When we think of places that are likely to inspire us it is about seeing something different that takes us beyond what we are familiar with. If we are a poet, a writer, an artist, or a musician, inspiration can help us to come up with new ideas to write, paint about, or compose a new tune from. So, this article will explore four such places to take us beyond our imagination.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Located on New Zealand’s North Island, the Waitomo Caves form part of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves system. This whole system includes the Aranui and Ruakuri Cave. What is special about the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is that they are home to thousands of glowworms, which when viewed in their entirety, make for a spectacular sight that is more illuminating than anything you will have seen created by creatures before. Collectively, they form a multitude of bright lights amidst the limestone formation that is formed by the cave’s stalactites and stalagmites. These are produced from water dripping over time and leaving limestone deposits behind on the walls of the cave. So, if you are inspired by nature, why not combine the subject of geology with the sight of living creatures.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
If you want to follow in the footsteps of naturalist Charles Darwin, then there is no more inspirational a place to visit than Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands. These volcanic islands can be found in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles west of the mainland. They are now part of a national park that is dubbed a “living museum and showcase of evolution” by UNESCO.
It was in September 1835, and at just 22, that Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands. He famously explored the islands with Captain Fitzroy on the HMS Beagle. He would ride on the back of giant tortoises. The oldest of their species lived to be 152 years old. It was from his visit to the islands that Darwin came up with his theory of evolution. For instance, with finches, a young Darwin observed the shape of their beak would vary between species. They had adapted over time to aid their survival when it came to acquiring different food sources. This is where Darwin’s quotation “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change,” comes from.
So, at the Galapagos Islands, you can visit the Tortoise Reserve, take part in bird-watching, and go snorkeling and diving, if you are feeling more adventurous still.
Marble Cathedral, Chile
The Marble Cathedral in Chile consists of intricate systems of caverns filled with water. These are situated in the second largest freshwater lake in South America, General Carerra, Patagonia. With its walls being made of marble it can be considered one of the most attractive caves in the world to look at. Then, surrounding the marble is its azure waters. Something of a light show is produced from the reflection that is given off by the crystal water against the marble walls. It would make a spectacular piece of artwork or marbling if you were to re-create its effect.
Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
This leafy green corridor can be found in Klevan, Ukraine. It consists of 3 km of railway section that leads its breath taken explorer to the nearby fibreboard factory. It is enchanting to look at all the greenery that has been formed by a train that delivers wood three times daily. The trees have been allowed to grow freely around this railway track and so molded themselves into a passageway shape that is both natural and unusual to look at. To have it serve as a train route is unusual and not found anywhere else in this way. The legend is, as the name suggests, that if you make a wish in the tunnel, and are sincere enough about your love, then this will come true.
In summary, we can be inspired in our creative ideas by unusual creatures, rock formations, and the way nature forms itself into something quite amazing to look at.