Science & nature

The Dancing Forest of Kaliningrad

The Dancing Forest of Kaliningrad

The Dancing Forest (or the Drunk Forest, as it is sometimes known) is located in Curonian Spit National Park in Kaliningrad, Russia. Made up of pine trees, the forest is unusual due to the twisted shape of the trees. Many have grown into knots, loops, circles and spirals along the ground.

The California tree awards: Biggest, oldest and tallest

The California tree awards: Biggest, oldest and tallest

Trees are pretty useful. Animals live in them, they provide food and shelter, they’re nice to look at and (perhaps most importantly) without them we’d all be completely dead. The trees were here before us and they’ll still be here when we’ve gone, so we might as well try to enjoy them. Take a moment to think about all the wonderful things trees do for us – maybe a moment next time you’re miserably raking leaves from your lawn.

The Avenue of the Baobabs

The Avenue of the Baobabs

Avenue of the Baobabs is a dirt track in western Madagascar which is lined with, well, baobab trees! This unusual looking tree is often called the “tree of life” because it’s capable of so many things.

Coco de mer: Is this the world's strangest palm tree?

Coco de mer: Is this the world's strangest palm tree?

You might have noticed that we have a bit of an obsession with the bizarre and the unusual. So you can only imagine how excited we were when we discovered the coco de mer, a palm tree which can be found on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse in the Seychelles. Because, as you can see, it’s definitely no ordinary palm tree…

6 incredible natural features from around the world

6 incredible natural features from around the world

Pretty temples, weird statues and funky bridges are all well and good but in my opinion, some of the best sights you’ll ever see are natural. Everyone knows about the usual suspects – your Grand Canyons and your Mount Everests – but what about the natural features that are just as incredible, but not as well-known? Well, here are six such natural features…

Theobroma cacao: The chocolate tree

Theobroma cacao: The chocolate tree

Most trees have a pretty good reputation already, down to their part in converting carbon dioxide into lovely, life-giving oxygen. But I don’t think any other tree could possibly have a better reputation than the Theobroma cacao… especially not in our office! After all, it’s the tree that gives us chocolate!

5 amazing naturally occurring lights

5 amazing naturally occurring lights

Now we are in dreary November, it’s more than likely you have said (or heard) this expression of an early evening: “Eurgh, I can’t believe I’m putting the lights on already!” Well, that’s not what the lanternfish says when he lights up, and I’m pretty sure you won’t hear anyone complaining about glowing mushrooms either, because nature’s lights can be pretty spectacular…

Where cork comes from

Have you ever really considered where your noticeboard or wine-stopper came from? Well, it comes from holiday. To be more precise: Portugal, France, Spain and Italy, amongst other warm and dry places. If you’ve ever been to one of these places, you’re bound to have seen a cork oak tree, aka the Quercus suber.