Gardening with Allen

Discovering the Beauty of Nature by Traveling

No human can rival Mother Nature when it comes to creating a scene of beauty and splendor. Across the globe, amazing natural ecosystems are competing to live with humankind and its ever-increasing demand for space and resources. 

These breathtaking landscapes are a reminder to us how small and insignificant we are when compared to the magnificence of the planet we inhabit. Traveling around the world is a unique opportunity to see the beauty of nature while learning to appreciate it. 

How best can you view nature, you might ask. 

  1. From the air

If you want to take in the full view of a natural landscape, it’s often best to see it from above. With a bird’s eye view, you can see the area in its entirety. 

For example, the sheer impressiveness of New Zealand’s Fiordland cannot be appreciated unless you see it from the air. It is a massive area of mountains, valleys, streams, lakes, and waterfalls. It is impossible to see all its features on land. 

  1. From the sea

One of the reasons that cruise ships are so popular is that they offer the traveler a different perspective on nature. Many passengers enjoy looking out for dolphins, whales, and other marine life while they’re on board. 

They can also enjoy the view of their destination as they approach it from the sea. The stunning beauty of the coasts of islands like Aruba is best viewed from the ocean. 

  1. Under the water

When we speak about nature, most people’s perceptions are land-bound. However, beneath the surface of the Earth’s bodies of water lies another world entirely. The lakes and seas are teeming with marine life that can be both frightening and fascinating. 

While a lot of people favor scuba diving, snorkeling is a fun way to explore the ocean and observe its inhabitants. Maui snorkel services offer visitors to the great state of Hawaii the chance to savor the beauty of its surrounding oceans. 

  1. Up close and personal

There’s no better way to get in touch with nature than by immersing yourself in it. Spending some time outdoors in natural surroundings is deeply therapeutic for the body, mind, and soul. A lot of people choose hiking and camping as part of their travels. 

Countries around the world have national parks and other preserves that visitors can go to if they want to experience the natural environment. From the jungles of South America to the African savannah, to the peaks of the Himalaya Mountains, there is something to appeal to every traveler. 

  1. From a distance

There are some aspects of nature that you might not want to become too familiar with. This is primarily related to our planet’s cohabitants. Not all animal species are inclined toward friendliness. 

Some are downright deadly. Animal lovers can still get to see them but from a respectful distance. The game drives in Kenya allow travelers to observe the Big Five in their natural habitat. However, should they encounter a hungry lion, they can easily make a getaway. 

  1. Under the ground

Some of the planet’s most amazing places to visit are under its landmass. Caves and other underground openings are of natural and archeological significance. The caves at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa have been found to show evidence of hominids, the earliest human-like species known to exist. 

Some caves are adjacent to the coastline, such as Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay caves. Other caves are home to mineral formations, known as stalactites and stalagmites, like America’s Carlsbad Caverns. Caves such as the Cold Cave under Cross Mountain in Slovenia boast entire underground lakes and rivers.

Allen Wilson

Allen has been writing about gardening for over 30 years. He is a retired professor of Horticulture.