Our elegant planet is embellished by exquisite beauty that is rare in its content. From multi-coloured mountains to transparent winter cherries, the earth is full of some of the most exceptional things that gladden the heart and enriches the soul. Their very presence speaks volumes about the intense diversity found in the place we are fortunate to inhabit.
Rainbow eucalyptus or rainbow gum is the only eucalyptus species found naturally in New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao. As the outer bark is shed annually, the inner greener bark is revealed, which then matures and turns purple, orange and maroon.
White peacock is found mainly in the grasslands of Australia and this majestic creature is a rare species of peacock. They are not albinos and the white colour is due to a genetic mutation called leucism, which results in the absence of pigment.
Chinese lantern is found in China, Japan and southern Europe and is the bloom of Physalis alkekengi – commonly known as Chinese lantern – dries off during spring. As the outer papery layer dries, the bright red fruit inside becomes visible.
Blood Falls is a wonderful sight as the outflow of this reddish plume of water from the edge of the Taylor Glacier in Victoria Land, East Antarctica, is a sight like no other. Scientists initially thought the red colour was due to some form of algae but later found that it was because of the presence of salinity and iron.
Peacock spider also known as Maratus volans belongs to the jumping spider family and is found in specific parts of Australia and China. These spectacular creatures are usually very tiny – no bigger than a fingernail and feature different shades of colour.
Purple corn is a type of flint maize grown in the Andes region of South America and most commonly found in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. The kernels of the corn are often used to colour foods and beverages.
Underwater forest is part of the 1,300 feet (400 meters) long Lake Kaindy in Kazakhstan’s portion of the Tian Shan Mountains, the forest is located 80 miles (129 kilometers) from the city of Almaty. It is actually a sunken forest that was formed after an enormous limestone landslide due to an earthquake in 1911.
Lenticular clouds are these stationary clouds that form at high altitudes look like flying saucers and are often mistaken for UFOs. TW