The Nenets, indigenous people living in northern arctic Russia, are reindeer herders, migrating across the Yamal peninsula, thriving for more than a millennium with temperatures from minus 50°C in winter to 35°C in summer. Their annual migration of over a 1000 km includes a 48 km crossing of the frozen waters of the Ob River.
“If you don’t drink warm blood and eat fresh meat, you are doomed to die on the tundra”.
The discovery of oil and gas reserves in the 1970s and the expanding infrastructure on the peninsula, has challenged their indigenous lifestyle. From the late Stalin period, all children have been enrolled in Soviet boarding schools, this has become a part of the typical Nenets life cycle.
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Bamboo Forest, Japan
Image credits: Tomoaki Kabe
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Kawah Putih (White Crater) is a striking lake and tourist spot in a volcanic crater in West Java in Indonesia. The smell of sulfur is strong because there is a good deal of steam and sulfurous gas bubbling from the lake. Around the lake there are tracks and through the nearby forest including to the peak of Mt Patuha.
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A cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry, Prunus serrulata, which is called sakura. Cherry blossom is speculated to be native to the Himalayas. Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere such as: Europe, West Siberia, South Korea, China, Japan, United States, etc. Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit.
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Slope Point is the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The area is frequently knocked with strong and chilling winds from Antarctica. Consequently, trees there grow leaning toward the north. The land around Slope Point is used for sheep farming and it remains uninhabited by humans. The distorted mini-forest was planted to serve as a shelter for the sheep.
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Kaieteur Falls is a waterfall on the Potaro River in Kaieteur National Park, Guyana. The world’s largest single drop water falls measuring 741 feet. For comparison, Kaieteur is about five times taller than Niagara falls.
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Jökulsárlón (literally “glacial river lagoon”) is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland. It is a pure natural art and a spectacular sight where blue, white, turquoise and black icebergs shift and creak about in an icy dance. The icebergs are 1,000-year-old chunks of the retreating Oraefajokull glacier that have broken off and are floating out to sea. The lagoon is enormous and has provided the backdrop for many major films and programs including ‘Batman Begins’ and most recently ‘Game of Thrones.’
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Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Philippines
Attached to the sides of cliffs, it is believed that this brings the dead closer to their ancestral spirits and would also keep their bodies safe.
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Speicherstadt (lit. city of warehouses) in Hamburg, Germany is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on oak logs along canals near the Elbe. The district was built from 1883 to 1927 as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. The warehouses were built with different support structures, but Andreas Meyer created a Neo-Gothic red outer layer with little towers, alcoves, andglazed terra cotta ornaments. The warehouses are multi-storey buildings with entrances from water and land. Over the last years the area has been renovated to have museums, offices and entertainment options, but the old feel of the area remains. At sunset, the Speicherstadt is engulfed in a mysterious atmosphere when the facades of the red brick buildings and steel bridges are artfully illuminated.
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Herman Damar is an amateur, human interest, landscape, and portrait photographer who uses mostly natural light. He is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. His style is a blend of artistic, creative, and stylish photos.
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