Breathtaking photos by Budapest-based photographer Tóth Tamás, capture Croatia’s winter landscape when the waterfalls freeze bright blue. The frozen waterfalls are situated in the National Park of the Kapela Mountains. They were formed over millions of years by what is known as the Karst process, the dissolution of soluble rocks including limestone, dolomite and gypsum. It is this that gives the water its electric blue color – appearing all the more dramatic when frozen.
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Rakotzbrücke (also called the Devil’s Bridge) is nestled in Azalea and Rhododendron Park, Kromlau, Germany. The bridge dates back to 1860s. Rakotzbrücke was specially built to create a circle when it is reflected in the waters beneath it – a popular photo opp. The bridge’s artificially-formed basalt columns were specially shipped from distant quarries.
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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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.
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.”
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Jellyfish or jellies are soft bodied, free-swimming aquatic animals with a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate to acquire propulsion and locomotion. The tentacles may be utilized to capture prey or defend against predators by emitting toxins in a painful sting. Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Large, often colorful, jellyfish are common in coastal zones worldwide. Jellyfish have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years, and possibly 700 million years or more, making them the oldest multi-organ animal. (wikipedia)
Photographer Seth Casteel collaborated with animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the United State and Canada to create his recent photography book, titled “Pounce,” featuring adorable cats and kittens as they pounce and jump through the air, arms outstretched. All cats featured in the book were available for adoption at the time Casteel snapped the pictures.