UNREAL PLACES IN THE WORLD WORTH CHECKING OUT:

Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

This beautiful tunnel looks like something out of a fairy tale. It’s actually still used today – trains chug through it three times a day to deliver wood to a factory. It’s believed that if couples who are truly in love hold hands and cross the tunnel, their wishes will come true.
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UNREAL PLACES YOU THOUGHT ONLY EXISTED IN YOUR IMAGINATION:

Deadvlei, Namibia

The black, dead trees against the orange sand dunes in the Namib-Naukluft National Park make the Deadvlei landscape look like a scene out of a painting.
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Wisteria Flower Tunnel, Japan

The wisteria flower tunnels in Kawachi Fuji Gardens look like something from out of a fairy tale.
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Dragon Trees, Yemen

On the Socotra island of Yemen, you’ll find some odd and unreal-looking dragon blood trees. The name of the tree hails from its alarmingly red sap.
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Marble Caves, Chile

Accessible only by boat, the Marble Caves or Cuevas de Mármol are situated on a solid marble peninsula and change colors depending on the time of year and water levels.

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Fingal’s Cave, Scotland

This Scottish sea cave is made up of hexagonally jointed basalt columns created by intense volcanic activity. It’s Gaelic name means “the melodious cave” due to its haunting cathedral-like atmosphere. Creepy.

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Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Japan

This bright green bamboo grove will transport you to a magical world. It’s located in Kyoto, Japan.

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Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a huge submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize that Jacques Cousteau named one of the top scuba diving sites in the world.

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The Grand Canal, Italy

Venice is truly a one-of-a-kind city.
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Kjeragbolten, Norway

Kjeragbolten, a boulder in the Kjerag mountain located in Norway, is wide enough for you to stand on. The rock measures five cubic meters, and the drop to the bottom is 3,228 feet.
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Danxia Landform, China

The Danxia landform in Zhangye, China, gets its color from red sandstone and mineral deposits.
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Edge of the World Swing, Ecuador

The swings hanging from La Casa Del Arbol in Baños, Ecuador, will make you feel like you’re on top of the world – literally

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Santorini, Greece

Santorini, a volcanic island, has a unique landscape of steep cliffs surrounding the beautiful blue waters of a lagoon that connects to the sea.

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Grand Canyon, Arizona

This American landmark is well-known but has plenty of quiet spots that travelers can escape to and spend time with one of nature’s most incredible wonders.

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Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming

Located in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States and is known for its vivid gradient of colors.

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Cappadocia, Turkey

This region of the Eastern European country is known for its history and interesting geography such as the rock formations called “fairy chimneys.”

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Trolltunga, Norway

Norwegians do love their trolls. Trolltunga translates as Troll’s tongue and perfectly describes the piece of jutting rock.
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Havasu Falls, US

We’re aware of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but there’s another lesser-known sight – the Havasu Falls – that you shouldn’t miss out on. The red rocks and vibrant blue waters make a really stunning contrast.
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Cave of the Crystals, Mexico

Some of the world’s largest natural crystals can be found in this cave.
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Ik-Kil Cenote, Mexico

A cenote is a natural sinkhole that fills up with water – many people in past civilizations would use it as a natural well for water. Ik-Kil is one of the more famous cenotes in Mexico and is well worth a visit.
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Mount Roraima, South America

Mount Roraima is a mountain range that borders Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. What’s unique about this mountain is its flat, tabletop surface, which in the midst of clouds looks like something really magical.
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Meteora, Greece

Monasteries precariously perched on top of sandstone rock pillars make Meteora a must-see sight.
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Preikestolen, Norway

Preikestolen, or the Pulpit Rock, is a huge destination point for hikers, adventurous travelers, and anyone else willing to brave the heights for some amazing views.

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2016 WINNERS OF “PHOTOS OF THE YEAR”

2016 PHOTOS OF THE YEAR ! FROM : PHOTOS OF THE WEEK ! 2016 was an incredible year for “Photos of the Week”.  Some of the most amazing photos we have ever seen.  Let’s take a look …

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2016 WINNERS OF “PHOTOS OF THE YEAR”

2016 PHOTOS OF THE YEAR !

FROM : PHOTOS OF THE WEEK !

