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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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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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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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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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The Rotten Sea

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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.
Photos Courtesy Of: SERGEY ANASHKEVITCH/ CATERS NEWS

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Waterfall-like Rock Formations in Mexico

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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.

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Inca Salt Ponds

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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.

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A train route through the Andes

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The Chanaral-Llanta-Potrerillos railway in Chile connects Potrerillos, a now abandoned mining town 2850 meters above sea level in the Andes with a filtration plant in Llanta and continues to Chañaral. The 155 kilometer-long train line climbs mountains and dips into valleys, while the most fascinating section of this railway is the ascent between the station Montandon and Potrerillos, where it passes through closed curves and tunnels, always beaten to the slope, offering a breathtaking mountain scenery.

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Sunsets On The Masai Mara

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Wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein has spent years trying to photograph the perfect beginning and ending of Masai Mara day. His series African Fire showcases diversity of weather and wildlife on Kenya’s famous reserve. Breathtaking scenes filled with dramatic light and colors.

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