“Mayflies Blitz the Night Sky.”

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Photography is often all about patience. A photographer might wait hours or even days to get a shot.
Even by that measure, Imre Potyó is a man of exceptional perseverance. He spent 12 days waiting to make this amazing photo of mayflies over the Rába river in Hungary.
The tiny insects, called Ephoron virgo, are but a few months old when they take to the air at the end of July or start of August. Great swarms appear over the rivers of central Europe at sunset to mate by the millions, only to die by dawn.
Imre Potyó first photographed a swarm in 2013. “I was impressed by the wonderful dance of the mayflies,” he says.
Last year, he decided to try shooting the mayflies against a starlit sky. Because no one can ever say just when the flies will appear, Potyó returned to the banks of the Rába night after night.
Finally, the creatures appeared in a whirlwind. “I was standing on the river, so me and my equipment were totally covered by the huge masses of buzzing mayflies,” he says. “They were all around me.”
Potyó took over 200 photos in about two hours with his Nikon D90, but the final image is a composite of two shots. First, he used a fast shutter speed to capture the mayflies’ erratic movements, illuminating them with a flash and a flashlight.
Then he made a 30-second exposure focused on the stars above.
Source: Stunning Photo Captures a Blizzard of a Million Mayflies | WIRED

Floating Houses of Lake Bokodi.

Lake Bokodi, in the village of Bokod, about 80 kilometers west of Budapest, Hungary, is an artificial lake created in 1961 by the Oroszlány Thermal Power Company by flooding a low-lying meadow next to the plant.
The power plant draws cold water from the lake to operate its boilers, and warm water is returned back to the lake. This continues recycling of the water causes the lake to never freeze even in the chilly winter air.
Over the years, the lake became a popular spot for fishing and angling, and a number of small wooden cottage on stilts were erected by the locals, with wooden boardwalks leading to them.
As Lake Bokodi’s fame spread through the internet, tourists and photographers started thronging this remote village.
See more great images via Floating Houses of Lake Bokodi | Amusing Planet

“Zodiacal Light.”

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Felsőtárkány, Hungary.
The Zodiacal light, left, with Venus and the Milky Way, right, appear near the top of the Three-Stone Hill on the Bükk Plateau.
The light is apparently caused by the reflection of sunshine from the interplanetary dust particles of the zodiacal cloud
Image Credit: Photograph by Peter Komka/EPA
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“Abandoned Places”.

The French photographer David de Rueda travels the world in search of unusual places.
He is captivated by the aesthetic beauty of derelict buildings and teamed up with Nikon to create a striking photo project based on abandoned places, in Europe.
Photos by David de Rueda/Nikon/Rex Shutterstock.

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An abandoned ferris wheel in Pripyat, the town that used to house many of the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant.
Only 3km from the site of the disaster, Pripyat was evacuated 36 hours after the explosion.

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Abandoned locomotives and carriages in Budapest.
The derelict engine shed is located in the middle of a working train depot
See more images via Abandoned places – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

“Climbing above Budapest”.

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by Tamás Rizsavi
For 6 years I’ve been climbing Budapest’s most significant buildings, towers, monuments and everything I can to shoot the perfect pictures about my hometown.
Real love and passion!
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I even risk my life to take pictures of my hometown in unrepeatable lights and from unbelievable heights.
I try to take pictures in different lights and weather conditions because I would like to show everyone how beautiful Budapest is.
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Originally I am a train driver but my true passion is photography.
With that, I would like to show the world how proud I am of the place where I live.
More info: Facebook
Source: I Risk My Life To Photograph My Hometown Budapest From The Best Angle | Bored Panda

Bratislavia by Hogenberg.

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This colored copperplate view of Bratislava (Posonium in Latin, known as Pressburg during the period of the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empire) is the oldest and best-known popular depiction of the city.
The creator of this edited copy of the print was the German master Franz Hogenberg (1535−90).
At the time the print was made, Bratislava was the capital of Hungary and was also a coronation city of the Habsburg rulers.
The view depicts the Danube River, dominated by Bratislava Castle, which was a seat of the Hungarian part of the Habsburg monarchy until 1780.
An interesting note in the upper-right part of the view mentions Wolfgang Lazius (1514−65), who was an important Hungarian humanist and cartographer and the author of the second oldest map of Hungary (1556).
In 1593 this view was used in the book Civitates orbis terrarum. Liber quartus urbium praecipuarum totius mundi (The cities of the world. The fourth book of the principal cities of the world), published in Cologne by Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg.
via Pressburg, Posonium, or Pisonium, a Hungarian City as Depicted by Wolfgang Lazius – World Digital Library.