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The Twisted Trees of Slope Point

Image credit Slope Point is the southernmost point of the South Island of New Zealand. The area is frequently knocked with strong and chilling winds from Antarctica. Consequently, trees there grow leaning toward the north. The land around Slope Point is used for sheep farming and it remains uninhabited by humans. The distorted mini-forest was…

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Jökulsárlón (literally “glacial river lagoon”) is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland. It is a pure natural art and a spectacular sight where blue, white, turquoise and black icebergs shift and creak about in an icy dance. The icebergs are 1,000-year-old chunks of the retreating Oraefajokull glacier that have broken off and are floating…

The Rock Islands of Palau

Photo credit 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…

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…

Fingal’s Cave

photo by Jim Richardson 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…

The Deep Blue Lakes of Afghanistan

Photo credit 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…

Blue Iceland by Andy Lee

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.”

The Rotten Sea

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…