From July to November, visitors to the Serranía de la Macarena National Natural Park are likely to see the riverweed bloom in the rushing waters of the Caño Cristales. When the water level is just right, the normally dull green plant that grows on the riverbed blooms in a fantastic burst of red, purple, orange and gold. The park is an unusual meeting of three distinct ecosystems: the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest and the Eastern Llanos. Recently, the Colombian government has limited access to the river, and now visitors must book guided tours – it’s an effort to preserve this strange scene for generations to come.]
Caño Cristales (English: Crystal Channel) is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, and is a tributary of the Guayabero River. The river is commonly called the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow,” and is noted for its striking colors. The bed of the river from the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by Macarenia clavigera plants (family Podostemaceae) on the riverbed.
The quartzite rocks of the Serrania de la Macarena tableland formed approximately 1.2 billion years ago. They are a western extension of the Guiana Shield of Venezuela.
Caño Cristales is a fast-flowing river with many rapids and waterfalls. Small circular pits known as giant’s kettles can be found in many parts of the riverbed, which have been formed by pebbles or chunks of harder rocks. Once one of these harder rock fragments falls into one of the cavities, it is rotated by the water current and begins to carve at the cavity wall, increasing the dimensions of the pit. [….]
When it comes to natural wonders in Vietnam, you have to talk about Ha Long Bay. There’s no other place like it in the world, which is why hordes of tourists visit every year. But Vietnam has so much more to offer nature lovers, so let’s take a look at the mountains, rice paddies, lakes, waterfalls, caves and spectacular beaches you should also check out.
Hang Sơn Đoòng
Tours into the cave—the world’s biggest, by volume—aren’t cheap. The descent is tricky as well, so only experienced guides are allowed to take tourists inside. You also have to climb over the The Great Wall of Vietnam. This isn’t an excursion for a casual hiker, but it’s an experience to remember.
These lesser-known islands lie off the southern coast of Vietnam. In days long gone, political prisoners and other undesirables were sent here to be tortured for information. Nowadays, however, there are prime scuba diving spots and amazing hikes, plus you can check out some local wildlife such as the Crab-Eating Macaque and the Black Giant Squirrel. Sea turtles breed on these islands as well, and you can arrange with local park rangers to watch newly hatched babies as they start their harrowing adventures.
These lovely sunrise images were captured last week while on vacation at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. The view is from the east end of this barrier island looking across the channel to Holden Beach, another in a series of North Carolina barrier islands. Mother Nature’s display this morning was quite spectacular! Thank you for […]