Fingal’s Cave, a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa off the west coast of Scotland, is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow. Its size and naturally arched roof, and the eerie sounds produced by the crashing sound of the waves against the rock are overwhelming. The cave’s Gaelic name, An Uaimh Bhinn, means “the melodious cave.”
Band-e Amir National Park located in Afghanistan is a series of six turquoise lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. The beautiful lakes were created by the carbon dioxide rich water that is drawn from the spring melt-water in the surrounding mountains and came out from faults and cracks in the rocky landscape. The site of Band-e Amir has been described as Afghanistan’s Grand Canyon. The contrast between the deep blue waters and the barren mountains is absolutely stunning.
Aurland Viewing Bridge above Aurland, a small town in Sogn og Fjordane, one of the larger fjords on the West Coast of Norway, offers fantastic view of the fjord scenery . Designed by Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen from Saunders Architecture the construction creates a distinct horizon to make the view even more dramatic. Nature first and architecture second was the guiding principle when architects sat down to design this project.
The nests of social weaver birds are believed to be the largest birds’ nests in the world. Other than providing a hiding place from predators, the gigantic communal nests are also said to be perfect for protecting the birds from desert’s harsh climate. Living in the plains of Namibia and South Africa, social weavers make use of several different materials, building the nest by weaving in twig after twig. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird.
UK-based photographer Andy Lee on his first visit to Iceland returned home with a photo series titled “Blue Iceland”. Shot in the infrared spectrum these photos bring out even more of the beauty in the country’s scenic landscapes. As Lee puts it on his website, infrared and Iceland are “a match made in heaven.”
Sivash, also known as the Rotten Sea for its pungent smell, is a large system of shallow salty lagoons on the northeastern coast of the Crimean Peninsula. The marshy area includes an abandoned Soviet-era salt mine while continued evaporation of the area produces stunning views as the water leaves behind tons of salt. The scenery is stunning especially the sharp contrast between the blood-red sea, created by algae, and the blue sky.
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“Un Regard“, a photographic series by Kiripi Katembo Siku, set in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The quick, vast and subtle eye of the photographer grasps with sharpness the daily life of the people of Kinshasa and offers us a strikingly singular point of view, both rooted and off-beat.
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.