The Amazing Fly Geyser
Fly Geyser is not a very well known tourist attraction, even to Nevada residents. There is a reason for this: the geyser is on privately owned land and it is not open to the public. Another little known fact about Fly Geyser is that it began as a well. The original well was drilled in 1916 and functioned normally for almost fifty years until nature decided to take over.
In the 1960s, geothermally-heated water found a weak spot in the well’s wall and began escaping to the surface. Dissolved minerals in the water started to accumulate resulting in this incredible natural phenomena seen today. Although Fly Geyer, including its base, is only 12 feet (3.7 m) high, it will continue to grow as long as it continues to spout water.
The beautifully colored geyser, surrounded by small pools and other stunning geological formations is only open to scientists by appointment. We might think the land owner is behaving rather stingy by not sharing this amazing creation of the planet with others. However, there are those who feel that if they owned an actual geologic phenomena, they might keep it to themselves as well. At least he’s not exploiting the situation by charging people to view it. Now that would be shameful.
Six Beautifully Formed Natural Bridges
A natural bridge, also called a natural arch, is formed by erosion that occurs in massive, horizontally bedded sandstone or limestone. Some bridges, such as the Natural Bridge near Lexington, Virginia (picture 2) are formed by the collapse of a cavern’s roof that may leave remnant portions as bridges. Others may be produced by entrenched rivers eroding through meander necks to form cutoffs. Still others are produced by exfoliation and may be enlarged by wind erosion. Superb examples can be found at Rainbow Bridge National Monument (picture 3) and the Natural Bridges National Monument (picture 6), both in Utah.
Incredible Close-Up Shots of Nature
With the use of macro photography, even the smallest of nature’s offerings take on a completely different view. Details that would never be seen by causal observance can be viewed at length and with the appreciation they deserve. Nature carries a beauty above all else.
Rapeseed Flower Fields, China
The stunning yellow landscape features field after field of rapeseed flowers, otherwise known as canola flowers. Rapeseed is grown for the production of animal feed, vegetable oil and biodiesel. These fields are located in the Yunnan Province in China. These endless yellow fields have become a popular site for photography for obvious reasons. Its a place of tranquility and endless beauty.
Rare Lenticular Clouds
The stunning meteorological phenomena of lenticular clouds (Altocumulus lenticularis) is a rare spectacle. Looking more like UFO’s than clouds, they are created by three conditions: warm and moist air, winds with constant height and something big, like a tall mountain. When a current of air hits an obstacle in its way, it begins to travel upwards and starts to condense forming a lens-shaped cloud with multiple layers.
Both absolutely fascinating and absolutely stunning. Complement with The Cloud Collector’s Handbook.
Beautiful Bodies of Water
It’s officially Summer! It it’s hot where you are, here are some stunning photographs of bodies of water to cool you off. If it’s not hot, you can enjoy these majestic displays of water on our planet anyway.
The Forest from the Sky
Henry James called it “the figure in the carpet”: a pattern unseen from up close, but breathtakingly visible from above. For a century and a half, aerial photography has been revealing these stunning patterns in the landscape: from prehistoric earthworks and forests to the intricate designs of highways and growing crops. The elevated perspective – has made gods and birds of us all.
Aerial photography by Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski.