Mount Sinabung, North Sumatra.

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Photo: © Albert Ivan Damanik. All rights reserved.
Volcanic material flows from Mount Sinabung, as seen from the village of Jeraya, North Sumatra, Indonesia on June 26, 2015.
Mount Sinabung intermittently spewed burning ash and gas a week after authorities told residents to evacuate the danger zone that lay with within a radius of seven kilometers (4.4 miles) from the crater.
Read on via Remaining on the Slopes of Mount Sinabung | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

Streaking Meteor & Erupting Volcano.

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Dutch photographer Tomas van der Weijden was out in Kamchatka, Russia, taking pictures when he captured this rare and breathtaking image.
Entitled Volcano Magic, the photo shows a streaking meteor towards the active Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano, both illuminating the lake in the foreground.
Tomas recalls in an interview with Peta Pixel: “We had set up camp nearby and hiked out to the small lake to get a good view of the volcano,” he said.
“We were extremely lucky with the circumstances (not just the meteor, but clear skies and the active volcano!), as it had been a couple of years since lava streams had erupted from this particular volcano.”
Source: Photographer snaps meteor and erupting volcano in one epic photo

Three Japanese Snow Monkeys at play.

Image Credit: Photograph by Bruna Mentrup-Nortje.
After two days of fighting for space to photograph the monkeys lazing around in a hot water pool, I decided to venture out on my own.
I came upon these three Snow Monkeys (Japanese Macaques) playing in the snow.
It was late afternoon and the sun was behind the monkeys which created beautiful backlighting for me, shining through the monkey’s golden brown fur as they played.
The background also changed into a beautiful dark blue with the white snow as my foreground.
Source: Daily Dozen — Photos — National Geographic Your Shot

3D Trick Art Murals, Philippines.

art-in-island-2[5]While museums around the world strictly disallow photography, this one in particular not only allow touching of exhibits and photography, they encourage it.
In fact, a trip to “Art in Island”, an interactive art museum located in suburban Quezon city north of Manila, in Philippines, would be useless without a camera.
The museum features over 50 trick art murals that were painted by a team of 18 Korean master painters who were specially flown in for the project.
art-in-island-1[5]These murals give the illusion of depth when viewed from a certain angle, and is designed to serve as a backdrop for photo opportunities.
Museum attendees are encouraged to climb into paintings and take photos of their interactions.
“Here, art paintings are not complete if you are not with them… if you don’t take pictures with them,” Blyth Cambaya, a museum employee explained to Mashable.
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See more Images via Art in Island: An Interactive 3D Art Museum In Philippines | Amusing Planet.

Traditional Pictorialism by Dong Honh Oai.

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Using a style known as pictorialism, Chinese artist Dong Honh-Oai was able to create a series of amazing photographs that look like Chinese traditional paintings.
Born in 1929, in Guangzhou, China’s Guangdong province, Dong Hong-Oai left his home country when he was just 7, after the sudden death of his parents. The youngest of 24 siblings, he was sent to live within the Chinese community of Saigon, Vietnam.
There he became an apprentice at a photography studio owned by Chinese immigrants and learned the basics of photography. During this time he became particularly interested in landscape photography, which he practiced in his spare time.
At 21, after doing a series of odd jobs, he became a student at the Vietnam National Art University.
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In 1979, a bloody border war started between Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China, and following a series of repressive policies that targeted Chinese immigrants, Dong Hong-Oai became one of the millions of “boat people”who left Vietnam during the 1970s and 1980s.
At the age of 50, speaking no English and knowing no one in America, the artist arrived in San Francisco and was even able to set up a small darkroom.
Selling his photographs at local street fairs he was able to raise enough money to travel back to China periodically to take photos of surreal landscapes, and more importantly study under the tutelage of Long Chin-San, in Taiwan.
This famous master, who died in 1995, at the age of 105, had been trained in the traditional art of Chinese landscape imagery painting, which wasn’t intended to accurately depict nature, but to interpret nature’s emotional impact.
The dramatic monochromatic landscapes created using simple brushes and ink combined different art form (poetry, calligraphy and painting) and allowed artists to more fully express themselves.
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Read on via Don Hong-Oai Takes Photographs That Look Like Traditional Chinese Paintings | Oddity Central

First Light in Taiwan.

Photographer Theerasak Saksritawee submitted this photo of birds taking flight in a golden sky over Taiwan’s National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
The memorial, dedicated to the former president of the Republic of China, includes gardens, ponds, and this sprawling plaza, a popular spot for national celebrations.
Saksritawee’s shot was recently featured in the Daily Dozen.
Source: Memorial Image, Taiwan | National Geographic Photo of the Day