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Havana, Cuba Actor Aimee Perez poses for a photo as she has her body painted to perform as part of the creation Mutación Forzada, or Forced Mutation, by Cuban Artist Alberto Lescay during the 12th Havana biennial.
Photograph: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters.
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Relatives of a missing passenger who was aboard the cruise ship that capsized on the Yangtze river, walk along the river’s bank in Jianli, Hubei province, China. 
Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters.
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Cairo, Egypt The Milky Way is visible from the White Desert.
Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
via The Guardian.

The Great Grey Owl is Fearless.

Great grey owls perch on relatively low tree branches, making them a photographer’s dream.
This particular owl and another juvenile in the area were quite dedicated hunters and would search for mice and voles in the dry grass and meadows, swooping long and low before gliding back up to a suitable perch.
It was seemingly unfazed by human presence and would stare right into the camera often both during flight and while scanning for prey from the pine branches.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jennifer Rogers. All Rights Reserved.
Source: The Hunter | Smithsonian Photo Contest | Smithsonian

Mandalay/Fire/Bee.

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Mandalay, Burma: A Buddhist monk takes a photo as he and other monks are offered morning alms
Photograph: Phyo Mg Mg/AFP/Getty Images
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Jinhua, China: A barefooted man walks on fire at the Lianhuo festival. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images.cbccaab2-56ae-48ef-b567-61005763030c-2060x1371
Dresden, Germany: A bee collects pollen from a sunflower
Photograph: Arno Burgi/AFP/Getty Images
See more Images via The weekend in pictures | News | The Guardian

The Angry Ocean.

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Large waves hit the lighthouse and harbor at high tide at Newhaven in Sussex, England.
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Giant waves crash over onlookers washing them off the sea wall of Cape Town, South Africa’s Kalk Bay harbor.
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Waves crash against the seawall of the port of Cudillero, as boats are seen in the foreground in northern Spain.
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People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break on Porthcawl harbor, South Wales, where very strong winds and high seas create dangerous weather conditions.
via MSN Photos

Digital Landscapes to Inspire.

In this post, we showcase Beautiful Examples Of Landscape Digital Paintings for Your Inspiration.
Hopefully everybody will find some inspiration at least in some of the works showcased below.
Feel free to explore the works of artists by following the links to their sites.
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Deserted street by monsterrrrous
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Bye bye Mr. Moon part 7 by TinyPilot
See more Images via 40 Beautiful Examples Of Landscape Digital Paintings | Pixel Curse.

The Wedding 2014.

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Photo and caption by AGNIESZKA TRACZEWSKA
Newly married couple Aaron and Rivkeh will be alone together for the first time after their wedding ceremony.
Their marriage was arranged by their families. The 18-year-olds met once to confirm the choice; since then they have been prohibited to meet or even talk.
National Geographic Traveller Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one of this year’s judges, shares his thoughts on the second-place winner:
“Photography is a powerful tool for showing the ways that people around the world are clearly different but in many ways the same. The Orthodox fur hat and wedding dress are clues that this picture was taken in a very distinctive place. But the smile and laughter of the bride and groom indicate that these are teenagers reacting to a new situation”.
“When I look at the image I can’t help but think about the nature of love and marriage around the world. Here is a scene that in many parts of the world could be a young couple on their first date.
Because of the clothes they are wearing I know that this is not a lighthearted encounter but the beginning of a lifelong commitment.
Any photograph that can make me think that much deserves to be a winner.”
via Winners – Winners Gallery – Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – National Geographic.