Mangroves at Walakiri Beach, Sumba Island, Indonesia. At sunset, the waters recede to reveal the roots of the dwarf mangrove trees. Each tree curves and “dances” in its own unique way, and the silhouettes look like dancers jiving at the horizon.Continue reading “Beautiful dancing mangrove trees in Sumba island, Indonesia”
The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits
For his latest project Levon Biss has turned his attention to botany. His project The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits is on display with 59 beautiful prints showcasing specimens from the carpology collection of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Using his bespoke camera system and photo-stacking techniques, Levon set up a studio in the herbarium where the seeds and fruits are stored and produced the photographs over a period of six months. Each picture reveals minute features and textures that are normally invisible to the naked eye, providing the audience with an insight into strange and often bizarre adaptations that have evolved over thousands of years.Continue reading “The Hidden Beauty of Seeds & Fruits”
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.Continue reading “Photographer creates stunning optical illusion images using the sunset”
Hall of Mosses
The Hall of Mosses is a loop trail through a portion of the Hoh National Rainforest, Washington. A lush, atmospheric forest of moss-covered trees and ferns.
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Colorful swirling patterns in Russia’s sylvinite mines
Colorful swirling patterns in Russia’s Uralkali sylvinite mines. Layers of carnallite — a mineral used in fertilizers — band the tunnel walls, producing these vibrant masterpieces. The breathtaking motifs only came to light after photographer Viktor Lyagushkin decided to share his images.
Viktor said: “If you ask me about my strongest impression, my mind was blown with the fact that the miners created this wonderful underground realm and they did not know that.
“Of course, their main task was to win the ore, and it turned out they created the most beautiful place of work and had no idea they did that.”
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Nanya Rock Formation in Taiwan
Picturesque rock formation along a coral-eroded shore with a striped appearance from oxidation.
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Banaue Rice Terraces – The “Eighth Wonder of the World”
The Banaue Rice Terraces are terraces that were carved into the mountains of Banaue, Ifugao, in the Philippines, by the ancestors of the indigenous people. The terraces are often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It is commonly thought that the terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above sea level. These are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. It is said that if the steps were put end to end, it would encircle half of the globe. The building of the rice terraces entails constructing retaining walls with stones and rammed earth which are designed to draw water from a main irrigation canal above the terrace clusters. The rice terraces have helped to create a landscape of great beauty that expresses the harmony between the people and the environment.
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Photography – Rare Black Panther Roaming In The Jungles Of India
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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Photography – Water Lilies Harvest in Vietnam
The water lily season in the Mekong Delta lasts from early September to mid-November. During that time farmers in Vietnam harvest water lilies. Photographer Trung Huy Pham captured spectacular aerial photographs of the scene. Mainly red-purple and white, the water lilies captivate tourists. The white water lilies are called ‘ghost flowers’ because they only bloom at night.
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Silfra – Diving Between Two Continents
Silfra is a rift formed in 1789, due to the movements of the two tectonic plates that frame Þingvellir National Park in Iceland. The North American and Eurasian plates, which run all the way through Iceland, separate at about 2 centimeters per year, and as they do, they tear open fissures in the land between them.
Scuba diving and snorkeling in Silfra is popular because of its clear water and location within the continental rift. There are three main dive sites: Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon. The Cathedral is a 100 metres (330 ft) long fissure with visibility almost from end to end. Shallow at the entry points and at the ends of the fissure, Silfra descends to a maximum depth of 63 metres (207 ft) but diving to this depth is seldom done as it requires technical diving skills. The water temperature is between 2–4 °C (36–39 °F) but can be comfortably dived using a dry suit.