Trees are among the earth’s greatest natural resources. They are the longest living organisms on the planet and have several environmental benefits. Trees give out oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide including harmful gasses. They help prevent pollution, soil erosion, and serve as air filters to give us fresh air to breathe. Trees also provide shade, food, medicine, and a whole lot more.
Meanwhile, the world has a variety of enthralling and strange trees, which also come in different sizes, shapes and beautiful shades of colors. When we have simple strolls at the park, walks along the beach, and trips to some of the scenic and wondrous attractions, we see magnificent trees, which remind us so much of the beauty and abundance of nature.
Now here are 12 of the world’s strangest and fascinating trees:
A mushroom-shaped tree.
Ficus, which is also known as the fig tree, is called the “Balete Tree” in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, here are young mango trees underwater.
Also in the list of bizarre wonders are the majestic baobab trees in Madagascar.
Cypress trees in Caddo Lake–a home to one of the largest cypress forests in the world.
One of the most beautiful trees in the world, which can be found in Japan, is the Wisteria tree with its beautiful shades of pink and purple.
Bottle trees in Socotra Island whose ancient name is translated as “the land of bliss.”
Rainbow Eucalyptus tree in Hawaii is said to be a living rainbow with its bright and uniquely colorful appearance.
Dragon tree or “dragon blood tree,” which is also found in Socotra Island.
A Quiver tree is located about 14km north-east of Keetmanshoop, Namibia.
Acer palmatum or the so-called Japanese maple comes in a variety of spectacular colors, leaf shapes, and forms.
Bristlecone Pines, the oldest living human-planted trees in the world, can be found in the White Mountains of California.
More than the aesthetic pleasure that these trees provide, it is our responsibility to value and protect our natural resources as they are all essential parts of our lives. Not only so we can enjoy, appreciate and experience the wonders of nature today but also the next generations to follow.
This Legendary Medieval Stairway was Carved Out of a Steep Cliff in a Single Night
Legend has it that the stairway was created overnight by hand.
There’s just something fascinating about this stairwell in Corsica, France known as The Stairway of the King of Aragon. The stairway, composed of 187 steps, is carved in a steep cliff, position at an angle of 45 degrees. Looking at pictures, the Stairway of the King of Aragon is truly a wonderful sight and you can only imagine how breathtaking it would feel going up or down the stairs.
The stairway’s appearance is not just what gives the place its unique appeal, but also the stories tied to it. Legend has it that the staircase was dug by soldiers under King of Aragon Alfonso V during the failed siege mission in Bonifacio, back in 1420. It was said that the troops finished the job for only one night and they did all of it by hand.
But the real story is that the staircase was created by Franciscan monks who need to have access to a freshwater source at that time. At the bottom of the staircase, there’s a natural spring and a cave, which were said to be created way before Alfonso V’s troops came to the area. There were also reports that the first steps were from the Neolithic times.
This Island Is The Home Of The World’s Smallest Kingdom
Located off the coast of Sardinia, Italy is Tavolara Island, which has its own “royal family.”
Located off the coast of Sardinia, Italy is Tavolara Island — which is just five kilometers long and one kilometer wide. The only habitable area in the island is a narrow strip of land facing the Italian coast.
There's nothing extraordinary about Tavolara Island's appearance that would set it apart from other lonely islands in the Gulf of Olbia. However, it turns out that the island has a kingdom — albeit the world's smallest one. The kingdom's history, however, is quite quirky.
Tavolara Island boasts of a kingdom.
In 1807, a man from Genoa, Italy named Giuseppe Bertoleoni arrived on the island. He fled from Genoa because he was going to be charged with bigamy. Bertoleoni thought he could escape judgment and public scrutiny by living on the island with his two wives and their children....
These Incredible Couples Will Show You What #Vanlife Really Looks Like
Discover the mesmerizing beauty of the world through the eyes of these eight astonishing couples who took their relationships and travels living the #vanlife.
Couples who live a, pretty much nomadic life, travelling and staying in a van can tell you so much about how the world should be seen in retrospect to how you’re used to seeing it on a daily basis. It also pretty much sums up how your relationships can be given that you both live every single day of your life in a cramped car.
Living in such a way may actually allow you to fulfill your craziest dreams seeing that you have everything simplified. The stories of these eight couples who traveled the world over in their vans have taught us that you don’t need so much to find happiness.
1 Victor & Eva from Barcelona
Inspiring Victor and Eva left Barcelona to work in San Francisco because they wanted to leave their comfort zones and do something different. They moved into their Dodge Ram in 2003 which they bought from a carpet cleaner. Upon restoration of the van, the couple ventured off to discover the West Coast. Victor works remotely as a software developer and Eva is an artist, using the nature as her inspiration.