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Trip through the universe with the Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners

Overall winner, and winner of People and Space category: Transport The Soul, from Brad Goldpaint
Overall winner, and winner of People and Space category: Transport The Soul, from Brad Goldpaint (Credit: Brad Goldpaint).

The winners of the incredible Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards have been revealed showing off spectacular work from the world’s best astrophotographers. The top prize this year was given to American photographer Brad Goldpaint for his sublime shot of a lone photographer capturing the Milky Way near Moab, Utah.

Goldpaint’s magnificent photograph won him a £10,000 (US$12,800) top prize, with Will Gater, one of the judges, commenting, “For me this superb image is emblematic of everything it means to be an astrophotographer; the balance between light and dark, the contrasting textures and tones of land and sky and the photographer alone under a starry canopy of breathtaking scale and beauty.”

Highly Commended in People and Space, Mark McNeill says "This photograph was taken just after Christmas...

The competition, run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich, in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is in its 10th year with this round bringing in over 4,200 entries from 91 countries. Open to both professional and amateur photographers, there are eight main categories in the competition, including Galaxies, the Moon, the Sun, Aurorae, and Skyscapes.

A Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year category is also a significant part of the competition, focusing on the incredible skills of astrophotographers aged 15 years and younger. Fifteen-year-old Fabian Dalpiaz from Italy took the top £1,500 (US$1,900) prize in this category for his striking snap of the Alpe di Siusi in Italy. The gorgeous composition indulges in the autumnal colors of the landscape while capturing a passing meteor trail in the sky.

“With a competition that keeps on flourishing over the years, the growing community of amateur astrophotographers have time after time surprised us with technically accomplished, playfully imaginative and astoundingly beautiful images that sit at the intersection of art and science,” says Melanie Vandenbrouck, a curator at Royal Museums Greenwich and judge in this year’s competition. “This year did not disappoint. To pick just 31 winners from the 134 shortlisted images was fiendishly difficult!”

Other highlights in the jaw-dropping competition include a mind-bending shot of a solar eclipse, an eerie yet beautiful image of a silhouetted figure looking out to the cosmos, and a unique view of the aurora borealis in the UK filled with unusual colors.

Winner in the Our Sun category. In order to capture this mesmerizing image, the photographer chose...

A book featuring all this year’s winners and shortlisted entries is available at Royal Museums Greenwich, and if you’re in the UK you can see all the best images from this, and previous years, in a special exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in London.

Runner-Up in Skyscapes. On 31 January 2018, a spectacular total lunar eclipse occurred. The photographer set...

Check out all the awe-inspiring winning and highly commended images in our gallery.

(For the source of this article, and to see the gallery of all 31 photographs, visit:
https://newatlas.com/insight-astronomy-photography-award-winners-2018-gallery/56930/

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Nikon Small World winners zoom in on microscopic marvels

Image of Distinction: Cassida rubiginosa (thistle tortoise beetle), ventral view
Image of Distinction: Cassida rubiginosa (thistle tortoise beetle), ventral view  (Credit: Özgür Bulur).

A surreal close-up of a weevil eye has taken the top prize at this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The magnificent annual photography competition, now in its 44th year, celebrates the skill and artistry in the world of microscopic photography.

The winning image this year, selected from nearly 2,500 entries, came from United Arab Emirates-based photographer Yousef Al Habshi. Zooming in on a unique type of beetle, only found in the Philippines, Habshi’s image captures the green scales surrounding the weevil’s compound eye in never-before-seen detail.

1st Place winning image, The eye of a Metapocyrtus subquadrulifer beetle

“Because of the variety of coloring and the lines that display in the eyes of insects, I feel like I’m photographing a collection of jewelry,” says Al Habshi. “Not all people appreciate small species, particularly insects. Through photomicrography we can find a whole new, beautiful world which hasn’t been seen before. It’s like discovering what lies under the ocean’s surface.”

2nd Place, Fern sorus (structures producing and containing spores)

Second place went to an equally extraordinary image of a Fern sorus. This striking snap used autoflorecence, capturing incredible colors by striking the structure with ultraviolet light. Third place was given to a somewhat more traditional, but no less spectacular, image of a spittlebug in the midst of constructing its “bubble house”, a protective structure made from a foam substance.

