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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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Sunsets On The Masai Mara


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.


Canada Photography by Finn Beales


Finn Beales is an award-winning photographer and director based in the Black Mountains of Wales. Well known for his landscape photography on Instagram he also shoots travel and lifestyle commissions for a variety of global brands who are attracted by his cinematic, contemplative style and the narrative he weaves throughout his work.


Volcanic crater in Mexico

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Cerro de Xico or the “Hill of Xico” lies on Mexico City’s southern end.  Xico isn’t actually a hill – it’s a beautifully round tuff ring formed by phreatomagmatic eruptions through the middle of Lake Chalco. Lake’s remains can be seen surrounding the crater rim. The crater is entirely surrounded by development while inside of the crater only a few farms exist, protected from the swarming city by the tuff ring.


Iceland through the Lens


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.


Photography – Fungi

Dictyophora-indusiataDictyophora indusiata ©daehun kim

A fungus is a member of a large group of organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts, mushrooms and molds, classified as a kingdom which is separate from plants, animals and bacteria. Fungi come in many shapes, colors and sizes.


Nature close-ups

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Beautiful nature macro photography shots by various photographers.


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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Aerial Photography by Kacper Kowalski


Both a pilot and a photographer, Kacper Kowalski from Poland, has unique control over each shot. As a result he captures previously unseen natural environments. In this way unreal, almost graphic pictures come into being. They show patterns, symmetries and asymmetries created by humans and the nature.


Black Sand Beaches

kaimu-black-sand-beachKaimu Beach, Hawaii

Black sand beaches are typically a result of an island’s explosive volcanic past. These beaches bring about an extremely dramatic scene, with crystal blue waters lap against dark sand, that may shatter your preconceptions of what a beach should look like.

The Blood Falls of Antarctica

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Blood Falls is an outflow of saltwater, flowing from the tongue of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. The reddish deposit was found in 1911 by the Australian geologist Griffith Taylor who first attributed the red color to red algae, but later it was proven to be due an iron-rich underground saltwater lake that was trapped by the encroaching glacier at least 1.5 million years ago. The temperature of the water is -5 Celsius, but it’s so salty that it doesn’t freeze.


When Lava meets the Ocean


Photographers CJ Kale and Nick Selway spend a great amount of their time camped on the edge of active volcanoes to capture  incredible images. Using a simple protective casing around their cameras, and wearing just swimming shorts and flippers, capture the explosive moment fiery lava crashes into the sea off the shores of Hawaii.


Fascinating winter phenomenon – Snow rollers

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A snow roller is a rare meteorological phenomenon in which large snowballs are formed naturally as chunks of snow are blown along the ground by wind, picking up material along the way, in much the same way that the large snowballs used in snowmen are made. Unlike snowballs made by people, snow rollers are typically cylindrical in shape, and are often hollow since the inner layers, which are the first layers to form, are weak and thin compared to the outer layers and can easily be blown away, leaving what looks like a doughnut or Swiss roll. (Source Wikipedia)

Aerial Photos of Poland’s Lakes Throughout The Seasons


Both a pilot and a photographer, Kacper Kowalski has managed to capture two lakes in northern Poland – one in Pomerania and the other in Kashubia – throughout the four seasons. As a result previously unseen natural environments,  almost graphic pictures come into being. They show patterns, symmetries and asymmetries created by nature.


Skiing in Antarctica

photo of a skiing expedition by Jim Harris

Wilderness skiing images shot on some of the most remote slopes in Antarctica, by American photographer Jim Harris .

Pumpkin Spring Pool

pumpkin spring colorado riverImage Credit Flickr User Al_hikesAZ

The Grand Canyon’s Pumpkin Spring, a limestone formation off the Colorado River, is a geological oddity. Although it might looks tempting, it isn’t quite as secure as it might seem. Some water spills over the top, but that which remains in the pumpkin-pool, turns into a caustic murky green, a deadly mixture of arsenic, copper, zinc and lead. Limited exposure is not fatal, but better look but don’t touch!


Long Exposure Tree Photography by Pierre Pellegrini


Swiss photographer Pierre Pellegrini sees photography as a way to communicate and, at the same time, to give the viewers the chance to feel emotions. Below is a collection of long exposure pictures of trees, most often bare and surrounded by fog, that convey a feeling of eeriness and timelessness.


Mountains Photography by Max Rive


Max Rive, landscape and adventure photographer from Europe, has traveled in the mountains of French Alps, the Dolomites and Norway among other places to capture stunning landscape photographs.


Ice on Black – Photography by Erik Waider


Far north on the coast of Iceland, by the glaciers in Greenland and next to the freezing North Sea Erik Waider has discovered landscapes which come to life through their contradictions: when water forms mountains, when it is as bright as day at night, when in the freezing cold things come to life – that is when Jan Erik Waider takes a photograph.
In his series Ice on Black, Waider applies post-processing black and white conversions to deepen the already strong natural contrast between the ice and dark water.
Location: Greenland’s Disko Bay.


Rainbow Eucalyptus

Rainbow-Eucalyptus-Tree-13Photo: Allpe Engineering and Environment

Eucalyptus deglupta, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in tropical and subtropical climate gardens and parks. The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.


Lake in Tanzania turns animals into statues


Lake Natron takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
Photographer Nick Brandt, while in Tanzania, discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats on the shoreline. “I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”


Son Doong cave – World’s largest cave

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Son Doong cave (“Mountain River cave” in Vietnamese) is the biggest known cave in the world. The cave was found by a local man in 1991 and was discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights.
In August 2013, the first tourist group explored the cave on a guided tour at a cost of US$3,000 each and spent 7 days and 6 nights for the tour.


Photography – Kanarra Creek Canyon

Kanarra-creek-Jeremiah-Barber-PhotographyPhoto: Jeremiah Barber

Kanarra Creek flows through a beautiful narrow red rock canyon that starts on the slopes of Kanarra Mountain in Utah, USA. The slot section extends for over a mile and offers a dramatic scenery for those in quest of a perfect multi-hued, twisting  slot canyon to photograph.


Black & White Storm Photos by Mitch Dobrowner


Photographer Mitch Dobrowner seeks out severe weather and dangerous storm systems to capture the outrageous beauty of nature’s fury in this awe-inspiring series of black-and-white srorms photos.



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