Unkai Terrace is located atop a mountain peak on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, offering tourists breathtaking views of clouds floating below. Unkai (meaning sea of clouds) is a very rare natural phenomenon, usually only seen under certain weather conditions. On clear days, you have to take a gondola ride up to the terrace early in the morning to catch the clouds in action.
Photo by Yosuke Kashiwakura
The crows that live in Tokyo build their nests out of metal clothes-hangers. In such a large city, there are few trees, so the natural materials that crows need to make their nests are scarce. As a result, the crows steal hangers from the people who live in apartments nearby, and carefully assemble them into nests. The completed nests almost look like works of art based on the theme of recycling.
Joal-Fadiouth is a village at the end of the Petite Côte of Senegal. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a bridge, lies on an island of clam shells, which are also used in local architecture and crafts. The streets are covered by the small white seashells that have accumulated on the island from centuries of deposit. Due to its position in an estuary, the greater part of the island is seasonally flooded.
The bridge was designed by American firm Louis Berger Group in the shape of a giant dragon that breathes huge balls of fire and extends to 666m in length. The Dragon Bridge is modelled on the dragon of the Lý Dynasty, a creature known in Vietnamese folklore for flying to the sea and bringing good luck.