Honorable Mention: The shell of a lychee

“The Nikon Small World competition is now in its 44th year, and every year we continue to be astounded by the winning images,” says Eric Flem, from Nikon Instruments. “Imaging and microscope technologies continue to develop and evolve to allow artists and scientists to capture scientific moments with remarkable clarity. Our first place this year illustrates that fact beautifully.”

Image of Distinction: Ascaris lumbricoides (parasitic roundworm)

Take a look through our gallery featuring all the winners, honorable mentions and images of distinction in this remarkable competition.

View gallery – 108 images

(For the source of this article, and to view the gallery of 108 images, please visit: https://newatlas.com/nikon-small-world-photography-2018-gallery/56746/)
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  Handy Men All!

This South African Cop probably missed a few training days

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Irony Overload

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Timber!

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Garden or no garden, we must have a trampoline

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I’ll wear it, but only because I have to!

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Easy to walk forwards, not so easy to get back…

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This man’s got his priorities straight

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If they pull this off they’re engineering geniuses

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I like teamwork, but this…?

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Keep on believing! Nothing can go wrong

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What’s the one part of your body you shouldn’t trust to a galloping giant?

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Oh yeah, like that’s gonna help?

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Can’t find your helmet? No problem – use a bucket

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Ok, friend, I’ve got a job for you. It’s a tough one…

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An opened window does not a balcony make

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This guy likes his odds

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Do you think he’s a professional window cleaner?

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The winners of the inaugural Drone Awards elevate the art of aerial photography

Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category
Mada’in Saleh: Winner in the Nature category (Credit: Gabriel Scanu).

The Drone Awards is a new photography competition dedicated to the emerging art of aerial photography. This year’s inaugural competition has just revealed its winning snaps, a spectacular assortment of photographs ranging from gorgeously abstract images to profoundly unique portraits of urban life.

The competition was started by a non-profit association called Art Photo Travel, based in Italy, that’s dedicated to promoting photography and culture. The association is behind one of the stronger photo contests in the world today, the Siena International Photo Awards.

Santa: Commended in the Abstract category

Inspired by the breadth of work emerging in the field of aerial photography the new Drone Awards set out to feature this new form. Describing the mission behind this new competition the organizer’s write:

“Becoming more sophisticated, cheaper and more accessible, drones, along with satellites, have moved from warfare technology towards a constant state of Orwellian nervousness. In this growing debate, regarding surveillance and privacy issues in the midst of ever-advancing technology, the role of the artists seems seminal. Contemporary aerial artists continue to use photography to create images of extraordinary reach and power, deepening our understanding of the world beyond its surface appearance and the way we relate to it.”

There are six categories celebrated in the competition spanning the usual suspects for drone photography awards: Nature, Sport, Urban, Wildlife and People. But perhaps the most interesting section of the bunch is the Abstract category. This section really nails into the artistic side of drone photography with some truly breathtaking and surreal images of geometric patterns.

Entrance to Hell: Runner Up in the Nature category

The Grand Prize winning photograph this year went to a familiar snap from Florian Ledoux called Above The Polar Bear. Ledoux’s beautiful photograph, capturing a polar bear leaping across a gap in the sea ice, has already won a heap of awards over the past twelve months and rightly so. It’s an immediately iconic and memorable image.

Other standout shots include Gabriel Scanu’s haunting shot of Mada’in Saleh, an archaeological site in Saudi Arabia, a truly psychedelic image of an iceberg, and Entrance to Hell, from a Chinese photographer taken off the coast of Hawaii.

Take a look through the gallery for a glimpse at all the captivating winners in this impressive new photo contest.

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Pictures Worth More Than Words

The Wonderful Thing About Authentic Photographs is,

That They Often Render Words Unnecessary!

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Small wonders: The winners of the Macro Art Photography awards

Finalist: Jumping Spider
Finalist: Jumping Spider (Credit: Richard Kubica / International Garden Photographer of the Year)

The winners of the Macro Art Photo Project have been revealed with first place awarded to a magnificent shot of two mayflies perched atop a poppy. The competition highlights the world of plants and gardens through the lens of macro photography.

