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.
Polish artistic photographer Emerald Wake prefers to photograph at dusk when day changes into night and the harsh sunlight goes away to give its place to the warm and soft glow of the evening light.
Poetic macro and nature photography.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Sivash, also known as the Rotten Sea for its pungent smell, is a large system of shallow salty lagoons on the northeastern coast of the Crimean Peninsula. The marshy area includes an abandoned Soviet-era salt mine while continued evaporation of the area produces stunning views as the water leaves behind tons of salt. The scenery is stunning especially the sharp contrast between the blood-red sea, created by algae, and the blue sky.
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Located in the central valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico, Hierve el Agua, looks very much like a waterfall stuck in time, but the cliff is a mineral formation that was created over thousands of years. These formations are created by fresh water springs, as the water scurries over the cliffs, the excess minerals are deposited, much in the same manner that stalactites are formed in caves. Atop the cliffs are turquoise bathing pools that offer incredible views of the surrounding landscape.
Salineras de Maras, or Inca salt pans located in the Peruvian Andes.
Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras, Peru, by evaporating salty water from a local subterranean stream. The highly salty water emerges at a spring. The flow is directed into an intricate system of tiny channels constructed so that the water runs gradually down onto the several hundred ancient terraced ponds. Almost all the ponds are less than four meters square in area, and none exceeds thirty centimeters in depth. All are necessarily shaped into polygons with the flow of water carefully controlled and monitored by the workers.