Forests are the mosaics of greens, blues with the subtle confluence of the fauna and flora that make them worth being called the life source of the Earth, as they provide us with so much that they are indeed a blessing in our lives. Except for their abundant utility, they are sometimes so breathtakingly beautiful that you wouldn’t mind escaping the world and playing a Tarzan of your world. Here we are with a list of such beautiful forests for the nature lover in you.
10) Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan
This tall, tall wonder is located in between the Tenryū-ji Temple, which is the location of Rinzai School headquarters and Ōkōchi Sansō, the former home of Denjirō Ōkōchi, as they form the ends of this forest. The surreal heights of the trees with the greens and browns merging together beautifully cannot be captured by the confines of the camera; they have to be appreciated by the naked eye. It is the source of bamboo for many Japanese natives but the cultivation is kept to a bare minimum in order to preserve the beauty of this forest. In 1996, the Ministry of the Environment even included it as one of the country’s top 100 Soundscapes of Japan, an initiative to combat noise pollution and encourage people to get out and listen to their world. So close your eyes, and listen to the wind passing through the woods of this majestic bamboo grove.
9) Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Great Bear Rainforest is a temperate rain forest on the Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada and spans a massive 6.4 million hectare area along British Columbia’s north and central coast. It is part of the larger Pacific temperate rainforest ecoregion. This beautiful forest is not only famous for its size (it is as big as Ireland) but is also very rich in biodiversity. With its scattering of fjords, waterfalls, massive cedar trees, and 4,000-foot granite cliffs, it surpasses the norms of beauty that the Earth can promise. It is indeed the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world, and its beauty is enhanced due to its proximity to both ocean and mountains.
8) Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
The Mossy Forest is a beautiful forest in the Cameron Highlands laden with diverse flora from carnivorous pitcher plants to delicate orchids amongst the spongy green moss covering the trees in this setting of a high-elevation cloud forest. It is famous for its viewpoint at the summit of Gunung Brinchang, where you reach after a beautiful trek from the winding roads of crowded hill station towns and rolling green tea fields before ascending into the misty mountaintops of mainland Malaysia. It houses many mountain creatures, encompassing insects, snakes, frogs, birds and mammals unique to this chilly atmosphere.
7) Dragon’s Blood Forest, Socotra, Yemen
A place that looks as if a chunk of some universe surviving parallel to ours was transported to Soqotra (Socotra), Yemen, a 3625 km2 island 235 km east of the horn of Africa in the Indian Ocean, the Dragon’s Blood Forest is a beauty to behold. It is this unique due to the presence of Dragon’s Blood Tree, or drac aena cinnabari, which is an alien-like tree with UFO-like tops and eerie bright red sap, which is what this tree was named after. And it is just not famous for its looks, as this tree can be used in general wound healing, as a coagulant, cure for diarrhea, for dysentery diseases, for lowering fevers. It is also taken for ulcers in the mouth, throat, intestines and stomach. Maybe it was actually a blessing from heaven!
6) Valle de Cocora, Quindío, Colombia
The Valle de Cocora or simply, Cocora Valley is a house to the world’s tallest palm trees (palma de cera). Nestled in Quindio, Colombia, the forest is a lush sight set against a breathtaking backdrop of mountains and valleys. The palms were brought to the verge of extinction in part owing to their utility in making wax candles and building materials for farmers but the situation was curbed when the valley was designated a protected park by the Colombian government in 1985. These are simply called the wax palms and are tallest in the world, growing up to 60 meters, while retaining the girth of any old palm, making for a very slender giant, an immense pole topped with a little crown of palm leaves. The palms are spread in a manner so uniform that it is said that God himself planted this valley with these trees.
5) Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica
The plethora of biodiversity, Costa Rica, has the beautiful the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve for justifying the said title. It has it all- reptiles, migratory birds, bats, and golden toads, along with the highest diversity of orchids in the world (more than 500 known species, and 43 of them were discovered here for the first time) fill this nearly 26,000-acre region. It is located along the Cordillera de Tilarán within the Puntarenas and Alajuela provinces. Named after the nearby town of Monteverde and founded in 1972, the Reserve consists of over 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) of cloud forest, and is very popular as it is visited by roughly 70,000 visitors a year due to the abundance of flora and fauna it offers.
4) Kelp Forest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, California
This forest is not just a beauty as it is known for its uniqueness too. It is an underwater forest of the Kelp plant, a rapidly growing plant of the ocean. The ferocious waters of the Pacific Ocean supply for the nutrients this plant requires, which aids it into gaining an easy height of 10-12 inches a day, which is why this forest stands at a mighty height of 28 ft. The kelp plants grow an average of about four inches a day and require weekly underwater gardening by scuba divers who untangle and trim the fast-growing plants. The aquarium provides both scuba sessions along with breathtaking forest exhibits showcasing sardines, leopard sharks, wolf-eels and a host of other fishes as they weave through swaying fronds of kelp, just like they do in the wild.
3) The Amazon
Being a massive entity with a coverage of roughly 40% of South America, the Amazon is the largest yet most mysterious and abundant forest in the world. This enigmatic feature of the Earth houses more than 40,000 plant species and 1,300 bird species alone. With its winding rivers and diverse wildlife, this basin encompasses 7,000,000 square kilometres (2,700,000 sq mi), of which 5,500,000 square kilometres (2,100,000 sq mi) are covered by the rainforest and represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests. It is said that one in ten known species in the world lives in the Amazon rainforest. Constituting the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world, the Amazon is made up of a mosaic of ecosystems and vegetation types including rainforests, seasonal forests, deciduous forests, flooded forests, and savannas, with the immense Amazon River flooding the basin, adding to the beauty of the forest.
2) Great Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
The cool rainforests of the Great Otway National Park are home to massive tree ferns and cackling kookaburras, lying inland from Australia’s famed Great Ocean Road. Its beauty is peaked due to the presence of beautiful falls like the Erskine and Henderson falls, with its Southern part dotted with lush eucalyptus trees along Otway Lighthouse Road teem with lazy koalas loitering around the entire day. The 103,185-hectare (254,980-acre) national park contains a diverse range of landscapes and vegetation types and is a popular area for interstate and international tourists, with companies operating tours in the region. It even contains three camping areas at Johanna, Aire River and Blanket Bay, making it a popular tourist spot. What makes it special is the fact that it covers both coastline and hinterland in the Otway Ranges and so includes both beaches and forest, accessible via walking trails.
1) Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China
A place of perfection on the God’s Earth, the “Valley of Nine Villages” is the deserving list entry for the spot of number 1 boasting of many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks. With elevation ranging from 2,000 to 4,500 metres (6,600 to 14,800 ft), it’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve since 1997. It is located in the north of Sichuan Province in the southwestern region of China and the valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares (180,000 acres). Some 140 bird species also inhabit the valley, as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda (yesss, they live here!) and the Sichuan takin.
A piece by piece encounter with such picturesque beauties of the Earth is bound to make the wandered in ourselves stir and itch to visit these all, and not just these, many forests like the Black Forest of Germany and the Crooked Forest, Gryfino, Poland, are also known for their unique yet beautiful features. All we have to do is accomplish an Earth that doesn’t require government approved reserves in order to save these, just some TLC (tender love and caring you guys).