The Macro Art Photo Project is part of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, an annual global search for the best in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. Alongside the primary competition (with entries open until late October), there are three seasonal, smaller scale awards offered. This year those smaller projects include black and white, macro art and still life. The still life project will not be revealed until early September, but winners have been announced in both the other smaller categories.

Winner: Mayflies

Alongside Peter Sabol’s beautiful winning shot, other commended entries include Richard Kubica’s frightening close-up of a jumping spider, a surreal image of two leaves that resembles a pair of apples, and a vibrant close up of moss framed to look like tiny strands of fire.

Highly Commended: On Fire

The Macro Art Project follows on from the Black & White seasonal competition awarded earlier this year. That competition focused on the ways black and white photography can be used to emphasize textures, patterns and shapes in the realm of garden photography.

The International Garden Photographer of the Year is run in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. Entries close for the main competition on October 31st with winners announced the following February before a touring exhibition kicks off to celebrate the best photographs.

(For the balance of this article please visit: https://newatlas.com/best-macro-art-garden-photography-gallery/55749/)

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Great Photos From Around The World

And They’re Titled…..
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A flock of sheep pass through a gate
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The heavens open.  Copenhagen, Denmark
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Totoro, the Owl, With His Mushroom
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Feeding the ‘birds’ in Ecuador
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A water spout in Genoa, Italy
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So much emotion in just one photo!
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Life is Good
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A cycling team from Rwanda sees snow for the first time,  They were in first place until they stopped and everyone passed them !
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The photographer fell off a chair when he was taking the shot and ended up  with this masterpiece of a wedding photo.
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Swans swim through the street after floods, UK
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A walrus becomes embarrassed when it’s given a cake made of fish for its birthday, Norway
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A typical rainy day in Chicago, USA
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Police dogs in line for lunch
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In the African Wilderness
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Marilyn hasn’t aged well…
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TIMES YOU AND I NEVER SAW

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Camping out in 1918.
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At least this one won’t be quite as dangerous as the old single wheeled models.
Look in the trailer over the back wheel.

They have their baby in there!

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This was the approved way to change the street lamps in 1910.
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A single Paddy Wagon.  Never knew they had such a vehicle!
This is way cool.
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Here is an early motor-home, built in 1926.
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This is a travel tent accessory  built in 1910.
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Vintage treadmills, 1920:
These are vintage treadmills in the 1920’s.
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1920's Refrigerato r:
This is a 1920’s refrigerator.
Only the elite could afford such a thing, and most still had the old ice boxes.
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A hair dryer in a 1920’s Salon.  What a contraption!
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Chester E. Macduffee next to his newly patented, 250 kilo diving suit, 1911
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Circus:
A postcard from the 1800’s advertising a knife throwing act with the traveling circus.
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A Strong-woman balances a piano and the pianist on her chest.
1920
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London, in the 1920’s, this was a telephone engineer.  What a job!
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A Gibson Girl in her corset in the early 1900’s.  Those poor women.
This was one fad that really hurt a lot of women for life.
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I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

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Drone photography through the eyes of an architect

Temples in Myanmar. (Credit: Dimitar Karanikolov / Behance CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
Temples in Myanmar. (Credit: Dimitar Karanikolov / Behance CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Dimitar Karanikolov is a London-based architect with a passion for photography. Over the last few years his experiments with drone photography have led to an exciting, architectural perspective on some of the most amazingly beautiful places on Earth.

The god’s-eye, top-down view that a drone can offer has driven Karanikolov to highlight the geometric patterns that this unique angle can offer. His photographs at times almost flatten out a three-dimensional landscape turning familiar locations into something akin to colorful, vivid architectural blueprints.

Temples in Myanmar. (Credit: Dimitar Karanikolov / Behance CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

His recently published portfolio examining the gorgeous city of Venice makes the iconic yet labyrinthine location look like a surreal tiny model. While his completely top-down perspective on the temples of Myanmar highlight the stunningly complex geometry of these buildings. All these photographs defiantly deliver an unusually and uncanny perspective on locations we are familiar with.

Karanikolov has used several different drones to pull off his amazing work including a DJI Phantom 4 and, more recently, a DJI Mavic Pro. His compelling blend of an architectural aesthetic with modern drone photographic techniques has resulted in some truly impressive images.

