We are delighted by colorful displays of fireworks, tickled by the profundity of a psychedelic art exhibit. Even walls of glossy graffiti stop us in our tracks. But, undoubtedly, the most thrilling spectacles of all can be found in nature -- and here's proof, below. Planet earth, you impress us:
Danxia Landform Geological Park, China
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This mountain range appears to be Dr. Seuss inspired. The trippy landscape (yes, it's natural
) are part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China.
Tulip Fields, Northern Netherlands
AP Photo/Peter Dejong
Red Beach, Panjin, China
China's "Red Beach" gets its vibrant hue from a particular kind of seaweed that transforms from green to crimson in the fall. The Sueda species
is one of the only kinds of seaweed that tolerates a highly-alkaline soil.
Bark Of A Rainbow Eucalyptus In Wailua, Hawaii
Christopher Martin Photography
Flower Petal Eruption, Costa Rica
No, this didn't happen without man's intervention; the rainbow petal explosion
was part of a shoot captured by photographer Nick Meek
for a Sony campaign
. Even still, the striking scene, which called for 3.5 tons of vibrant flower petals, outshines anything you might find on a Pantone sample swatch.(Courtesy McCann
Blue Ridge Mountain, Virginia
Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
AP Photo/Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Yann Arthus-Bertrand
This mystical pool is actually the largest hot spring in the United States. Why does it look like a rainbow? A combination of pigmented bacteria and light refraction
make for quite the scene and change depending on season, air temperature and the sun's visibility.
Ayers Rock, Australia
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This vibrant and vast sandstone formation, also known as Uluru, is a striking contrast to another one of Australia's natural wonders: The Great Barrier Reef
. The rock is massive -- it has a circumference of about
9,400 meters and the trek to the top is about 1,600 meters.
Not Just A Microsoft Desktop Wallpaper, San Francisco
If this picture looks familiar, it's because it might have been your desktop wallpaper
at one point during the early 00s. Though it appears, perhaps, too serene to exist in reality, Microsoft claims the appropriately named "Bliss" image is the real deal. Even on the endless travel that is the World Wide Web, nature prevails.
Canola Flower Fields, Yunnan, China
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It is no wonder China's canola flower fields are often referred to as a "golden sea." The sunshine party is in full blossom from February through March.
Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki, Japan
This enormous Japanese park, which spans nearly 470 acres, hosts a plethora of breathtaking flora, including the kochia shrubs pictured. It's a breeding ground for flower paradise
. By October, these 36,000 bulbous plants
molt from green to red.
Lavender Field, Valensole, France
Lavender is not specific to France, but the potent plant makes for a whimsical scene in the already-enchanting countryside.
Yuanyang County, Yunnan, China
This is an aerial shot of terraced rice paddies in Yuanyang county. The landscape gets it textured shape from the varying mountain ranges and slope degrees.
Pamukkale Hot Springs, Denizli Province, Turkey
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Lake Hillier, Western Australia
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon
Valley Of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand, India
some 175 acres
Caño Cristales River, Meta, Colombia
Hills Of The Palouse Grasslands, Washington State
The Wave in Paria Canyon, Arizona
This sandstone rock is called "The Wave," for its standout, rhythmic patterns formed by erosion. The site is part of the Vermillion Cliffs, a 112,500 acre region based in both Arizona and Utah.