Last time we visited the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders we drank in the majesty of one of the oldest, tallest trees in the world. Today we’d like to direct your attention to the forest floor. Photographer Steve Axford lives in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia and spends his time seeking out and photographing rare plants, animals, fungi, and sometimes even people. Axford has traveled to remote locations in order to document - sometimes for the very first time - some of the world’s strangest and most diverse mushrooms and other fungi. His stunning photos capture their incredibly varied and alien forms as well as their astonishing beauty.
nothing says hope quite like flowers growing through the cracks in concrete
They got the various Niagara falls mistaken : the zoomed photo shows the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls (on, you guessed it, the American side), and the zoomed out photo is the Horseshoe waterfall (Canadian side)…
China’s Incredible Colored Rice Terraces
Incredible panoramic views of colored rice terraces in the mountainous Yuanyang region in China, one of the world’s largest rice-producing areas. The colors of the mirrored landscape are constantly changing due to the time of day and seasonal changes. These terraces were built by hand by the Hani people about 1,300 years ago.
The terraces are dug into the steep slopes of the mountains between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level. Rice is planted once a year in April and harvested in September, when the terraces are flooded to prepare them for the next crop. When the terraces are flooded, the water reflects stunning colors from the sunlight.
Despite the breathtaking beauty of its landscape, the Yuanyang region remains untouched by mass tourism. Its remote, mountainous location, bad roads and lack of a nearby airport deter all but the most determined tourists and photographers.
This is nowhere near my province and I know that I can’t see everything while I’m there but by god I will see these beautiful things!
"Since the 1970s, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey have been amassing satellite images of every inch of our planet as part of the Landsat program. Over time, the images reveal a record of change.”
Google created several GIFS, though you can zoom in to anywhere on the globe to see the 30 year change for any spot on Earth!
Read more: here
Birth of a Sea Turtle (by O.Blaise)
…except the turtle isn’t laying her eggs in a nest. She could be dumping them after a failed nesting attempt and the load being too much to bear. Those eggs wouldn’t survive. However, turtles can lay multiple nests during the season, so all is not necessarily lost!
The arribada is very much on the bucket list.