Victoria’s London Arch on a clear warm Night.

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The London Arch, Victoria on a clear night.
Photographer: Oat Vaiyaboon
by Oat Vaiyaboon · · From Pic of the Week
We didn’t plan on such a long drive but the night was calm, clear and not too cold.
So we decided that astrophotography at the Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria was on the cards.
After looking at a few stats and an app., the milky way seem to be in a optimal position for a star trail.
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Source: ABC OPEN: London Arch on a warm spring night || From Project: Pic of the Week

A Cloudy Lake Hollingsworth.

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Photograph by Dennis Ramos, National Geographic Your Shot
It seems that Mother Nature was in a collaborative mood, helping Your Shot member Dennis Ramos snap an unusual shot of Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, Florida.
“I was walking with my wife,” he writes, “when we noticed this one duck [fly] to the top of the young tree. As we were taking shots, I noticed this cloud very slowly [move] into my camera frame.”
A long-exposure photographer, Ramos was prepared to capture the moment. “I always have my neutral-density filter in my camera bag,” he explains. “I set up my tripod and [dialed] in a 90-second exposure—just enough to blur the water and still have the cloud above without too much motion blur”.
Ramos’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.
Source: Lake Image, Florida – National Geographic Photo of the Day

Rain & Sunrise, Laver Hill, The Otways.

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Rain on the horizon threatens to overtake the sunrise near Laver Hill, in the stunning Otways of Victoria.
Photo by ABC Open contributor greens_pics
Source: Rain or shine – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress

Swarms of desert locusts fly into the air from crops in Katitika village in Kenya’s Kitui county on Jan. 24, 2020.
In the worst outbreak in a quarter-century, hundreds of millions of the insects swarmed into Kenya from Somalia and Ethiopia, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region.
(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Source: In 2020, AP photographers captured a world in distress

‘Glowing Orbs’.

395A8556-optimizedIn July, 2014, a team of light painters from East Coast Light Painting created a long-exposure photograph of 200 glowing orbs in a field in Virginia.
To create the orbs, the group collaboratively developed a spinning light tool.
During the 1,651-second exposure, the team fanned out to create each of the 7-foot-diameter orbs.
200orbsBThe light painters were inspired by a 2011 photograph in which photographer Andrew Wells created a long-exposure image with 100 orbs.
According to the group, their 2014 photograph has earned a Guinness World Record.
via Light-Painting Group Creates a Long-Exposure Photograph of 200 Glowing Orbs in a Field.

Ray of Light, Bagan, Myanmar.

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Wonderful Photograph by Zay Yar Lin, Copyright.
Young novices clean a temple at Bagan, Myanmar, in the morning before the tourists come to visit.
This distinctive ray of light usually falls directly upon the image of Buddha during June and July of each year.
Source: Ray of Light Photo by Zay Yar Lin — National Geographic Your Shot

Li’l Spiders on Planet Earth.

head-on-spider-4This is a small series of macro shots by photographer Jimmy Kong featuring little spiders staring directly at the camera.
See, they’re not so scary now, are they? The one creeping under your bed covers? That one, yes. I used to have a spider that lived in the corner of the ceiling above my shower.
I jokingly called him my roommate, we actually got along fine. Until the day he tried to touch me, then I bare-hand splattered his guts all over the wall. I still find legs in my shower caddy.
head-on-spider-8Keep going for a couple more, but be sure to check out Jimmy’s Flickr for a ton more spiders and insects staring directly at the camera.
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See more spiders via Cuties!: Lil’ Spiders Staring Directly At The Camera | Geekologie.

Unusual Christmas decorations from America.

The early Roman celebration of Saturnalia, designed to appease agricultural gods who determined the fate of their crops, included the use of evergreen boughs to decorate homes.
The Druids, Celts and Vikings also used them during their winter solstice ceremonies to signify hope during the seasonal dead zone.So how did the practice morph from humble branches to majestic trees?
Some credit 16th Century Germany for that shift. That’s when small evergreen trees were decorated with candies, apples and berries and used in church plays.
Suddenly, the pagan ritual got a Christian makeover, and the uses of larger and grander trees during the winter season spread across Europe. By comparison, Americans got in on the practice relatively late. It’s believed that the first Christmas trees appeared in German American communities in the early 1800s.
But by and large, 19th century Americans still viewed the holidays as pagan until Britain’s Queen Victoria and her family were sketched standing near a brightly festooned Christmas arrangement in 1846.
Soon after, members of the American elite competed to earn credit for the most lavish displays of holiday splendor.

From there, it was game on for American Christmas. 
Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine getting through a December without encountering at least one form of iconic Christmas image, regardless of your geographic location.
Source: See Christmas decorations around America

Daffodils On the Slopes Of Mount Golica.

Image Credit: Photograph by​ Aleš Krivec
One of the most known facts about my hometown Jesenice is, that in May the northern slopes above the town get covered in a white blanket of daffodils (Narcissus poeticus).
So one morning I drove up the mountain road to the foothills of Mount Mala Golica.
It’s only a 15 minutes hike from there to get to the meadow which is fully covered with daffodils.
A lot of people mistakenly thinks the daffodils are at Mount Golica. But that is not the case as Mount Golica has two peaks and daffodils can be found on the slopes of the lower peak (Mala Golica).
As you can see from the image above the slopes turn almost completely white and it’s truly an amazing, almost otherworldly sight to see.
More info: dreamypixel.com
Source: I Photographed Daffodils On The Slopes Of Mt. Golica | Bored Panda

Winter at the Flatiron Building.

FlatironJonas1In the midst of a Winter Storm, photographer Michele Palazzo braved the blustery weather in hopes that he’d capture a one-of-a-kind shot.
Fortunately, he came across New York City’s Flatiron Building and that’s when something magical happened.
As tufts of snow swirled in the wind, Palazzo aimed his Ricoh GR camera and photographed the building, surrounding streets, and meteorological conditions.
After enhancing the image in VSCO Cam, the artist noticed that the snow swirls created patterns resembling swift brush strokes.
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As a whole, the photograph incredibly echoes an impressionist painting.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the Flatiron’s windows feature an origami installation by artist Chelsea Hrynick Browne.
Her hand-cut paper creations perfectly add to the otherworldly, Winter Storm moment.
All photos via Michele Palazzo.

Source: NYC Winter Storm Photo Remarkably Resembles an Impressionist Painting – My Modern Met