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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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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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That’s how crows build their nests in Tokyo

crow-nest-tokyo-hangers-kashiwakuraPhoto by Yosuke Kashiwakura

The crows that live in Tokyo build their nests out of metal clothes-hangers. In such a large city, there are few trees, so the natural materials that crows need to make their nests are scarce. As a result, the crows steal hangers from the people who live in apartments nearby, and carefully assemble them into nests. The completed nests almost look like works of art based on the theme of recycling.
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Fadiouth: Island Made of Shells

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Joal-Fadiouth is a village at the end of the Petite Côte of Senegal. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a bridge, lies on an  island of clam shells, which are also used in local architecture and crafts. The streets are covered by the small white seashells that have accumulated on the island from centuries of deposit. Due to its position in an estuary, the greater part of the island is seasonally flooded.

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