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10 Strangest Trees on Earth

Posted: July 22, 2010 in Fun & Fact, Places
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Matthew Fox once said – “If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice its knobs and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.”

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Trees are important components of the natural landscape and a wonderful living organism which gives shelter, food, warmth and protection to all living things. Though common trees are fascinating immensely but there are some of the more unusual and amazing tree specimens found in the world which is weird and spectacular, yet people are hardly aware of their mysterious properties, strange sizes or unusual shapes. Here are some which top the list of being the strangest trees found on the planet. It’s a treat to the eye!

AXEL ERLANDSON’S CIRCUS TREE

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Axel Erlandson’s passion for sculpting trees, also known as arborsculpture, led him to open a horticulture attraction in 1947 near Santa Cruz, California named The Circus Tree and people flocked in from all over the country to view his strange and striking creations which are nothing short of breathtaking! Using a special set of skills, Erlandson started to sculpt things out of living, growing trees. One such tree is the famous “Basket Tree”. which is actually six Sycamores grafted together in 42 different connections to give it its basket shape.

PIRANGI CASHEW TREE,BRAZIL

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It’s the largest cashew tree in the world and more like a root and bush than a tree covering a span of 8,500 square meters alone! This tree is probably 300 feet by 300 feet in total. It looks like a forest and a bears 8000 fruit in a year .This picture doesn’t do it justice but should give you an idea of the enormity.

TREE OF LIFE, BAHRAIN

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The Tree of Life in Bahrain is one of the mysteries of world which is bound to be in the list of most unusual trees aroung the globe! This four century old mesquite tree survives in the midst of desert without availability of water. The mystery of the survival of the tree has made it a legend and the name “tree of life” is absolutely appropriate for the tree, truly representing the magic of life. A legend is also attached to the site where the tree is located. The local inhabitants believe with heart and soul that this was the actual location of the Garden of Eden.

CHAPEL OAK OF ALLOUVILLE – BELLEFOSSE

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Next is the Chapel Tree one of the most famous trees in France – actually, it’s more than just a tree: it’s a building and a religious monument all in one. In 1669, l’Abbe du Detroit and du Cerceau decided to build a chapel in (at that time) a 500 years old or so oak tree made hollow by a lightning bolt. Now, parts of the tree are dead, the crown keeps becoming smaller and smaller every year, and parts of the tree’s bark, which fell off due to old age, are covered by protective oak shingles. As a symbol, however, it seems that the Chapel-Oak of Allouville-Bellefosse may live on forever.

BAOBAB – MADAGASCAR

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Baobabs, with their distinctive shape, are one of the most charismatic group of trees in the world. This particular specimen, located in Madagascar, is referred to as the ‘Teapot Baobab’. These trees remain leafless for most part of the year, and their thick, bloated, fire-resistant trunks store water during the dry months. One would be surprised to find that some baobab trunks are so large that people actually reside inside them!

GERMAN SHERMAN – (SEQUIA NATIONAL PARK)

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General Sherman is about 2500years old tree with a height of 275 feet (83.8 metres), located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in the United States. In January 2006 the largest branch on the tree broke off. The breakage, however, could not  change the General Sherman’s status as the largest tree! This stunning tree has the base of its trunk measuring about 102 feet in circumference. Witnesses to this spectacular creation of nature can only justify its stature!

SILK COTTON TREES OF TA PROHM,CAMBODIA

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Ta Prohm Temple or the Jungle Temple which is located in the Angkor Thom complex has trees growing here in the most astounding way. Words cannot describe it until you set foot there and see it for yourself. Apparently, the place was left as is over the hundreds of years and the outcome is amazing from what you see now in the place which is also called Angkor Archaeological Park. On every side, in fantastic over-scale, the trunks of the silk-cotton trees soar skywards under a shadowy green canopy, their long spreading skirts trailing the ground and their endless roots coiling more like reptiles than plants.

TULE TREE OF OAXACA, MEXICO

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Mexico’s most famous tree, the ginormous Tule Tree (Arbol del Tule) grows near Oaxaca City. It may not be the largest or the oldest tree in the world, but it has no contenders for widest girth award which is abround 164 feet in circumference.It’s best not to look at the tree as a single icon. Indeed there is a family of ancient trees. Rooted in the town of Santa María del Tule, the Tule Tree and its environs comprise a unique natural monument.

