Lake Retba in Senegal (image source)
These pink lakes are a natural phenomenon, the result of certain algae found in sea salt fields. When the temperature is high enough and adequate light conditions are provided, the algae-rich waters will turn rose pink and sometimes, even red.
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Reindeer inspired lamp. Using conventional things around the hose like bottles and a dab of creativity can create a work of art. See more
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Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. If Horsetail Fall is flowing in February and the weather conditions are just right, the setting sun illuminates the waterfall, making it glow orange and red. When that happens, the waterfall will glow orange for about 10 minutes. This natural phenomenon is often referred to as the “Firefall”.
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Borgund Stave Church
It was built sometime between 1180 and 1250 AD with later additions and restorations. Its walls are formed by vertical wooden boards or staves. The four corner posts were connected to one another by ground sills, resting on a stone foundation. The rest of the staves then rise from the ground sills, each stave notched and grooved along the sides so that they lock into one another, forming a sturdy wall. (image source)
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A water cycle is a bicycle-like watercraft that makes it possible for us move on water using our own legs. In the late 1890s this invention got the name hydrocycle. To move forward, riders use a crank with pedals just as on a bicycle. The power the rider then puts into the pedals will be shifted to the water or the air via a propeller. For the bike to float on the water, pontoons or surfboards are used.
In 1914, a race was organized on Lake Enghien, north of Paris. The competitors took part with their homemade bicycles and tricycle contraptions with a variety of modifications.
Images: French National Library via EUROPEANA
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The original Wat Rong Khun or the White Temple by the end of the 20th century, was in a bad state of repair. Funds were not available for renovation. Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist from Chiang Rai, decided to completely rebuild the temple and fund the project with his own money.
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