Nature and woods

Leura Cascades Rainforest

Leura Cascades is a popular picnic area set amidst tall eucalypts. Nearby you can take a walk beside the rapids on Leura Falls Creek down to Bridal Veil Falls and Leura Falls.

Natural attractions include Sublime Point to the south, which offers panoramic views of the Jamison Valley, and Leura Cascades in the southwest. There is a network of tracks that goes from Links Road to Echo Point, taking in many attractions along the way, including the Pool of Siloam, Leura Cascades, Leura Falls, Jamison Lookout, Linda Falls and the Dardanelles Pass, before ascending to Echo Point via the Giant Stairway. The area is popular for bushwalking and photography.

Leura Cascades Rainforest
Leura Cascades Rainforest

Blue Mountains three sisters lookout, Australia

On my last days in Australia I went to the Three Sisters lookout only a short twenty minute walk from where I was staying in Katoomba to photograph a sunrise over the three sisters.

Had a really cool low cloud/fog come into the valley and the sunrise was further to the left but was strong enough to bring a nice bright yellow glow into the valley. Made for a lovely sunrise, well worth getting up for.

Blue Mountains three sisters lookout
Blue Mountains three sisters lookout

Antelope Canyon sacred site for the Navajo

Formed over hundreds of years of water running through sandstone, Antelope Canyon is both a sacred site for the Navajo.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon means “the place where the water takes a picture of itself.” Centuries ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name. It is not known exactly when people first discovered Antelope Canyon, but according to local Navajos, who have lived here for generations, the canyon ia a place where cattle grazed in winter.

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Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

Jökulsárlón (literally “glacial river lagoon”) is a large glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland, on the borders of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of Breiðamerkurjökull, it evolved into a lagoon after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the Icelandic glaciers. The lagoon now stands 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean’s edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland at over 248 metres (814 ft) depth as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lagoon has increased fourfold since the 1970s. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland. — at Jökulsárlón – Glacier Lagoon.

Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland

The Skógafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 60 m (200 ft). Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend continues that locals found the chest years later, but were only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again. The ring was allegedly given to the local church.

Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland
Skógafoss Waterfall Iceland

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