1. Mt. Roraima, Venezuela
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
3. Moravia, Czech Republic
4. Tulip fields – Lisse, Netherlands
6. Mare Island Naval Shipyard – Vallejo, California
May 17, 2011
Camel Thorn Trees, Namibia
Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic
Tinted orange by the morning sun, a soaring dune is the backdrop for the hulks of camel thorn trees in Namib-Naukluft Park.
8. Naica Mine – Chihuahua, Mexico
9. Tunnel of Love – Kleven, Ukraine
10. Metro – Stockholm, Sweden
11. Lapland, Finland
12. Zhangye, China
13. Mount Grinnell – Glacier National Park, Montana
14. The Richat Structure – Mauritania
15. Hang Son Doong Cave – Vietnam
16. Chand Baori – Abhaneri, India
17. The Stone Forest – Yunnan, China
18. Berry Head Arch – Newfoundland, Canada
19. Lake Retba – Senegal
20. Gullfoss – Iceland
The Icy Pit to Hell
This is Gulfoss, the frozen waterfall in Iceland (not 100% on the Geotag, but it is a well-known spot in the area).
Dark age theologians used to believe this was the entrance to hell, which was originally a cold place; the innermost circle of Dante’s version was frozen. True believers would come here and cast themselves down into the chasm to try to rescue souls they were told had gone to hell.
It’s hard to describe how slippery this place is. I guess I could say it’s slippery as hell. The ground is already solid ice, and then there is a fine mist from the waterfall that forms tiny little perfect spheres on top that somehow take friction into a negative physics impossibility.
from my daily photo blog at www.stuckincustoms.com