‘Road to Yosemite’ National Park, California / photographed by Giovanbattista Brancato
‘Uluru’ – the famous ‘Ayers Rock’ , a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia / photographed at sunset by Michael Pfeiffer
The Ladera Resort – a beautiful, tropical holiday resort located with the amazing landscape around the volcanic Piton Mountains in St Lucia, Caribbean Sea / photographs courtesy of the Ladera Resort
‘Colors of India II’ / photograph of a range of colored spices arranged in beautiful pyramids on a market stand in India / photographed by Eulalie Varenne
Desert Air – a book of stunning aerial photographs of deserts from around the world, documented by George Steinmetz. /// From top to bottom:
Tschad / Teguidda-n-Tessoumt, Niger / Pacific Coast, South Peru / Dead Sea, Israel / Algerie-Oasis, Algeria / Sand dune, Peru
Kaieteur Falls, a high volume waterfall on the Potaro River, Potaro-Siparuni region of central Guyana, South America. Located in the Kaieteur National Park, this waterfall is 251 meters (822ft) in height and with that three times taller than Niagara Falls. It is classified as a so called single drop waterfall and with a volume of close to 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second) one of the biggest and certainly most stunning waterfalls in the world. / photograph by Cody H.
The Red Tsingy, a geologic oddity composed of laterite, sculpted by erosion into a completely unique work of nature, near the city of Antsiranana (formerly known as Diego Suarez), Madagascar / photographed by Pierre-Yves Babelon
World’s biggest bonfire at the Midsummer (Sankthans) festival in Ålesund, Norway.
/// The wooden tower is made up of wood pallets that are stacked over 40 meters (131ft) high on an artificial island. This traditional bonfire, known as the Slinningsbalet is celebrated on the 24th of June, close to the summer solstice in the Scandinavian countries and some parts of Europe. This is an annual celebration commemorating the birth of John the Baptist.
The current record was set in 2010, with 40.45 meters (132.71ft), whereby the base of the structure is roughly 20 meters (65.6ft) in width
/ photographs by Geir Halvorson and Ruben Molnes (top photograph)
Photograph of people crossing the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh covered with hyacinths plants using a floating bridge made of boats. / © AFP
Active lava flows touching the pacific ocean, about 6 miles southwest of Kalapana on Big Island, Hawaii / photographed Jennifer Vahlbruch
Photograph of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey in the background, London, UK / by rosieburtphotography
Beautifully painted cottages in the remote village of Myrdal, Norway / Photographed by Clara Örh
Marcha Glacier within the ice-filled vulcano of Sollipulli, Villarrica National Reserve, La Araucanía Region, Chile / photographed by Claudio Sepúlveda Geoffroy
Beautiful landscape photograph of the Ang-Thong Islands in Thailand, a national marine park of 42 islands / photographed by Singha Live
Tin Hat Mountain Hut along the Sunshine Coast Trail in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada.
/// unknown photographer / read more here
Montmorency Falls, Quebec City, Canada
/ unknown photographer
Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Finland
Ever wondered what it would be like to live in an igloo? Well, you have the chance to find out at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village, in Finland. A hotel located in the northern part of the country, high up above the arctic circle, is being touted as one of the coziest romantic getaways in the world.
Holidaying couples have three options at the hotel – Log Cabins, Snow Igloos, and Glass Igloos. Of course, the snow igloos get my vote for the most interesting of the three. Let’s find out more about them. Built to fit 1 to 5 people, it is literally like sleeping inside a room made of snow Of course, while the temperature outside may be dangerously cold at below -30 C, all the necessary amenities are provided indoors to keep you warm and cozy. The temperature inside ranges between -3 and -6 C. Warm down sleeping bags, woolen socks and hood are provided. The ice itself illuminates the igloo.
If you want to experience sleeping in an Igloo, but at a warmer temperature, you might consider a glass one. Because they’re made of a special thermal variety of glass, normal room temperature is maintained indoors. Also, the glass never frosts, allowing a clear view of the beautiful sights outside. Glass igloos are furnished with luxury beds and toilets, and can accomodate a maximum of two people. As a plus, the hotel makes it possible for their guests staying in the igloos to use the sauna, and also take a dip in a nearby ice hole.
