For a person that lives in the heart of a city it’s very hard to imagine beautiful rainforests with lush green landscaping, towering trees and oddly beautiful creatures. Unless you travel a lot these imagines in your head seem like a scene out of The Lord of The Rings or some fantastically detailed travelogue. As hard as it may seem finding a beautiful piece of nature amidst the smoke and factories isn’t as hard as it seems. There are people dedicated to finding these places for you.
Sometimes, we all need that break from our lives to get back in touch with the very earth that we’re made of. It helps us to reopen our minds, to prioritize and help us realize what’s really important. Going out wild and free among the freest creatures there are. Standing surrounded by beauty reminds us of our place in this world and it might also remind us of the importance of nature and why we need more of it around.
Destroying things we can never get back is not going to help us make it through the future. There’s going to be a lot of problems in time to come. The repercussions of our actions have already taken a toll on our lives and environment.
Here is a list of a few places one can escape to when the world gets too heavy:
10. Sequoia National Forest
This forest is named after the world’s largest trees located here. Located in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California the forest covers 1,193,315 acres and ranges in elevation from 1,000 feet in the foothills to 12,000 feet. There are a number of other trees species in this forest as well like, Jeffrey Pine, Red Fir, Coast Douglas-Fir, Ponderosa Pine, White Fir, Lodgepole Pine. Established on July 1, 1908 forms a portion of the Sierra National Reserve.
There are villages around the area that provide people with food, stay and shelter. It also has markets, gift shops and pubs on the borderline just in case it’s a bit too much nature for one person to take in or in case of emergencies. Tour guides can also be availed of.
9. Crooked Forest
This mysteriously crooked grove of pine trees in Poland make for one of the most beautifully odd forests to have graced our planet. Some have concluded that some form of human or manmade tool was used to create this grove but the method, mode or reason for doing this was never figured out. These pine trees look rather ordinary in an otherwise ordinary forest till you begin walking through the grove. There isn’t else to do but admire your sorroundings, so instead of trying to figure out how these trees got to be the way they are or why, it would do your body and mind some good to just take in the wonder that is our world.
8. Daintree Rainforest
Named after Richard Daintree, this tropical rainforest is found on the north east coast of Queensland, Australia along the Daintree River. The forest contains at least thirty percent of the frog, reptile and marsupial species and sixty percent of the bats and butterfly species in Australia. Even though this seems like a lot it takes up only 0.1% of Australia’s landmass.
Much of this rainforest is a part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Site. There are ancient plants representing some of the earliest land plants in the world like Psiloptopsida and the Lycopsida; there are seven ancient families of true ferns including the Marattiaceae, Osmundaceae, Schizaeaceae and others; there are over 152 genera in 43 families of angiosperms believed to represent the longest continuous history associated with the Gondwanan landmass.
7. Jog Falls
This is the second-highest plunge-waterfall in India created by the Sharavathi River dropping two hundred and fifty three meters. A river which rises at Ambutirtha, next to Nonabur, in the Tirthahalli Taluk and takes the north-westerly course by Fatte Petta. This waterfall is also called Joga or Gerosoppa falls. It was one of the most spectacular lesser known sights in India. Well connected to the city; if you ever travel to India this is probably one of the stops you NEED to make.
6. Jiuzhaigou Valley
This nature reserve and Natural Park is part of the Min mountains on the edge of the Tibetan plateau in China. Another World Heritage Site; Jiuzhaigou literally means “Nine Village Valley” gets its name from the valleys along its length. With one of the most beautiful views and a subtropical or temperate monsoon climate it also makes for an extremely pleasant visit any time of year. It has a variety of mixed forests; broad-leafed forest and woodlands. From rhododenderon to bamboo they create stunning hues in autumn. The fauna includes some adorable and endangered giant panda’s and snub-nosed monkeys.
5. The Amazon Rainforest
Also known as the Amazonia or Amazon Jungle this forest dwarfs and combines all the other rainforests in the world. This is the world’s largest rainforest found in South America. The Amazon basin encompasses around 7,000,00 square kilometres of which 5,500,00 is occupied by the rainforest. This tropical rainforest has a rich species-biome in which the oddest but most beautiful of the flora and fauna can be found. It has about 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousands of plant species, 2,000 bird and animals. From black caiman, jaguar, cougar and anaconda that make up just a few of its predators to electric eels in the rivers that can stun and even kill a person and piranha’s. There are also a variety of dart frogs and vampire bats.
4. Redwood National Park
Located in northern Carolina in the United States this redwood forest that covered over 2,000,00 acres in 1850 was originally inhabited by the Native Americans. After the minor gold rush that attracted lumberman and miners over ninety-six percent of all growth redwoods have been logged and almost half of the redwoods remaining belong to the National park and Sanctuary. From black bears and mountain lions to stellar sea lions some of the most magnificent creatures can be found in this forest.
3. Sagano Bamboo Forest
This is located in the northwest Kyoto basin of Japan and covers an area of sixteen square kilometres. It considered one of the most naturally beautifully places in all of Japan. When walking through it you can hear the winds whistle through the thick bamboo groves and this is one of the most beautiful sounds you can ever have the pleasure of hearing. It is about 30 minutes from Kyoto by train. Being one of the most pristine and peaceful places ever, it’s a nice way to escape from the noise and humdrum of the world and be lost, alone with yourself.
2. Black Forest
This forest in Germany gets its name from the Romans because of how the conifers block out the sunlight even during the day. It is bordered by the Rhine valley in the west and south. The forests consists mostly of firs and pines; a mixture of European native Norway Spruce and American Imported Douglas Fir and White Pine. Sadly, due to logging and land use changes the forest in only a fraction of its original size.
1. Beech Forest
Also in Germany this forest tops the list for being the most mindblowing forests there is. Also under the Wold Heritage Site, this forest in a transnational composite nature site. The Ancient Beech Forests of Germany include five locations in various parts of Germany and should be on everyone’s bucket list!