Magic lies entwined in the branches of the woods which hold many secrets. If you listen close enough, you may catch the whispering of the fairy-folk, hidden amongst the darkness or perhaps you’ll hear the wailing of a lone banshee. And if you sit still for long enough, you might catch a glimpse of an unsuspecting pisky, skipping along the arms of tiny trees.
Mourning the loss of ‘The Senator,’ a 3,500-year-old tree A 3,500-year-old bald cypress tree known as “The Senator” burned to the ground in Big Tree Park in Longwood, Fla., earlier this week, bringing forth mournful comments from the people who lived near it and from around the globe.
The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize that’s more than 1,000 feet wide and 400 feet deep. It formed as a limestone cave system during the last ice age when sea levels were lower, and the caves flooded as the planet warmed and sea levels rose. Jacques-Yves Cousteau made the site famous in 1971 when he declared it one of the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world, and today it is a World Heritage Site. 13 amazing sinkholes
This eerie and mysterious blood-red waterfall is located in remote Antarctica. The red color is partially the result of saltwater tainted with iron oxide, but the real mystery of these falls is what lives in the water. Water samples contain almost no oxygen, but at least 17 different types of alien-like microbes have been identified slithering around in the blood-like water. Scientists surmise that they survive via a metabolic process never observed in nature that utilizes sulfate as a respiratory catalyst with ferric ions, metabolizing trace levels of ancient organic matter trapped underneath Antarctica’s vast glaciers. Check out some of the planet’s most amazing waterfalls.
Many of the most awe-inspiring caves formed along the shores of oceans and lakes. Also known as littoral caves, these geological wonders are carved into rocky coastal cliffs through long-term wave action along weakened fault lines in cliffs. 9 wondrous water caves
Physalis fruits are encased in an unusual, lantern-like husk are part of the nightshade family and thus share a relation with the much more familiar tomato. Since it has a mild, refreshing acidity similar to the tomato, it can be used in many of the same ways. Imagine enjoying some pasta with fresh physalis sauce! Native to the Americas, they are typically imported from South America. 15 fruits you’ve probably never heard of