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10 most Amazing trees in the World

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Trees are an incredible part of nature, vital to our everyday survival. Trees dot city squares, suburban landscapes, and uninhabited forests all over the world. With some 400 billion trees on the planet, and over 23,000 different kinds of trees, it takes an extra special something to make a tree stand out.

Even common trees are amazing enough, but some trees are just spectacular, whether by their sheer size, age or shape or through mysterious properties they seem to possess. There are probably hundreds of majestic and magnificent trees in the world – of these, some are particularly special. Here we present some of the top 10 Most Amazing, Most Magnificent, Most Exotic and wonderful trees from around the world.

1. Giant Sequoia Tree, California, USA

The General Sequoia tree is the prime attraction of the Sequoia National Park, California, and for a good reason – General Sequoia is the world’s largest tree by volume. While it’s not the tallest or widest, it certainly is among the tallest and widest trees in the world, and has the best height by width value (meaning volume). The magnificent tree is estimated to be around 2,300 to 2,700 years old (one of the oldest in the world). Its height is 83.8 meters (275 ft) and its diameter is 7.7 m (25 ft).

2. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar

The Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of big baobab trees lining a dirt road in western Madagascar. This amazing and unique landscape draws many tourists from all around the world, making the Avenue of the Baobabs one of the most popular attractions in the area and one of the most famous landmarks in Africa.

3. Dragon Blood Trees, Socotra, Yemen

Also known as Socotra Dragon Tree, this beautiful strange species is endemic to the Socotra archipelago – a group of 4 islands in the Indian Ocean, belonging to Yemen. The fruits of the tree are small fleshy berries which exude a deep red resin, known as dragon’s blood.

4. Cherry Blossom, Tokyo, Japan

The spring cherry blossom of the Japanese Cherry is world famous for its breathtaking beauty. While the cherry blossom can be found in many places in the world, in Japan it’s truly part of the culture and will often be found in festivals and other displays.

5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland

The Dark Hedges is a long beautiful avenue of Beech trees that were planted by a family in the 18th century. The avenue is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland, visited by many tourists all year round. It as one of the locations used by the production of Game of Thrones (as the road leading to and from King’s Landing).

6. Methuselah Trees, California, USA

Methuselah is a specific tree of the species Great Basin Bristlecone pine. Methuselah is one of the oldest trees in the world at an age of over 4,800 years. Until recently it was thought to be the oldest living tree, but another tree located in the same grove was found to be over 5,000 years old. Both trees are located in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains, California. The exact location of Methuselah in the forest is not published and the tree itself is not marked to protect it from vandalism.

7. Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees, Kauai, Hawaii

The rainbow eucalyptus has a unique colorful bark. It’s not often that you see a tree that has a natural blue, purple or orange colors on its trunk. These trees often seem like they came from the imagination of a Hollywood writer trying to picture other worlds. The rainbow eucalyptus can reach a height of over 200 ft (61 meters). The  species is native to New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao, but the trees in the pictures were taken in a rainbow eucalyptus grove in Maui, Hawaii.

8. The Largest Wisteria, Japan

This spectacular wisteria plant is both the largest and oldest wisteria in Japan. It was planted around 1870 and is located in Ashikaga Flower Park in the city of Ashikaga, not far from Tokyo. Despite looking much like a tree, a wisteria is not a tree but rather a vine. The branches can get very heavy and have a hard time supporting their own weight. So a steel structure was built to help support this giant wisteria, allowing visitors to walk under the beautiful blossoming branches of the old plant and enjoy a wonderful experience.

9. Wind Swept Trees, New Zealand

These trees on Slope Point, the southern tip of New Zealand, grow at an angle because they’re constantly buffeted by extreme antarctic winds. The winds are so intense in this part of New Zealand that the trees are bent, twisted, and blown in all sorts of directions from the continuous force.

10. Crooked Forest, Poland

The Crooked Forest in the beautiful forests list, but with only 400 trees in the forest. Crooked Forest is a grove of oddly-shaped pine trees. This young forest was planted around 1930 and has about 400 pines. It is generally believed that some form of human tool or technique was used to make the trees grow this way, but the method and motive are not currently known. Some believe that the woods were deliberately grown this way to make “Compass Timbers”, or trees that are deliberately shaped for the purpose of using those odd shapes in ship building. Another theory is that tanks from WWII are the cause, rolling over the young trees snapping the stem, but still surviving, forcing them to grow in the direction they were ran over.

posted Aug 3 by Avijit Maity

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Flowers, with their bright colours and unique shapes, are a wonder of the nature. They make the world a beautiful place. Be it the much known rose or the lesser known orchids, flowers are always mesmerizing.

