Mother nature is one of the cruelest omniscient beings known to man, from foundation shattering earthquakes to violent hurricanes that wash away structures and living beings alike. But just as cruel as mother nature might be, it is just as beautiful as anything we could ever imagine.
The majority of us have wondered why we're truly here, and we believe that mother nature reminds us everyday that we are not in control. The balance of beauty and chaos that the world manifests is something that we'll never fully understand, but while we're able to use our senses and resources, we should at least set some time aside in order to take in the world's most amazing views. Ladies and gentlemen, let us present to you... The world's top ten most beautiful landscapes built by none other than mother nature herself.
10 Aurora Borealis, Sweden
First on the list is an amazing phenomenon formally known as Aurora Borealis, but better known as The Northern Lights. This phenomenon isn't exclusive to Sweden, you can catch these painted-like natural light shows in countries and states like Alaska, Canada, Scotland, and even in Scandinavia. The Aurora Borealis is only visible annually from November to March and hundreds of thousands of people from around the world come to gaze at this miraculous display of vivid lights. With various hues of red, pink, green, blue, and purple, legendary painter Bob Ross himself couldn't even replicate these colors.
How does this exactly occur you might ask? The earth's magnetic field clashes with electrically charged particles sent directly from the sun at a speed of 1.4 million km/h in combination of a plethora of solar storms that create beams of colorful light for all of us to marvel. The Aurora Borealis may be one of the most romantic and mesmerizing sights that nature has ever produced. We suggest that everyone take a trip up north and witness this magnificent scenery for themselves at least once during their lifetime.
9 Plateau de Valensole, France
Man has somewhat contributed to this next entry which is why it's pretty high up on this particular list, but the Plateau de Valensole may go down as one as Europe's most slept on romantic destinations. The brightly lit castles of the Czech Republic are widely talked about and known, the romantic visuals and water adaptable architecture of Venice, Italy, is a major vacation destination for many, and if you don't recognize the Eiffel Tower as a hub for love, we assume you live under a rock. But unfortunately, not too many know about the fields of lavender of the Plateau de Valensole in France.
Every summer, especially in July, people are welcome to visit hundreds of rows of lavender flowers that are cultivated for honey, soap, lavender oil, scented sachets, and other smell good products. Can you imagine walking through the Plateau de Valensole with your significant other and the aroma of sweet lavender circulating throughout your senses? Sounds like the ultimate cheap date brought to you by nature. We also think that the Purple One himself, Prince, would approve of the Plateau de Valensole.
8 Nabiyotum Volcano, Kenya
Usually when people think of volcanoes they automatically associate them with destruction, fire, and volcanic ash. Many forget that even though volcanoes have the power to destroy anything in its way, including nature itself and man-made civilizations. It also creates foundation and provides some of the most amazing scenic craters that are home to hundreds of different species and contributes to a healthy and active ecosystem. So, how did Kenya's very own Nabiyotum Volcano make the list? There's a lot of beautiful volcanic craters out there but this one has to be one the symmetrical and perfectly round volcanoes on earth, almost as if it was carved and hollowed out by man himself.
Nabiyotum Volcano sits at the south end of the world's largest alkaline lake by the name of Lake Turkana in Kenya's very own Rift Valley which also houses multiple volcanic craters, some of which are still active today. Lake Turkana also is the home of hundreds of species of birds, buffalo, zebras, and even giraffes. Kenya's home to some of the most amazing geographical sights in the world, but the Nabiyotum Volcano definitely takes the cake as one of the world's most scenic phenomenons.
7 Rice Terraces at Yuanyuang, China
Man may have had a hand in this very beautiful landscape, but we gotta say that when man and nature come together for the purpose of agriculture, gorgeous things like this happen. The rice terraces of the Yúnnán Province were constructed by the Hani people after they came to the southern part of Ailao Mountains after struggling with the rough terrain in the area. Slowly but surely, the Hani people were able to carve out a 3,000 step terrace in order to grow layers upon layers of rice paddies.
The terraces are broken into three major scenic areas, the Duoyishu scenic area, the Bada scenic area and the Laohuzui [the Tiger Mouth] scenic area. In the photo above the terraces are actually flooded out which create a mirror-like effect that reflect a plethora of different colors and gives off the carved out effect of the landscape. If you're ever in Southern China, make a trip to the Yúnnán Province and prepare to be amazed.
