Hanging Coffins of Sagada, Philippines
Attached to the sides of cliffs, it is believed that this brings the dead closer to their ancestral spirits and would also keep their bodies safe.
Speicherstadt (lit. city of warehouses) in Hamburg, Germany is the largest warehouse district in the world where the buildings stand on oak logs along canals near the Elbe. The district was built from 1883 to 1927 as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs. The warehouses were built with different support structures, but Andreas Meyer created a Neo-Gothic red outer layer with little towers, alcoves, andglazed terra cotta ornaments. The warehouses are multi-storey buildings with entrances from water and land. Over the last years the area has been renovated to have museums, offices and entertainment options, but the old feel of the area remains. At sunset, the Speicherstadt is engulfed in a mysterious atmosphere when the facades of the red brick buildings and steel bridges are artfully illuminated.
Geamana is an abandoned village in Romania. The place makes for some intriguing pictures but it has a very sad story. In 1978 the communist regime forced the inhabitants of Geamana to move out so that an artificial lake could take its place that served as a kind of catch-basin for the nearby Roșia Poieni’s copper mine contaminated sludge to flow into. The lake, is a giant crater, filled mostly with acid red water. The tower of the church, the roofs of a few houses and various dead treetops are the only remnants today. (more…)
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.
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.
Tiébélé, a village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, is known for its amazing traditional Gourounsi architecture. Houses are made of a sun-dried mix of clay, soil, straw and cow droppings, mixed by foot to create strong pottery-like structures. The walls are painted with colored mud and chalk and tell an expressive story of the ancient tribe’s culture. Decorating is always a community project done by the women and it’s an old practice that dates from the sixteenth century.
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.
Amazing sunset photos by Thai photographer Saravut Whanset. The focus of this series is on people interacting with nature.
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.