The Mysterious Pillar Island
|Staffa, a name for Pillar Island, is an island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The Vikings gave it this name as its columnar basalt reminded them of their houses, which were built from vertically placed tree-logs. The island is entirely of volcanic origin. It lies about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) west of the Isle of Mull. The area is 33 hectares (0.13 sq mi).|
|Many famous personalities visited the island after it was discovered by Sir Joseph Banks in the 18 th century. He was fascinated by the natural beauty of the basalt columns and its main sea cavern, which Banks re-named 'Fingal's Cave'. |
Nabana no Sato — Japan's Spectacular Tunnel of Lights
From now until March 31, 2013, you can see this incredible festival of LED lights, Winter Illuminations at Nabana no Sato, a botanical garden on the island of Nagashima in Japan. With this year’s theme being nature, the highlight is an incredible tunnel of light with tens of thousands of LED lights.