Best of Flickr: 20 Icelandic landscapes that will leave you breathless

Twenty incredibly beautiful landscapes form Iceland. Cold, green and glorious! BTW “foss” means waterfall. Enjoy the stunning gallery, click the images for a larger view!

Beautiful Iceland Landscapes
Beach of icebergs. Photo by Moyan Brenn.
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland
Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Photo by Moyan Brenn.
Icelandic beautiful landscapes
Lonely rock on a beach. Photo by Henk Verheyen.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall on Iceland
Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Photo: Wikipedia.
Black Beach Iceland
Black Beach Iceland. Photo by Steve Weston.
Icelandic landscapes
Husavik, Iceland. Photo by Francois Marclay.
Icelandic landscape
Photo by Tiberio Frascari.
Bruarfoss waterfalls
Bruarfoss waterfalls. Photo by Moyan Brenn.
Fagrifoss waterfall on Iceland
Fagrifoss, meaning Beautiful Waterfall. Photo by Sven Broeckx.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Photo by David Martinez Marinero.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Photo by David Martinez Marinero.
Puffins on Heimaey island
Puffins on Heimaey island, Iceland. Photo by Rozanne Hakala.
Heimaey island, Iceland
Green and white pool, Heimaey. Photo by Sophie Carr Photography.
The Elephant rock on Heimaey island
The Elephant rock on Heimaey island. Photo by Wikipedia.
Kirkjufell Mountain and a waterfall
The iconic Kirkjufell Mountain, 463 meters high.
Hvitserkur rock in Hunafloi Bay, Iceland
Hvitserkur rock in Hunafloi Bay.
Icelandic turf houses wallper
Icelandic turf houses.
Hunafloi Bay with Hvitserkur
Hunafloi Bay, Iceland.
Yokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland
Yokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Kyllingavátn, Iceland
Kyllingavátn, Iceland
Lava Field, Eldhraun, Iceland
Lava Field, Eldhraun, Iceland

Leonid Afremov’s modern impressionistic paintings

Leonid Afremov is a modern impressionist painter who uses mostly pallete knife and oils for painting. He is from Russian-Israeli descent born in Belarus. Today he is residing in Cancun, Mexico. Afremov is known for his unique style of painting and his art is easily recognizable. He is mostly selling his art over the internet while not doing much exhibitions.

15 Incredibly beautiful places on Earth you never knew existed

A small collection of the most amazing places on Earth. Maybe some of them you’ve seen or heard, in which case here’s a reminder, if you’ve never seen this places, then enjoy!

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1. Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Svolvaer Goat, Lofoten Islands, Norway
Svolvaer Goat

Lofoten islands, Norway Svolvaer Mountain, Norway Lofoten Islands are an archipelago in Norway which lies in the Arctic Circles adn provides some of the most amazing views of steep mountains and many small bays.

2. Hang Son Doong, world’s largest cave in Vietnam

Hang Son Doong the world's largest cave in Vietnam Hang Son Doong the world's largest cave in VietnamThe Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam is so large that it even has trees and various vegetation and animal life, thanks to two places where the ceiling has collapsed in the 9km cave, through which the sunlight enters.

3. Jacob’s Well,  Texas

Jacobs Well, Texas Jacob's Well, TexasJacob’s well is an interesting spring which flows through the mouth of a vertical cave. Found in Texas, USA.

3. Chocolate Hills of Bohol, Pilippines

The Chocolate Hills in the PhilippinesThe Chocolate Hills in the PhilippinesThe Chocolate Hills are found in Bohol, a province in the Philippines. There are over 1200 hills that are from 30 to 50 meters high. Covered only in grass which eventually turns brown the landscape resembles, as the names suggests hills made of chocolate.

4. The green hills of Li River, Guangxi, China

The green hills around Li River, China The green hills around Li River, China The green hills around Li River, China

The Li River is located in the Guagxi province in China. It flows through one of the most beautiful landscapes a person can imagine of steep green hills.

4. Devil’s Tower, Vyoming

Devils Tower, Wyoming Devil's Tower, WyomingDevil’s Tower in Wyoming is a geological formation that rises 386 meters above the otherwise flat surroundings. It is the first declared United States National Monument back in 1906.

5. Spotted Lake, Canada

Rich with minerals Spotted Lake Spotted Lake, CanadaThe Spotted Lake is an alkaline lake that is very, very rich in minerals, so during dry season it forms smaller pools which colors vary depending on the mineral in that pool. Located in Similkameen Valley, British Columbia.

6. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes aerial view Plitvice Lakes, CroatiaThe Plitvice Lakes national park is a Croatian UNESCO heritage site that is comprised of several lakes connected through waterfalls. It is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe.

7. Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey Pamukkale natural pools, TurkeyThe hot springs of Pamukkale have carved beautiful natural terraces of travertine, that are used for bathing ann a major tourism site since ancient times. Located in the Denizli Province in Turkey.

8. Mauritius’ “underwater” waterfall

Mauritius, Indian Ocean Mauritius "underwater waterfall"The “underwater” waterfall is just an illusion created by the flowing sand into a precipice under the sea near the Mauritius Island in the Indian Ocean.

9. Angel Falls, worlds’ highest waterfall in Venezuela

Highest waterfall on Earth, Angel Falls in Venezuela

Salto Angel, or Angel Falls is the highest water fall in the world, falling from 979 meters with a clear free fall of 807 meters. Pretty impressive. It’s name in the Pemon language, Kerepakupai Vena, means “waterfall from the deepest place”.

10. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders Moeraki BouldersThe Moreaki Boulders are striking large and spherical rocks found on the Koekohe Beach in New Zealand. The boulders are from 0.5 m to 2.2 meters in diameter.

Koutu Boulders, New ZealandThe Koutu Boulders are less famous version of the Moreaki Boulders and are also found on New Zealand. There are a lot of spherical rocks found around the world, scientifically they are known as concretions.

11. Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Mount Roraima, Venezuela Mount Roraima, Venezuela Mount RoraimaTwo words, Up, Pixar. The stunning views of Mount Roraima are an inspiration for the popular animation “Up”. The mountain has a striking, appearance with sharp edges and vertical walls in rather flat terrain.

12. The Tianzi Mountains, Zhangjiajie National Park, China

The Tianzi Mountians, China The Tianzi Mountians in Zhangjiajie National Park, China Zhnagjia jie National Park, China

The Tianzi mountains on the other hand are an inspiration for a very beloved, albeit fictional place, the Hallelujah Mountains of Pandora in the movie Avatar. More for the mountains and more images here.

13. The Cave of Giant Crystals, Mexico

The Cave of giant crystals in Mexico The Cave of Crystals in MexicoThe Giant Cave of Crystals is found 300meters below the surface in Naica, Mexico. The largest crystal in the cave weighs 55tons, however the extreme conditions in the cave like temperatures up to 60°C makes it hard to be explored. People can only handle spending 10 minutes inside.

14. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Antelope Canyon, Arizona Antelope Canyon, ArizonaThe Antelope Canyon is a beautiful geological formation created by erosion of sandstone found in Navajo land in Arizona.

15. Lake Hillier, Australia

The pink lake Hillier in Australia

Lake Hillier in Australia is a peculiar little lake that is pink! The color of the lake is the result of a microorganism that lives in the lake and the salt water. The lake is located on the Middle Island of the Recherche Archipelago.

 

Zhangjiajie National Park – Avatar’s Hallelujah Mountains on Earth

The Zhangjiajie National Park is a scenic area in China comprised of precipitous stone pillars some of them as high as 1000 meters, and it all reminds us of Avatar.

Halelujah Mountains on PandoraOne of the pillars is even officially renamed to Avatar Hallelujah Mountain in honor of the film, apparently according to the director James Cameron this place was the original inspiration for the floating mountains on the fictive moon Pandora.

Zhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah Mountains Zhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah Mountains Zhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah Mountains Zhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah Mountains Zhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah Mountains Zhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah MountainsZhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah MountainsZhangjiajie National Park - Hallelujah MountainsThe Zhangjiajie National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and in 2004 is also listed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.

Spectacular new hi-res images from the Moon shot by Chinese lander Chang’e 3

The Chinese space agency just made public hundreds of images made by their lunar lander Chang’e 3.

The images are shot in December 2013 and January 2014. The rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) which landed with Chang’e 3 appears on the images is currently stuck but still communicative.

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Rover Yutu driving off lander Chang'e 3Below you can find some of the most interesting images from the entire pack, and Emily Lakdawalla from The Planetary Society claims there are even more behind because not all of the images were made public.

Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
Moon dust on the solar panels of Chang’e 3.
Panoramic iamge of a rock on the Moon Chang'e 3 lander
Larger rock formation shot by the lander with nice details. The images is stitch form three images.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
Yutu rover shot when still close to the lander, with open solar panels.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
There was green lens reflection on some of the images, it looks artistic :).
Chang'e 3 lander on the Moon in colour
The Chang’e 3 lander on the Moon, in colour.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
Yutu’s “tire” tracks on the Moon’s surface
Chang'e 3 lander on the Moon
A stitch of two images. Size 2560×1600.
Panoramic view of the Moon - Chinese lander
Panoramic view of the Moon’s surface, rocks, pebbles and lots of lunar dust.
Rover Yutu or Jade Rabbit
Yutu rover in colour.
Chang'e 3 and Yutu images of the Moon
A small crater on the Moon.

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