ENVIRONMENT
04/17/2014 09:54 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

22 Technicolor Dreamscapes You Won't Believe Are Real, Actual Places In Nature

We are delighted by colorful displays of fireworks, tickled by the profundity of a psychedelic art exhibit. Even walls of glossy graffiti stop us in our tracks. But, undoubtedly, the most thrilling spectacles of all can be found in nature -- and here's proof, below. Planet earth, you impress us:

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Lake Retba, Senegal



Lake Retba looks sweet, but it is salt that gives the astonishing body of water its cotton candy hue. Senegal's vibrant lake changes hues all year long, and is brightest during dry season.

Lake Hillier, Western Australia



Another pinky wonder, the nearly 2,000-foot long lake sits on Middle Island, an islet that makes up the Recherche Archipelago in Western Australia.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon

Rows and rows of enticing tulips line this charming Oregon farm; they are in full, blossoming glory in the spring time.

Great Blue Hole, Belize



Marine conservationist Jacques Cousteau and his team of divers made an expedition to the sink hole in the early 1970s to chart its depth. While measurements have differed since his dive, the hole is estimated to be over 400 feet deep, and is a treasured spot for scuba divers around the world.

Valley Of Flowers National Park, Uttarakhand, India



This flower-filled park bursts to the brim with diverse flora and a stunning mountain range. The space stretches some 175 acres.

Caño Cristales River, Meta, Colombia


"The river of five colors" gets its "liquid rainbow" appearance from Macarenia clavigera -- a plant that lines the river's floor and turns red between Colombia's wet and dry seasons. When the water level gets low enough, the incredible colors are most visible.

Hills Of The Palouse Grasslands, Washington State

The sun's interaction with the Palouse, a northwestern region of the United States, makes for picturesque pockets of gold.

The Wave in Paria Canyon, Arizona

This sandstone rock is called "The Wave," for its standout, rhythmic patterns formed by erosion. The site is part of the Vermillion Cliffs, a 112,500 acre region based in both Arizona and Utah.
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