Ryan Gruss

#26 – 10 Incredible Places

Showzee is a platform for showcasing your talents & interests. One of my greatest interests & passions is for travel, and I’ll never cease to be amazed by the beautiful idiosyncrasies of our planet.

One of my favourite quotes about travel and exploration comes from T.S.Eliot:

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

For this post, I want to share a few places that will surprise and fascinate you. These are all real locations around the world (some may be difficult to believe) – how many of them have you ever heard of?

#1 – Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

Formed 24 million years ago during the Cretaceous Age, these formations of red sandstone and mineral deposits have slowly been carved by the wind and rain. The result – a dazzling rainbow of rocky hills.

#2 – Socotra, Yemen

On an isolated archipelago near Yemen, you will find some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. Perhaps the most famous is the ‘dragon’s blood tree’ (pictured above) which resembles an umbrella!

#3 – Mount Roraima, South America

Rising 2,810m into the clouds, the spectacular Mount Roraima carves the border between Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana. This tabletop mountain is one of the oldest on earth, dating back 2 billion years.

#4 – Waitomo, New Zealand

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are famous for their illuminated inhabitants, which live exclusively in New Zealand. The caves themselves are an intricate network of limestone formations, carved over 30 million years.

#5 – Deadvlei, Namibia

Whilst the photo above may strike you as an impressionist painting, it certainly isn’t! This is Deadvlei (or Dead Valley) – home to the highest sand dunes on the planet, reaching 400m in height.

#6 – Lake Hillier, Australia

As strange as it seems, Lake Hillier is a pink lake – no filters. The unique colour is thought to be the result of a dye created by algae and bacteria in the water.

#7 – Tianzi Mountains, China

Featured heavily in James Cameron’s epic Avatar, these haunting mountains were formed underwater over 380 million years ago. Today, they rise over 4,000m into the clouds.

#8 – Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Turkey

Translating as ‘cotton castle’, Pamukkale is anything but cotton, snow or ice. These terraces of white limestone are a hotbed for tourists, attracted to the world famous hot springs.

#9 – Fly Geyser, Nevada

If Fly Geyser strikes you as too strange to be a natural phenomenon, then you’re partially right. The geyser itself was formed by a well drilling accident in 1964 , which caused an upflow of dissolved minerals and algae.

#10 – Naica Mine, Mexico

For any cave lover, this is a must see. Formed by hydrothermal fluids rising from the magma chambers below, this silver mine has been transformed into a maze of huge crystals (50ft long & 4ft wide).

Thanks for checking out this post and I’d love to hear your thoughts below! 🙂

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3 thoughts on “#26 – 10 Incredible Places

  1. Thank you for posting such spectacular scenes. I look forward to seeing more if your travels.

  2. francescca on said:

    Wow. These photos are impeccable!

  3. Pingback: #27 – 10 Incredible Places [Part 2] | Ryan Gruss

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