Can’t Miss, Must to Avoid

Some natural phenomena are great to build an event around, others, eh, not so much

Since a total eclipse is about to occur in my part of the country, I had started to write this column about how some natural phenomena are perfect to build a viewing party around. Then suddenly my apartment in New York City began shaking under the effect of a 4.8 magnitude earthquake that shook a large part of the northeast. It was a pretty unsettling 30 seconds. So I figured I should add a brief mention of Mother Nature’s wonders that are actually “Musts to Avoid” when it comes to events. At the moment earthquakes top my list, but hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and droughts are also high up on the list.

Anyway, onto the more inspiring natural wonders that make perfect centerpieces to build a reception or meal function around.

Read More: Dancing In the Dark—What the recent eclipse can teach us about planning memorable events

Aside from eclipses, here are some awe-inspiring natural phenomena that might be worth traveling to see:

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and Aurora Australis (Southern Lights):  These dazzling light displays occur when charged particles from the sun collide with atoms and molecules in Earth’s atmosphere. The Northern Lights are visible from high-latitude regions in the Northern Hemisphere, while the Southern Lights can be seen in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Bioluminescence:  This phenomenon creates an ethereal nighttime spectacle when certain organisms, like plankton or fireflies, emit light. Bioluminescent bays and beaches can be found in various parts of the world, creating a magical sight.

Animal Migrations: Witnessing massive migrations of animals is a truly unforgettable experience. Wildebeest herds thundering across the African savanna, salmon leaping upstream to spawn, and butterflies blanketing the landscape are just a few examples. 

Volcanic Lightning: This rare sight occurs within the ash plumes of erupting volcanoes. The friction between ash particles creates electrical charges that discharge as lightning. While it’s not something you can plan a trip around, witnessing a volcanic eruption with lightning is an undeniably powerful spectacle of nature. 

The Milky Way:  Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is a breathtaking sight to behold in areas with minimal light pollution.  Stargazing destinations often take advantage of remote locations with clear skies to offer incredible views of the Milky Way.

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