Lavender, the little purple flower is not only used as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, but also for use as culinary herbs or commercially for the extraction of essential oils. Because of its usage, it has been widely cultivated in temperate climates area like France, England and India. The small flower itself might not as impressive as other ornamental flower, but when you see the whole lavender fields in full bloom, you might be totally speechless by the magnificent scene. Here, we have rounded up some of the most spectacular lavender-filled meadows in the world. Hope to see these scene personally one day.
Photo source: Loïc Lagarde
If you are die-hard fans of “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”, you probably have heard and seen the hobbiton movie set, a small agricultural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand. Since filming, it was turned into a spectacular permanent attraction that’s complete with 44 unique Hobbit holes, a double arched bridge, and The Green Dragon Inn and Bar. The whole tour starts with a picturesque 1,250-acre sheep farm and pass through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbiton. You can even dine at the specially-recreated Green Dragon Bar on traditional Hobbit fare and craft beer. Sounds pretty amazing right? Even you are not that crazy about the movie, considering how gorgeous below photos look, it is still a great place to visit.
The Badlands region in the American West is famous for its arid and unforgiving landscape, which at the most of time is covered with sharp and eroded spires of stone. However, at the right moment and right condition, this lifeless place can give birth to an extraordinary explosion of color and life in the form of beautiful wildflowers. According to photographer Guy Tal, “On rare years, wildflowers burst into stunning display of color, transforming the desert into a veritable garden for just few precious days.” With just a tiny bit of moisture the desert, these purple and yellow flowers spring into action, doing what they can to conserve as much water as possible and to bloom and reproduce quickly. However, due to the desert’s climate, these blooms have very short life, which is why they can be a rare sight.
Forest as the dominant terrestrial ecosystem on Earth, is the home for lots of plants and animals. It has an ancient and mysterious charm is the favorite subject for photographers. An expansive, natural and healthy forest is like a cathedral erected to the glory of nature. However, not all of us have the chance to see it with our own eye. Thanks to those talented photographers flock to forests’ shaded canopies to take stunning photos like below, we can witness the beauty of the forest and enjoy its mysterious charm.
1. Otzarreta Forest, Basque Country, Spain [image credit]