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17 Magical Pics Of Japan’s Cherry Blossom By National Geographic

Few places in the world do spring like Japan does spring. The vibrant and delicate cherry blossom is, after all, one of earth’s most majestic natural wonders, and there’s nothing quite like strolling beneath those ephemeral petals and marveling at how amazing mother nature can be.

To celebrate the arrival of Japan’s most magical season, National Geographic invited community members to send in their best photographs of the country’s famous cherry blossom. Take a look at the pictures below to see for yourself the stunning submissions they received.

The Japanese take their cherry blossom very seriously. The Meteorological Agency even provides a dedicated forecast for cherry blossom season. The blossom moves north in what’s known as a “sakura zensen”, and people keenly track the progress of this cherry blossom front as it makes its way up-country. [Read more…]

Go Inside Son Doong, The World’s Largest Cave. It’s Magnificent.

The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the biggest cave in the world. It’s over 5.5 miles long, has a jungle and river, and could fit a 40-story skyscraper within its walls.

But nobody knew any of that until about six years ago.

The recently discovered cave has been touted as the largest in the world, although other caves vie for the title of longest (Mammoth Cave in Brownsville, Kentucky nabs that title with about 400 miles of passageways) and deepest (Krubera Cave in the nation of Georgia).

A local man discovered the cave entrance in 1991, but British cavers were the first to explore it in 2009. Tour company Oxalis has been running trial tours of the cave since two summers ago.

The lucky people who have entered Son Doong so far, like photographer John Spies, have emerged with some amazing photos. [Read more…]

15 Spilled Flower Pots That Turn Your Flowers Into Streams Of Paint

Many already consider flowers to be a refreshing splash of color in their backyard or garden, so why not strengthen the impression by making them literally seem like a dash of spilled paint? These creative garden designs will show you how you can make flowers look like spilled streams and mounds of liquid color!

There’s no one right or wrong way to make your spilled-pot garden, but one thing most guides agree on is that you should bury about half of the pot in the ground. This, of course, makes spilled-pot planters a great way to recycled old or broken pots! The rest is easy – choose your plants and plant them in the location and design of your choice!

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These Eerie Photos Of Abandoned Places Are So Much More Than Ruins

People love looking at photos of abandoned buildings. The more opulent a structure once was — and the more dilapidated it currently is — the better. Chicago-based photographer Eric Holubow’s new book, Abandoned: America’s Vanishing Landscapes, released this summer, focuses on the product of his explorations inside abandoned properties. Holubow believes there is “a degree of fatalism” in his work, as well as a reminder that buildings aren’t immortal. There’s a “shared fate” between a building and the individuals who built it, he says. Like a car crash or a house fire, the viewer can’t look away for fear that they may miss a rare opportunity to stare Death right in the eye.

Holubow also believes these images symbolize a loss of faith in powerful American institutions — government and capitalism come to mind. Thus, photos of the disarray left behind by a shuttered school or the ruins of a once-glamorous celebrity hot spot take on deeper meanings. [Read more…]

13 Enchanting Tree Tunnels You Need Take A Walk Through

Take a look at these beautifully enchanting tree tunnels from around the world. Wouldn’t you just love to take a romantic stroll through some of these? Whether they’ve been formed naturally or by talented gardeners, you’re sure to be impressed by the colors and shapes they have to offer. There’s bound to be at least one of these stunning locations you’ll want to add to your bucket list. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments section! [Read more…]

Natural Beauty of Burney Falls

Burney Falls is a waterfall on Burney Creek, in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Shasta County, California.The water comes from underground springs above and at the falls, which are 129 feet high, and provides an almost constant flow rate of 379 million litres per day, even during the dry summer months. The falls were called “the Eighth Wonder of the World” by President Theodore Roosevelt, and were declared a National Natural Landmark in December 1984. Burney Falls are quite easy to get to. No need for force rail lines, climb slippery rocks. Just park your car, walk a few feet and there they are in all their splendor.
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These Giant Wall Murals Will Make You Feel Like Your Bed Is In The Middle Of Nature

Don’t be fooled, that’s not a living room in the middle of a field or atop a mountain. In fact, it’s an ordinary, indoor living room with a visually deceiving wall mural of natural landscapes. By adding PIXERS’ nature-inspired wall murals, these rooms wind up looking a lot bigger than they actually are. [Read more…]

16 Gorgeous Sunsets You Need To See In Your Lifetime

The world is a magically beautiful place. Watching the sun go down can be a mesmerising sight. When you’re planning your summer trip, take into account these 16 places with the most stunning sunsets in the world. Here’s our 16 gorgeous places for sunsets. [Read more…]

Socotra’s Amazing Landscape

Amazing. Wonderful. Spectacular. Dramatic. Extraordinary. Unique. Exotic. Astonishing. A living museum. These are all words you can use to describe Socotra. Superlatives only. On this Planet, no other place looks as alien and strange as this Archipelago. On this amazing Archipelago, of four islands – for every three animals or plants that you come across, at least one exists no where else but here. And the landscape is like no other you have ever set eyes on. [Read more…]

Ergaki – hidden gems of Siberia

The national park, founded in 2005, stretches some 75 kilometres from north to south in the Western Sayan and is well-known in Russia – if not yet abroad – for its untouched beauty. It is a great place for outdoor lovers. Its pure mountain steams and lakes are among the least polluted on the planet.One of the main attractions of the park is Svetloe (Light) Lake. It is often called the Great Lake. Quiet and smooth surface of the lake stretches from north to the south for around kilometre at an altitude of around 1200 metres above the sea level. The lake is surrounded by a thick pine forest, with two mountain peaks – the Bird and the Star, raising in the distance. [Read more…]