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.
Corso Zundert — Stunning Floats Made Entirely from Flowers
It’s the biggest time of year for the small town of Zundert in the Netherlands. Twenty huge floats were displayed through the city as part of Corso Zundert, an annual flower parade where teams of designers and artists compete to build the most original sculpture covered almost completely with dahlia flowers.
Several floats appearing this year contained movable parts including the winner, Crazy Gold (picture 4), which had 53 moving components. You can see many more of these amazing photos from this parade courtesy of Omroep Brabant.
The Tibetan Bridge, Claviere, Italy
Walk on the longest Tibetan Bridge in the world above the stunning Italian countryside. As a walking bridge with spaced steps, this bridge is not for the faint of heart. Once you start walking across this bridge, suspended over 30 meters (100 feet) above rocky terrain, make sure you will be able to finish the journey. For lovers of nature and adventure, its a definite item for your bucket list. The scenery from the bridge includes lush greenery, waterfalls, wildlife and flowing streams, all from a spectacular aerial view.
The bridge is suspended over the San Gervasio Gorge (Val di Susa) for almost 470 meters (1,540 feet) and in some places is almost 100 meters (330 feet) deep. The bridge has four ropes and a total of 1440 steel steps. There are a set of three bridges throughout the gorge that go between the towns of Claviere and Cesana Torinese in Italy. A way to travel the Italian countryside in an exciting and novel way.
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.
The White Desert, Egypt
Formed by centuries of erosion and sandstorms, The White Desert features unique calcium rock formations that crop up across the landscape like great abstract statues. Some of the well-recognized monoliths have been given names like “mushroom”, “ice-cream cone,” and “the Monolith.” Only in The White Desert will you encounter such a bizarre and awe-inspiring natural museum of chalk-rock.
Many people spend a night camping in the desert with Bedouin guides, where they can observe the changing faces of the monoliths as the bright sun of the afternoon sinks into a shadowy dusk. As the sun goes down, the calcium sea seems to reflect all the fuchsias and oranges of the sky.
Designing an Aquarium
The above pictures are unbelievable freshwater aquarium designs. Their designs are amazing for a reason, they are the top five winners of the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) sponsored by Russia. Since 2001, the IAPLC has been the largest planted aquarium design competition in the world. With over 1,819 applications from 55 countries, these were judged the best:
- "Forest Scent", Russia
- “Loess plateau”, Macau
- “Colour of life”, Vietnam
- “The view”, Japan
- “Karst”, China
To see over 100 more of these incredible designs, the contest’s website is Aqua Journal. Clicking on the above images will enlarge them, greatly enhancing their detail.
Slot Canyons of the American Southwest
Few places on Earth have such beauty and mystique on an intimate scale as the delicately sculptured and colored slot canyons of the American Southwest. There are thousands of scenic canyons in this region but most are relatively wide; in contrast, slot canyons have vertical walls and may be hundreds of feet deep but only a few feet wide.
The general rock is sandstone, in various shades of red and orange; it is sunlight, shining down and reflecting along the canyon walls that gives the canyons their special beauty; the shadows and colors change constantly as the sun moves overhead.