Most of us know that California and many other western states are in a state of severe drought, but visualizing the crisis is a different story.
Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan captured these dramatic aerial shots of California’s reservoirs and placed them side-by-side with images taken several years ago.
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The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand. They are around the size of an average mosquito.
Yosemite Valley at Night - The mist on the valley floor reflects car lights driving through. Yosemite National Park, USA. (Phil Hawkins/National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest) via Big Picture
China Danxia is a UNSECO World Heritage Site and the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China.
They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.
Below you will find an incredible gallery of these painted landscapes in Southern China along with additional information from UNESCO about China Danxia. Enjoy!
SALT PONDS OF SAN FRANCISCO - California - USA
From the sky, a kaleidoscope of color brighten the grey landscape of the San Francisco Bay.
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Well. If you’re not afraid of the ocean by now you’re wrong.
Spring, we could walk your way forever.
Image via the Landscape Architects Network
Natural terrace pool, Pamukkale, Turkey en We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/50191589/via/miki_toya