In Arizona, just south of the Utah state line, you can encounter an array of twisting reddish-orange cliffs, rock formations and valleys. This 294,000-acre expanse of geological treasures is known as the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, home to the Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon, Paria Plateau and the Vermilion Cliffs. Unlike national parks that bustle with camera happy tourists, this monument is relatively isolated, quiet and serene, offering the perfect environment for travelers and visitors who truly want to get away.
Browsing ATI By nature
The Er Wang Dong cave system is huge. Really, really huge. And until recently, the massive system of caves had yet to be discovered. A group of expert cavers and professional photographers recently explored the Er Wang Dong cave system for the first time during a month-long expedition to the Chongquing province in China. Located near the rural village Ranjiagou, one can enter the huge, complex cave system by walking, swimming or abseiling into the caves.
Red tides, which often contain harmful algal blooms (HABs), are caused by chemical reactions that occur between algae and other substances. Red by day, blue by night, this colorful ocean phenomenon is a relatively rare natural occurrence that has spawned a number of imitations in movies and literature, the most recent example being a rather striking scene in the visually-driven movie Life of Pi.
Only years of storm wave-induced erosion could cause such an unlikely–and almost impossible–shape. Found in Lake Huron, some trees and vegetation sprinkle themselves upon the twenty-foot tall mind boggler.
Taken as the bird soars over the Alps and Chamonix, France, this is–quite literally–an eagle’s eye view. And it is divine.
Take a midnight stroll through the golden foliage-filled woods this fall and you might discover foxfire, a type of fungus that primarily grows in decaying wood. Also called fairy fire, the fungi creates light during a chemical reaction that occurs when the quick-growing, healthy fungal cells consume wood and the oxidative enzyme luciferase reacts with luciferin. Though air pollution and other factors can affect the foxfire’s brightness, some say the fungus’ bioluminescence is so bright that one could read a book with only the fungus’ light. Foxfire is the informal term for many different bioluminescent fungi including Panellus stipticus, which grows as small clusters of glowing mushrooms.