Title: rainforest | Author/Photographer: Thomas Marent | Publisher: DK (Dorling Kindersley) | ISBN: 0756619408 | Published: 2006
From the Book: "Monsoon forest surrounds opalescent pools at Erawan National Park in Thailand."
Although tropical forests are often much more dark and oppressive than people imagine, some places do seem like Eden - especially when a long, hot trek leads to pools of tranquil water that are perfect for swimming. The river bed here is a cream-colored limestone that somehow intensifies the water's natural hue to create mesmerizing shades of blue and jade, like the colors you see in coral lagoons. The pools were just the right temperature for swimming, though the fish tend to nibble your toes. - Thomas Marent