Located in the central valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico, Hierve el Agua, looks very much like a waterfall stuck in time, but the cliff is a mineral formation that was created over thousands of years. These formations are created by fresh water springs, as the water scurries over the cliffs, the excess minerals are deposited, much in the same manner that stalactites are formed in caves. Atop the cliffs are turquoise bathing pools that offer incredible views of the surrounding landscape.
“Fallen Star” by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh on top of a seven-story building of University of California in San Diego.
Red Beach, located in Liaohe River Delta, is famous for its landscape featuring a red sea weed that can live in highly alkaline soil. Its growth cycle starts in April when it is coloured light red, while the colour of the mature species is deep red. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.
Dallol volcano – In Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, the sulfur dust in the soil of a hydrothermal vent ignites to form blue flames.
“Nail houses” are homes that their owners refuse to leave them to make way for new constructions. Contractors must build around them in order to continue the construction. So the buildings are left solitary like stubborn nails. But in most cases home owners are forced out of their properties as authorities pressure them with extreme measures, such as cutting off utilities, or just offer higher compensations.
Light pillars form when a bright light (from the sun, the moon or man-made light sources) reflects off the surfaces of millions of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds. The pillars, which are often mistaken for UFO sightings, are typically seen in polar regions and they might lengthen or brighten as you gaze at them.
Photographer Jay Callaghan shot the beautiful photo below, on his back deck in 25 February at 1:45 am , as he was looking northeast toward Chemong Road in Peterborough, Ontario.
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.
Photographer and graphic designer Laurent Seroussi in his project entitled Insectes, fuses sleek female figures with the bodies of creepy crawlies. Using what he calls “visual tricks and post-production wizardry” glamourises creatures that would naturally make your skin crawl.
Blood Falls is an outflow of saltwater, flowing from the tongue of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. The reddish deposit was found in 1911 by the Australian geologist Griffith Taylor who first attributed the red color to red algae, but later it was proven to be due an iron-rich underground saltwater lake that was trapped by the encroaching glacier at least 1.5 million years ago. The temperature of the water is -5 Celsius, but it’s so salty that it doesn’t freeze.
A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made. Unlike snowballs made by people, snow rollers are typically cylindrical in shape, and are often hollow since the inner layers, which are the first layers to form, are weak and thin compared to the outer layers and can easily be blown away, leaving what looks like a doughnut or Swiss roll. (Source Wikipedia)
The Grand Canyon’s Pumpkin Spring, a limestone formation off the Colorado River, is a geological oddity. Although it might looks tempting, it isn’t quite as secure as it might seem. Some water spills over the top, but that which remains in the pumpkin-pool, turns into a caustic murky green, a deadly mixture of arsenic, copper, zinc and lead. Limited exposure is not fatal, but better look but don’t touch!
Portuguese street artist Alexander Farto (aka Vihks) embeddes explosives just beneath the surface of walls to reveal enormous, smoky images. The explosive etching technique involves precision detonation of plaster and brick to make the murals.
Eucalyptus deglupta, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in tropical and subtropical climate gardens and parks. The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.
Lake Natron takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
Photographer Nick Brandt, while in Tanzania, discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats on the shoreline. “I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”
There’s a swing on the edge of a cliff in Ecuador. It has no safety measures and is called the ‘Swing at the End of the World’. It’s a tourist attraction and in order to get there, you have to hike up the path to Bellavista from Banos, until you reach a viewpoint and a seismic monitoring station named La Casa del Árbol (The Tree-house).
American artist Alexis Arnold grows crystals on books to create stunning effects. She uses laundry detergent to create the crystals which appear after the books are soaked in hot water and left to dry. When selecting objects to crystallize she was mostly concerned with objects that had lost their function or place, and printed books were fitting into this category more and more. Ms Arnold said she decided to start crystallizing books and the following day came across eight boxes of wonderful, old books on the side of the road. The reaction to her work and the interpretations vary but often the growth of the crystals symbolizes growth through childhood as many of the works are children’s fiction.
Phugtal Monastery is situated on a sheer cliff face in the Ladakh Himalaya, northern India. Founded by Gangsem Sherap Sampo in the early 12th century, the monastery is a unique construction built into the cliffside like a honeycomb under a gigantic grotto. Now it is a tourist attraction, 3800 feet up the cliff, and still houses around 70 monks.
Postcards from the Future by Italian digital artist Francesco Romoli.
What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized. What we call random is just patterns we can’t decipher. What we can’t understand we call nonsense. What we can’t read we call gibberish. There is no free will. There are no variables. There is only the inevitable.