Earth is full of spell-binding, gasp-inducing, sit-down-and-take-it-all-in kinds of places. From volcanic craters, to fields of flowers as far as the eye can see, our beautiful planet offers up natural landscapes that will blow your mind (don’t worry – not literally). Break out that bucket list, and start scribbling; these vibrant, bizarre and extraordinary surroundings await you.
This Colombian biological wonder is known as “the river that ran away from paradise” and “the most beautiful river in the world.” The river bed is covered by a unique species of plant called Macarenia clavigera, which blossoms and turns a dazzling shade of red. This combined with its yellow and green sand and strikingly blue water makes for a pretty special sight.
Imagine row upon row of neatly planted flowers, ranging from ruby reds to bold blues. This is Hokkaido, or ‘The Rainbow Field’ in Japan.
Breathtaking from every vantage point and what must be a truly enchanting place. I’d imagine walking through these tunnels of draping wisteria flowers to feel somewhat dream-like and magical.
The edge of dusty Australian west coast meets the sea in a moment of pure ecstasy. The sight of the bright blue water, next to strikingly white sands nestling against fiercely red, iron-rich cliffs, makes this World Heritage Area a must-see for any nature lover.
Large sand dunes, towering mountains, sculpted canyons, vast plains and those world- famous camel thorn trees make up this arid desert park. Photos taken here often come out looking like fine oil paintings; the landscape is surreal.
Fields of rapeseed flowers bloom in the spring, transforming this oasis into a “golden sea” of yellow dots. What was once a town completely overlooked by tourists, Luoping now attracts thousands of photographers from all over the world to capture this magnificent site.
Yellowstone National Park is home to this jaw-dropping hot spring, the third largest in the world. Its vivid colors are a result of pigmented bacteria that grow around the edges of its mineral-rich water.
Take your pick, and explore one of the many lush tulip fields of the Netherlands. You won’t be disappointed.