Incredible Beach Art
San Francisco native artist, Andres Amado, uses the beach as his canvas. Instead of a brush, he uses a rake to create his amazing designs in the sand. Andres creates artworks that are larger than 100,000 square feet. He spends countless hours on his pieces even though he knows that the tide will soon wash it away.
- Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina & Virginia
- Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania & New Jersey
- Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi & Tennessee
- Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), California
- The Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
- Utah Highway 128, Utah
- Beartooth Highway, Montana & Wyoming
- Great River Road, St. Louis, Missouri
- Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, Oregon
- Going-to-the-Sun Road, the only road that crosses Glacier National Park, Montana
(Source: The Huffington Post)
A massive and incredibly beautiful snow sculpture at the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China. The festival officially starts in January and lasts for a month but the exhibits open early, weather permitting. China also has great skiing, of which the West knows little. People attending the festival usually ski a couple of days while attending the festival. A great new winter get-a-way in the far East.
Even without the lure of its mysterious lake monster, Kanas Lake is a spectacularly beautiful lake on an equally stunning nature reserve in northern Xinjiang, China.
Travelers rave about the splendid Alpine scenery at Kanas Lake, a long flowing, pristine lake that is found in the Altay mountains that supplies Kanas River, also in the nature reserve. The forests are filled with stunning, colorful trees.
The lake even has its own legendary lake monster! Similar to Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, stories of the Kanas Lake Monster have been in the Chinese media since the 1980s about an enormous, serpent-like creature.
Apparently the lake monster reappeared in 2005 and again in 2006, bringing tons of journalists and conspiracy hounds hoping to photograph the mysterious beast of the lake.
Chinese scientists insist it’s just a big school of salmon-like fish and not a lake monster. Legends usually start for a reason and some claim the serpent exists.
Each year these blossoming blue fields attract thousands of tourists. Hitachi Park is located in the Ibaraki Prefecture on Honsyu in Japan. It’s a beautiful spectacle during the flowering of the nemophila. Nemophilas are annual flowers. The word is a combination of the Greek words “nemos” (small forest) and “phileo” (love). The Japanese word “hitachi” translates to dawn. Taken together: “small forest love in dawn.” A blue heaven on Earth.
This was the abandoned Hotel del Salto, also known as the Tequendama Falls Hotel, located in San Antonio del Tequendama, Colombia. The old hotel overlooked the Tequendama Falls on the Bogotá River in Colombia. It was opened in 1924 and shut its doors in the 1990′s. For the last 20 years, the hotel had stood abandoned with a grand haunted past. But it is now a museum.
In 1923, the building was constructed as a mansion by the architect Carlos Arturo Tapias, as a symbol of the joy and elegance of Colombian’s elite citizens of the 1920’s. The house was named “The Mansion of Tequendama Falls” and was built during Colombia’s presidency of Pedro Nel Ospina (1922-1926).
The hotel was abandoned in the 1990s, for more than two decades, due to river contamination. The hotel’s French Gothic design and neglected beauty enhanced the idea that the hotel was haunted by local residents. After 20 years, the abandoned beauty was finally put to good use. The hotel has become the Museum of Biodiversity and Culture, restoring the old building’s beauty and purpose.