Nine Astonishing Places on Earth

Nature is an incredible thing. It’s so beautiful, so powerful, so divine. It gives life, it takes life. Unfortunately, nowadays we, people don’t recognise the importance of nature in our lives. Moreover, we don’t respect it, we abuse its resources and what is sadder, we destroy it.

In today’s post, I decided to put together a list of some of the most astonishing places on Earth and show the beauty of our planet in all its glory.

Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Erta Ale is one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world and also one of the hottest places on earth. Known as the ‘smoking mountain‘ and also the ‘gateway to hell‘, Erta Ale is one of the last constantly active volcanoes. It’s quite special for the fact it is a very rare combination of volcanoes and lava lakes.

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The last eruption of the volcano was in 2005.

Waitomo, Glow Worm Cave, New Zealand

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The name Waitomo comes from two Māori words – wai, water and tomo, hole or shaft. The beautiful glow in the cave comes from the glow worms known as Arachnocampa luminosa, living inside the cave.

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The worms are the size of mosquitoes.

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Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park is located in Patagonia in southern Chile. This incredibly beautiful national park collects natural gems- mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers. People from all over the world come to visit this beautiful place, which is one of Chile’s largest national parks. Paine means “blue” in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and is pronounced PIE-nay.

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A paradise on earth. The bizarre mountains and the blue waters look like they’ve come straight off the pages of a fairytale book.

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Millions of tourists visit Torres del Paine every year. 76% of them are foreign, with European forming the biggest groups.

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Rainbow Mountains of Zhangye Danxia, China

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The Zhangye Danxia landform area is known as ‘the eye candy of Zhangye‘. No wonder where this nickname is coming from; Zhangye Danxia is a unique combination of different colours, which is so rare it almost seems magical.

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According to China Highlights, Zhangye ‘s Danxia was formed by:

“the erosion of red sandstone, forming isolated peaks and steep stratified outcrops. Its special geological structure, combined with long-term desert conditions , freeze-thaw peeling, and wind and water erosion gave rise to its present appearance.”

Marieta Islands, Puerto Vallarta

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Playa del Amor, also known as the Hidden beach, is part of the Marieta Islands, located near the coast of Mexico. The big hole in the surface, reveals a hidden beach with crystal water and golden sands, looking straight to the cloudless sky.

The Marieta Islands have never been inhibited, which is making them an ideal destination for relaxing and getting in touch with Nature.

Trolltunga in Norway

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Trolltunga- this magnificent rocky ledge has always reminded me of Lion King (remember when Rafiki lifted little Simba above his head and presented him to the animal kingdom as the heir to the Lion throne). The beauty of the landscape is magnificent and breathtaking, showing Nature in all its glory.

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Trolltunga is rising 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet.

Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

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No doubt, some of you have seen pictures of this incredible sight from Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives. At night, the beach looks like a mirror that reflects the star sky, also known as the sea of stars. This mesmerizing view is the work of a rare species of phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates.

Vaadhoo only has around 550 inhabitants.

Fjordlands National Park, South Island, New Zealand

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A fiord is defined as a u-shaped glacier-carved valley which has been flooded by the sea.There are 14 fiords that form the south-west corner of the South Island. According to a Maori folk tale, the fiords were created by a giant stonemason called Tute Rakiwhanoa, who hued out the steep sided valleys with his adzes. Rudyard Kipling calls the park the 8th wonder of the world.

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Prskalo Waterfall, Serbia

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The Prskalo waterfall is located in the Kučaj mountains in the eastern area of Serbia. The waterfall is 12-15 metres of height.

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L. V. K.

 

Stonehenge- The Unsolved Mystery

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure to visit one of the most popular and mysterious places on Earth- Stonehenge. I have been living in UK for almost six years and I never went to see this magnificent monument. Scientists argue the first stones had been raised around 2400-2200 BC but the purpose it was built for, the technology of transporting and raising the stones and the place they’ve been brought from remain unknown, making Stonehenge one of the oldest and most mysterious places in the world.

Stonehenge, bird's eye view

Stonehenge, bird’s eye view

The route to Stonehenge is quite a journey so when you decide to visit it, you gotta be prepared for a long travel. We headed off from Southampton, which is considerably close to Stonehenge. So we took the train to Salisbury and then the tour bus to Stonehenge, which takes about 30 minutes. The scenery was absolutely fantastic as it was mid- spring and everything was so green and shiny. The sun was up, though it was quite windy. But the air was fresh and one could feel a really strong connection with nature. Once we arrived at the entrance, we were to take a shuttle to the stones which took another 5-8 mins. And suddenly, there it was- the mighty Stonehenge!

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The beauty of Stonehenge

At a first glance, I thought it was smaller than I expected. But boy, was it beautiful! It was surrounded by people, trying to take a picture from every possible angle. My purpose though was to feel the energy that surrounds Stonehenge. When I was little, I was reading a children’s magazine called Wally’s World. For those who don’t remember it, it was a weekly, educational magazine and each issue was dedicated to a different country or region of the world, describing its history, legends surrounding it, facts etc. I remember one of the issues was focused on Britain and a particular article was telling the history of Stonehenge. I was so impressed and since then I’ve always wanted to visit it, to feel the air surrounding it, to witness the influence it has on people who see it for the first time.

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Stonehenge

The stones were surrounded by a fence, to stop people getting too close and touching them. There will always be someone who’d try to break the rule though, that’s why together with the fence there were people to guard the stones too. The stones are located on a little hill and everything one sees around is green fields. It was extremely clean, not a single piece of trash could be spotted anywhere.

