The world is a beautiful place, but I’m sure you have worked that out already. There is nothing like sitting back and admiring what mother nature has to offer. She does a pretty good job. And there is nothing better than capturing the moment so you can admire it over and over again. We love that we are able to share that moment with you, the reader. Now we haven’t seen it all (though we are trying!), so we thought we would have our blogging friends help us to show you Nature’s Best Photo Essay.
Yellowstone National Park
Geyser Yellowstone Park is one of those places where every way you turn you see something amazing. Whether it be beautiful white snow, a bear, or this stunning geyser (one of many scattered throughout the park).
Orchids are stunning plants that come in thousands of different varieties. The flowers are so incredible it would be easy to have a ‘Natures Best’ post just on them. These beautiful purple ones we found in Costa Rica while on our road trip.
Photo provided by Where in the World is Megan Claire – Uluru
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is the symbol of the Australian Outback, and one of Australia’s most famous natural landmarks. The large sandstone rock stands 348 m high (1,142 ft), and is noted to change color at different times of the year. It most noticeably glows red at dawn and sunset.
Photo provided by Globetrottergirls – Mum and Baby Monkey in Hampi
One of the most memorable wildlife encounters happened last year when I visited the Indian village of Hampi. Hundreds of monkeys lived in and around the village. Monkey moms and their babies sat in trees right on the streets, watching the world go by, completely unimpressed with us curious visitors staring back at them.
Photo provided by Wander the Map – The Muir Woods National Monument
The Muir Woods National Monument is a National Park located just 12 miles north of San Francisco, CA, which makes it a great escape from the city. Throughout the park you can see the beautiful redwood trees, many of which are over 800 years old and over 250 feet tall.
Waterfall in Central Costa Rica
After walking down what felt like a million steps we reached a handful of stunning waterfalls. The water cascading with a beautiful jungle backdrop was made it all worth while.
Photo provided by World Travel Agency – Peru at Sunset
There’s something magical about Lima, Peru, but only when you hit the beach and realize that this metropolis is sitting there starkly contrasted by this cliff that drops dead into the sea. Miraflores is a tiny neighbor of Lima that has the ever-lovely Malacon Park. This sunset, like all of them there, was marvelous. The spray in your face, the birds, the salty air, that breeze, the colors, the sound of the waves brushing in and out over those pebbles- very magical indeed.
Photo provided by A Passion a Passport – Red Sand Beach (Kokkini) in Santorini, Greece
The sand, completely red in color, is from the red lava rock from the cliff nearby. The actual beach is very rocky, and therefore, most visitors come to admire the color of the sand than to relax on the beach. Once you arrive, you’ll think you’re on Mars.
Photo provided by Meganootravels – Zebra in South Africa
When I was in South Africa a couple of years ago, I stayed at Elephant Plains for a 3-day safari. One night when we were heading back in from our afternoon safari, I spotted this beautiful zebra standing perfectly still all by itself.
Birds in Love, Costa Rica
Sometimes it’s the simple things that amaze us. These two brightly colored birds seem madly in love.
Photo provided by The Further Adventures of Bennett – Lindisfarne, Northumberland, UK
There’s no place like home and certainly pretty clouds, sun and blue sky always make a good picture to me. I liked the tide being out as well, with all the boats helpless.
Photo provided by Wanderlusters – Giant Marble Rays Hovering Over The Wreck of the S.S Yonala
I hate to see human wastage littering a natural reserve however when Mother Nature has seen fit to engulf a manmade object I am fascinated to see the outcome. Just off the coast of cape Bowling Green in Queensland lies the wreck of the S.S Yongala. Now home to an incredible mix of marine life, diving here offers a unique insight into nature’s capacity to adapt to the invasive human race.
Photo provided by True Nomads – Victoria Falls
This is Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world. It’s situated on the Zimbabwe and Zambia border, and while it is out of the way it is definitely worth the trouble to get to.
Sunset in Phuket
Before we started on our nomadic life we traveled to Phuket. After seeing a sunset like this on Christmas night, no wonder we ended up wanting to be on the road for life.
Photo provided by Our Favorite Adventure – Whale watching in Kaikoura, New Zealand
It was such a magical experience! We were fortunate to see one of the resident Sperm Whales on our tour! We almost didn’t see anything, but the tour guides extended the tour to make sure we saw a whale. Out of nowhere this guy appeared right next to our boat!
Photo provided by Wanderlusters – White Island
The plumes of steam that rise from this submarine giant hint at the turbulent environment of its rugged shores. If you’re feeling adventurous you can hop aboard a boat and visit the island to witness the hive of volcanic and geothermal activity within the crater. While a trip to this alluring lunar landscape will likely blow your mind, be warned the volcano is at a permanent state of unrest and eruptions both large and small are common.
Photo provided by Life Outside of Texas – Butterfly on Cherry Blossoms
I feel lucky to have captured this photo of a butterfly on a Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree in Kyoto, Japan. Cherry Blossoms are extremely special because the blooms only last for 1-2 weeks each year. This year we were among the hundreds of thousands of tourists that flooded Japan to see the gorgeous flowers.
Costa Rica – Sloth
What more can you say about sloths. They are just ridiculously cute. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a bad photo of one. They just know how to pose for a camera.
Photo provided by Travel with Bender – Crater Lake
As part of a road trip through the Pacific North West we stopped one day at Crater Lake. Boy, were we breathless. It was absolutely stunning. The sun was out creating a warm glow, while the melting snow formed puddles around our feet, but also provided great entertainment for throwing snowballs, etc.
Crater Lake is a volcano lake located in Oregon, USA. At 1,943 feet (592 meters), it is the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world.
Photo provided by Turnipseed Travel – Zabriskie Point, Death Valley
One of the least visited, yet largest, of the national parks, you can explore incredible landscapes, unique geology, and one of a kind plant and animal life in utter silence – or over warm conversation with the park staff.
Photo provided by The Nomadic Family – Flower , Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s fauna and flora is simply breathtaking. This one photograph, one of my all-time favorites, was taken in year one of our world travels. We will living on a ranch in La Lucha De La Tigra, volunteering for several amazing causes, including Proyecto Asis, where this was shot. The sun, the ants, the light watercolors of the flower herself- flawless, that’s the word, flawless.
Cave views at Exotic Garden of Monaco
With so much beauty above ground, sometimes we forget about what we can find underground. Caves around the world show millions of years of mother natures work. Here in Monaco, we were in a room with thousands of small stalactites
Photo provided by AfterGlobe – Turtle in Maui
While snorkeling in the waters of Maui, we swam with this Honu (Hawaiian for sea turtle). He swam up next to us and pulled ahead a bit, allowing us to swim along with him. It was one of the most amazing experiences we’ve had while snorkeling.
If you enjoyed our Nature’s Best Photo Essay, you will probably love our Wildlife Photo Essay.