This is a collection of photos I’ve put together of some of the most intriguingly beautiful places Our Mother Earth has to offer. From the really odd, to out right bizarre. Cyber travel is one of the best, cheapest ways to see all the splendor of this planet. Sadly, some of these locations didn’t have any information about them or their history.
Santorini classically Thera, and officially Thira, is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece‘s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. The municipality of Santorini comprises the inhabited islands of Santorini and Therasia and the uninhabited islands of Nea Kameni, Palaia Kameni, Aspronisi, and Christiana.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
In 1982 it was recognized as China’s first national forest park with an area of 4,810 ha (11,900 acres). Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of a much larger 397.5 km2(153.5 sq mi) Wulingyuan Scenic Area. In 1992, Wulingyuan was officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This breaktaking view of Houses in Sichuan, China
When I first saw this, It is so stunning, it looked like a painting! Lake Misurina, Italy
Lake Misurina is the greater natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754 m above sea level, fraction of Auronzo di Cadore (Belluno).
Here’s one in the USA Rainbow Falls in Watkins Glen State Park, New York
Watkins Glen State Park is located outside the village of Watkins Glen, New York, south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in the Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State. Since 1924, it has been managed by the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
That water!! It looks like something out of a dream! Pelion Rocks, Crystal clear coastline in Greece
Pelion or Pelium is a mountain at the southeastern part of Thessaly in central Greece, forming a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea.
Yikes! Too scary for me! I don’t like heights! Kusma Gyadi Bridge, Nepal
Announced at the beginning of 2008 and completed in early 2010, the huge Kushma-Gyadi catenary suspension footbridge is one of the world’s highest of its type. Crossing 384 feet (117 mtrs) above the Madi River, the trail bridge is also one of Nepal’s longest with a span of 1,128 feet (344 mtrs).
Paradise on Earth! Autumn, Cypress Gardens, Florida
Billed as Florida’s first commercial tourist theme park, Cypress Gardens opened on January 2, 1936 as a botanical garden planted by Dick Pope Sr. and his wife Julie. Over the years it became one of the biggest attractions in Florida, known for its water ski shows, gardens, and Southern Belles.
Wow! This looks like some place on another planet! Richat Structure of Mauritania.
The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara and Guelb er Richat, is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of west–central Mauritania near Ouadane. This structure is a deeply eroded, slightly elliptical, 40 km in diameter dome. The sedimentary rock exposed in this dome ranges in age from Late Proterozoic within the center of the dome to Ordovician sandstone around its edges.
This is just amazing! I had to stare at these trees for a time, they look surreal! Baobab Alley, Madagascar.
The Avenue or Alley of the Baobabs is a prominent group of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar. Its striking landscape draws travelers from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region.
This could evoke fear and awe! Retba Lake, Senegal.
Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal, north east of Dakar, in northwest Africa.
It is so named for its pink waters, caused by Dunaliella salina algae in the water that produce a red pigment that uses sunlight to create more energy, turning the waters pink. The color is particularly visible during the dry season. The lake is also known for its high salt content, which, like that of the Dead Sea, allows people to float easily. The lake also has a small salt collecting industry and was often the finishing point of the Dakar Rally, before it moved to South America in 2009.
For having such a sinister name, it sure is beautiful! Devil’s Punchbowl Falls, New Zealand
Devils Punchbowl Falls is the tallest and most prominent waterfall feature in the Arthur’s Pass area. Towering at 131m, this snow-fed waterfall can be seen in a variety of ways. I was able to see the falls both from the base and from across the Arthur’s Pass Valley.
The volcanic rocks on the shore of Briar’s Island, Nova Scotia
Brier Island is a rugged diamond in Nova Scotia’s crown, home to an industrious seafaring people, an amazing variety of flora and fauna, and some of the best sunsets you will ever see. The westernmost point in the province, this small basalt island sits where the cold waters of the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy meet, and offers a truly different pace of life for residents and visitors alike. The fishing boats still come and go as they have done for generations, the whales swim by as they have done since time immemorial, and the eternal tides rise and fall like clockwork.
This one looks very Medieval and scary. Like doom is wating around the corner. Tasman Island, Tasmania
Tasman Island is an oval island, with an area of 1.2 km, in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Tasman Island Group, lying close to the south-eastern coast of Tasmania around the Tasman Peninsula, and is in the Tasman National Park.