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Wonders of Nature Part II – fascinating colours & shapes
Lush green forests and radiant blue waters make the hearts of nature lovers beat faster and can be found in many places. But some natural phenomena are particularly spectacular. The earth offers different places all over the world, where you can admire and hold on to unbelievable colours and shapes.
Let yourself be impressed by the following miracles of form and colour and don’t forget the souvenir photo!
The pink Lake Hillier in Australia
A pink lake, when do you ever see something like that? This extraordinary phenomenon can be found in several places around the world, for example in Senegal or Mexico. Most impressive, however, is Lake Hillier, located on Middle Island off the coast of Esperance in Western Australia. Its peculiarity is that it glows pink at any time of the year and in any weather. The reason for the conspicuous colouring has not yet been clarified. Researchers suspect that it is due to the bacteria and algae in the salt water. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit Lake Hillier on foot, as the area is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. During a spectacular sightseeing flight over the lake, it is possible to capture the breathtaking scenery on pictures.
The frozen bubbles of Abraham Lake in Canada
Behind an unspectacular sounding name lies a fascinating work of nature: Ice bubbles have formed in Abraham Lake, located on the North Saskatchewan River in the west of Alberta province in Canada. These bubbles consist of methane gas. The gas is produced by bacteria that live at the bottom of the lake and decompose organic matter. The methane rises but freezes in the ice just below the surface of the water, forming these wondrous formations. In winter, when the lake is frozen, it is possible to walk over the ice and photograph the frozen bubbles at close range.
The colourful mountains Zhangye Danxia in China
China’s colourful mountains are truly impressive. Over 24 million years, sandstone and minerals have stacked on top of each other, unfolded due to the displacement of the earth’s slabs, forming today’s landscape: colourfully striped and perfect for a unique shot. This miracle of colour can be found about 40 kilometres from the city of Zhangye in the northwest of the Chinese province of Gansu. There is also a geopark with numerous hiking trails and vantage points so you can easily photograph the landscape. The best time for this is from June to September. The best time to visit the geopark is early in the morning or in the evening, because the colours are even stronger due to the low sun.
The spectacular Antelope Canyon in the USA
The Antelope Canyon in the southwest of the USA is a perfect backdrop for enthusiastic photographers. It takes about four and a half hours from Las Vegas to get there, but it’s worth it! Wind and water have eroded the red sandstone over the years and today it forms unique rock formations. The canyon is divided into two parts: There is an Upper Antelope Canyon and a Lower Antelope Canyon. If you don’t have time to visit both, you have to decide: In the Upper, the light conditions are better, especially around noon. Then one finds many of the so-called “beams” (light columns) that are created by the incident sunlight. Because of this it is often very crowded here, unlike in the Lower, where you can also take beautiful and deserted photos. The colours of the canyon are most beautiful in the summer months. Entrance is for a fee and there are one-hour guided tours. Photographers may also enter alone for two hours. In case of bad weather you should not plan a visit to the canyon, because it is closed when it rains.
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Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as “Upper Antelope Canyon” or “The Crack”; and “Lower Antelope Canyon” or “The Corkscrew.
Shimmering coast of Vaadhoo in the Maldives
Sun, beach and sea of the Maldives – that alone is worth a holiday photo. But if you go to the beach here at night, you can see something even more enchanting: The sea shines. These shimmering waves are the result of certain protozoa (marine critters) that shine in the water through chemical processes due to their bioluminescence, i.e. their ability to emit light. This sight can be admired on Vaadhoo, but also on Mudhoo and Rangali – all islands of the Maldives. It is best to travel there between July and February. On nights when the moon is covered by clouds, the water glows even more intensely.
The Rittner earth pyramids in Italy
Finally something a little closer: In Ritten in South Tyrol the highest earth pyramids of Europe rise out of the ground. Such pyramids (also called “stalagmites in the open air”) are formed when loamy soils are removed by rain. But that alone is not enough, because it needs stones. If such a stone lies in the ground, it protects the earth beneath it from erosion by rain. All around, however, loam is washed away and the earth pyramids grow higher and higher. But if the stone falls down at some point, the pyramid below it will also become smaller and smaller. The visit of these artworks of nature is relatively uncomplicated. Through the signposted hiking trails, one can easily get close to them at any time of the year or day and there will certainly be some impressive photos.
Die Wenigsten sind sich darüber bewusst, welche Diversität an aussergewöhnlichen Farbspielen und Formungen die Natur so schaffen kann. Dabei sind solche Naturphänomene so faszinierend und immer eine Reise wert. Nutzen Sie Ihren Besuch für imposante Naturaufnahmen, um das Erlebnis eindrucksvoll festzuhalten.