Australia’s Very “Manly” Beach

Manly Beach Australia

If you’re in the market to understand why natural places have such weird names, it often helps to crack open a history book and see who first “discovered” it. In the case of Manly Beach, Australia, it was Captain Arthur Phillip. Upon seeing the indigenous people who called the area home, Phillip intimated that their “confidence and manly behaviour made [him] give the name of Manly Cove to this place”. Phillip later became the first Governor of New South Wales and also the founder of what would eventually become Sydney.

It should be noted that Phillip maintained close relations with aboriginals upon his arrival, saying that they should never be slain and that colonists should not retaliate against non-fatal spearing. That, however, changed when his gamekeeper had been killed by Aboriginals and Phillip had six of them put to death.

The Paradise That Is Lofoten, Norway

Senja Swirl Norway

If you creep toward the Arctic Pole just long enough, chances are you’ll pass through Lofoten, Norway. And if you’re even luckier, you’ll encounter the Senja Swirl, featured above. We’d recommend going in the summer, when the sun never actually sets.

Little Liuqiu’s Picturesque Flower Vase Rock

Vase Rock Taiwan

Venture just west of Donggang, Taiwan and you’ll find the island of Little Liuqiu. For ecology lovers, this island is a must visit: Little Liuqiu is the country’s only large coral island (and by “large” we mean 2.6 square miles) whose aquaculture is just as intricate as its numerous caves. Above is Flower Vase Rock, one of Little Liuqiu’s more popular tourist spots.

Hummingbirds Pack A Colorful Punch

While the smallest bird in the entire avian kingdom, hummingbirds still pack a colorful punch when it comes to their magnificently iridescent feathers. From bright crimson red to luminous emerald, to even a modest brown color, hummingbird feathers are extremely intricate- and there are over 300 species of this extraordinary bird spread throughout the Western hemisphere! As you can imagine, it’s not an easy task to capture these little guys on film – but when it happens, the results are fantastic.

Rufous Bird

Source: Bored Panda

Green Bird

Source: Lynx Eds

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