Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 by Danny Groner
Today marks July 4th, the unofficial opening to the summer season in the United States. Even though it’s already been a couple of weeks since summer began, many Americans will head outdoors this weekend to soak up the sun for the first time this year with their friends and families. Beaches are packed, barbecue grills fired up, and absolute joy is in the air. We thought this might also be a good time to appreciate the wonders of nature that come with the emergence of summer. Although it’s not summer everywhere in the world, every country has its own unique features, and vibrant colors, that get highlighted when the sun comes out. Here’s a quick tour of what’s in store for you in some select regions:
Miami Beach, Florida hotels and restaurants at sunset on Ocean Drive, world famous destination for it’s nightlife, beautiful weather and pristine beaches.
Black sand and seashore of Sunrise Peak, Jeju island, South Korea, one of the UNESCO nature tourism site in Korea.
Providence Island, Colombia - The infamous pirate Henry Morgan used Providencia as a base for raiding the Spanish empire, and rumors suggest that much of his treasure remains hidden on the island.
For many foreigners, nothing captures the idea of the Netherlands more vividly than windmills, wooden shoes, tulips, and remarkably flat lands. This rainbow of tulips in the park on a sunny day speaks for itself.
India’s culture and heritage are a rich amalgam of the past and the present. A fishing boat on the beach at dramatic cloudy sky at palm trees captures the essence of the Indian summer.
Some awesome beach beds among palm trees at perfect tropical Mexican coast… What else can you wish for when you go on a summer vacation?
The Byodo-In Temple, Japan. Together with its garden, the temple represents the Pure Land Paradise and on a warm summer evening, you can see why.
The Picturesque garden in the Cotswold village of Bibury, England, represents perfectly the summertime in the United Kingdom.
For our grand finale we chose the ultimate summertime picture: Sunset panorama HDR of a beach near cape town, South Africa.
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