Broken trees

The line

The eruption of Mount Etna in 2002 sent lava to devour this forest in Sicily. It was such a dramatic event that footage of it can be seen in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, as part of the landscape of the planet Mustafa. 
Reblogged from National Geographic

The cold light of day

After a cold night, morning sunlight shoots through the mist, inspiring Your Shot member Andrew George to capture the moment during his visit to the Oisterwijkse forests and fens in Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. “The light is the most important ingredient,” he writes. “I visit this place often through every season. I usually walk around this fen and let the light guide me. When I came across this scene, I noticed the sun rays in the back and a kind of curtain of trees in the front. It was like an opening of a theater play. Everything fell into place.”

Reblogged from National Geographic

Retrenched

India is one of my favorite countries in the world. It is a cultural and geographic wonder and the Andaman Islands are no exception. The Andaman Archipelago has more than 300 islands. The rain forests on these islands contain some 200 species of trees. With this incredible natural resource it’s not surprising that logging in the archipelago was prevalent in the 1970s through the 1990s.

In the 1970s, this elephant and a handful of others were brought to the islands as youngsters to work with logging companies. They spent the next 30 years hauling giant trees through the jungles. The logging companies had no way of transporting the elephants to the next islands, so the elephants swam. When logging became banned in 2002, the elephants were out of a job. This is the last remaining elephant of the group. He has been living out his days on one of the islands and lives among the giant trees he used to haul. 
Reblogged from National Geographic

The Green Tunnel

Known as the most beautiful street in the world, the Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil is like a bit of rainforest in the middle of a metropolis. Formed by over 100 tipuana trees lining both sides of the street with serpentine branches creating a canopy overhead, the “Green Tunnel” stretches for approximately 500 meters (over 1,500 feet) through the middle of the city. 

Originally planted in the 1930s by German workers employed at a local brewery, the stretch of trees was at risk for destruction in 2005 to make room for a shopping mall, but residents fought to protect the natural wonder, which has now been classified as an environmental heritage site.

Reblogged from PictureCorrect