“Volcanic eruption at Mount Sinaburg.”

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The Mount Sinabung volcano spews smoke and ash in a timed-exposure photo taken at night.
A sudden increase in volcanic activity has seen Sinabung shooting fire and hot ash clouds into the sky dozens of times in recent days.
Image Credit: Photograph by AFP/Getty Images
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“Night Surfing in Sumatra.”

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Image Credit: Photograph by Fred Pompermayer.
“I clicked the shutter and boom!
I caught a wave to my head, and then another one right after that,” says photographer Fred Pompermayer of this shot he took of surfer Adriano De Souza riding a wave in the early morning darkness in Mentawai, Sumatra.
“It took all of my energy just to get back to the boat after that.
”Pompermayer and De Souza were part of a team that had spent time surfing during the day and traveling at night by boat from island to island.
On the day this photo was taken, the team arrived at the location around 4 a.m. and jumped in.
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“The Starry Night.”

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We began the year with a spacewalk, and end with the stars – as shown in this time-lapse photo taken in Indonesia.
Kelly Grovier describes the image as “an arresting distortion of what the eye actually observes in the universe around it”, comparing it with Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.
Now one of the world’s most famous paintings, it was dismissed by the artist months after it was painted for being too abstract. “I allowed myself to be led astray”, the Dutch post-Impressionist wrote in a letter in November 1889, “into reaching for stars that are too big”.
Many would disagree with his verdict; Grovier concludes with a quote from Calvin and Hobbes: “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently”.
Source: BBC – Culture – The most striking photos of the year

“Watercolors of Children with Animals.”

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I am an Indonesia based artist. For me, making art is my cathartic release where I can share my feelings or moods.
Everyday you watch the news and it’s so horrifying that so many bad things happen. They make you angry, they make you cry.
Wandererslores__880Everyday, consciously or unconsciously, we feed on these negative vibes.
Sometimes I just feel like I can’t breathe and I really have to find a way out.
Nature is always the best remedy, it can always brings tranquility and reassures my mind.
So, by using watercolour, I try to capture this beautiful innate relationship between human, nature, and animals.
I leave out all the colors and only use black and white to focus on the mood and atmosphere of the painting.
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I really hope that my art can serve its purpose. I wish it will bring such positive vibes to people.
via Peaceful Black And White Watercolor Paintings Of Children And Animal | Bored Panda.

“Wet in Bali.”

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I was taking pictures of some Orangutans in Bali and then it started to rain.
Just before I put my camera away, I saw this Orangutan took a taro leaf and put it on top on his head to protect himself from the rain!
I immediately used my DSLR and telephoto lens to preserve this spontaneous magic moment.
via Traveler Photo Contest: Spontaneous Moments.

“The Slopes of Mount Sinabung,”

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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