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The Rock Islands of Palau

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Palau is an archipelago of about 250 limestone islands of volcanic origin, located in the western Pacific Ocean.  The islands are sparsely populated and are famous for their beaches, blue lagoons and the peculiar mushroom-like shapes of many of the islands themselves. The aesthetic beauty of the site is heightened by a complex reef system featuring over 385 coral species and different types of habitat.

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Aerial Photography of Salt Ponds in San Francisco by Cris Benton

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Taken with the help of a handmade kite rig, Cris Benton suspends a camera controlled by remote to capture these striking photographs of colorful salt ponds which stretch for miles. Impressive landscapes of the San Francisco Bay area that most of them could be mistaken for abstract paintings.

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The Decorated Houses of Tiébélé

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Tiébélé, a village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, is known for its amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture. Houses are made of a sun-dried mix of clay, soil, straw and cow droppings, mixed by foot to create strong pottery-like structures. The walls are painted with colored mud and chalk and tell an expressive story of the ancient tribe’s culture. Decorating is always a community project done by the women and it’s an old practice that dates from the sixteenth century.

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Picturesque Villages of Faroe Islands

Situated in the Gulf Stream, midway between Norway and Iceland, the 18 islands that make up the Faroes is an archipelago and autonomous country within Denmark. The Danish name translates as “the islands of sheep”. The islands are rugged and rocky with cliffy coasts. The multicoloured cottages and the lush green landscape attract photographers with its fantastic play of light between sun, cloud, meadow, cliff, and sea.

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Thailand Sunsets – Photography by Saravut Whanset

Amazing sunset photos by Thai photographer Saravut Whanset. The focus of this series is on people interacting with nature.

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Fingal’s Cave

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Fingal’s Cave, a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa off the west coast of Scotland, is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns within a Paleocene lava flow. Its size and naturally arched roof, and the eerie sounds produced by the crashing sound of the waves against the rock are overwhelming. The cave’s Gaelic name, An Uaimh Bhinn, means “the melodious cave.”

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The Deep Blue Lakes of Afghanistan

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Band-e Amir National Park located in Afghanistan is a series of six turquoise lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. The beautiful lakes were created by the carbon dioxide rich water that is drawn from the spring melt-water in the surrounding mountains and came out from faults and cracks in the rocky landscape. The site of Band-e Amir has been described as Afghanistan’s Grand Canyon. The contrast between the deep blue waters and the barren mountains is absolutely stunning.

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Aurland Viewing Bridge

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Aurland Viewing Bridge above Aurland, a small town in Sogn og Fjordane, one of the larger fjords on the West Coast of Norway, offers fantastic view of the fjord scenery . Designed by Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen from Saunders Architecture  the construction creates a distinct horizon to make the view even more dramatic. Nature first and architecture second was the guiding principle when architects sat down to design this project.

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World’s biggest bird nests

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The nests of social weaver birds are believed to be the largest birds’ nests in the world. Other than providing a hiding place from predators, the gigantic communal nests are also said to be perfect for protecting the birds from desert’s harsh climate. Living in the plains of Namibia and South Africa, social weavers make use of several different materials, building the nest by weaving in twig after twig. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird.

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Blue Iceland by Andy Lee

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UK-based photographer Andy Lee on his first visit to Iceland returned home with a photo series titled “Blue Iceland”. Shot in the infrared spectrum these photos bring out even more of the beauty in the country’s scenic landscapes. As Lee puts it on his website, infrared and Iceland are “a match made in heaven.”

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