Lavender is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, southern Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, south west Asia to south east India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils.
From the beloved fragrance to the beautiful purple colour of the flowering plant, lavender fields are a popular destination for photographers. The vast purple fields can make for some stunning landscapes and a quick search on Flickr for ‘lavender fields‘ brings up nearly 17,000 results. Below is a small selection of beautiful photos taken by photographers on Flickr.
The images were embedded using Flickr’s share button. If you are one of the photographers below and do not want your image used, please leave a comment or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be removed. Now imagine the smell of lavender as you peruse the gallery!
1. Provence, France
2. Banstead, Surrey, UK
3. Castle Farm – Shoreham, Kent, UK
4. Mt. Shasta Lavender Farms – Montague, California
5. Snowshill – Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England
6. Lavender Valley Fields – Oak Grove, Oregon
7. Castle Farm – Shoreham, Kent
8. Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
9. Mayfield Lavender Field – Banstead, Surrey, UK
10. Lavender Field Near Mount Shasta, California
11. Castle Farm – Shoreham, Kent, UK
12. Lavender Field – Kent, UK
13. Lavender Field – Kent, UK
14. Lavender Fields – Provence, France
15. Plateau de Valensole – Provence, France
OESCHINEN LAKE, SWITZERLAND
Located in Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland is the beautiful Oeschinen Lake. The lake is situated at an elevation of 1,578 metres (5,177 ft), has a surface area of 1.1147 square kilometres (0.4304 sq mi) and its maximum depth is 56 metres (184 ft). Oeschinen is fed through a series of mountain creeks and is usually frozen from December to May.
Oeschinen, which is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn area, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. The area is a popular destination for hikers, skiers and fishers. You can find more tourist information at oeschinsee.ch
To reach the lake, visitors take a gondola lift from Kandersteg and then hike 20 minutes by foot.
AydÄ±n BÃ¼yÃ¼ktaÅŸ is a freelance artist and photographer who has become well-known online for his ongoing series of surreal ‘folded landscapes’ entitled, Flatland.
Born in Ankara, Turkey and currently based in Istanbul, BÃ¼yÃ¼ktaÅŸ stitches about 18-20 photos together to create his mind-bending landscapes. The artist’s latest series was captured at various locations across the United States over the course of a month and over 10,000 miles driven.
To keep up with the latest creations by BÃ¼yÃ¼ktaÅŸ, check out his work at the links below.
In this beautiful photo by Dietmar Rabich, we see the stunning Autumn colours in a nature walk near the hamlet BÃ¶rnste, Kirchspiel, DÃ¼lmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Kinkakuji (é‡‘é–£å¯º, Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known as Rokuonji, the temple was the retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. [source]
The temple is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, and has been designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape. It is one of 17 locations making up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which together are a World Heritage Site. [source]
The original temple was completed in 1397 although is has burned down numerous times throughout its history, including twice during the Onin War (a civil war that destroyed much of Kyoto) and once again more recently in 1950 when it was set on fire by a fanatic monk. The present structure was rebuilt in 1955. [source]
Kinkakuji can be accessed from Kyoto Station by Kyoto City Bus # 101 or 205 in about 40 minutes and for 230 yen. Alternatively, it can be faster and more reliable to take the Karasuma Subway Line to Kitaoji Station (15 minutes, 260 yen) and take a taxi (10 minutes, 1000-1200 yen) or bus (10 minutes, 230 yen, bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji. It is open year round from 9am – 5pm and costs 400 yen to enter. [source]
An Airbus A320 pilot created this compilation that shows some of the amazing sights he has seen in the past year of flying around Europe (and a bit of Africa).
The pilot adds that all footage was taken during non-critical phases of flights and/or using a mounted GoPro camera and that safety and flying always come first.
For those interested the song is “Outro” by M83.
ASH CAVE AT HOCKING HILLS
In this beautiful photo by Bryan Olesen, we see the popular Ash Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Located in the southernmost reaches of Hocking Hills, Ash Cave is the largest recess cave in the state of Ohio. The horseshoe-shaped cave measures 700 feet from end to end, and is 100 feet deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge, with the rim rising 90 feet high. A small tributary of the East Fork of Queer Creek (seen on the left) cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below [Source]. For more information on the history of Ash Cave, head to hockinghills.com for a detailed summary.
Hocking Hills State Park is a non-contiguous state park. Within the park are several spectacular features based around rock formations, including Old Man’s Cave, a narrow, deep gorge featuring waterfalls; Rock House, a cliffed area with a rock shelter; Cantwell Cliffs, a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone stairway; Cedar Falls, a larger waterfall south of Old Man’s Cave; and the aforementioned Ash Cave [Source].
Tom Anderson, co-founder of social network MySpace, now spends his time travelling and photographing the world. His images are guaranteed to stir your travel desires; definitely check out his work on Instagram and Google+ where he is the most active.
In this photo taken last December, Tom explores the incredible ice caves of Iceland with a guide, which is very important because ice caves can be quite dangerous. If you’re interested in exploring an ice cave, a guide is recommended because caves can and do collapse.
Photo details: Nikon D810, 14mm, 1/20, f/2.8