Deep in southern Chile lies the Montaña Mágica Lodge (Magic Mountain Lodge). An extraordinary hotel hidden in the center of a 300,000 acre private nature reserve. The small, 13 room hotel is built in the shape of a volcano that spews water instead of lava. The exterior is covered in rainforest moss and vines and its entrance is only accessible via a suspended, swinging rope bridge. The outdoor hot tubs are carved from the trunks of giant trees. The lodge is located in Los Rios which is within the stunning Huilo-Huilo Unesco biosphere reserve, 242 square miles of lush nature, filled with wildlife.
Red Beach is located in the Liaohe River Delta, about 30 kilometers southwest of Panjin City in China. The beach’s unique color is caused by a type of plant called Suaeda vera or Shrubby Sea-blite which is a coastal species that flourishes in the saline-alkali soil. The plant remains green during the summer but in the fall, when the plant has matured, it takes on a deep red color creating a stunning red sea landscape. Most of Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote section is open to tourists.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park & Ackroyd Drive Green Link Nature Reserve
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries, privately ran and opened to burials in 1841. Burials ceased in 1966, whereby the site was closed as a Cemetery by Act of Parliament and re declared a Park. The Park was owned and managed by the Greater London Council (GLC) until 1985. With abolition of the GLC, it passed to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. (more)
God is in the houses and God is in my head And all the cemeteries in London I see God come in my garden, but I don’t know what he said For my heart it wasn’t open Not open
Even without the lure of its mysterious lake monster, Kanas Lake is a spectacularly beautiful lake on an equally stunning nature reserve in northern Xinjiang, China.
Travelers rave about the splendid Alpine scenery at Kanas Lake, a long flowing, pristine lake that is found inthe Altay mountains that supplies Kanas River, also in the nature reserve.The forests are filled with stunning, colorful trees.
The lake even has its own legendary lake monster! Similar to Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, stories of the Kanas Lake Monster have been in the Chinese media since the 1980s about an enormous, serpent-like creature.
Apparently the lake monster reappeared in 2005 and again in 2006, bringing tons of journalists and conspiracy hounds hoping to photograph the mysterious beast of the lake.
Chinese scientists insist it’s just a big school of salmon-like fish and not a lake monster. Legends usually start for a reason and some claim the serpent exists.
Białowieża Forest - the ancient European forest, one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. Nowadays it stretches only along the border between Poland and Belarus.
The set above shows the smaller part of Białowieża Forest located in the territory of Poland - in Polish called Puszcza Białowieska or Białowieża in short. All credit goes to the photographers: Andrzej Rej, Krzysztof Onikijuk and Jan Walencik.
The forest has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and an EU Natura 2000 Special Area of Conservation. It is the home to the last wild European bisons [in Polish: żubr, plural: żubry], Europe’s heaviest land animal. [read more about Białowieża Forest].