In the Cave of the Glow Worms.

Something quite special dwells beneath the surface of New Zealand and these images prove that the country is just as beautiful below ground as it is above!
The Waitomo area is famous for it’s limestone caves and within these caves are one of the most magical insects in the world, the glowworm.
Glow worms emit a phosphorescent glow that light up the cave and create a surreal environment.
Over the past year I have been back and forth to Waitomo’s Ruakuri Cave to master the art of photographing these magnificent little creatures – it’s been quite the experience!
When the headlamps are out and all you can see are the glowworms, you can’t help but feel like you’ve stepped into James Cameron’s Avatar Pandora, it’s just unreal!

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Photographing glow worms is very similar to shooting the night sky, however the exposure time can be much longer.
These images in particular range between 30 seconds and 6 minutes exposures.
To achieve the shots, it required me to submerge myself and my tripod in cold water for up to 6-8 hours a day – it was totally worth it!
More info: shaunjeffersphotography.com
Source: Glow Worms Turn New Zealand Cave Into Starry Night And I Spent Past Year Photographing It | Bored Panda

Morning Cloud over Huangshan Falls.

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Image Credit: Photograph by thierry bornier.
I captured this image in the early morning in the Yellow Mountains, China. Behind this image there is a story.
I was climbing at 3 am to reach the waterfall, when as I arrived I could see in the dark the cloudy image surrounding the Huangshan Falls.
My hope was at sunrise this beautiful effect of nature would still stand in front of me .
Luckily at 6.30 am the image I wanted was still there.
This time I took the shot before it disappeared completely a few minutes later.
Source: Huangshan Falls Photo by thierry bornier — National Geographic Your Shot

Wolfe Creek Crater, Great Sandy Desert.

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Wolfe Creek Crater is a well-preserved meteorite impact crater located in the flat plains of the northeastern edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia, some 150 km south of the town of Halls Creek.
The crater is considered the second largest in the world from which meteorite fragments have been collected, after the famous Barringer Crater in Arizona.
Because of its excellent preservation, the crater clearly shows the classic features that result from a large meteorite striking the Earth.
Wolfe Creek Crater measures roughly 880 meters in diameter, and the mostly flat crater floor sits some 55 meters below the crater rim and some 25 meters below the sand plain outside of the crater.
At the crater’s center, the ground rises slightly. Here grows some surprisingly large trees that draw moisture from the crater’s water reserves that remain after summer rains.
via Amusing Planet – Amazing Places, Wonderful People, Weird Stuff.

Rarely visited Countries of the World.

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Niue: Number of Visitors: 7,000
Location: Niue is an island in the South Pacific Ocean.
It sits nearly 1,500 miles from the coast of New Zealand.
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Montserrat (British Overseas Territory): Number of Visitors: 7,000
Location: Montserrat is part of the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies.
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Kiribati: Number of Visitors: 6,000
Location: Kiribati is an island in the central tropical Pacific Ocean.
There’s not much else near it — Hawaii is about 5 hours north by plane.
Read on via These Are The World’s Least Visited Countries.

The Drinking Fountains of Rome.

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I love drinking fountains — especially the fact that they were installed in very old homes and public places before the advent of electricity. We all know modern fountains recirculate water with the aid of electric pumps, but how did these fountains of yesteryear operate?
Take the fountains of Rome, probably the most famous in the world.
In ancient times someone realized there were lots of water sources outside Rome that were at a higher elevation than the city itself. Ergo, if one could convey the water from the sources to the town, one would have water pressure (and if desired, fountains) galore.
One then had the mere technical detail of building ten miles of more or less watertight aqueduct with a constant slope of 1 in 320 using the resources available in 312 BC. Plus ten more aqueducts in later years, the longest extending 56 miles, bringing in a total of 38 million gallons of water per day.
Plus an elaborate municipal plumbing system in which the runoff from one fountain fed others downhill from it and ultimately wound up in the sewers.
Result: 1,200 fountains (and 800 baths) that couldn’t be shut off.
The Roman public’s familiarity with the aqueduct system as an integral piece of the city’s history increases their awareness of their water supply in general.
“Unlike most other cities in the world, Rome really flaunts the fact that it has water. There’s a fountain on every third corner, there are little drinking fountains, and much of it is always flowing because it’s a gravity system so it doesn’t turn off.”
The idea, which comes from ancient Rome, is that that the public always have first dibs on the water. They know where their water comes from, how it gets to them, and where it goes.
And so they should.

The Ancient Incan Rings of Moray.

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Grouped together in Peru’s lush Cuzco region, the ringed Incan ruins known as Moray have long been a mystery, but it is looking more and more likely that the nested stone rings may have been part of a large-scale agricultural experiment.
Unlike a number of the elaborate metropolises and statuary left behind by the Incan people, the rings at Moray are relatively simple but may have actually been an ingenious series of test beds.
Descending in grass-covered, terraced rings, these rings of rings vary in size, with the largest ending in a depth of 30 meters (98 feet) deep and 220 meters (722 feet) wide.
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Studies have shown that many of the terraces contain soil that must have been imported from other parts of the region.
The temperature at the top of the pits varies from that at the bottom by as much as 15ºC, creating a series of micro-climates that — not coincidentally — match many of the varied conditions across the Incan empire, leading to the conclusion that the rings were used as a test bed to see what crops could grow where.
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via Moray | Atlas Obscura.