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17 Magical Pics Of Japan’s Cherry Blossom By National Geographic

Few places in the world do spring like Japan does spring. The vibrant and delicate cherry blossom is, after all, one of earth’s most majestic natural wonders, and there’s nothing quite like strolling beneath those ephemeral petals and marveling at how amazing mother nature can be.

To celebrate the arrival of Japan’s most magical season, National Geographic invited community members to send in their best photographs of the country’s famous cherry blossom. Take a look at the pictures below to see for yourself the stunning submissions they received.

The Japanese take their cherry blossom very seriously. The Meteorological Agency even provides a dedicated forecast for cherry blossom season. The blossom moves north in what’s known as a “sakura zensen”, and people keenly track the progress of this cherry blossom front as it makes its way up-country. [Read more…]

13 Enchanting Tree Tunnels You Need Take A Walk Through

Take a look at these beautifully enchanting tree tunnels from around the world. Wouldn’t you just love to take a romantic stroll through some of these? Whether they’ve been formed naturally or by talented gardeners, you’re sure to be impressed by the colors and shapes they have to offer. There’s bound to be at least one of these stunning locations you’ll want to add to your bucket list. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments section! [Read more…]

Socotra’s Amazing Landscape

Amazing. Wonderful. Spectacular. Dramatic. Extraordinary. Unique. Exotic. Astonishing. A living museum. These are all words you can use to describe Socotra. Superlatives only. On this Planet, no other place looks as alien and strange as this Archipelago. On this amazing Archipelago, of four islands – for every three animals or plants that you come across, at least one exists no where else but here. And the landscape is like no other you have ever set eyes on. [Read more…]

Ergaki – hidden gems of Siberia

The national park, founded in 2005, stretches some 75 kilometres from north to south in the Western Sayan and is well-known in Russia – if not yet abroad – for its untouched beauty. It is a great place for outdoor lovers. Its pure mountain steams and lakes are among the least polluted on the planet.One of the main attractions of the park is Svetloe (Light) Lake. It is often called the Great Lake. Quiet and smooth surface of the lake stretches from north to the south for around kilometre at an altitude of around 1200 metres above the sea level. The lake is surrounded by a thick pine forest, with two mountain peaks – the Bird and the Star, raising in the distance. [Read more…]

World’s Top 7 Places to Watch Sunsets

Watching the sun go down can be a mesmerising sight. When you’re planning your summer trip, take into account these seven places with the most stunning sunsets in the world. Here’s our top 7 places for sunsets. [Read more…]

Fairy Tale Villages in Japan

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama are traditional Japanese settlements.The houses in the villages in the valley are unique to Japan. They are very big, and have thick thatched roofs that come down steeply. This way the snow can slide off the roofs. There is also enough space under the roofs to store supplies for long winters. The inhabitants of these villages used to earn their money in the silk-industry. They lived a very secluded life.In Japanese, the houses are called Gassho-zukuri. Gassho means praying hands, suggesting the form of hands raised in prayer to the buddha. Here it refers to the triangular shape of the roof.

It’s a place you must go before you die. During different seasons you would see very different scenes. Also, you would be amazed by the wisdom of people who designed this great architect which harmonized with the nature.

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Trains Through Winter Landscapes

Regardless if you live on the side of the globe that never gets to see the snow, or are one of those who know it quite well – admit it, it does give you some amazing photographing material. For me, a combination of nature and technology has always been something special. This time I want to introduce you to an exceptional connection of snow, nature and trains.

Images are borrowed from Mike Danneman. He is a freelance railroad photographer and artist living in Colorado. Enjoy.

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10 Incredible Old Nature Photography

Early American wilderness photographers were snapping gorgeous vignettes of mountain peaks and sunrises before Instagram’s “1977” filter was even a thing. But, aside from their timeless appeal, the true value of these nineteenth-century photographs is derived from their role in the American conservation movement.

Since the 1860s, photography has played an important but little-known part in the field of nature conservation. A handful of pioneering artists intentionally used their photographs to promote conservation and instill in viewers a tangible connection to America’s last wild places. Embedded in these images is a deep empathy for the natural world and the power to bring about positive change.

Check out these stunning nineteenth-century nature photographs…

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21 Most Beautiful Landscapes in Autumn Color

There is something magical about the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. For me, autumn represents a period of change when nature girds its loins for the long and slow descent into winter.
Just occasionally we’re graced with an Indian summer. The extra boost of warmth on our faces this late sun provides give us that last opportunity to secure a dose of vitamin D, but it is with a sense of foreboding that we watch as the trees begin to cast long shadows. These shady places are of course in stark contrast to the “golden light” created from the sun’s position as it steadily becomes pulled ever closer to the horizon, making this a great season for beautifully lit and atmospheric photography.

The season has, almost by default, become defined by its most powerful images: that of leaves changing colour. Whether it be the buttery yellows of birches, the vivid reds of sycamores or the burning gold of beech trees, autumn colour is an ephemeral spectacle that is not just confined to a few choice nature reserves, but a treat that can be seen just about anywhere.

The beauty of technology these days means that you can now create wonderful images, whether you have state-of-the-art camera kit or a just a mobile phone. So enjoy the photographic revolution, get yourself outside and capture the essence of autumn – you won’t regret it!

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25 Beautiful Examples of Countryside Photography

I’m more a beach person, but I also know the value of the countryside. I guess there’s very more to the feeling of waking up to a bucolic scenario like these below than I would expect, so I plan visiting something like these very soon. [Read more…]