DRAGON TREE, CANARY ISLANDS

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The Dragon Tree is found at de los Vinos in Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands, and is said to be between 650 and 1,500 years old. This specimen inherited this name from mythical origins: Hercules had to bring back three golden apples from the garden of the Hespérides, which is guarded by Landon, the hundred-headed dragon. Hercules killed Landon and his blood flowed out over the land, which began to sprout ‘dragon’ trees. The tree exudes ‘dragon’s blood’ – a red sap – when cut.

WOLLEMI PINE, AUSTRALIA

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The unique qualities of the Wollemi Pine lie not in its looks but in its history. It is a “living dinosaur”, and was nearly extinct before it was discovered in Sydney, Australia in 1994. Now called “the crown jewels of the botanical world”, the Wollemi pine had previously been known only from a 120-million-year-old fossil. Very few exist in the wild, but conservation efforts have been made in the recent past.

These strange trees have been molded by Mother Nature into species of their own. Shocking, downright weird or seemingly beautiful, the trees amassed in this collection will leave you to ponder on wondrous creation the Almighty!


Hai, For the first post of this category, I wold like to share this awesome carving art for you to enjoy. These Masterpieces are created by famous Wildlife Sculpture Artist Randall D.Boni… a very amazing creative man who creates wonderful sculptures from wood.
Randall manages to create very delicate sculptures using a chainsaw!


Hi everyone out there.. How life? em.. today i would like to announce new post category for our Shadowshark29’s Arena. This category will be call as “Inspiration”. What will be the post? I planning to put any creative, innovative and something that will be inspire you taste of art and design. It will shows some work that can stimulate your brain to being more ingenious. So you will be more resourceful by seeing what their produces. Like other say “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” have a great time…weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Hi everyone… weee. Today i gone share with you all more extra unique place in this world. May be some of them is little bit redundant with my previous post but… it think it ok =) as long it interesting. Unreal landscapes on our very much real Earth are like gates to different worlds. These places blow our minds and cross the limits of our imagination. Sometimes Climate changes and volcanic eruptions create places which totally look extra terrestrial.

Here is a collection of 10 most alien looking landscapes on Earth. I hope you will like it.

Iceland

Steam, bubbles, rocks and ice combine into breathtaking, though, alien-looking landscape. The island has no trees, few people and is the biggest glacier in Europe.

Uzbekistan

The hole filed with burning gas called by locals “the door to hell” is in Uzbekistan but could be as well quiet spot somewhere on Venus.

Mauritania

Eye of the Sahara called Richat Structure has a diameter of almost 30 miles. Placed in Mauritania, it is so huge it can be visible from the space.

Socotra Island

Dry, hot and harsh climate made Socotra Island looks like a grotesque computer animation. Hyperbolic plants, funky-looking trees and pink flowers can be great inspiration for graphic designers.

Spain

An ancient, acidic river in Spain Rio Tinto is a favorite environment for acid- and metal-loving extremophiles. It does not look like human-friendly and, in fact, it is not, but surely it could quench the Terminator’s thirst.

Arizona

The Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona looks more like an oil painting than a rock formation. Not without reasons it is the most visited canyon in the southwest America.

Yellowstone National Park

The terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park are created by heat, water, limestone, and rock fracture. The formation is like a living sculpture that is constantly changing by flowing water and erosion.

Alaska

The icy forms of glaciers are located around the world. That’s how I imagine Pluto and Neptune, the coldest planets in the solar system.

Denmark

The Mars’ landscapes of Skagen in Denmark do not really fit into the image of the richest and most developed country in the world. The moving dunes and deserted beaches run into the end of Europe where the Baltic Sea clashes with the North Sea.

Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat and is located in southwest Bolivia. The salt desert surrounded by cactuses, volcanoes and geysers looks as if it was a remote planet, far from our solar system.

Some of them can be seen using google earth..  try it out you will be amaze by “eye in the sky” =)

10 Awesome Caves Of the World

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Fun & Fact, Places
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If we sit down to count the marvelous creations by God, humans would be the most prolific artifact originating from the supreme mind of the almighty. Why I say so is because designing every cell of our body to form a bigger organ and then coordination between each of them, the cycle of birth, growth and death, all come from the greatest above scientist, God. And that’s not all, he is an architect of the most wonderful universe and the beauty that surrounds us in the form of sky, stars, the moon, high mountains, rivers, plants and so on. Amongst such amazing gifts of God are the deep dark and amazing caves, that have always fascinated the nature lovers with their unique splendor.

