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World’s Most Mysterious And Mesmerizing Forests That Will Leave You Breathless

World’s Most Mysterious And Mesmerizing Forests That Will Leave You Breathless

Forest tourism has been a popular activity for decades, as people seek out beautiful and unique landscapes across the globe. Whether its for a world-class hike or to take breathtaking photographs, we are drawn to these thickets of towering trees and diverse wildlife. The peaceful quiet and the absence of most of civilization’s marks allows us moments in time we never forget. Below are some of the world’s most stunning, unforgettable forests. Where would you go first?

Crooked Forest, Poland

    image source: Lisa Beach650 via Flickr

    The Crooked Forest is exactly what it sounds like: a small forest of bent pine trees, located in western Poland. The trees were planted around 1930, when Germany controlled Poland, and grew with their bent shapes at roughly 90 degree angles. Some guess it was a deliberate modification by humans, though no one can say how or why this would be done. The trees grew normally for 7-10 years before whatever method or event caused them to start growing crookedly.

    Aokigahara (Sea of Trees), Japan

      image source: keio via Flickr

      The Sea of Trees or Aokigahara forest resides northwest of Mount Fuji in Japan. It is a dark, dense forest with hidden caves and a curious absence of most wildlife. You might recognize Aokigahara for its grisly reputation as “the Suicide Forest”. In 1998, 73 dead bodies were found in the forest, with many of them appearing to be suicides. In 2002, 78; in 2004, 108; and in 2010, 54. The forest’s fame has become such a concern that watchmen have been hired to do sweeps of the forest in an attempt to prevent further suicides.

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      The Red Forest, Ukraine

        image source: Matt Shalvatis via Flickr

        The Red Forest, originally the Worm Wood Forest, is located within the 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) area affected the Chernobyl nuclear incident in 1986 in Ukraine. As a result of the radiation, the forest turned a ginger-brown color, earning its current name. Most of the forest was bulldozed and buried under carpet in order to partially replant the area. Bits of civilization from abandoned towns are still there, like the old bumper car pictured above.

        Luntai Huyang Poplar Forest, China

          image source: china.notspecial.org

          Luntai Huyang Forest is the largest, densest, and best preserved population of diversiform-leaved poplars in the world. The name of this tree means “the most beautiful tree” in the Uygur language, one of China’s many ethnic minorities. It has a remarkable ability to withstand drought, sand, and harsh winds, ironic considering the forest’s proximity to expanses of desert.

          Redwood National and State Parks, California

            image source: Justin Kern via Flickr

            The Redwood National and State Parks in California consist of Redwood National Park, the Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith State Park, and Prairie Creek State Park. Redwood trees are one of the tallest tree species on Earth, able to reach up to 397 feet (115.5 m) high. A number of threatened animal species reside in the parks. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve.

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            Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

              image source: flöschen via Flickr

              This park is part of the larger Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is one of the most diverse ecosystems in East Africa. It contains a wide range of both plant and animal species, including a notable population of mountain gorillas. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

              Olympic National Park, Washington

                image source: James Gaither via Flickr

                Located on the Olympic peninsula of Washington State, the Olympic National Park was preserved by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1938, and has since been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Hoh and the Quileute tribes reside here. The park contains a diverse range of features, including old-growth, glacial mountains, and temperate rain forest.

                Black Forest, Germany

                  image source: Roland via Panoramio

                  This thickly-wooded forest includes moutains, rivers, and Mummelsee lake. There are also a couple museums, such as the Black Forest Open Air Museum which features reconstructions of the 16th-17th century life of the local population at that time. This is reportedly the setting of many of the Grimm brother’s fairytales as well, giving it an extra whimsical appeal.

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                  Maolan National Nature Reserve, China

                    image source: China Tour Advisors

                    The Maolan National Nature Reserve is a rare forest due to its Central Asian tropical karst features, which offers an exciting ecosystem much-valued by the scientific community. Karst topography is a rare landscape, and most areas with this feature are barren, making Maolan a true treasure for scientific research. The area has plenty of lush vegetation, mineral-rich rocks and soil, and underground caves.

                    Devil’s Tramping Ground, NC, USA

                      image source: Jason Horne via Flickr

                      Not so much the forest itself as a specific area of it, Devil’s Tramping Ground is the name given to a spot in a North Carolina forest that is swathed in legend. The area, as pictured above, is a circular patch of land which is mostly devoid of plant life. Local lore holds that this is a spot where the devil stomps around in a circle, plotting the destruction of mankind. Scientists from North Carolina’s DOA took soil samples from the spot and tested them, finding the soil to be too sterile and acidic to support plant life, but many still believe the myth.

                      Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

                        image source: Clifton Beard via Flickr

                        This large reserve in Costa Rica stretches over 10,500 hectares (26,000 acres) and contains a highly diverse ecosystem with 2,500 plant species, 100 species of mammals, 400 bird species, 120 reptilian and amphibian species, and thousands of insects species. “Cloud forest” refers to a category of tropical or subtropical forest which has consistent or frequent low-level cloud coverage.

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                        Sagano Bamboo Forest, Japan

                          image source: Casey Yee via Flickr

                          Forests aren’t only for trees. This stunning bamboo forest in the Arashiyama district of Japan contains more than a dozen varieties of bamboo, growing to enormous heights and blanketing the area. Some of the plants are up to 100 feet tall!

                          Yellowwood State Forest, IN, USA

                            image source: Elizabeth Nicodemus via Flickr

                            The Yellowwood State Forest gets its name from the yellowwood tree..Besides its beautiful landscape, the forest is known for one other thing: the presence of large boulders in the branches of three individual trees. Each boulder has an estimated weight of 400 lbs. (180 kg) and is wedged at the base of each tree’s branches. Nobody knows how or why these boulders got there, and theories range from tornadoes or floods to UFOs.

                            Ancient Wuda Forest, China

                              image source: Gizmodo

                              The Wuda Forest in northern China was buried under thick volcanic ash from a volcanic eruption 298 million years ago, preserving the forest but hiding it completely. In 2012, scientists finished reconstructing the ancient forest, which stretches 20 sq. kilometers (12.4 miles). Many of the trees were knocked down in the volcanic blast, of course, but the forest was considered an amazing site as a number of long-extinct plant species were unearthed and identified.

                              Ardennes

                                image source: Luxembourg belge via Flickr

                                The Ardennes forest was the site of several of Europe’s most famous battles in the last century: the Battle of the Ardennes in 1914, the Battle of France in 1940, and the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. It is a densely forested and often foggy area. The fog can be so great that in the Battle of the Ardennes, French and German troops bumped into each other due to the fog. Besides its historical significance, Ardennes is also rich in minerals and wildlife.

                                Featured photo credit: Olympic National Park, Washington/Michael Hanson via photography.nationalgeographic.com

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                                Last Updated on November 18, 2020

                                50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.

                                Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:

                                1. Believe It to See It

                                Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                10. Be in It to Win It

                                Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                14. Be a One-Off Original

                                Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                21. Make Your Own Luck

                                In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                24. Champion in Communication

                                Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                28. Live by Core Values

                                Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                34. Change Opens New Doors

                                People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                41. Swim Against the Tide

                                Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                48. Follow Through

                                Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

                                Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit

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                                Featured photo credit: Juan Jose via unsplash.com

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