Let's take a look at top 10 Amazing Flowers in the World:

1. Swaddled Babies - (Anguloa Uniflora)

The Anguloa Uniflora is a beautiful orchid which is commonly known by the name, Swaddled Babies. The plant grows in the Columbian Andes. The most stunning feature of the plant is its flowers which are large, creamy-white and waxy. Their structure is quite complex, and at a certain stage of opening, they start to look like a baby wrapped in swaddling cloth. Each flower blooms from a single stem from the base of the pseudobulbs.

2. Hooker’s Lips - (Psychotria Elata)

While many might consider it an exaggerated description, the Psychotria Elata, also called the Hooker’s Lips or Kissing Lips plant, is absolutely genuine. It exists in the tropical rainforests of Central and Southern Africa. The waxy bract, which is a modified or specialized leaf, associated with the flower, is bright red in colour, and is shaped like the luscious lips of a woman, complete with a well-defined cupid’s bow. The actual star-shaped flowers emerge from the bract’s centre.

3. Monkey Orchid - (Dracula Simia)

The Dracula Simia or the Monkey Orchid is also known as the monkey-like Dracula. This is a rare species of orchids which is found to grow in the cloud forests of south-eastern parts of Ecuador and Peru. The orchid is called so because it has flowers which display an odd arrangement of column, petals and lip that strongly resembles the face of a monkey – a baboon, to be more specific. The flowers bear the fragrance of a ripe orange.

4. Naked Man Orchid - (Orchis Italica)

The Orchis italica is often referred to as the Italian orchid, owing to its Mediterranean region where it generally grows in large numbers. But, more commonly, it is known as the naked man orchid. This is because, the amazing flowers of the orchid have petals that look like naked men. The flowers are a combination of bright pink and white in colour, and they are all clustered densely. These strangely shaped flowers make the plant quite popular.

5. Dove Orchid/Holy Ghost Orchid - (Peristeria)

Peristeria is an orchid that is commonly found to grow across much of South America, along with Panama, Trinidad and Costa Rica. One look inside the pure white flower reveals a structure hidden inside it, which looks like dove. In fact, sitting cosy in the centre within the petals is an entire dove, complete with raised wings with tiny pink dots, and a tiny yellow beak. This structure is the reason behind its name. It is indeed one very peaceful looking flower.

6. Snapdragon and its Skull - (Antirrhinum)

The Antirrhinum, found in the rocky areas Europe, America and North Africa, has an interesting flower called the dragon flower or snapdragon. The beautiful flower petals give the impression of the face of a dragon, which, when squeezed, will open and close like the mouth. But, once the petals wither and fall off, only the seed pod is left behind, presenting quite a macabre look, because the seed pod looks like a skull. Ancient cultures believed snapdragons to have supernatural powers.

7. Duck Orchid - (Caleana Orchid)

Caleana is commonly referred to as the Duck Orchid. This is because, the labellum looks just like a flying duck with its wings raised high. The lip, in particular, looks clearly like the beak of a duck. The flower is reddish brown in colour, and in rare cases, it is greenish with dark spots, and a single leaf appears near the base of the stalk. This small terrestrial orchid is found in the Australia, from Queensland to South Australia, and even Tasmania.

8. Ballerina Orchid - (Terrestrial Spider Orchid)

These small plants are terrestrial spider orchids that grow singly or in groups in different parts across the island of Australia. The flowers are essentially cream in colour, with maroon markings, and their petals and sepals have dark trichromes. Together, the flower looks like a maiden in white tutus, holding a graceful ballet pose. The grazing of rabbits and kangaroos in the regions where they grow pose great threat to these orchids.

9. Parrot Flower - (Psittacina Balsam)

The Impatiens Psittacina is an amazing plant of the balsam family. The flowers are purple and carmine red in colour. When viewed from the sides, the flowers seemingly resemble a parrot in flight. British botanist and explorer, Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, first noted, in a scientific description of the plant in 1901, how its bloom looks like a ‘flying cockatoo’ and from then on, the name has stuck. This rare plant is found in Thailand, Burma and parts of India.

10. Bleeding Heart - (Lamprocapnos)

The flower, especially in the bud form, of the Lamprocapnos, a flowering plant of the poppy family, oddly resembles the conventional shape of the heart with e droplet beneath. That is why, it has been given the name, a bleeding heart. The outer petals are bright fuchsia in colour. As the flower blooms further and the outer petals open up, the inner, white parts, often called the ‘lady in a bath’ become more visible. This plant is found in Siberia, northern China, Korea and Japan.