2016 was an incredible year for “Photos of the Week”.  Some of the most amazing photos we have ever seen.  Let’s take a look at this years overall winners of the year, taken from the

“Winners of the week” collection:

2016 PHOTOS OF THE YEAR:

Photo and creation by Valerie Cox

Posted 12/8/2016

Photographer was unknown in this photo, but makes such an amazing statement.  Was posted on Facebook in the Group:  Amazing Pictures.

Photo by Bob Faucher

This photo was taken for the Kenai Wildlife Foundation showing the Caribou in the Alaska Wilderness.

PHOTO BY VADIM STEIN DANCE PHOTOGRAPHY

A great photo with the art of showing the body in motion.

 This photo taken by NASA

This is an amazing photo of a rocket leaving our atmosphere.  How often do we see reality like this?

Photo credit posted by :  NATURE’S AMAZING PICTURES.

Probably taken at the zoo, but who cares.  A great photo captured at the right time.  We

think the photo gives credit to:  Ashish Bhardwaj and Nikhil Sharma.

Photo taken by:  Frédérique Fortune and posted in FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

Unique because this is an infrared photo.  The white puffy things on the right side of the

photo are actually green trees in real life.  Something fun to learn about infrared photography.

Now the only way to catch such a photo is to certainly be at the right place at the right time.  This was displayed on the website:  “FASCINATING PLACES IN THE WORLD”.  Not really sure who was the actual photographer, but several names are listed.  So, I will post them all as they may have all been contributors.  It is titled:  “Solar eclipse in Paris”.  And the names listed as contributors to the photo are:  Graciela Gonzalez Santos, Eva Jovita Canaveras and Armin Afshar.  So, Congratulations to the photographer(s), and thanks for this incredible photo.

You know, Iceland produces some of the most beautiful photos ever.  Especially when you get a great photographer to go there.  What  a great photo.  I don’t know if any of this is photoshopped, but, it doesn’t matter.  The sunset, the smooth waters, it all comes together in this masterpiece. 

PHOTO BY JOSE RAMOS PHOTOGRAPHY:  And posted on “Fine Art Photography”

“Synchronicity” | Kirkjufell, Iceland

PORTRAIT OF THE MONTH

I look carefully for something really unique each month in selecting the “Portrait of the Month”.  Have you ever seen anything so precious?  Truly heartwarming and certainly a winner.  And for those who are portrait photographers, I think I will see some more photos like this, because it is just darling.

Congratulations to:  Fatholy Mosa

Where are these lovely rolling hills?  And to catch that kind of sunset over those hills is just amazing.  No, but wait, are those really sand dunes?  Look closely. 

Our photographer has put together a masterpiece of knees.  Let’s let him explain:

This is a composite of 13 photos. Twelve knee shots and one sky shot. The shadows were added using the Drop Shadow effect in Photoshop. Title: KneeScape.

Photos and computer work done by:  Randy C Finch

Photo credit:  Marina Volodko

I can see this one hanging in my house.  Color, color, color.  Isn’t that what photography captures?  This photo is just the essence of capturing color.  Leading lines, good composition.  Great lighting.  It has it all.

Photo taken by:  Lars Van De Goor

I don’t know if any of this was photoshopped or not, but, it deserves to be listed as “Photo of the Week”.

Photo taken by:  Andrea Grano

Things aren’t always what they appear.  You have to look closely at this picture so you are not deceived, but, this is certainly humorous.  This is a winning photo because it just catches everyones interest so well.

Simply titled:  “oh Well”

Taken by:  Annet Buwalda

A beautiful new way to do a portrait:  Done by Surabhi Gupta Photo Art

Visit China.  Photos taken by Fan Ching Ching

Photo taken by  Sergey Ponomarev for the New York Times

Elżbieta Mikołajska

photo credit:  Unknown

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