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.
Salineras de Maras, or Inca salt pans located in the Peruvian Andes.
Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras, Peru, by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. Almost all the ponds are less than four meters square in area, and none exceeds thirty centimeters in depth. All are necessarily shaped into polygons with the flow of water carefully controlled and monitored by the workers.
The Chanaral-Llanta-Potrerillos railway in Chile connects Potrerillos, a now abandoned mining town 2850 meters above sea level in the Andes with a filtration plant in Llanta and continues to Chañaral. The 155 kilometer-long train line climbs mountains and dips into valleys, while the most fascinating section of this railway is the ascent between the station Montandon and Potrerillos, where it passes through closed curves and tunnels, always beaten to the slope, offering a breathtaking mountain scenery.
Wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein has spent years trying to photograph the perfect beginning and ending of Masai Mara day. His series African Fire showcases diversity of weather and wildlife on Kenya’s famous reserve. Breathtaking scenes filled with dramatic light and colors.
Finn Beales is an award-winning photographer and director based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Well known for his landscape photography on Instagram he also shoots travel and lifestyle commissions for a variety of global brands who are attracted by his cinematic, contemplative style and the narrative he weaves throughout his work.
Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi), is a Mechanical Engineer and Nature Photographer in Iceland, born in a small village on the east coast of Iceland, living his passion of outdoors traveling, hunting, fishing and exploring the nature of Iceland. He’s specializing his exquisite photography work on nature of Iceland including volcanoes, ice caves, animals and classic landscapes.
The Just Room Enough Island. Photo credit
The Thousand Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands between the Canada-United States border. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km) downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario, the U.S. islands in the state of New York. They are world famous for its castles and cottages. The native peoples called this region the “Garden of the Great Spirit.”
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.
Cloudy skies mirrored in the Bolivian salt flats of Salar de Uyuni.
Photographer: Michael Kittell.
Talented amateur photographer Idrus Arsyad from Indonesia, is interested in landscape, nature and wildlife photography. His incredibly saturated and vivid photos give us a glimpse of Indonesian countryside.
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.
In this collection Italian photographer Massimo Margagnoni guides the spectator in far and hidden places in Norway and Iceland. His photography expresses the evolution of Nature and climate change in the relationship with the human being and the different aspects. Margagnoni has won numerous awards in major international competitions and has been published in National Geographic.
Both a pilot and a photographer, Kacper Kowalski from Poland, has unique control over each shot. As a result he captures previously unseen natural environments. In this way unreal, almost graphic pictures come into being. They show patterns, symmetries and asymmetries created by humans and the nature.
Black sand beaches are typically a result of an island’s explosive volcanic past. These beaches bring about an extremely dramatic scene, with crystal blue waters lap against dark sand, that may shatter your preconceptions of what a beach should look like.
Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi makes large-scale photographs. They are stories created on camera that seek the border between reality and fantasy. The landscapes and the subjects, often young girls or women, fit together perfectly and create a dramatic and poetic scene.
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.
Photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway spend a great amount of their time camped on the edge of active volcanoes to capture incredible images. Using a simple protective casing around their cameras, and wearing just swimming shorts and flippers, capture the explosive moment fiery lava crashes into the sea off the shores of Hawaii.
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)
This incredible series of photographs showcases nature at its deadliest and most beautiful.
The collection was put together by the Bureau of Meteorology and Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, who invited photographers to send in their best weather pictures. And they responded with a staggering selection of natural history shots including lightning bolts, fire tornadoes and even that rarest phenomenon in Australia – snow.
Both a pilot and a photographer, Kacper Kowalski has managed to capture two lakes in northern Poland – one in Pomerania and the other in Kashubia – throughout the four seasons. As a result previously unseen natural environments, almost graphic pictures come into being. They show patterns, symmetries and asymmetries created by nature.
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!