Metal Butterflies and Flowers Emerging From Golden Frames

Self-taught painter and sculptor Vincent (“Vin”) Salvo expresses his creative vision in various media. Among his most recognizable works are metal sculptures of butterflies and flowers escaping frames and canvases. His 3D sculptures “capture the subtleties and interplay of light and shadow” and create a complex visual dialogue for the viewer to engage with.

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Leshan Giant Buddha bridge – One of China’s most beautiful bridges

The Haoshang bridge is part of the Mount Emei Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the world’s largest Buddha. The elegant bridge links the Giant Buddha of Leshan to temples on a nearby island. Sichuan, China. The pedestrian bridge is a type of moon bridge.

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Lancashire’s secret ‘Dragon’s Eye Cave’

In West Lancashire, UK, there is a hidden cave only known to a few urban explorers and the locals. The cave is thought to be formed from an old mine shaft and at its center there is the spectacular‘dragon’s eye’. The mythical looking pattern is believed to have developed ‘as a result of a collapsed mine roof that exposed different colour sediments’, according to discvr.blog.

 

Meghalaya: The Rainiest spot on Earth

Meghalaya meaning “abode of clouds” is a state in northeastern India. The state with the wettest areas in the southern Khasi Hills recording an average of 12,000 mm (470 in) of rain a year is the wettest place on earth. Meghalaya is mountainous, with stretches of valley, highland plateaus and many rivers. About 70 percent of the state is forested. The outdoor workers often wear water-proof suits made from bamboo and banana leaf.

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Window tax – One of the weirdest taxes in history

Window tax was a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France, and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax, some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces

In 1696 in England, William III introduced the infamous Window tax, taxing houses based on the number of windows they had. Houses with more than ten windows had to pay a steep ten shillings. Many houses bricked up their windows to reduce the number which caused health problems. After 156 years, it was repealed in 1851 following campaigners branded it a “tax on health” and “tax on light and air”.

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Five Flower Lake

Five Flower Lake is a shallow multi-colored lake whose bottom is criss-crossed by ancient fallen tree trunks, located in the southwest China in the Jiuzhaigou National Park, a valley on the Tibetan Plateau. Surrounded with mountains the color of the lake varies: from turquoise, green, yellow and orange. The sunlight shining on the lake water and the reflection of the plants in the clear water has created a wonderful view.

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Photographer creates stunning optical illusion images using the sunset

Sulabh Lamba from India has captured a series of impressive photographs using the sunset The images, were taken in Goliaka, Haryana.

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Τumpak Sewu – “A thousand waterfalls” in Java, Indonesia

Tumpak Sewu is a tiered waterfall in East Java, Indonesia. The waterfall is overshadowed by Semeru, an active volcano and the highest mountain in Java. The Glidik River, which flows down Semeru, is the primary water source for the waterfall. Tumpak Sewu is loosely translated to mean “a thousand waterfalls” in the Javanese language. The name likely originated due to its appearance of many different waterfalls in one single, semi-circular area.

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Mount Thor – The World’s Highest Cliff

Mount Thor located in Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island,, Canada., features Earth’s greatest vertical drop of 1,250 m (4,101 ft), with the cliff overhanging at an average angle of 15 degrees from vertical. Despite its remoteness, this feature makes the mountain a popular rock climbing site.

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The Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll in Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, 318 m (1,043 ft) across and 124 m (407 ft) deep. The site was made famous by Jacques Cousteau, who declared it one of the top five scuba diving sites in the world. The Great Blue Hole is a popular spot among recreational scuba divers who are lured by the opportunity to dive in sometimes crystal-clear water and meet several species of fish, including midnight parrotfish, Caribbean reef shark, and other juvenile fish species.

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