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Iceland through the Lens

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Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi), is a Mechanical Engineer and Nature Photographer in Iceland,  born in a small village on the east coast of Iceland, living his passion of outdoors traveling, hunting, fishing and exploring the nature of Iceland. He’s specializing his exquisite photography work on nature of Iceland including volcanoes, ice caves, animals and classic landscapes.

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The Thousand Islands

thousand-islandsThe Just Room Enough Island. Photo credit

The Thousand Islands constitute an archipelago of 1,864 islands between the Canada-United States border. They stretch for about 50 miles (80 km) downstream from Kingston, Ontario. The Canadian islands are in the province of Ontario, the U.S. islands in the state of New York. They are world famous for its castles and cottages. The native peoples called this region the “Garden of the Great Spirit.”

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Surreal Red Beach in China

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Red Beach, located in Liaohe River Delta, is famous for its landscape featuring a red sea weed that can live in highly alkaline soil. Its growth cycle starts in April when it is coloured light red, while the colour of the mature species is deep red. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.

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The Volcanos that spew Blue Lava

Dallol volcano – In Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, the sulfur dust in the soil of a hydrothermal vent ignites to form blue flames.

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Photography – Skylines reflected in Water

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Cloudy skies mirrored in the Bolivian salt flats of Salar de Uyuni.
Photographer: Michael Kittell.

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Tree House

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Treehouse in Hokuto, Japan, surrounded by cherry blossom trees.

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Nail Houses

nail-houseBuilding in the middle of a  highway, Wenling, China (2012) before it was demolished

“Nail houses” are homes that their owners refuse to leave them to make way for new constructions. Contractors must build around them in order to continue the construction. So  the buildings are left solitary like stubborn nails. But in most cases home owners  are forced out of their properties  as  authorities  pressure them  with  extreme measures, such as cutting off utilities, or just offer higher compensations.

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Epecuen: Eerie photos of the town that was underwater for 25 years

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In 1985 after a long period of heavy rains a dam burst and Epecuen, a tourist small town on the banks of a salt lake in Argentina, was submerged beneath 10 metres (30 feet) of water and 1,500 residents fled their homes.
Since 2009, the level of the water has been decreasing and therefore exposing the ruins of this once popular lakeside resort. Only one man Pablo Novak returned to the town, spending his days cycling around the ruins.

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Light pillars over Ontario

Light pillars form when a bright light (from the sun, the moon or man-made light sources) reflects off the surfaces of millions of falling ice crystals associated with thin, high-level clouds. The pillars, which are often mistaken for UFO sightings, are typically seen in polar regions and they might lengthen or brighten as you gaze at them.
Photographer Jay Callaghan shot the beautiful photo below, on his back deck in 25 February at 1:45 am , as he was looking northeast toward Chemong Road in Peterborough, Ontario.

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Unkai Terrace – Above the clouds

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Unkai Terrace is located atop a mountain peak on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, offering tourists breathtaking views of clouds floating below. Unkai (meaning sea of clouds) is a very rare natural phenomenon, usually only seen under certain weather conditions. On clear days, you have to take a gondola ride up to the terrace early in the morning to catch the clouds in action.

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