There is this tale of two Himalayan Snow Lotuses

There is this tale of two Himalayan Snow Lotuses: the heavily harvested Saussurea laniceps, left, and the seldom collected Saussurea medusa. Both are native to the eastern Himalayas where they grow in rocky habitats above 13,000 feet (4,000 meters). S laniceps                            S medusa S. laniceps is prized by tourists who pick the strange-looking, rare flowers for souve

Amazing Place: Castel Meur – The House Between The Rocks

In a quiet little village of Plougrescant, France, tourists can visit this quirky and extraodrinary Castel Meur, also known as "The House Between The Rocks", which has become an attraction for many years. MAëLICK/CC BY-SA 2.0 Castel Meur, also known as La Maison du Gouffre or “the house between the rocks”, is a charming cottage wedged between two huge jagged rocks that h

Mexico’s Tule Tree Has the World’s Thickest Trunk, And It’s Still Growing

Located a church courtyard, in the picturesque town of Santa Maria del Tule, the Tree of Tule is a 2,000-year-old Montezuma cypress famous for having the world’s thickest trunk. So just how thick is Mexico’s Tule Tree? Well, it takes thirty people with arms extended joining hands to fully encircle it, so that should give you an idea. Officially, it has a circumference of 42 meters, which so

Welcome To Setenil De Las Bodegas: The City Built Beneath A Rock!

Setenil De Las Bodegas Was Built Into & Beneath A Stunning Spanish Cliffside Image: @earthbestshots on InstagramSetenil de las Bodegas in Spain brings a whole new meaning to the term “living under a rock”. While this town of 3,000 may literally be under a rock, the town itself is inspiring, full of history, and very current on many tourist directories. The reason for settling under

How an unusual ice pattern formed in the Northumberland Strait

Pilot Paul Tymstra took this photo of a rare ice formation as he flew over the Confederation Bridge on Wednesday. (Paul Tymstra) A picture of an ice formation in the Northumberland Strait is fascinating viewers on social media — and for good reason, according to the Atlantic Canadian Coast Guard. The picture was taken by a P.E.I. pilot flying over the Confederation Bridge. It shows the

This 2,400 Year Old Mushroom Is The Largest Living Organism On The Planet

That's one giant mushroom, folks! It’s not the Blue Whale. In fact, it has a total weight of more than 20 Blue Whales, and here’s a hint: Alice would be proud. Located in the Blue Mountains within the Malheur National Forest in Eastern Oregon, armillaria ostoyae is an enormous organism dubbed the “Humongous Fungus” by scientists. More commonly known as the Honey Mushroom or Shoe

These ‘Monkey Face Orchid Flowers’ Are Fascinating (And Very Appropriately Named!)

The Monkey Faced Dracula Orchid May Be The Most Appropriately Named Plant In The World First of all, I had no idea that there was an entire sub-culture of the internet dedicated to orchids. Second, how does this monkey face orchid look so much like a monkey? Nature is so incredible. However, my cynicism popped up on this one… was this flower crafted in a lab? Did men in white coats d

Storm chaser captures amazing atmospheric optics on icy mountaintop

Storm chaser describes ‘prettiest winter pictures’ he’s ever taken An icy winter wonderland in the Sauerland region of Germany, also contains a wide breadth of great examples of atmospheric optics. "This might have been one of the prettiest winter pictures I've ever taken," Wouter van Bernebeek, a storm chaser from the Netherlands said on Facebook on Dec.11, 2022. The photo,

21 Photos Of Nature Winning The Battle Against Civilization

As solid and unshakable as we think our civilization is, its grip on nature is tenuous at best. If any cracks appear in the faces of our buildings or our machines, nature is quick to move in and take over. With this in mind, here are 21 photos of places and things that nature is in the process of reclaiming. Quite a bit of thought has been given to the idea of what Earth might look like once we

Photographer Travels To The Coldest Village On Earth Where The Temperature Can Reach -71.2C (-96F)

If you think that winter has already come to your city, pictures from Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest village on Earth, might change your mind. With the lowest temperature of −71.2 °C (−96 °F), recorded in 1924, and the average for January being -50°C (-60°F), this village is the coldest permanently inhabited place on this planet. New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple decided to go on