There’s something very special about walking under a canopy of trees or flowers. You’re transported from the ordinary to the extraordinary. It’s almost like Mother Nature is giving you a big hug. Or threatening to swallow you whole! We’ve scoured the Internet for the best photographs of nature’s canopies. What we found will amaze you!
Jacaranda is a flowering plant that is native to South America but was imported to South Africa a century ago.
In Pretoria, you'll find streets and avenues that turn into incredibly lush tunnels of purple. When the petals fall, residents call it purple snow.
Cherry blossoms create an explosion of pink in the old part of Bonn, Germany.
The 'Tunnel of Love' is a popular spot for young lovers near Klevan, Ukraine.
Couples come here, especially in the spring, to stroll hand-in-hand down the narrow corridor and proclaim their love for each other.
But visitors have to be careful. The track serves a nearby factory and trains still occasionally run through the tunnel. According to legend, any wish made here by a couple will come true – if they are sincere in their love.
Wisteria is a very popular variety of flowering plant in Japan. The species includes several climbing vines that are used by gardners to create colourful displays.
Cherry blossoms are also huge in Japan and one of the most breathtaking displays is the Sakura Tunnel in Kuwana. Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese.
It's no surprise that the Kawazu Sakura Tunnel draws visitors from around the world to enjoy the spring spectacle.
Cherry blossoms are big in Sweden, too. It's a sea of pink at Stockholm's Kungstradgarden.
The amazing display of blossoms is one of the rewards for enduring the Swedish winter.
The Oak Alley Plantation is a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Mississippi River in Vacherie, Louisiana. The name comes from a 240m path created by a double row of live oak trees.
The oaks were planted in the 18th century and stretch from the plantation's main house to the river.
Back to Japan we go, this time to the magical bamboo groves in the Arashiyama district near Kyoto.
The Dark Hedges is a spooky avenue of beech trees in Northern Ireland.
Located about 80km north of Belfast, the Dark Hedges might look familiar.
Porto Alegre's Rua Goncalo de Carvalho has been called the most beautiful street in the world. It's lined with dozens of rosewood trees, some reaching as high as seven storeys.
The trees were planted in the 1930s. When development threatened the street in 2005, Porto Alegre's mayor signed a decree noting the street's historical, cultural and environmental role.
Cathedral Grove is an old growth forest in British Columbia's MacMillian Provincial Park. Located near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, the grove is one of the best (and easiest) places to see massive Douglas fir trees up close.
Some of the trees are more than 800 years old and tower 75m. One monster tree has a circumference of nine metres. There are also groves of ancient western red cedars in the area.