Max Rive, landscape and adventure photographer from Europe, has traveled in the mountains of French Alps, the Dolomites and Norway among other places to capture stunning landscape photographs.
Far north on the coast of Iceland, by the glaciers in Greenland and next to the freezing North Sea Erik Waider has discovered landscapes which come to life through their contradictions: when water forms mountains, when it is as bright as day at night, when in the freezing cold things come to life – that is when Jan Erik Waider takes a photograph.
In his series Ice on Black, Waider applies post-processing black and white conversions to deepen the already strong natural contrast between the ice and dark water.
Location: Greenland’s Disko Bay.
Lake Natron takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
Photographer Nick Brandt, while in Tanzania, discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats on the shoreline. “I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”
Son Doong cave (“Mountain River cave” in Vietnamese) is the biggest known cave in the world. The cave was found by a local man in 1991 and was discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights.
In August 2013, the first tourist group explored the cave on a guided tour at a cost of US$3,000 each and spent 7 days and 6 nights for the tour.