Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders: pink lakes, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breath-taking canyons and mountains, and other places you can hardly believe actually exist!
Las Pozas, Mexico
Built by Scotsman Edward James—poet, trust-funder, and Salvador Dalí–adoring art patron—the surreal sculpture gardens located in the rainforests of Xilitla (about eight hours north of Mexico City) were a labor of love. James broke ground in 1949 and kept adding to his architectural marvel with staircases to nowhere, off-kilter turrets, and open-sided atriums until his death in 1984. His home during those 35 years? A mock-Gothic castle bustling with hundreds of birds, 40 dogs, and—not altogether shockingly—a pet boa constrictor.
Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania
At ground level it’s difficult to make out the shape radiating from where you stand. This 30-mile-wide series of concentric rings in the town of Ouadane calls to mind crop circles. But it wasn’t etched by aliens or fashioned by pranksters with too much time on their hands. The upwelling of sedimentary rock has naturally eroded to create what appears to be a rippled pond frozen in the moment after a pebble has disturbed its surface.
Socotra Archipelago, Yemen
Sitting alone at the junction of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, the Socotra Archipelago has enjoyed almost uninterrupted isolation since it broke off from the super-continent of Gondwana (the land mass from which the Americas, Africa, Australia, Arabia, and India emerged) 100 million years ago. Since then, Mother Nature has evolved in many weird and wonderful ways. This Unesco World Heritage Site is home to exotic flora (trees that ooze bloodred sap; some that bear foul-smelling, poisonous cucumbers; and others shaped like bottles), 180 exotic birds, and 700 plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth.
Upside Down House – Moscow’s New Tourist Attraction
The idea of an upside down house attraction is not new, but continues to gain popularity worldwide. A house on display at the All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow is built to resemble a typical European summerhouse with one exception — it’s upside down. Visitors will discover that even the curtains and contents of the fridge all have been installed upside down, appearing in an unusual perspective. And, by inverting photographs, the visitors themselves can be upside down as well.