Take a look through our gallery of Karanikolov’s work.

(For complete article and a chance to see many photos visit: https://newatlas.com/gallery-drone-photography-venice-myanmar/55092/)

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Fascinating Old Photographs

These photo’s are well worth the time spent looking
These photos are rare indeed!
Enjoy a bit of lost history captured by some vintage photographers.
 
Cowboys Around the Hoodlum Wagon, Spur Ranch, Texas, 1910:
Cowboys around the hoodlum wagon,
Spur Ranch, Texas, 1910
 
Judging by the saddle style, this unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or 1880s. In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, and he has looped his left arm around a Winchester model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard. On the back is the light pencil inscription Indian fighter. :
Judging by the saddle style, this
unidentified cowboy was working in the late 1870s or early 1880s. In his holster, he carries a Colt model 1873 single action revolver with hard rubber grips, and he
has looped his left arm around a Winchester
model 1873 carbine in a saddle scabbard. 
 
Snow Tunnel ~ On the Ouray and Silverton Toll Rd ~ Colorado ~ 1888:
Snow Tunnel ~ On the Ouray and
Silverton Toll Rd ~ Colorado ~ 1888
 
1899 Concord, Michigan
1899
Concord , Michigan
Buggy & Wagon Shop
 
Thankful someone took the time to photograph this type of beauty - April 1937.
Thankful someone took the time to
photograph this type of beauty – April 1937. Buttermilk Junction, Martin County, Indiana .
 
1887-West Center Street, Anaheim, California:
1887 – West
Center Street, Anaheim , California.
Now we have Disneyland here!
 
Moser's, Guns, Banjo's, and Mules at the Liverystable in East Tennessee around 1890:
Moser’s Guns, Banjos, and Mules at the livery stable in East Tennessee around
1890
 
In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey:
In 1906, a massive magnitude 7.9
earthquake ruptured the entire San Andreas Fault in Northern California. That is a huge running crack in the ground.
Now they are building houses right on the line as fast as the boards can be delivered.
Hmmmm…
 
the boys are back in town (cowboys, 1887):
This is what real cowboys looked like
in 1887. Not as fancy as on TV, huh!
 
Wagon Train ~ Eastern Colorado ~ 1880:(Notice 1st 2 women w/short skirts to stay out of the dirt!)
Some of the toughest, bravest people we know of. They gave it their all to go west and start a new life. This wagon train is in eastern Colorado in 1880.
 
This moose team belonged to W.R. (Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. They were found by a Metis near Baptiste Lake in 1910 and were reared by bottle and broken to drive by Mr. Day at Athabasca Landing during the winter of 1910. Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies to Wabasca, Edmonton, Pelican Mountains, Calling Lake, Athabasca, Colinton, Rochester, Tawatinaw, Clyde, Legal, Carbondale and St. Albert. Buffalo Bill and his wife also ran a store at Calling Lake. Photograph J.H. Gano; Mrs. L. L:
This moose team belonged to W.R.
(Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. They were found by a Métis near Baptiste Lake, Alberta
in 1910 and were reared by bottle and broken to drive by Mr. Day at Athabasca
Landing during the winter of 1910.
Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies.
 
In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service.:
In the American Civil War, soldiers
were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch.
Some draftees had their front teeth
removed to avoid service. In our day they just jumped the border into Canada.
 
Tired Prospector: Klondike Gold Rush:
Here we have a tired old prospector
during the Klondike Gold Rush.
 
Lulu Parr - Her skill with the gun caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. She left that show but came back in 1911. By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill s show. Buffalo Bill was so in awe of Lulu s willingness to ride unbroken ponies that he presented her with an ivory-handled Colt single-action revolver, engraved with Buffalo Bill Cody to Lulu Parr 1911. https://www.pinterest.com/eldridgep01/old-west/:
Lulu Parr – Her skill with the gun
caught the attention of Pawnee Bill, who signed her to his show in 1903. She left that show but came back in 1911. By that time, Pawnee Bill had joined Buffalo Bill’s show.
Buffalo Bill was so in awe of Lulu’s
willingness to ride unbroken ponies that he presented her with an ivory-handled
Colt single-action revolver, engraved with
‘Buffalo Bill Cody to LuluParr – 1911.’
 