There are some caves out there so breathtaking, so astounding in their wonder and their beauty that people take flights just to explore the natural architecture laid down for us to enjoy. So let me take you to a virtual tour of the most beautiful and astounding caves of the world who have existed since the dawn of civilization.

Harrison’s Cave

The Harrison’s cave are said to be one of the wonders of the world because of their magnificent beauty and amazingly formed unusual stalactites and stalagmites formations. Found in the Caribbean island Barbados, it’s the only cave in the world where running water is found along with color crystal-like formations. Formed by water erosion through the limestone rock, these caves are full of large chambers, lakes, streams and waterfalls. As you may see in the pictures, they are exquisite beyond imagination.

Phong Nha Cave

Phong Nha Cave is the largest and most beautiful cave in Vietnam and is Unesco’s World Heritage site. The cave is 7729 m long, contains 14 grottos, with a 13,969 m-long Underground River filled with abundant stalactites and stalagmites. The river has widest and prettiest sand banks, containing many fascinating rock formations of the world.

Waitomo Glowworm Cave

Located in North Island of New Zealand, the cave owes its name partially to the vast population of glowworms, botanically called the Arachnocampa luminosa that are exclusively found in New Zealand, so definitely worth a visit if you’re ever on holiday there. Around the size of an average mosquito, the hanging larvas of these glowworms emit the bright light to attract pray towards themselves. What is interesting is that the hungry larvas are said to glow brighter than the one with stomach filled. The thousand glowing larvas give a panorama of heavens at night. The blue light is actually a chemical reaction that takes place inside a special capsule in its tail. The limestone formations in the caves are said to be formed when the region was still under the ocean about 30 million years ago.

Cave of the Crystals

This is the home of the world’s largest known crystals in Chihuahua, Mexico. It is a horseshoe-shaped cavity in limestone rock which is 10 meters wide and 30 meters long and contains giant selenite crystals even 36 ft long, 4 m in diameter and 55 tons in weight. The Naica mountain was filled with high temperature anhydrite gypsum during the volcanic activity that took place million of years ago. The magma heated the underground water dissolving all minerals and on cooling down formed huge selanite gypsum crystals over years.

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Ali Sadr Cave, Hamadan Iran

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Ali Sadr Cave is located about 100 kilometers north of Hamadan, western Iran and is one of the most beautiful caves on the world. The 70 million years old cave contains several large, deep lakes and the stalactites formations hanging from the roof of the cave in different colors doubles its beauty. Taking the shape of cauliflowers, needles and umbrellas, in vibrant colors of red, purple, brown, green and blue, these formations on the cave floor give an exotic view. It is said that Ali-Sadr is the only yachting cave with so clear water that we can see to a depth of 5 meters even in a dim light.

Eisriesenwelt Cave

Eisriesenwelt is a natural limestone ice cave located in Werfen, Austria. Located within the Tennengebirga Mountains near Salzburg, the cave stretches over to 42 kms and is the largest ice cave in the world.

Lechuguilla Cave

The fifth longest cave in the world, Lechuguilla Cave is located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. It is most famous for its unusual geology like the rare speleothems, rare formations with large amounts of gypsum and lemon-yellow sulfur deposits, and pristine condition. However access to the cave is limited only to the approved scientific researchers, survey and exploration teams rather than holiday makers!

Crystal Cave

Sequoia National Park, in the U.S. state of California is home of 240 known caves. Crystal Cave is a marble cave which is park’s second-longest at over 3.4 miles. It is in the Giant Forest region, between the Ash Mountain entrance of the park and Giant Forest. The cave is a constant 9 °C (48 °F), and only accessible by guided tour.

Yellow Dragon Cave

The Yellow Dragon Cave is situated on the rear hill of Xixialing in West Lake tourist zone in Hangzhou City.it is actually a yard with half-artificial and half natural scenes. It is simple but very elegant with different kinds of bamboo like the white bamboo, purple bamboo, green bamboo with golden dots, square bamboo and so on.

Velebit caves of Croatia

The Velebit Mountain is the home of a number of caves named Lukina jama, Slovacka jama, Velebita and Meduza. These caves havesome of the world’s greatest subterranean spectacular vertical drops, sure to bring a shudder in the spine. At the foot of Lukina jama there are ponds and streams having the largest colonies of subterranean leeches.


Hi everyone… some news for you who following this Shadowshark29’s Arena. I had decided to combine the Anime and Manga category into one roof call AniManga from now on. This is because I think both have there very close relation with each other. When some manga is famous they will turn into Anime and other way around.