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1. Burano, Venice, Italy

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2. Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

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3. Willemstad, Curacao

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4. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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5. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

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6. Valparaiso, Chile

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7. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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9. Chefchaouen, Morocco

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10. Santorini, Greece

When you think of the Greek island of Santorini, it's likely that two colors come to mind: White, which is the color of many buildings' walls, and blue, which is not only the color of the roofs, but of the sparkling Ionian sea the laps at the island's shore. In fact, the building facades of the city of Oia feature a number of other colors, but the blues and whites are so dazzling it's easy to simply fixate on them. Another surefire way to appreciate the vibrant rainbow of Oia is to take your shots at sunset on a clear day, when the prismatic sky casts its colorful light on the darkened cityscape.

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The animal kingdom features many exotic beasts who have abilities that are so extreme that they would inspire even the most imaginative comic book writer. Simply put, their extraordinary skills and physical attributes are unmatched in humans. Instead of crazy origin stories involving radiation and gods, animals develop their superpowers out of necessity. Their amazing abilities evolve in order to thrive and survive in a Darwinistic world in which only the strong and adaptable continue to grace the Earth with their presence.

Let's take a look at top 10 Animals with Amazing Superpowers:

1. Jellyfish – Immortality

Jellyfish is roaming oceans for possibly more than 700 million years, making them oldest living multi-organ animals. They are mostly transparent to human eyes, and their body contains 95 to 98 percent water. But the most extraordinary quality in these marvelous deep oceanic animals is immorality. There are 3 known species of jellyfish that can perhaps live forever. Jellyfish have discovered a way to reverse their aging process by making some modifications in the DNA.

2. The Axolotl – Superhealing

There are several known animals that can heal fetal wounds and sometimes regenerate their damaged body parts. But Axolotl is above all else, it’s capable of regenerating entire lost appendages and vital structures in a period of months. They can regrow lost limbs, tail and several internal organs. They have been found restoring damaged parts of their brains. More amazingly, they can also transplant their body parts from other Axolotl. They not only transplant their limbs from other individuals, but also alien organs like eyes to full functionality.

3. Mantis Shrimp – Supervision

Although mantis shrimp have many kind of abilities that are considered beyond anything on the earth. But the most impressive organs that these animals possess are their eyes. They are believed to have one of the most elaborate visual system ever discovered. Their eyes carry 16 different types of color receptive cones, if you compare that to humans, we only have three. They not only can detect ultraviolet light but can also differentiate between multiple frequency bands. The vision of mantis shrimp can perceive both polarized light and multi-spectral images. Their eyes capable of moving independently, and are considered to be the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom.

4. The Platypus – Electro location

The Platypus is an egg-laying venomous mammal that lives in water and has duckbill, beaver-tail and otter-foot. They have ability to sense electric field generated by muscular contraction. They’re the only known mammals who find their prey using Electro location. Their sixth sense is so powerful and reliable that they close their eyes, nose and ears every time they dive, and go on hunt.

5. Tardigrade – Indestructibility

The thing that makes these micro-animals so incredible is that they are virtually indestructible. They can survive extreme conditions that would be fetal to nearly all life forms on earth. They can withstand temperature ranging from -272 to 150 degree Celsius. They can tolerate pressure 6 times greater than that found in the deepest ocean trenches, ionizing radiation 100 times greater than lethal dose for humans, and even the vacuum of outer space. They can live without food for more than 30 years, and dry themselves to level when 3 percent water left, only to rehydrate, forage and reproduce.

6. Dung Beetle – Super Strength

Dung Beatles are landed on this list for their ability to pull the weight 1,141 times heavier than their own body weight, that makes them strongest animal on the planet earth. For instance, if an average man wants to challenge them in weight pulling competition, he would be required to pull 45 large trucks that weighs around 2.4 tons each.

7. The Electric Eel – Electric Shocks

The Electric Eel have three pairs of abdominal organs responsible for producing electricity, and these glands make up 80 percent of its entire body. The result is its ability to generate two types of electric organ discharge: high voltage and low voltage. When eel finds a prey, its brain sends a signal through nervous system to electrolyte. It can generate shock up to 860 volts that can last for mere two milliseconds.

8. Mimic Octopus – Shapeshifting

As the name suggests this breed of octopus can mimic different animal species by changing skin color and adjusting the shape of its body. This animal can mimic number of different sea creatures with the tiniest possible detail. It’s not known how many different animal species it can imitate, but it’s reported to mimic up to 15 different species, and all of them are poisonous. That further explain that its mimicking ability is just a way to avoid vicious predators.

9. Peregrine Falcon – Superspeed

Peregrine falcon are some of the most widespread birds in the world. They have a body length of 34-58 cm and wingspan from 74 to 120 cm. Their diet consists of small to medium sized birds. The most amazing thing about this breed of birds is its dazzling speed, it has frequently been seen flying at the speed of whopping 320 km/h (200 mph), the highest recorded speed of Peregrine falcon is 389km/h (242 mph).

