Photos of Earth – Because it’s Damn Pretty

I don’t often talk about the natural beauties of the world on this blog. I focus a lot on the cities, but, in fact, I do actually travel occasionally to more natural destinations. I’ve gone camping in the desert, taken treks in New Zealand, went skydiving in Australia. I’ve climbed mountains for sunrises and sunsets to get those perfect photos. I’ve spent countless holidays lounging on deserted beaches, far from more luxurious comforts like running water and electricity.

To celebrate, in my own special way, this year’s Earth Day, I’ve gone through some of my more adventurous holidays and found my favorite photos of Earth—those natural scenes from around the world. Looking through these, I’ve found a sort of serenity, a peace and a calmness. That’s a big part of why we look for nature when we travel, why we go outside. There’s something beautiful about this Earth of ours, something special. And it’s a big part of why travel. Sure, the hipster cafés and the skyscrapers and the trendy restaurants—they’re all nice and they’re a lot of fun. But true beauty? That comes in the shape of our planet’s mountains and hills, its trees and its seas, the animals and the plants. And the sunsets. So many sunsets.

I’m not sure if all of these photos will leave you with the same sense of wonder and awe I feel when looking at them. Travel is a very personal endeavor, but these beautiful places are a reminder to myself that we live on a very special Earth. Enjoy!

ASIA

Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
Monkey Temple, Hampi, India
Monkey Temple, Hampi, India
Palolem, Goa, India, sunset
Palolem, Goa, India (sunset)
Munnar, India
Munnar, India
Fort Cochin, India
Fort Cochin, India
Monkey Temple, Hampi, India
Monkey Temple, Hampi, India
Hampi, India
Hampi, India
Khajaharo, India
Khajaharo, India
Om Beach, Gokarna, India, sunset
Om Beach, Gokarna, India (sunset)
Om Beach, Gokarna, India, sunset
Om Beach, Gokarna, India (sunset)
Om Beach, Gokarna, India, sunset
Dolpin Point, Om Beach, Gokarna, India (sunset)
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Angkor, Cambodia
Angkor, Cambodia
Fairy River, Mui Ne, Vietnam
Fairy River, Mui Ne, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Halong Bay, Vietnam

MIDDLE EAST

Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Metzokeh Drago Viewpoint, Dead Sea, Israel
Metzokeh Drago Viewpoint (on the way to the Dead Sea), Israel
Sea of Galilee, Israel, ostrich
Sea of Galilee, Israel
Rosh Hanikra, Israel
Rosh Hanikra, Israel
Rosh Hanikra, Israel
Rosh Hanikra, Israel
Top of the World Viewpoint, Petra, Jordan
Top of the World Viewpoint, Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

AFRICA

Chefchaouen, Morocco, bees
Chefchaouen, Morocco
Chefchaouen, Morocco, ant
Chefchaouen, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Nile River, Luxor, Egypt
Nile River, Luxor, Egypt
Mount Sinai, Egypt, sunrise
Mount Sinai, Egypt (sunrise)
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai, Egypt
Mount Sinai, Egypt, sunrise
Mount Sinai, Egypt (sunrise)

AMERICAS

White Sands National Park, New Mexico, USA
White Sands National Park, New Mexico, USA
Utica, Illinois
Utica, Illinois
Costa Rica
Costa Rica

EUROPE

Gibraltar, rock, spain
Gibraltar
Gibraltar, spain, monkeys
Gibraltar
Tarifa, Spain, sunset
Tarifa, Spain (sunset)
Valencia, Spain, flowers
Valencia, Spain
Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Lake Geneva, Switzerland
Black Forest, Germany
Black Forest, Germany
Potsdam, Germany
Potsdam, Germany
Schwerin, Germany
Schwerin, Germany
Scotland
Scotland
Gulfoss, Iceland
Gulfoss, Iceland
Iceland, horse
Iceland
Iceland, horse
Iceland

OCEANIA

Dunedin, New Zealand
Dunedin, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Sydney, Australia, eagle
Sydney, Australia
Uluru, Australia
Uluru, Australia

This piece was originally published at TravelsOfAdam.com. All photos and content courtesy of TravelsOfAdam.com.