Bali is famous for its varied landscape of rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture.
Table-top mountains are the remains of large sandstone plateaus that once covered granite basement complexs. Also known as tepui, table-top mountains tend to be found as isolated entities rather than in connected ranges, which makes them the host of a unique array of endemic plant and animal species. Some of the most outstanding tepuis are Neblina, Autana, Auyantepui and Mount Roraima. They are typically composed of sheer blocks of Precambrian quartz arenite sandstone that rise abruptly from the jungle, giving rise to spectacular natural scenery. Auyantepui is the source of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall.
Vassilis Tangoulis is an International Award-Winning Black and White Fine Art photographer based in Greece. His photographic vision is better described as capturing the time in a world where “present” is only an infinitesimal part of time, a fleeting illusion dividing almost infinite past and future. Here is a collection of his favorite waterland, Lake Tourlida in Western Greece.
All images © Vassilis Tangoulis
The Beach of the Cathedrals is located in the Ribadeo municipality in Spain. The place’s more characteristic features are its natural arches and caves, which can be seen only in low tide. During low tide you can gain access to a sand deposit delimited by a rocky wall made from slate and schist of strange and complex forms: more than 30-meters-tall arches which resemble cathedral flying buttresses formed due to the erosion of the waves.
The Pink Sand Beach stretches for three-and-a half-miles and can be found on Harbour Island’s Atlantic side in Bahamas. The beach gets its pink hue from thousands of broken coral pieces, shells, and calcium carbonate materials left behind by foraminifera (tiny marine creatures with red and pink shells) that live in the coral reefs that surround the beach.
The scenic walkway in Xuan’en County of central China’s Hubei Province measures approximately 1,640 feet (500 metres) and it wraps around the lush green landscape that surrounds it according to People’s Daily Online. The wooden walkway allows visitors to see a part of a valley that was previously accessible only by rowing boat.
Jökulsárlón, literally glacial river lagoon, is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland. A surreal place where blocks of ice of many shapes rest on the black volcanic beach. All these ice bergs on the black sand, combined with the power of the waves and the sun light reflecting through and off the bergs, create this magnificent place called Diamond Beach.
‘These scarecrows are not from the anaesthetised world of the craft fair, but are the direct descendants of the ancient spectres which have haunted the landscape for centuries,’ says photographer Colin Garratt.
Yangtze River is the largest in China and the third largest in the world with a length of 3,915 miles. Stretching from a land of remote mountains and arid plains in Tibet, it winds its way through canyon gorges to fertile regions of connecting lakes and waterways. The Yangtze’s gorges are the highlights on the river’s course. And of course there is the Three Gorges Dam, the largest dam and hydroelectric power plant in the world.
Fenhuang is an old town in Hunan province, China, with a history spanning 1,300 years, and architecture dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is well-known for its stilt houses, folk culture, ethnic groups and fantastic landscape. The town is placed in a mountain setting, incorporating the natural flow of water into city layout. Fenghuang means Phoenix in Chinese language and it represents good omen and longevity in Chinese mythology.