While Mother Nature can be frightening at times with her erupting volcanos, earthquakes that cause tsunamis and landslides, and tornados that can uproot a tree in seconds, there is a softer, more nurturing side to her. Mother Earth has blessed us with utopian paradises of radiant hues in the ocean and colossal trees that can grow to reach the height of a 37-story building. This personification of Earth-Mother’s life-giving and nurturing aspect of nature has created works of art around the world distinctive in their own way for us to savor.
These photos are just some of the epic creations Mother Nature has gifted us.
Lauren Spiler is a freelance journalist based in Athens, Georgia, but most call her Spiler.
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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
Being naturally the most recognized landmark in Arches National Park in Utah, the Delicate Arch is made of entrada sandstone. The arch, also known as "cowboy chaps," is just one of over 2,000 stone arches in the national park. The Skyline Arch was formed because of a sudden shift in 1940, but the Delicate Arch was created over nature by time.
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The Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
Coral might only cover less than one-quarter of one percent of the ocean floor, but the are full of life and color. Tones of coral range from bright red to the hues of icy blue and purple, similar to the coral pictured from the Red Sea. Coral lives in tropical and subtropical waters throughout the world. The largest coral reef is the Great Barrier Reef located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, which consists of 2,900 smaller reefs.
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Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Five miles downstream from Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam is the appealing Horseshoe Bend in the Colorado River. The Colorado River created the 270-degree horseshoe-shaped bend in the canyon by cutting through the layers of sandstone. Around four miles southwest of Page, Arizona, the bend can be seen from a cliff above that can be accessed by hiking one and a half miles roundtrip from U.S. Route 89.
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Poppy fields, Brandenburg, Germany
The fields are alive with the smell of poppy in Brandenburg, Germany. In some cultures, poppies are a symbol of restful sleep, condolences, and peace. The Red Poppy is the most popular species of the poppies. In Roman and Greek myths, poppy flowers were used as offerings to the dead.
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Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland
Matterhorn has earned the title of being the iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps. The mountain is located in the Alps between Italy and Switzerland. In July of 1865, the first successful ascent was a team led by Edward Whymper, an English illustrator, explorer and climber. Matterhorn is known to be the epitome of a mountain because of its pyramid shape.
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Northern Lights, The Sky
The Northern Lights are created by contact between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth's atmosphere. They sort of look like patches of scattered clouds in hues of green, blue, violet, red and yellow. They can be seen from places like Iceland, Alaska and Norway; they occur above magnetic poles in the Northern and Southern hemispheres
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Redwoods, Redwood National Park, California
Gigantic redwood trees can live up to two thousand years and can grow up to between eight and 20 feet in diameter. These mammoths of plants have been known to grow up to 379 feet with bark growing up to 12 inches thick. The Redwood typically grows in moist, humid climates similar to the climate around the northern California coast. Contrary to popular belief, Redwoods and Sequoias are different species even though they share many characteristics.
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
A little less than 60 miles northeast of Las Vegas is Nevada's oldest and largest state park. The red sandstone formations were formed by great shifting sand dunes around 150 million years ago during the dinosaur age. Temperatures in the Valley of Fire can range from freezing to 75 degrees in the winter to daily summer temperatures possibly reaching 120 degrees.
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Mount Tongariro, North Island, New Zealand
Located in the North Island of New Zealand, Mount Tongariro is a compound volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Like all compound or complex volcanos, Mount Tongariro is ... well ... it's complicated. It consists of various features and materials. Tongariro last erupted in 2012 which was the first time it had erupted since 1897. Peter Jackson used the mountain and the surrounding areas to film The Lord of The Ring film trilogy.
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Victoria Falls, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Africa
A waterfall's peaceful noise has been used to relax the body and mind. There are many types of waterfalls in the world including, ledge waterfalls that descend vertically over a vertical cliff almost equal width to the stream, cascade that waterfalls fall over rocks, and moulin waterfalls that move through glaciers. If you're only going to see one waterfall in your lifetime, make it Africa's Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.