Hidden Beauty Beneath Glacier Cave Formations

Ice caves or glacier caves are dangerously beautiful natural formations that contains significant amount of perennial ice. Which means a portion of the cave must have below 0 °C (32 °F) all year round, and water must have traveled into the cave’s cold zone. So to be able to witness this natural phenomenon, one must travel through icefields in unimaginable cold conditions to reach such remote places. Picture above is Michael Anderson‘s ethereal photo of an […]

 

Enchanting Plitvice Lakes of Croatia

Pronounced as plîtʋitse, the Plitvice Lakes is a world famous national park that features 16 lakes arranged in cascades. Several little rivers flow together creating this wonderful scenery. This national park is the oldest in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. Founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountains of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. A helicopter ride over this place would be a real […]

 

Unique Orchid Resembling a Monkey's Face

Yes, it is called Monkey Orchid. Common name is Monkey-Like Dracula and its scientific name is Dracula simia. This gorgeous one-of-a-kind orchid is usually found in the mountains of Ecuador with a scent like a ripe orange. Named by the botanist Luer in 1978, you can see its resemblance to the “popped collar” cape of the popular representation of Dracula. Also, the spurs on the ends of the three petals somewhat resemble the fictional Dracula’s fangs. […]

 

Mystical Jiuzhaigou Valley

Look how stunning this nature preserve is! Located in southwestern province of Sichuan China, Jiuzhaigou, literal translation is “Valley of Nine Villages”, is known for its remarkably clear and Caribbean colored waters, and indigenous Tibetan tribes. [via uberholiday]

 

One Awesomely Shaped Tree

And I thought this was a painting. This tree, captured by photographer Marianne Kjølner, is in Denmark. It looks like a cutout doesn’t it? They say the tree conforms by itself with the outline of the house to protect itself from the wind. Wow.   [via adding and colossal]

 

Places + Photography: Incredible Aurora Display in Norway

Lights danced as a solar storm was triggered by a coronal mass ejection (CME). A CME is a cloud of superheated gas and charged particles hurled off the sun. These photos were taken as sky watchers witnessed this breath-taking phenomenon last month in the Lyngan Alps of Norway. [via trendhunter and nationalgeographic]

 

Artworks with Nature

   From the site that I found these from synapticstimuli, these artworks are reminders that we forget not just how close we are to nature, we are a PART of it.

 

A Painting or A Photograph?

Found in National Geographic. It is a photograph. Incredible isn’t it? Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park. ~ National Geographic, photo taken in Namibia.

 

The Trees that Draws

At first glance I thought, these were sketches of trees. True, except the trees are the ones drawing. That’s something you don’t see everyday. Wonder how a tree draws? [via timknowles.co.uk]