‘Owls’ by John Pusateri.

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Using pencils, charcoal, and pastels artist John Pusateri creates near photo-realistic drawings of beautifully colored owls.
Pusateri currently teaches in the Department of Architecture at Unitec, New Zealand and  has a number of works available through Seed Gall.
owl-4See more from this owl series in his portfolio. (via devid sketchbook, thnx jessica)
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via Colored Owl Drawings by John Pusateri | Colossal.

Milky Way, Dunedin.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Stefan Mutch, My Shot
This was taken on the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin, New Zealand.
I was hoping to capture some aurora activity.
There was no aurora that night, but there was high humidity, so the light from the city was reflected over the entire sky, even though we were well away from the city.
Instead of the usual gold or orange glow, the sky took on a red hue that was clearly visible to the naked eye.
Stefan Mutch via Photo of the Day: Best Pictures of April 2013, Gallery – National Geographic.

The Magic of New Zealand.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Jingshu Zhu
Winner of the landscape category. Sydney accountant Jingshu Zhu captured her winning landscape-category portfolio on a trip to New Zealand’s South Island in August 2017, a place she describes as a paradise for landscape photography
Source: Australia’s 2018 Photographer of the Year awards – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Guardians of Lake Wakatipu.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Brad Grove.
Trees stand like guardians at the top of Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island.
Says Brad Grove, a member of our Your Shot community: “I first discovered these trees by the Glenorchy jetty back in April 2011 and had never really been happy with my efforts to shoot them.”
Grove achieved this HDR image in June 2012, after approaching the trees from a different direction.
“It was minus 4 [degrees Celsius] on a very cold morning, and the sun had just broken the horizon behind me,” he says. “The composition fell into place, and I took seven exposures hoping I had enough data to produce the image I could see in my head.”
Source: Photo of the Day: Best Pictures of September 2013, Gallery – National Geographic

The Fox Glacier, Tai Poutini National Park.

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The 8.1 miles of the Fox Glacier in New Zealand’s Westland Tai Poutini National Park form an ever-transforming terrain of ice caves and glacial terminal that is bordered on all sides by rainforests and mountains.
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photograph by anoldent/Flickr user
Along with its neighbor Franz Josef Glacier, it’s one of the world’s most accessible glaciers for exploring, and regular guided tours are available.
The glacier has been advancing since 1985 after decades of retreating, and with all the movement and melting stunning ice caves have been revealed.
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However, gorgeous as it is, solo wandering is not advised as there is a danger of ice breaks and rockfalls that in the past have proved fatal.
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via Fox Glacier | Atlas Obscura.

Beautiful Milford Sound.

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Milford Sound, perhaps New Zealand’s most famous scenic location, was long overlooked by early sailors and explorers, who didn’t realise the narrow entrance concealed an enormous and beautiful interior.
It wasn’t discovered by Europeans until 1812.
Named the eighth ‘wonder of the world’, its actually one of the wettest places on Earth, with rainfall creating cascades of waterfalls, some reaching a 1,000m in length.
Photograph by: Tom Walker/BBC
Source: New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian