“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.”
This proverb telling us that beauty is subjective first appeared in the 3rd century BC wrtten in Greek. We have selected 15 locations around the world which we think are beautiful. We hope you feel the same way about our selections. Enjoy this virtual tour of beautiful places around the world.
Beppu, Japan is a hot spot for hot springs, with more than 2500 hot springs in the region, divided into eight main areas known as the “Eight Hells.” A large amount of iron in the water gave Blood Pond Hell its name. Both water and steam are dark red. Boric acid causes White Pond Hell to have a milky look. Demon Mountain Hell contains 80 crocodiles. The water in many of the hot springs is as hot as 300 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius). The water in a few of the smaller ponds is cool enough to enable you to wade in it.
The only way to reach this river in the mountains of Colombia is by airplane. The river’s colors come from the blue of the water itself, the algae in the water, the many colors of the river rocks and the colors of the sand on the river bottom. Heat brings out the brilliant red of the Macarenia clavigera, an aquatic plant, for a short amount of time in the period between the wet and dry seasons.
Waterfalls accessible from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are produced when the Iguazú / Iguaçu River drops up to 269 feet (82 meters) over a 1.68-mile-wide( 2.7 kilometer) ledge of the Paraná Plateau. Of the series of waterfalls you can see, Devil’s Throat (Garganta del Diablo in Spanish / Garganta do Diabo in Portuguese) is the most spectacular. There is a walkway on the Brazilian side of the park which has an extension to the base of Devil’s Throat. Be prepared to get very wet.
Lake Retba, known as The Pink Lake, is as salty as the Dead Sea. It’s separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a thin strip of sand dunes. Dunaliella salina, a type of algae, grows in the lake. The alga produces a red coloring agent which aids it in absorbing sunlight. The sunlight enables the alga to produce beta carotene which protects it from the salt. The saltier Lake Retba gets the more red it becomes. In the drier parts of the year, the lake takes on a deep red rather than a pink hue.
This 155,000-acre sand-covered area is located close to the Amazon jungle. Although it looks like a desert oasis, it receives the same amount of annual rainfall as a tropical rainforest would receive. Individual lagoons are formed by rainwater collecting in the depressions between the sand dunes. Surprisingly, fish are found in the lagoons, carried there as eggs by seabirds.
There isn’t any sand at Red Beach in the Liaohe River Delta. The 1.4-million-acre area has been overrun by Suaeda salsa, a species of seaweed. Red Beach, in the middle of a large wetland area, is the only place in the region in which the seaweed grows.
The Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness area is located in northern Arizona and southern Utah. It is believed that ancient Pueblo peoples lived in the area from 200 to 1200 AD. The Paria River carved a Navajo Sandstone rock formation known as The Wave during the Jurassic period. The formation, resembling a series of undulating U-shaped waves, is a popular day hike destination.