For those who like their privacy, and also want some warmth, the hotel provides the option of basic log cabins too. Each cabin comes with its own shower/toilet, kitchenette, sauna and fireplace. But who would give up the opportunity of renting a cool igloo from which you can admire the Aurora Borealis, for a plain cozy cabin, right
Cable foot bridge in Taiwan, photographed by 卡豆 里
‘al fared palace’ by Mohammed Assiri
/// Nabataean city, Saudi Arabia
Rock hewn Qasr al-Farid tomb at Nabataean city.
On an arid plain in northern Saudi Arabia, the forlorn figure of Qasr al-Farid, “the Lonely Castle,” rises four stories tall not far from the center of the ancient Nabataean city of Hegra. Despite its fanciful modern name, Qasr al-Farid is a tomb, albeit an unfinished one, cut out of a sandstone outcrop sometime in the first century A.D. It is one of 93 such monumental tombs carved here during the heyday of the Nabataeans.
Beginning in the second century B.C., these Arabic-speaking nomads dominated the long-distance caravan trade that brought incense and aromatics from South Arabia to the Mediterranean, eventually growing wealthy and settling in a network of cities that featured Hellenistic architecture. Besides developing a writing system that eventually became the Arabic script, they are best known for their capital, Petra, in present-day Jordan, famous for the facades that adorn entrances to buildings hewn from solid rock. But there is much more to the legacy of the Nabataeans than Petra.
Here, at an oasis at the foot of the Hedjaz Mountains, in what is today the Saudi Arabian province of al-Madinah, Nabataean elites and commoners left traces of life far from the capital. Despite being the kingdom’s second city in terms of size, Hegra was a remote outpost of Nabataean culture and power. Founded sometime in the second century B.C., the city was almost 300 miles from Petra, on the southern fringe of the kingdom. Spread out over six square miles, Hegra (whose name means “rocky tract”) was composed of a residential core of mud-brick buildings surrounded by sandstone outcrops wwith four necropolises featuring the kind of rock-cut tombs made famous by Petra. But no one would mistake Hegra for Petra; the stark, open landscape is a sharp contrast to Petra’s canyons, and even the style of Qasr al-Farid’s facade—four carved pilasters with two on either side of its entrance, a departure from conventional Nabataean design—is a hint that things were different on the frontier. ( text: Eric A. Powell)
monochrome photograph from the series ‘Hallstatt’ by Akos Major.
Temple Street in Hong Kong / unknown photographer
‘Red in Vienna’ photograph by Rachel Greene
Traditional Winter residence in the Alps / holiday greetings to all our followers around the world… :)
Orava Castle, Slovakia / photographed by Grzegorz Formicki
Stiched photograph of planes taking off at Hannover Airport in Germany / photographed by Ho-Yeol Ryu
‘Florence Duomo’ – Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower, Florence, Italy / photographed by Andy McGarry
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Toyama, Japan / unknown photographer
Photograph of the stunning Dragon Falls the biggest waterfals in the world with height above 3200ft located at the Cainama National Park in Venezuela, by Dmitry Moiseenko
Photograph of a narrow canyon leading to the mystical Rose-Red City of Petra in Jordan / unknown photographer
Petra, Jordan at night / unknown photographerThe ancient city of Petra was literally carved from the sandstone cliffs of southern Jordan. There the Nabataeans built temples and tombs, houses and halls, altars and aquaducts. And they built a civilization that stood at the crossroads of the ancient Near East, a center for commerce as the spice routes and trading trails of the time all flowed through Petra. At its peak the city of Petra was home to some 20,000 Nabataeans who, in the midst of the desert, built an ingenious system of waterways to provide their city with the precious liquid. Since the early 1800s, when it was “rediscovered,” clues to daily life in this “lost city of stone” are being unearthed and today we are beginning to see once again what Petra looked like 2,000 years ago. .
Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, USA / photograph & text by Rich Greene
Trolltunga, The Troll’s Tongue near Skjeggedal in Odda, Norway / unknown photographer
World’s tallest flowering trees – the eucalyptus regnans at Victoria’s Black Spur Drive
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece