What are the most surreal places one can ever visit? Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs. Different geographical locations, climatic conditions and even seasons offer the widest variety of natural wonders: pink lakes, stunning lavender or tulip fields, breath-taking canyons and mountains, and other places you can hardly believe actually exist!
1. Kelimutu crater lakes in Flores Island, Indonesia
The westernmost lake is called the Lake of Old People and is usually blue, and the other two are called the Lake of Young Men and Maidens and Bewitched or Enchanted Lake, which are typically green and red, respectively. The colors vary on a periodic basis and have become a popular tourist destination.
3. Volcanoes of Kamchatka in Russia
This large chain of volcanoes sits on the Kamchatka Peninsula, with 19 of them still active. The highest volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka, standing at almost 16,000 feet high.
5. Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, New Zealand
This specific spot in the Waitomo Caves is known as the Glowworm Grotto, a place where glowworms create a starry effect on the ceilings. This species is exclusively found in New Zealand and is around the size of a mosquito.
7. To Sua Ocean Trench in the Lotofaga village on the south coast of Upolu, Samoa
To Sua is a giant hole in Lotofaga that was converted into a swimming pool with water flowing through a lava-tube tunnel.
8. Fingal’s Cave on the island of Staffa in Scotland
Although it may seem like this block structure is man-made, it was actually formed by hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow.
12. Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine
This railway engulfed in a tunnel of leaves is a Pinterest favorite and a Ukrainian hot spot for lovers. Although it’s undoubtedly romantic, there is an active train that travels through the tunnel three times a day to deliver wood to a factory. Just beware of the train before snapping engagement photos!
13. Marble Caves at General Carrera Lake in Patagonia
The Marble Caves, known as Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral, are located at the center of the lake and were formed by waves over the past 6,000 years.
15. Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island in Australia
This beach is known for its beautiful white sands, which are believed to have been brought to the beach from sea currents over millions of years. The sand is very fine and does not retain heat, making it comfortable for a barefoot walk along the shore. It can also damage electronics, so keep your cell phones and cameras in a safe place!
16. Trolltunga in Hordaland, Norway
Trolltunga is a piece of rock that hangs out of the mountain about 2,000 feet up in the air. The Troll’s Tongue (translation in English) is available to hikers from mid-June to about mid-September.
17. Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa
This 355-foot waterfall lies at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is the widest waterfall in Africa. There’s also a famous feature on the Zambian side called the Devil’s Pool, which allows adventurous tourists to hang out at the edge of the falls.
18. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives
What may appear as a mirror image of the stars above, the bioluminescence in the water is actually due to marine microbes called phytoplankton. The effect it has on the shore is absolutely breathtaking.
22. Tulip fields in the Netherlands
Many people often mistake Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, as the designated space of the tulip fields. However, these majestic fields are located just outside the garden and are mostly privately owned.
24. The swing at the “End of the World” in Baños, Ecuador
At the edge of Ecuador sits a rickety tree house (casa del árbol) overlooking an active volcano in the near distance. With it comes a swing with no harnesses, inviting only the bravest of risk-takers to experience a killer view.
25. Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China
The rainbow formation is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits being laid down for over 24 million years, according to the Telegraph.
Wow that’s breathtaking! As an aspiring “hobby” photographer… these are the images I want to capture.
Despite the common misconceptions about gambling, you will notice that its effects are actually more on the positive side. It will absolutely benefit your brain and social life. Of course, a boys’ night out (or a girls’ night out) is something that your significant other may not understand, but rest assured, a poker night with close friends or family members is healthy for you. In fact, researchers from The University of Queensland in Australia found out that people who do communal activities together (such as playing poker with the gang over the weekend), or those who belong to a large group, often cope better when faced with challenges.
Another study suggests that poker can relieve stress; the folks from the McGill University in Canada were amazed by their findings when they saw a significant drop of cortisol levels (also known as the “stress hormone”) observed from a group of online poker players. Are you getting the picture yet? So before you clean up your den, dust those poker chips and Bicycle cards and prepare some of your famous hot wings, it’s best to refresh your gaming strategies and skills with a couple of rounds online. If you don’t have a posse to play with (when they’re probably stuck at work or with the missus), no need to worry because you can join the different chat rooms and meet new friends so that you can organize your very own poker night. You can also get some valuable tips on how to bluff in No Limit Hold ‘Em and get pointers from partypoker‘s professional poker players such as Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and David Negreanu. If you observe closely these professional players at the World Series of Poker or The European Poker Tour you’ll realize that they aren’t stressed out at all, but they are patiently mustering all their focus and strength along with their superior analytical skills before going in for the kill. It’s actually like having superpowers.
So what exactly happens to your brain as you play poker? The cognitive functioning of your brain is greatly enhanced and improved and you will react slightly quicker than usual. Your learning curve is definitely at its peak because you are constantly absorbing, learning, re-learning and strategizing different poker skills which are a great form of exercise for your brain. Your social skills are also put to good use as you share your passion with others. Obviously, the benefits are immense and can do wonders for your health and well-being, and did I mention, that you can also win a lot of money?