10. Froghopper – Super Jumper

Adult froghopper jump from plant to plant; some species are capable of jumping up to 70 cm vertically: which is a more impressive performance relative to body weight than another super jumpers “Fleas”, and froghopper are considerably heavier than them. The froghopper can accelerate at 4,000 m/s square over 2mm as it jumps (experiencing over 400 gs of acceleration). They can jump up to 100 times their own length. That means, if an average man could jump this long he would be able to cover about 177 meters distance in a single jump.

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Every animal species have some kind of speciality that make them unique. Some animals have power to run faster than super cars, at same time some species are super slow in motion. Let's take a look at top 10 Slowest Animals in the World:

1. Seahorse

Our number one on our top ten list of the 10 Slowest Animals In The World is the Seahorse. Which is not a horse! The curiously cute creatures are actually fish, gills and all! Moving at an impressive 0.04 cm per sec the seahorse spends it’s days dreaming of what could really be. Found all over the world, from one inch to over one foot in size, the lucky ones can be found in beautiful blue tropical water and delightfully colored patches of coral. Now facing extinction, seahorses could commonly be found with their tales wrapped around a piece of seaweed rocking back and forth, very slowly.

2. Garden Snail

One of the slowest animal in the world is the garden snail. It is a land snail species and the most commonly known terrestrial mollusc. The slimy, slithery animal leaves behind a wet trail along its path and makes us squirm. They move at the top speed of 1.3 cm per sec. This means that it will take them 21 hours to cover just 1 km. Can you blame him? The legless creature carries his house around!

3. Three-toed Sloth

Known for their five-hour work days and nineteen hour long naps, slots, two and three toed, only go to the bathroom once every seven or so days. Hanging out in tree canopies, rarely moving, sloths crawl along at a pace of up to 3 cm per sec. Though they might not bring the chips in a dip on time, sloths are excellent swimmers and great listeners.

4. Starfish

You may already know that starfish is not really a fish. There are about 2000 different species of starfishes, and their speeds vary. Their average speed may be about 0.89-2.7 cm per sec. The leather star moves at 0.25 cm per sec, while the fastest one of them, the sand star, travels at 4.7 cm per sec. For a creature that can cover 0.168 km in an hour, floating along in ocean current is the best option.

5. Giant Tortoise

Once reportedly teetering on the edge of extinction, the Giant Galapagos tortoise, found exclusively on the Galapagos Isles is the largest tortoise in the world. Traveling at a top speed of 76 cm per sec. With males checking in at over 500 pounds the Giant Galapagos tortoise can last up to one year without food. When it is able to dine on greens, flowers, and other vegetation, the Giant Galapagos tortoise packs it away just in case a rainy 365 days strike. The giant Galapagos not only moves at a slow pace because of its anatomical features, but it also keeps the go slow in a means to conserve its energy.

6. Loris

Loris is a medium sized primate, often counted among strange and hideous creatures, what with its tennis ball eyes and curiously human-like but strangely long hands. They have slow movement, at a speed of about 55.5 cm per sec. They can extract mild toxins to discourage some predators, and can lumber to avoid them. Hence, they are fearless. Oh, and they are also nocturnal, hidden in the dark.

7. Manatee

This obese looking herbivore glides through coastal waters at a yawn-provoking about 139-222 cm per sec approximately. Related to the elephant, the Manatee dines primarily on sea greens. Using it’s molars to grind meals and snacks that easily add up to over 100 pounds of sea vegetation a day. Resembling more of a potato with fins than an elephant, the Manatee spends most of it’s time casually gliding through 70-degree waters near the surface finding easy access to air, well deserving of a spot on this list.

8. American Woodcock

The American woodcock is the only bird on this, and is a must-inclusion among the slowest animals in the world. Colloquially referred to as the timberdoodle, it is a small chunky shorebird. It is a migratory bird which, due to its courtship flights, is accepted as a harbinger of spring in northern areas. The American woodcocks move at a speed of 222 cm per sec. and are the slowest of birds.

9. Koala Bear

The Koala bear is a bear that isn’t a bear at all. This furry, beady-eyed, marsupial grows in a pouch and makes it slows emergence into the world. Spending most of their day sleeping, up to 20 hours, curled up in the tree it will occasionally wake and eat from. With reports of koalas traveling at speeds 447 cm per sec, the koala has earned its place on our top 10 list and probably isn’t moving anytime soon.

10. Gila Monster

If you don’t like lizards, you probably won’t like Gila monsters, either. They can grow up to a length of 60 cm, and its weight varies from 350 to 700 gm. It is the only venomous lizard in the US. But, they are hardly of any threat to you, as they move at a speed of about 667 cm per sec. Besides, they consume food up to one-third their weight, and store fat in body. So they rarely search for food.

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