So for your info, that is not the only reason…. Shadowshark29’s Arena will have another category to replace it. What is that? Just wait and see… and for hint, it will be another got thing for sure =) weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee….


These Google office pictures are collected around the internet.
Google office pictures:

Google meeting informal, meeting gondola, meeting room pictures…

Google pictures: Relax room, restaurant, micro kitchen, gym and others…


Weee… Hi everyone. People always said picture and drawing tell many story, but in here I would like to share some art that look so damn real. Enjoy.

Passing by these amazing 3D paintings will make you almost believe that there are real people standing by the wall. The paintings are made in such a way that you would probably try to touch the girl that’s leaning on the wall or maybe the old lady that’s resting, because they seem so realistic. The most surprising thing is that the artist is only using his bare hands and painting to make such tremendous art happen.

You will never think that these human bodies and faces aren’t real, amazing realistic and shocking sculptures.

So if you meet one, don’t feel  ashamed if you without really realize and try to talk to them accidentally. lol =)


1. Aurora Borealis (North Pole)

Auroras sometimes called the northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae are natural beautiful light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. The Cree people call this phenomenon the “Dance of the Spirits. Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis or the southern polar lights, has similar properties, but is only visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, or Australasia.

2. Spain Rio Tinto

The vast mines of Rio Tinto give a hypnagogic, almost martian landscape. Its growth has consumed not only mountains and valleys but even entire villages. This river has gained recent scientific interest due to the presence of extremophile aerobic bacteria that dwell in the water.The extreme conditions in the river are analogous to other locations in the solar system thought to contain liquid water, such as subterranean Mars. Río Tinto is notable for being very acidic (pH 2) and its deep reddish hue. It is metal soluble and surely not human-friendly!

3. McMurdo Dry Valleys (Antarctica)

The McMurdo Dry Valleys are a row of valleys in Antarctica located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound. The terrain looks like something not of this Earth; The region includes many interesting geological features including Lake Vida and the Onyx River, Antarctica’s longest river. The valley’s floor occasionally contains a perennially frozen lake with ice several meters thick. It is also one of the world’s most extreme deserts Under the ice, in the extremely salty water, live mysterious simple organisms, a subject of on-going research. Scientists consider the Dry Valleys perhaps an important source of insights into possible extraterrestrial life.

4. The Richat Structure, near Ouadane, Mauritania

The Richat Structure is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara desert of Mauritania near Ouadane. It has attracted attention since the earliest space missions because it forms a conspicuous bull’s-eye in the otherwise rather featureless expanse of the desert. The structure, which has a diameter of almost 50 kilometres (30 miles), has become a landmark for space shuttle crews.

5. Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. Rotorua city is renowned for its unique “rotten eggs” aroma, which is caused by the geothermal activity releasing sulphur compounds into the atmosphere. Geothermal activity is at the heart of much of Rotorua’s tourist appeal. Geysers and bubbling mud-pools, hot thermal springs and the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) – are within easy reach of the city.This thermal activity owes itself to the Rotorua caldera on which the city lies. Waters of ivid colors, from yellow to orange to green which is partially possible to visit it.

6. Fly Geyser, Reno

Fly Ranch features two geysers, one of which is dormant. The other, Fly Geyser, was accidentally formed by a water well drill that hit a geothermal source, and continuously sprays hot water. Fly Ranch is private property and does not allow visitors.

7. Spotted Lake, Osoyoos, British Columbia

Spotted Lake is a saline endorheic alkali lake located northwest of Osoyoos in British Columbia. In the summer, most of the water in the lake evaporates leaving behind all the minerals. Large “spots” on the lake appear and depending on the mineral composition at the time, the spots will be different colors. The spots are made mainly of magnesium sulfate, which crystallizes in the summer. Since in the summer, only the minerals in the lake remain, they harden to form natural “walkways” around and between the spots.

8. The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels are alleged to have mysteriously disappeared in a manner that cannot be explained by human error, piracy, equipment failure, or natural disasters. Popular culture has attributed these disappearances to the paranormal, a suspension of the laws of physics, or activity by extraterrestrial beings. Apparently it doesn’t seem alien but it is really scary!

9. Kauai, Hawaii

Kaua’i is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, it is the fourth largest of the main islands. Seaside lava ledges make for otherworldly experiences on this often-overlooked Hawaiian island.

