The Earth is the mother of all what we seek to discover, that inscrutable measure of peace embedded in human nature to seek in an expedition, a kind of quest in which one just packs his or her bags and proceeds to a place beyond what one can already perceive. In fact, perception is built on what’s already present in your imagination, and growth of perception is all dependent on exploring undiscovered domains nonexistent in the wildest of dreams.
Step in Mordor, the dark landscape of the Lord of the Rings where the darkness of night itself has a deep blue tinge under the orbish gleam of moonlight and the misty steam of natural water geysers sprouting along the hills. One minute, Mordor is a complete fallacy, it’s a fictional city depicted by J.R.R Tolkien in his world-renowned book series, so what in the name of sense itself is being highlighted?
The place in question is the Norris Geyser Basin in the Yellowstone National Park, USA. As if two droplets of ink fell on earth from heavens above on top of each other, the Morning Glory pool has an aquamarine shade of blue surrounded by yellow growth of algae and bacteria. It rests in the Old Faithful Geyser, which is also included in Yellowstone Park.
There are landmarks which anyone would refuse to believe to be formed by nature, and seriously when you catch your first as well as last glimpse of the Mount. Roraima, no matter how many times you blink or rub your eyes in sheer disbelief, the most understandable explanation nearest to instinctive imagination would be that gigantic hands of a mason have plastered all the rock to a flat ‘wall’ with a spade.
It’s normal to be struck speechless while you tilt your head upwards to adjust your sight with the height of the mountain, the miles of ‘platform’ which stretches along its three corners is mostly above the skyline, shrouded in clouds and humidity. The magnanimity of this landmark was in so much demand that this may be the reason why the three countries, namely Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil, chose it to be the point where their borders meet together, resultantly causing it to fall in all their respective domains.
Green undergrowth below the waters is present mostly when water is stagnant, right? But when it’s existent in flowing rivers, under the cover of an entire forest canopy, the appeal of a typical ‘jungle’ environment enhances to a new level. And the word ‘jungle’ is not hollow here either; this is the premier home of the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger, residing in its prestigious habitat of the Sundarbans, Bangladesh. The landscape has taken its unique form thanks to regular inundation of floods due to the Ganges Delta, causing channels of water to flow in the mainland during the majority of the year.
Fertilizer, that one magical spirit which lets green vegetation sprout in most unsuitable environments, is one of the ground-breaking man-made interventions in the ecological cycle. But there were plants before fertilizer came into being, right? Surely you’ll argue that fertilizer has a higher return resulting in supple growth of vegetation.
However, the picturesque Bali Island has regions where every single patch, every single inch of its soil is overgrown with plantation, a full hundred percent natural blessing which became a signature sight of its well terraced landscape amidst palm trees to let in what little remaining shade is needed from the sun.