Victoria amazornica is the largest genus of water lilies in the world. It floats in the shallow waters of the Amazon River basin. Its leaves reach up to 3 m in diameter. They can support up to 70 pounds. This giant water lily was called Victoria regia after Queen Victoria of the UK when it was discovered by explorer Robert Schomburgk in 1836.
A unique optical phenomenon was seen above the sea level in the north of Haikou City at 4 p.m. on May 9. Local residents were amazed by a mirage of a ghost city that hung between the sky and sea. The miracle lasted for an hour. It appeared due to the extremely high temperature on Hainan Island that is not common for this season of the year.
This is the Lencois Maranhenses National Park. It is located in northeastern Brazil in the state of Maranhao. It has many large sand dunes that occasionally flood but is very flat and low. In spite of rain that is abundant there is practically no vegetation. However, it does have beautiful green lagoons. The park was created on June 2, 1981.
This is a photo Sir Ernest Shackleton’s voyage on the ship Expedition that was rather ill fated. It was taken by photographer Frank Hurley in 1915. It was part of the British Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedition. The ship became trapped in the Antarctic ice. Mr. Hurley salvaged the photographic plates by diving into the icy water inside the sinking ship.