10. Mount Roraima (Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana)

Since long before the arrival of European explorers, the mountain has held a special significance for the indigenous people of the region, and it is central to many of their myths and legends It is a pretty remarkable place. It is a tabletop mountain with sheer 400-metre high cliffs on all sides. There is only one ‘easy’ way up, on a natural staircase-like ramp on the Venezuelan side – to get up any other way takes and experienced rock climber. On the top of the mountain it rains almost every day, washing away most of the nutrients for plants to grow and creating a unique landscape on the bare sandstone surface.


Wedding is one of the most important days of our lives and all of us want the day to be perfect not only in the photographs but also in our memories.  In planning any wedding, the first thing that needs to be finalized is the location. If destination wedding is in your mind, there are numerous breathtakingly beautiful locations to choose from hills, palaces and beaches. Let’s have a look at the ten destinations which would complete anyone’s dream wedding.

Le Château d’Esclimont, France

What could be more romantic and beautiful than to get married in a castle in the most romantic country of the world? Le Château d’Esclimont located near the city of love, Paris is the perfect place for the fairy tale wedding you had always dreamt of. The 150 acres estate was the residence of La Rochefoucauls family and is one of the most beautiful locations to get married in. Your guests get to fish, hike, ride horses and experience the perfect country getaway.

Mauritius, Indian Ocean

If it’s a beach wedding that you have in mind, Mauritius is the perfect location. This beautiful island nation offers virgin beaches with coral reefs, translucent sea lagoons and romance in the breeze. You could indulge in the numerous activities offer on the beaches or just relax under the sun.

Cathedral Peak Hotel, Drakensberg, South Africa

A country style wedding with a mountain view that could make your heart skip a beat is what Cathedral Peak Hotel in Drakensberg offers. Set against a backdrop of the Cathedral Peak mountain range, the hotel offers picturesque view, warm hospitality , beautiful gardens, quaint stone and thatch chapel and memories that would remain for a life time.

Taj Palace, Pichola Lake, Rajasthan, India

Ever dream of a royal wedding amidst the land of Maharajas, palaces and forts? The exuberance of a palace wedding combined with a royal hospitality would not only amuse your guests but add a princely charm to your wedding. Taj palace is an imposing beautiful white marble structure that seems to float in still blue water. The Lake Palace is considered to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world and it offers a wedding location that not many can afford.

Bermuda

The purity that is rarely found in any other part of the world with pink sand beaches set Bermuda apart. Only short flights away from the US but once you arrive in this island, you would experience a culture and a history that still continues to live. Bermuda is a perfect wedding place if you have pink beaches, coral reefs and lush garden to host your wedding.

Maui, Hawai

For many people, a dream wedding is synonymous with Hawaii wedding. To have your skin kissed by the sun, feel the warmth of the Hawaiian warm sand and exchanging wows by the ocean is a dream comes true. There are many beaches to choose from. On the south island, you get to find the quieter beaches while the more picturesque west side gets very crowded.

Central Park, New York

Right in the heart of Manhattan, Central park offers a beautiful wedding in a garden overlooking a lake. If you are not particular about a beach, castle or a palace wedding, Central Park is the first destination that comes to mind. The air in the location is so romantic that it could easily convert your wedding into an unforgettable memory. The park set on 843 acres of land offers various settings for your wedding. You could choose from the front of the Dancing Maidens of the Untermayer Fountain, underneath a pastorally secluded weeping willow near the Pool or above Bow Bridge on beautiful Cherry Hill.

Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland

The idea of a wedding in Scotland is romantic enough to set your heart racing. The beauty of the country and a Scottish Castle, could you dream of a more ideal setting? Dalhousie Castle has a chapel where the wedding can take place with accommodation and reception help in the Castle itself. A magnificent medieval Scottish castle as a back drop and accessibility to Edinburgh could easily make a wedding here “Truly, a wedding not to be forgotten”.

Gondola Venice

Looking for a romantic yet unusual location for your wedding? Try the Gondolas in Venice. Gently riding in a magnificent gondola along the fascinating canals of the most romantic city of the world while exchanging the wedding vows, could be the idea of ultimate romantic wedding. With its monuments and charming location, the most beautiful city in the world makes a perfect place for lovers.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali has been the top destination for wedding and honeymooners simply because of its magical charm and exotic beaches. This Hindu Island offers much more than just clear beaches. It cultural heritage, elegant temples make this location truly mystic and a perfect destination for wedding.