The Blue Pond in Hokkaido Changes Colors Depending on the Weather
“The Most Beautiful Pond In The World!”
According to the photographer Ken Shiraishi, who made a pilgrimage up to Northern Japan last month to take these shots, the water contains a high degree of aluminum hydroxide, which reflects blue light – a phenomenon responsible for our lovely blue skies. Shiraishi spent several days up there photographing the pond in various light.
novice buddhist monks. photos: 1. mahabodhi temple in bodh gaya, india by rajesh kumar singh; 2. thimpu, bhutan by roberto schmidt; 3. tibet by brian sokol; 4. mandalay, myanmar by bonnie stewart; 5. yangon, myanmar by damir sagolj; 6-7. bago, myanmar by paula bronstein
These breathtaking tree tunnels are famous in their respective countries, standing as a testament to time and beauty:
Wisteria Tunnel, Tochigi, Japan - Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi is one of the best places to admire different varieties of wisteria.
Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland - This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, and is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in the country.
Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine - This luscious green tunnel provides passage for a private train that provides wood to a local factory. The tunnel is also used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true.
Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Tokyo, Japan - Around 65,000 ginkgo trees line the streets of Tokyo; they are known as “the bearer of hope”, since some of them survived the bombing of Hiroshima. This tree tunnel is located in the outer garden of Meiji Shrine.
Jacarandas Walk, Johannesburg, South Africa - The Jacaranda trees explode into full blossom every October, turning the walk into a purple paradise.
Point Reyes, California, United States - Bishop pine, douglas fir and coast redwood are all to be found in this atmospheric part of the Pacific Coast.
Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England - Much of the tree cover in the South Downs area was razed thousands of years ago, but some thickly-wooded areas remain.
Sena De Luna, Spain - A small Spanish village in the province of Castile and León, Sena De Luna is home to around 450 people.
"What are the main causes that don’t let the night sky to get really dark? Even if there would be no light pollution, there is still natural causes that don’t let the night sky appears so dark: Bright band of our home galaxy (Milky way), Airglow, Shiny planets and Gegenschein. All these four natural skyglow sources appear in the picture above. Taken in a really dark place in the middle of Iran central desert." — Mahdi Zamani