23 Desert Landscapes That Look Like Paintings
Who knew deserts could be this beautiful?
When you think of beautiful landscapes, you probably don’t think about deserts. Well, these gorgeous landscapes might be able to change your opinion. From Mongolia to California, these 25 gorgeous desert landscapes from all around the world could truly be paintings. Make sure you also check out these 20 gorgeous river photos from around the world.
The Sahara Desert
Yes, the Sahara Desert is the largest (hot) desert in the world, and also one of the harshest environments you can find. Yet this doesn’t mean it’s not also beautiful. Here are some amazing nature photos that you won’t believe are real.
Namib, Southern Africa
The Namib is truly a vast desert, covering parts of Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. It’s by no means a welcoming environment, yet a diverse number of plants and animals have managed to make it home. Oh, and it is also quite beautiful.
Atacama Desert, Chile
Located in Chile, this dry desert is rich with geological formations, which makes it a hot spot for scientific research. There’s not much in terms of organic life, but it is rich in terms of minerals. These National Geographic landscapes are just as breathtaking.
Kalahari Desert, Southern Africa
This magnificent desert is located on the African continent and occupies almost all of Botswana, part of Namibia, and part of Northern Cape province in South Africa. While it’s not the best environment for vegetation, there are still open woodlands, palm trees, and forests to be found.
Yes, you did not read that wrong. Antarctica is a desert and the largest desert in the world at that. Looking at how beautiful it looks, it would be hard to believe that it’s also the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. This photo might be all white, but these nature photos are sure colorful.
Gobi Desert, Central Asia
Most of this large desert is remote and unexplored and covered with rock rather than sand. What is surprising is that there are some people who live there.
Arctic Polar Desert
Mojave Desert, Southwest United States
Bardenas Reales, Spain
Sonoran, Southwest United States
White Desert, Egypt
Rub Al Khali
Tabernas Desert, Spain
Taklamakan Desert, China
The Taklamakan does not exactly have a good reputation—after all, it’s also known as the “Place of Ruins” or “Sea of Death.” And yet, this does not take anything away from its beauty.
Pinnacles Desert, Australia
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
While the Chihuahuan Desert is one of the most diverse deserts, it’s also one of the most endangered regions in the world. It’s home to a wide range of plants and 400 bird species.
Ojo Caliente, New Mexico
Not only is this desert a beautiful sight, but it is also home to rejuvenating hot springs, making it a popular tourist destination. Here are some stunning rainbow photos that are just as wonderful.