6 Svartifoss Waterfall, Iceland
So, waterfalls have always been scenic, beautiful, and soothing, but this particular waterfall isn't necessarily about the water but the rock the water falls from itself. Sometimes scenic visuals like this prove that there has to be a higher power, as the foundation of the Svartifoss Waterfall [Black Waterfall] seems to be etched into hexagonal and rectangular columns by none other than God himself.
It may look beautiful from our perspective, but the Svartifoss Waterfall is known for its dangerously sharp and jagged rocks at the base of the waterfall. Similar rock formations can be found around the world, from the Devil's Tower in Wyoming to the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, but we personally believe nothing's topping the beauty of the Svartifoss Waterfall in Europe's second largest national park in Vatnajökull National Park.
5 Strokkur Geyser, Iceland
Geysers are one of the world's most amazing phenomenons. The word 'geyser' originates from the Icelandic term 'geysa' which in translation means 'to gush.' People travel the world to watch the earth erupt in pure pleasure by bubbling up large amounts of water and spurting it into the air at a high pressure. The Strokkur Geyser in Iceland is one of the most reliable sources in getting a glimpse of the phenomenon. Why? Because, this bad boy has tact and is almost guaranteed to blow about every 4 to 8 minutes, shooting water up to 40m into the air with ease.
Why does Iceland get to have all of this constant geyser fun? Maybe it's because, Iceland is directly in between two tectonic plates, making Iceland one of the most geographically active places on the planet. Given the unpredictable environment, scientist and environmentalist definitely got the eruption timing of the Strokkur Geyser down to precision.
4 Brahmaputra River, Tibet
This one might take a little distance to see, but once unveiled, you will notice another miracle of a living planet, which replicates the nerves and blood vessels we carry within our bodies. Brahmaputra River is known as a 'braided river,' which is like a free form river that doesn't have a river bank, and spreads wide throughout a given landscape. It gathers various types of sediment, which then turns into small islands of dirt and sand and creates a braided appearance.
As for the Brahmaputra River, it begins in Tibet, then enters India's state of Arunachal Pradesh, then falls into the state of Assam, where it comes complexly braided by mother nature. It may not be as beautiful in the midst of the river or by one of its many river banks, but it is one of the most eye-opening and amazing landscapes from an aerial view.
3 The Wave, Coyote Buttes, USA
Next up, The Wave slash Coyote Buttes, but we like to call it nature's pottery class. If you're thinking that this is just some man-made mumbo-jumbo playground for hikers to go run around in the desert, guess again. This was all created by forces that were in existence long before us. This amazing, patterned scenery was created by the flow of long-ago sea waves, and the deterioration of solid rock by the elements. Over time the sediment slowly sawed out this elaborate landscape. This art piece signed by the man upstairs is one of a kind.
The only downfall is, to witness this vast wasteland of natural art, there is a tasking hike involved. If you're ever on the northern border of Arizona and Utah don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime to see this natural phenomenon.
2 Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
No offense to our Croatian brothers and sisters, but usually when we think of Croatia we don't automatically think of beautifully scenic landscapes. We really don't know too much about Croatia at all, but we do know the Plitvice Lakes National Park looks like something out of an Avatar movie scene. Plush greenery and mineral rich lakes cascade into each other, and surely make even the most evil of people smile and feel peace.
The park is complete with intricately built wooden trails that weave throughout the landscape allowing visitors from all over the world to witness the tons of rainbows created by a multitude of waterfalls. There's a never ending soundtrack of tranquility and calmness, as the water splashes into beautiful aquamarine pools. Even though Plitvice Lakes National Park is known to get a little crowded in the summer months, it's definitely worth the experience of making the trip at least once.
1 Yellowstone's Grand Prismatic Spring, USA
One of the most mesmerizing and beautiful scenes on earth is Yellowstone National Park's Grand Prismatic Spring. How did Wyoming get so lucky with their amount of nature's beauty? It looks like if you were to be submerged into this water you would come out either horrifyingly disfigured and deformed or come out as the newest member of the X-Men.
The spring gets its wide range of colors from various types of bacteria in the water. There's a rust color, a bright yellow hue, and various shades of green that all bleed into the center of the deep blue spring. Remember, we are part of a living organism called planet earth, let's do our best to sustain the beauty that we create as well as the natural creator, the planet, itself.