Inside The Acid Dream That Is Thailand’s Nong Nooch Garden

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The stars of Meerkat Manor even have their own place among the sites of Nong Nooch Garden.
Source: Nong Nooch Garden

As winter warms and gives birth to spring, many renew their perspectives on the outdoors and, for those of us with green thumbs, gardening. If you do a bit of acid before setting your green thumbs to work, your handiwork might come close to resembling one of the world’s most grandiose, bizarre, and colorful gardens: Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Chonburi Providence, Thailand.

Khun Pisit and Khun Nongnooch Tansajja purchased the site in 1954, with the intention of developing it as a fruit plantation. Somewhere along the way the owners changed their mind and decided instead to use the space as a wildlife conservation project. After Nongnooch converted the land from an agricultural area to a flower garden, she then added hut houses, a town house, a Thai-style house, a swimming pool, a restaurant, and a seminar room. The duo officially opened the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in 1980.

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It’s Hard To Believe These 24 Stunning Icebergs Really Exist

Breaching Iceberg

A beautiful breaching Iceberg off the coast of Greenland. Source: TIME

When we think of icebergs, it’s hard not to think of Leonardo DiCaprio. But these ice chunks do more than antagonize Jack and Rose’s Titanic love fest.

To earn the title of “iceberg,” the ice must measure in at more than 16 feet across. Most of them can be found floating about in the North Atlantic and the waters surrounding Antarctica. While icebergs pose a threat to ships, these impressive chunks of ice help scientists and oceanographers better understand glaciers, global warming, currents and ocean circulation. Check out these 25 stunning icebergs:

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Stunning Iceberg in Canada

A very blue iceberg off the coast of Nunavut, Canada. Source: National Post

Underside of Stunning Iceberg

The underside of an iceberg by Alex Cornell. Source: Smithsonian

Stunning Iceberg in Pleneau Bay

An up-close view of an iceberg in Pleneau Bay, Antarctica. Source: Fdolity

Blue Tabular Iceberg

A blue tabular iceberg is found in the Arctic Peninsula. Source: Wanderlust

Tip of the Iceberg

This aerial view proves that what's visible is often just the tip of the iceberg (literally). Source: Love These Pics

Strange Iceberg Arch

A strangely shaped iceberg arch pokes out from the water. Source: 500px

Awesome Striped Iceberg

An iceberg in Jokulsarlon is striped with ashen snow. Source: Love These Pics

Ship Towing Iceberg

A ship tows an iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland. Source: The Amazing Pics

Stunning Iceberg against Cloudy Sky

Between 10,000 and 15,000 icebergs are calved each year. Source: MOMENTS Journal

Massive Iceberg Arch at Sunset

An iceberg arch floats through the ocean. Source: Pictify

Pleneau Bay, Antarctica

An iceberg in Pleneau Bay, Antarctica. Source: Sixpencee

Penguins on Iceberg

Icebergs can provide a convenient resting place for penguins and polar bears. Source: Goodfon.su

Freshwater Ice Chunks

A freshwater iceberg juts out from the ocean. Source: Arctic Journal

Odd Iceberg

An oddly shaped iceberg captured by Michael Quinn. Source: Daily Mail

Massive Iceberg

This boat helps put the enormity of the iceberg in perspective. Source: Here and There

Stunning Iceberg Pool

The majority of an iceberg---about seven eighths---remains underwater, as seen in this picture. Source: Daily Mail

Split Iceberg Beautiful

A gigantic iceberg split in two. Source: Landloper

Camille Seaman Ice Photography

Camille Seaman captures this beautiful iceberg. Source: Camille Seaman

Calved Icebergs Look Beautiful

Icebergs calve from glaciers to form free-floating ice chunks like the one seen here. Source: Huffington Post

Blue Iceberg in Ocean

Icebergs often appear as a bluish-white hue. Source: imgkid

Polar Winds Shape Bizarre Icebergs

Polar winds have shaped this odd-looking iceberg. Source: Daily Mail

Aerial Glimpse of Stunning Iceberg

An aerial glimpse of this stunning iceberg. Source: How Stuff Works

Iceberg near Greenland

An iceberg juts from the ocean near Greenland. Source: 500px

Breaching Iceberg

A beautiful breaching Iceberg off the coast of Greenland. Source: TIME

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Not Quite An Oasis Or Mirage: Brazil’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park

Lenacis Maranhenses National Park

Appearance is seldom reality, and Brazil’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is no exception. While the sweeping dunes and stark vegetation might rightly cause one to think the area is a desert, the park is actually just outside the Amazon Basin and subject to a regular rain season. It’s during these seasons that the real “magic” happens: fresh water collects in the dunes’ valleys and forms temporary fish-filled “lagoons” in the midst of an otherwise barren region.

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