Parisian Street Artist C215 decorates Valletta, Malta.

03b728dcd3f5392e028d369cbdc4f46f105a5382-1414688844-5452704c-620x348Parisian street artist Christian Guemy- better known as C215 and often referred to as France’s response to Banksy – has left a trail of art pieces inspired by the ghost of Caravaggio on pillar boxes. Pictured is his Medusa in Valletta.
Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi.
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A painting by Parisian street artist Christian Guemy, better known as C215, decorates a post box in Valletta.
Image Credit: Photograph by Darrin Zammit Lupi.

via Photos of the week – Times of Malta – timesofmalta.com.

The Dizzying 1000 yd Zip Line trip from the outside World to Yushan Village.

article-2204686-150f8764000005dc-962_964x1444If you suffer from even the slightest amount vertigo then Yushan village in China’s Hubei Province is probably best kept off any list of potential holiday destinations.
For despite its staggeringly beautiful location, Yushan’s only connection with the outside world is a precarious zip line stretching for a dizzying kilometre, 400 metres above the valley floor.
A pair of thick cables are strung between two high cliff faces with a steel cage suspended below to carry people and goods in and out of the village.
Don’t look down!
This terrifying zip line stretching 400 metres above the valley floor is the only connection to the outside world for Yushan village in China’s Hubei Province
Maintenance man Zhang Xinjian and his family have been checking the cable ropeway for quite some years.
Yushan has a population of just over 200 people and before the ropeway was built in 1997, villagers faced a walk of several days to get to the next nearest village.
The village is hoping to have a road constructed over the next few years.
via Take the high road! Chinese village’s only contact with world is 1,000-yard zip-line at a dizzying height above valley floor | Mail Online.

Sundown at Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Victoria.

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Cape Schank Lighthouse at Sunset – Photo by Australian Geographic.
The tower was built in 1859 from limestone and painted white. It is the second coastal light established in Victoria.
It is considered by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to be the most original lighthouse under its jurisdiction.
An unusual feature of this lighthouse is its stone stairway rather than the usual wrought iron.
The present apparatus, installed in 1915 is a first order Chance Brothers lens. Upgrades of this lantern were carried out in 1907, 1917 and 1940.
The original clockwork mechanism is still in place, though the light is now turned by an electric motor.
The lighthouse was renovated from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
Work included the refurbishment of the lantern.
via The Cape Schanck Lighthouse.

Foggy Sunrise at Snowdonia, North West Wales.

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Image Credit: Photograph by Justin Saunders
Snowdonia.
After a 5 am start on Saturday morning, I was hoping for sunrise, but the forecast was for fog.
I decided to try something different, using the fog to create atmosphere and tranquility from this scenic spot.
We made a short trip through a small wooded area, then to our delight the landscape opened up and we were stunned by this landscape before us.
At 7 am it was truly magnificent.
See more great Photos via Readers’ travel photography competition: December – the winners | Travel | The Guardian

The Tengger Volcanic Complex, Java, Indonesia.

Tengger volcanic complex, Indonesia
This is part of a national park on the Indonesian island of Java that lies within a large caldera – the remains of an volcano that erupted more than 45,000 years ago.
In this view, the volcanic cones comprising the Tengger complex are at the centre, with smoke coming from Mount Bromo.
In the distance is Mount Semeru.
Image Credit: Photograph by EC Tong/Imagelibrary India Pvt
Source: The world’s natural wonders – in pictures | Travel | The Guardian

The Fiery Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii.

hvo0085When humans breathe, they release carbon dioxide gas that has built up inside them.
The Kilauea volcano on the Island of Hawaii is no different.
It is the world’s most active volcano. At its base, giant curtains of fire spew forth from fissure vents, creating a shifting wall of magma.
Interestingly, the curtain of fire requires no explosive activity from the volcano itself. The cause of the fiery curtain is the expansion of gas within the vents and oddly enough, the weight of the lava.

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Contrary to the commonly imagined steep-sloped science fair volcano, Kilauea is a shield volcano, meaning it has very shallow slopes.
The shallow slopes that form Kilauea and the other volcanoes of Hawaii Island are constructed as the heavy fluid lava flows away from the volcano, with the help of gravity.
In Hawaiian, Kilauea literally translates to “much spreading.” As the lava constantly stretches under the pressure of its own weight, fractures form. It is from these fractures or fissure vents that, squeezed by the massive pressures of the lava itself, fiery curtains of magma erupt.
Read more via Curtain of Fire | Atlas Obscura.