From the drivers seat of a 40 mule team. These rigs were used to haul Borax out of Boron Ca. & then loaded onto railroads formanufacturing.:
From the driver’s seat of a 40-horse
team. These rigs were used to haul Borax out of Boron, California & then loaded onto railroads for manufacturing.
All this so you could do the laundry!
Man, that’s a lot of horses!
 
hoops had to be removed before taking your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage:
Hoops had to be removed before taking
your seat in a carriage and then they were hooked onto the back of the carriage.
 
Deer Hunter Living In A Log , 1893.:
A deer hunter living in a log, 1893.
Tough guys live in tough places, I guess. Home is where you make it!
 
Omaha Board of Trade in Mountains near Deadwood, April 26, 1889. It was created in 1889 by Grabill, John C. H., photographer. The picture presents Procession of stagecoaches loaded with passengers coming down a mountain road.:
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Deadwood, April 26, 1889. It was created in 1889 by John C. H. Grabill, photographer. The picture presents a procession of stagecoaches loaded with
passengers coming down a mountain road.
This is a stunning photograph from 1862. The image shows a Civil War Ambulance crew removing the wounded from a battlefiled. It shows a horse-drawn ambulance, and the Zouave uniforms of this unit.:
This is a stunning photograph from 1862. The image shows a Civil War ambulance crew removing the wounded from a battlefield.
It shows a horse-drawn ambulance, and the Zouave uniforms of this unit.
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TRULY AMAZING PHOTOS!

Each year in February

the Sun’s angle is such

that Horsetail Falls Waterfall lights up

like fire. Yosemite, USA

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Houseboat,

Iceland.

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Panda, scared after the

earthquake in  Japan, embraced the leg of a

policeman.

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Kalapana, Hawaii where the sea

meets the lava.

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Beijing Airport by night.

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Two year-old Chimpanzee feeding

milk  to “Aorn”, a small tiger 60 days old.

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Ducks tend to continue

 to be seen in birth order,

whether or not by their mother.

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Highway in Japan with snow

  more  than 10 meters high.

Unbelievable.

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Spectacular rice fields in

China.

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Austria’s Green Lake is a

beautiful park in

winter. The snow melts in summer and

creates a very clear lake.

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Undersea tunnel linking Sweden

and Denmark.

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The world’s highest swimming

pool is located  in the skyscraper Marina Bay

Sands, Singapore.

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Amazing lightning storm over the

Grand Canyon.

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Baby

chameleons.

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Beautiful image of a panda bear

helping another.

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“The Road to Heaven”,

a place in

Ireland  where every two years the stars

align with the road.

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World’s Largest Swimming Pool in

San Alfonso,

Chile.  More than 1,000 yards long.

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Crystal Palace. Madrid.

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”Heaven’s Gate”,

  Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain,

China.

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The Northern Lights,

Alaska.

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The white owl.

Spectacular.

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The famous” Rosa Moss Bridges”,

Ireland.

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Eiffel

Tower.  Romantic and beautiful Paris,

France.

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Road to Hana, Maui,

Hawaii.

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Restaurant hanging,

Belgium.

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Sea otters hold hands while they

sleep  in case the current changes, so they

awaken together.

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There are animals with

more  sensitivity than many people.

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Fireman giving drink to a baby

Koala in Australia fires.

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Amazing view of

Manhattan,  New York from above.

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Frozen bubbles in the Canadian

Rockies, Canada.

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An Iridescent spiral cloud in

Himalayas.  Phenomenon

observed on October 18,

2009.

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View of the semi-submerged

cataract, Hawaii.

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Northern lights over

the  Rocky Mountains in

Canada

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A pink lake, due to the harmless

bacteria of  Retba Lake, north of the Cap

Vert peninsula of Senegal.

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This dog saved her puppies from

a fire at home  and put them safely in one of

the fire trucks

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Infinite Cave,

Vietnam

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“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” — Lao Tzu

Just a reminder: Life does have an expiration date ……….. so it is time to enjoy each and every day.