The nests of social weaver birds are believed to be the largest birds’ nests in the world. Other than providing a hiding place from predators, the gigantic communal nests are also said to be perfect for protecting the birds from desert’s harsh climate. Living in the plains of Namibia and South Africa, social weavers make use of several different materials, building the nest by weaving in twig after twig. These nests are perhaps the most spectacular structure built by any bird.
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.
Photos Courtesy Of: SERGEY ANASHKEVITCH/ CATERS NEWS
“Un Regard“, a photographic series by Kiripi Katembo Siku, set in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The quick, vast and subtle eye of the photographer grasps with sharpness the daily life of the people of Kinshasa and offers us a strikingly singular point of view, both rooted and off-beat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Fallen Star” by South Korean artist Do Ho Suh on top of a seven-story building of University of California in San Diego.
Red Beach, located in Liaohe River Delta, is famous for its landscape featuring a red sea weed that can live in highly alkaline soil. Its growth cycle starts in April when it is coloured light red, while the colour of the mature species is deep red. Most of the Red Beach is a nature reserve and closed to the public. Only a small, remote, section is open for tourists.
Dallol volcano – In Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression, the sulfur dust in the soil of a hydrothermal vent ignites to form blue flames.
Cloudy skies mirrored in the Bolivian salt flats of Salar de Uyuni.
Photographer: Michael Kittell.
“Nail houses” are homes that their owners refuse to leave them to make way for new constructions. Contractors must build around them in order to continue the construction. So the buildings are left solitary like stubborn nails. But in most cases home owners are forced out of their properties as authorities pressure them with extreme measures, such as cutting off utilities, or just offer higher compensations.
In 1985 after a long period of heavy rains a dam burst and Epecuen, a tourist small town on the banks of a salt lake in Argentina, was submerged beneath 10 metres (30 feet) of water and 1,500 residents fled their homes.
Since 2009, the level of the water has been decreasing and therefore exposing the ruins of this once popular lakeside resort. Only one man Pablo Novak returned to the town, spending his days cycling around the ruins.
Unkai Terrace is located atop a mountain peak on the island of Hokkaido in Japan, offering tourists breathtaking views of clouds floating below. Unkai (meaning sea of clouds) is a very rare natural phenomenon, usually only seen under certain weather conditions. On clear days, you have to take a gondola ride up to the terrace early in the morning to catch the clouds in action.
Photo by Yosuke Kashiwakura
The crows that live in Tokyo build their nests out of metal clothes-hangers. In such a large city, there are few trees, so the natural materials that crows need to make their nests are scarce. As a result, the crows steal hangers from the people who live in apartments nearby, and carefully assemble them into nests. The completed nests almost look like works of art based on the theme of recycling.
Joal-Fadiouth is a village at the end of the Petite Côte of Senegal. Joal lies on the mainland, while Fadiouth, linked by a bridge, lies on an island of clam shells, which are also used in local architecture and crafts. The streets are covered by the small white seashells that have accumulated on the island from centuries of deposit. Due to its position in an estuary, the greater part of the island is seasonally flooded.
The bridge was designed by American firm Louis Berger Group in the shape of a giant dragon that breathes huge balls of fire and extends to 666m in length. The Dragon Bridge is modelled on the dragon of the Lý Dynasty, a creature known in Vietnamese folklore for flying to the sea and bringing good luck.
A collection of eerie abandoned buildings that have not lost their charm.
Detroit (image credit: Kevin Bauman)