Painted Hills of Oregon

Photography by User: MrX [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

The Painted Hills, located about 9 miles northwest of the town of Mitchell, Oregon, is named after the colorful layers of its hills corresponding to various geological eras, formed when the area was an ancient river floodplain. Distinguished by varied stripes of red, tan, orange, and black, this area is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon.
Continue reading Painted Hills of Oregon


The Petrifying Well of Knaresborough

By chris 論 [GFDL or CC BY 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

A petrifying well  gives objects a stone-like appearance. If an object is left into such a well  for a period of weeks or months the object acquires a stony exterior. Notable example of petrifying well in England is the spring at Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough where objects left suspended in the calcium-rich water are gradually turned to stone. For many centuries, locals believed that this petrifying well was cursed by the devil . The fact that the side of the well looked like a giant’s skull fueled their fears that they too would be turned to stone.The Knaresborough petrifying well was first opened to the public in 1630 and still amazes visitors to this day.
Continue reading The Petrifying Well of Knaresborough

Two giant hands lift Vietnam’s Golden Bridge into the sky

The Golden Bridge located in Vietnam, among the Ba Na Hills 1,400 meters above sea level,  appears to be held up by a pair of giant stone hands. The bridge is 150 meters long. Visitors can admire the infinite scenery  and majestic mountainscape.

Continue reading Two giant hands lift Vietnam’s Golden Bridge into the sky

Castle Meur – A quirky house built between rocks

image credit: Tom A La Rue/ Flickr

Plougrescant, a small village in France, is best known for Castel Meur. A small stone house built between two huge granite rocks in the sea. Surrounded by a stone wall to protect itself from the strong winds that blow in the area, it was built in 1861. The access to the house used to be free but since some tourists climbed on the roof to be photographed  and caused damage, the owner was pushed to protect his property. Now a perimeter wall prohibits access to the site.

image credit: Robert/Flickr

By J.C EVEN [CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

By PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

photo credit: Maëlick/Flickr

The Lava Trees of Hawaii

Lava Tree State Monument is a public park located 2.7 miles southeast of Pāhoa in the Puna District on the island of Hawaii. It preserves lava molds of the tree trunks that were formed when a lava flow swept through a forested area in 1790. The lava covered the trees from bottom to top. As the lava drained away and the moisture inside the trees cooled the lava, a hard exterior shell was formed. Many of the trees are covered in moss, others have fallen to the ground and others remain standing for years as  black charred skeletons.

Pretzelpaws at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Continue reading The Lava Trees of Hawaii

Reed Flute Cave

By Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada – China-7516, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

The Reed Flute Cave, also known as “the Palace of Natural Arts” in Guilin, Guangxi, China, is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old.
The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations. It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing the Japanese troops. Nowadays, multicolored lighting artificially illuminates the cave.
info: Wikipedia
Continue reading Reed Flute Cave

Τhe Islet of Vila Franca do Campo formed by the crater of an underwater volcano

Vila Franca do Campo  is a town in the southern part of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores. The islet came about following the collapse of a former volcano. After being used for many purposes  – from a military fort to a vineyard – the islet was classified as a nature reserve in 1983.
Continue reading Τhe Islet of Vila Franca do Campo formed by the crater of an underwater volcano