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When we went back to the tourist point, we had about an hour to look around as the busses to Salisbury arrive every hour in the winter time and every half hour in the summer time. Next to the ticket office, there was a shop where you could buy all sorts of souvenirs such as T-shirts, pens, mugs; we got magnets. From the shop you can enter the restaurant which was quite nice actually (or probably we were too hungry haha). When we had our lunch we went outside as there were model houses of the era Stonehenge was built in. They were really interesting and to me resembled time-machines cause when I entered any of them, it would feel like I was stepping over from present to past.

A model of a house from 2400-2200 BC

Back to the past

Back to the past

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Stonehenge tourist point

By the time we were wondering around the tourist point and the ancients’ houses, the bus arrived and we caught it to go back to Salisbury. It is a gorgeous, little town which is exactly what one would imagine England is. The High street is full of ancient pubs and little shops which are so cute. Actually Salisbury is very similar to Winchester, if you’ve been there. It has a river crossing the city centre and one of its landmarks is Salisbury Cathedral, where Magna Carta is conserved.

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Salisbury Cathedral

Old George Mall

Old George Mall

Beautiful stained glass

Beautiful stained glass

To everyone who hasn’t visited Stonehenge and Salisbury yet, I highly recommend you to do so! The magic that surrounds these places, especially Stonehenge, is inderscribable!

L. V. K.

Natural Phenomenons: Pink Lake Hillier

No, you’re not dreaming, don’t bother to rub your eyes, this lake really is pink!

Pink Lake Hillier, Australia

Pink Lake Hillier, Australia

Lake Hillier is a lake on Middle Island, the larger of the islands that form the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia. The water is naturally a bubblegum pink color and retains the pink hue when taken from the lake and put in containers.

The water doesn't change its colour

The water doesn’t change its colour

Hillier Lake is the only vividly pink lake you will find in the world.

Beautiful Hillier Lake, Australia

Beautiful Hillier Lake, Australia

The color is permanent and never changes. Its startling color remains a mystery and while scientists have proven it’s not due to the presence of algae, unlike the other salt lakes down under, they still can’t explain why it’s pink.

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The lake is about 600 meters long, and is surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees. A narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation separates it to the north from the Southern Ocean.

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Amazing Lake Hillier

Nature is amazing beyond our concept of it. Its creations are divine and we, as part of these creations, must respect Nature and take care for Her as we would for our mother.

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L.V.K

 

Winter Is Coming- One Of The Best Winter Places In The World

Since winter is knocking on the door, I decided to share with you my love for one of the most beautiful winter places in the world- Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia.

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Lake Baikal is the world’s deepest and oldest (20 to 25 million years) existing freshwater lake. Called “the sacred sea” by locals, Lake Baikal, also known as the “pearl of Siberia”, is located in the south part of the Russian region of Siberia between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the Southwest. In midwinter, the lake  is a roughly 12,200-square-mile crystal ice rink. A curious thing about Lake Baikal is about two-thirds of the estimated 1,500 animal species living in and around it are found nowhere else on Earth. The best known resident is the nerpa, the world’s only exclusively freshwater seal.

Baikal in winter

Baikal in winter

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia

Jim Denevan’s Giant Artwork on Frozen Lake Baikal

Jim Denevan’s Giant Artwork on Frozen Lake Baikal

The American artist Jim Denevan created amazing artwork on the frozen lake of Baikal. He carved expansive, meditative works with repetitive patterns and endless scale which spanned on an area of nine square miles!

Jim Denevan's artwork on  Lake Baikal

Jim Denevan’s artwork on Lake Baikal

Jim Denevan's artwork on  Lake Baikal

Jim Denevan’s artwork on Lake Baikal

Ice Curtain in The Shore of Lake Baikal

Ice Curtain in The Shore of Lake Baikal

Stunning Lake Baikal, Russia

Stunning Lake Baikal, Russia

Horse and rider crossing the frozen Lake Baikal, Siberia. Photo by Matthieu Paley

Horse and rider crossing the frozen Lake Baikal, Siberia. Photo by Matthieu Paley

Frozen Lake Baikal

Frozen Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal holds an incredible 20 percent of Earth’s unfrozen fresh water

Lake Baikal holds an incredible 20 percent of Earth’s unfrozen fresh water

Night sky of Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Russia

Night sky of Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal, Russia

I would really love to be in this snowy fairytale some time in my life! Would you?

L.V.K.

 

The Mysteries of the 7 Lakes

The Seven Rila Lakes, located in Rila mountain in Bulgaria are some of the most beautiful natural creations worldwide. Moreover, they are a spiritual place where people from all over the world come to enjoy the magnificent nature and the clean air, to get out of the big city or just to find piece and solitude. Many people come every year at the end of August to participate in the White Brotherhood’s celebrations in praise of the Sun, harmonious and healthy lifestyle and love between people. The sacred dance the Brotherhood performs called Paneurhythmy, is famous all over the world and wins more and more followers every year.

The Seven Rila Lakes are believed to be one of the strongest spiritual centres in the world, which is a portal for other dimensions.

The 7 Rila Lakes

The 7 Rila Lakes

The lakes are situated between 2,100 and 2,500 metres elevation above sea level. Each of them carries a unique name associated with the shape it has.

"The Tear" is the highest of the Seven Lakes

“The Tear” is the highest of the Seven Lakes

"The Eye"

“The Eye”

"The Kidney" is the lake with the steepest shores of the entire group

“The Kidney” is the lake with the steepest shores of the entire group

"The Twin"

“The Twin”

"The Trefoil" has an irregular shape

“The Trefoil” has an irregular shape

"The Fish Lake"

“The Fish Lake”

"The Low Lake" is the lowest one of the group

“The Low Lake” is the lowest one of the group

The Seven Rila Lakes enchant and inspire with their natural beauty and unusual energy. I’d recommend to everyone who has the opportunity to visit this piece of Heaven on Earth to do so without a doubt.

L. V. K.