very much :thumbsup:

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Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5

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Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
« Reply #716 on: October 05, 2018, 03:50:00 PM »

- UPDATE 93: Into The Amazon -





Our trip to South America finishes with a trip deep through world's largest rainforest - the Amazon rainforest. Covering nearly 3 million square miles, its massive scale is truly hard to comprehend - and the rich diversity in plants and animals here is unlike anything else on earth. To truly appreciate it though, you'll need to get up close and personal, traveling deep into the depths of the jungle - and today we'll be experiencing this region like never before.

We'll be starting our journey in the Guyanese capital of Georgetown - this Caribbean port city is located right on the edge of the forest and is known for its unique architecture. Often said to resemble a fairy tale castle, the 19th century Gothic Revival Georgetown City Hall dominates the city's skyline and is hard to miss.





After our brief stay in Georgetown, we start venturing into the Amazon, traveling on a number of rural dirt roads through densely wooded areas. We finally reach one of the Amazon River's many small tributaries and board a motorized canoe to get an even closer look at the heart of the forest. The rich diversity of the forest is on full display - countless types of trees, plants, birds, and other animals can be seen wherever you look.





The Amazon River and its many tributaries are truly extraordinary at sunset.





Although there's been great changes to the Amazon in this region due to human intervention - Yanomami tribes can still be seen dotting the deep rainforest, still practicing their long held traditions and beliefs. Many of these tribes have never even seen the outside world - which sadly makes them extremely susceptible to all sorts of diseases when mining and logging companies unlawfully invade their lands.





While the Amazon rainforest is still mostly intact and deforestation numbers have dropped in recent years - there's still large areas where massive, irreversible damage has already been done.





After a plane ride and a couple nights of trekking through the forest - we finally reach our end destination, Guyana's stunning Kaieteur Falls. The world's highest single drop waterfall doesn't disappoint, and is one of the Amazon's premier destinations. For those wanting an even closer view, a massive stone juts out in front of the falls - offering an incredible experience with these majestic falls.





-korver
« Last Edit: October 05, 2018, 04:54:11 PM by korver »

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Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
« Reply #717 on: October 06, 2018, 03:01:06 AM »
I've missed a couple of updates...but that glacier! and those waterfalls!

Holy moly  &dance

Did you bat the georgetown city hall from scratch? I'm assuming you'd be quite adept with 3ds by now... :thumbsup:

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« Reply #718 on: October 06, 2018, 05:10:41 AM »
I still do not understand how you get such a natural water. The waterfall and the rainbow are simply amazing!

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Re: True Earth / The Amazon / Updated 10-5
« Reply #719 on: October 06, 2018, 12:56:26 PM »
Hi korver ,

I haven’t commented for months but didn’t miss any of your updates , of course … that’s difficult to add something new , your work is always incredible , at the same time that’s expected from you and we can’t get used with …  $%Grinno$%  A few years ago , when the site was more active , this MD would have been moved to the  HoF , promptly . I don’t know how to request officially to the Devotion staff for this to happen but it has to happen .  ::)

At least do I know how to thank you for that continuous amazement and , obviously , the hugest SC4 works since … 2003 .

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