Perched a top one of 4 rock pillars sticking out of the sea off Westman, around six miles from Iceland’s mainland, Þrídrangaviti Lighthouse is known as one of the loneliest lighthouses in the world. The remote lighthouse was built in 1938. At that time the only way to get to the top was climbing. Builders had to kneel down and stand on their back because there where nowhere to get a grip.
Nowadays, the lighthouse is accessible by helicopter and even features a small helipad.
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Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements with about 33,000 people. A vast area of Palm trees in the middle of the desert. The combination of low annual rainfall and high rates of evaporation in the oasis results in lakes characterized by hyper-salinity. Lakes, which are both healing and an important source of revenue for the residents of the oasis. Siwis traditionally utilize this salt in building homes and shaping their tools and also lamps, believed to produce healing energy with the heat of the light source. People started to excavate the lakes to get the salt creating round pools .The salt lakes in Egypt is considered to have healing properties for sinuses, skin and eyes, in addition to their relaxing experience.
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Artist Yazi Yolcusu creates stunning calligraphy using cutlery. Yazi Yolcusu, which means “Text Traveler” in Turkish, uses only metal cutlery – a spoon to hold the ink and forks and knives as writing tools .
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Rio Celeste is a river in Tenorio Volcano National Park of Costa Rica notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration. The Celeste River also borders several hot springs and has one large waterfall.
The source of the river’s distinctive turquoise color is not due to a chemical species but to a physical phenomenon known as Mie scattering. Celeste River is fed by two colorless rivers, the Buenavista River and Sour Creek. Buenavista River carries a large concentration of aluminosilicate particles with a small diameter. Sour Creek, as its name implies, has a high acidity due to volcanic activity. When these two streams mix to form Celeste River, the drop in pH causes the aluminosilicate particles to aggregate and enlarge to a diameter of about 566 nm. These suspended particles produce Mie scattering which gives the river a strong turquoise color.
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Shaaz Jung ‘s work primarily spans across South India and East Africa. His love for nature is reflected in how he portrays his subjects through his photography and writing in a unique style. His images of a black panther exploring Kabini Forest in Karnataka, India were recently posted on social media.
“Though I enjoy photographing my subjects in their natural environment, I have always been fascinated by depicting my work in a more artistic form. Unlike art, a photograph can be replicated or duplicated and this motivated me to create images that were true to the nature of the subject but with an artistic feel that made it unique. My aim was to evoke a sense of surrealism which symbolized a beautiful world with magical creatures, a world we may soon only dream about.“
– Shaaz Jung
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The chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa located in Lemnos island, Greece, was founded in 1,416 A.C. by monks who managed to escape the Ottoman invasion in Agios Efstratios island. Nested inside a rock cavity on the top of Kakavos Mountain at an altitude of 260 meters, the church has no need for a roof. The picturesque chapel that is accessed via a path leading to the top of Mount Kakavos, offers an impressive view to the sea.
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The swing that is located on the edge of a nearly 700m-tall cliff in Yunyang Longgang Scenic Spot in Chongqing, China, fires out riders 70 meters away from the cliff that overlooks a giant canyon.. The swing claims to be the fastest of its kind at 80 mph.
It was meant to open to the public early this year. However, its opening was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown. Tourists will be bound to harness horizontally before being flung out at 80mph. According to the Guinness World Records the current tallest swing in the world measures 88 meters (288 feet 8 inches) from the seat to the top of the crossbar. It was constructed by B!g Rush in Durban, South Africa, on 14 May 2011.
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Formerly known as Serendipity, the Inn at Rodanthe, as it was named in the 2008 movie based on Nicholas Spark’s popular novel, Nights in Rodanthe, is located in the small Hatteras Island village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Throughout the years, coastal storms and extreme coastal erosion placed the single family home (not an actual Inn) literally in the Atlantic Ocean. On January 18th, 2010, Serendipity, weighing in at 83,000 pounds, was moved from its original site by Expert House Movers. The house moved back from the shoreline, retrofitted to emulate the scenes filmed in the movie and it is available for weekly rentals throughout the year..
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A Spanish company called Piscinas de Arena specializes in “sand pools” that offer an environment similar to that of a piece of natural beach.The patented sand finish for the sand pools is completely attached to the concrete surface of the pools’ structure with binding agents. There’s no need for stairs or ladders as the entrance of the sand pools begins with level zero. The pools come in various shapes and forms and can have multiple levels of depth. Quite like having the beach at home.
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Stockholm-based photographer Tobias Hägg captures breathtaking views of beautiful Earth from above.
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