“Les Guetteurs” (The Watchers) was designed and built by Zebra3. The three enchanting owls are huddled together as a single mass, creating a large cabin with two floors. Giant circular windows are installed for the owl’s “eyes.” The shelter is built atop a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area.
You can stay in the cabin for free but only for one night. Since the project was made to be off-the-grid, the place doesn’t have electricity, running water, or heat.
It consists part of the Refuges Périurbains (Peri-urban shelters) in the Bordeaux region. The Watchers is the sixth unique cabin of the series designed to encourage urban hiking and exploration of lesser-known sites.
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Monoliths are geological features consisting of a single massive stone or rock that were formed in prehistoric times by violent eruptions, tectonic shifts or erosion. Here is a list of some of the largest and most recognizable monoliths on the planet.
Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia
Uluru is often referred to as the biggest monolith, but that is generally avoided by geologists. While the surrounding rocks were eroded, the rock survived as sandstone strata making up the surviving Uluru ‘monolith’.
By Weyf – Own work, CC0, Link
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Dhaka-based photographer Mehdi Hasan work focuses on the diversity of people, places and the cultures of South Asia. Hasan has been to India a couple of times. Each journey lasts from a couple of weeks to a month. His favorite places include Darjeeling, Kolkata, Hampi, Varanasi, New Delhi.
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By Mahnoorrana11 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Baltoro Glacier, at 63 km (39 mi) in length, is one of the longest glaciers outside the polar regions. The glacier gives rise to the Shigar River, which is a tributary of the Indus River. It’s located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan, home to some of the world’s highest mountains. The glacier runs through part of the region’s Karakoram mountain range, near a mountain known as K2. The trough of this glacier is very wide. Small valley glaciers form ice falls where they meet the trunk glacier. The sidewalls vary from very steep to precipitous. The glacier has carved striations on the surrounding country rocks. Moving ice has formed depressions, which serve as basins for numerous glacial lakes.
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Araucaria columnaris, known as Cook pine, is a tree endemic to New Caledonia in the Melanesia region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean. Cook pines have been known to grow at peculiar angles and scientists have discovered why – it is because they always tilt towards the equator. The further the trees are from the equator the more they tilt. Many plants are able to lean towards a source of light when it is not directly above – a characteristic known as phototropism. On average Cook pines tilt by 8.55 degrees, which is twice as much as the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
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Waw an Namus, Oasis of Mosquitoes, is a volcanic field, cone and caldera in southern Libya, deep in the Sahara Desert. The inside of the caldera houses an oasis of rich foliage and three small salt lakes of variable color which are the reason for the volcano’s name. A volcanic field of dark basaltic tephra flow extends 10–20 kilometres (6.2–12.4 mi) around the caldera. The dark field’s vast size allows it to be easily seen from space. Due to the fresh water at the volcano, Waw An-Namus was always an important watering point for the caravans.
By NASA’s Earth Observatory – The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 (http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86054), CC BY 2.0, Link
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Filled with mystery and intrigue, the ancient pyramids have been admired by humans throughout the ages. In modern times the iconic structure of the pyramid has inspired many architectural projects all around the world. The modern day behemoths, mostly built from glass and steel, are employed as architectural statement pieces.
The Louvre Pyramid in Paris
By Martin Falbisoner (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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