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Hjørundfjord swing in Norway

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Hjørundfjord is known as one of the longest fjords in Norway. The swing sits by the fjord in the garden at Christian Gaard Bygdetun, in the remote village of Trandal, which is accessible mainly by boat. The best place for incredible views of the picturesque fjord surrounded by mountains? This swing!
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Fiery installation ablaze in the Swiss Alps by Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember

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Monumental land artwork by Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember. ‘As close as you can for as long as it lasts’ uses fire, smoke and sound — a call and response between two artists — as a reference to the well-known history of yodeling in this particular area.
The large-scale, site-specific sculpture has been created in response to the landscape of Gstaad. Upon visiting the beautiful but terrifying mountain site, Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember found beauty, fear, loneliness and a particular sense of melancholy. With these emotions in mind, the artists explored the idea of a lonely traveler who might seek companionship with another person in such a place, questioning whether this relationship is based on desire, fear or excitement of the unknown.
The fiery land art is on view as a part of Elevation 1049 through March 19, 2017.
All photos by Stefan Altenburger / courtesy of the artist and LUMA Foundation
(via Designboom)

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Beautifully trimmed trees and hedges at Schönbrunn Garden

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Schönbrunn Palace, one of Europe’s most impressive Baroque palaces, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the top tourist attractions in Vienna.  The park at Schönbrunn Palace was opened to the public around 1779 and since then has provided a popular recreational amenity for the Viennese population as well as being a focus of great cultural and historical interest for international visitors. Especially the long walkways between artfully trimmedtrees  and hedges are really impressive.
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A unique perspective of the milky way – from above and below water

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IT consultant, Johannes Holzer,  braved the cold to capture breath-taking shots of the milky way from a whole new perspective. They were taken from above and below the water’s surface along the Isar, a river in Southern Germany.

Johannes said: “I was fascinated that you can see the milky way but I had absolutely no idea how to take a picture of it. After studying how to record the milky way I bought a star tracker and started in Spring 2016. You can catch the milky way best when there’s a new moon and it’s really dark which makes it a little bit creepy in most cases. If you stay there for more than three or four hours you get cold and you feel creepy because there are voices from the forest which you can not categorize.
At the end I was not able to manage my camera because I couldn’t feel my fingers in the cold water. In general I do the foreground with a long exposure which is a minimum of 300 seconds and for the Sky, I use a star tracker which makes it possible to record for the same amount of time. For the underwater shot I use a water-case for my Sony A7r and place a light in the water.
The Milky Way underwater was a real challenge because it took the whole night to find the correct lighting and position.”

Website: Karwendelbilder
(via Reddit)

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Victorian Bathing Machines

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The bathing machine was a device, popular in the 18th and 19th centuries, to allow people to change out of their usual clothes, change into swimwear, and wade in the ocean at beaches. They resembled wooden changing booths, with wheels and wooden steps that led inside. The bathing machine was part of etiquette for sea-bathing more rigorously enforced upon women than men but to be observed by both sexes among those who wished to be proper.

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