Taïwan - San Zhi

9 Photos of Abandoned Cities

Featured Image – Sanzhi, Taïwan – by Alexander Synaptic.
There’s a certain kind of mystery that tickles our curiosity concerning an abandoned city.  How has it deteriorated? Why? These places inspire us, they are like windows through time that tell us an ancient story. There are probably more abandoned cities than you’d think, here is a round up of the most mysterious abandoned cities I could found.

Gary, Indiana

Gary, India

Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi (15mm, f/8, 1/50 sec, ISO100)
Have a seat- Gary, Indiana – via Flickr

The city of Gary, Indiana was founded as a booming steel city as the twentieth century passed. The population of Gary is 80,290, making it the ninth-largest city in the state of Indiana. Gary’s population has fallen by 55 percent from a peak of 178,320 in 1960. The population has risen and fallen with the state of the steel industry, leaving abandoned buildings in the city.

Gary's Church Sanctuary

Methodist Church Sanctuary – Gary, Indiana- by Joe Lax-Salinas

This church is both beautiful and in pitiful state. Because of one of the highest crime rate of Indiana, it was closed in the 1970s and has been vacant ever since.

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Dust Pillars in the Carina Nebula

9 Incredible Photos of our Universe

Featured Image: the cosmic ice sculptures of the Carina Nebula via Hubblesite.
The visible space is big, complex and can be incredibly beautiful. This list of 9 pictures gathers the most beautiful images of our universe I could found.  Even though these pictures taken from space may look like surreal landscapes, they are not entirely created by computer. Note that for some images, infrared electromagnetic waves have been transmitted over the visible spectrum. The following images can be downloaded in high quality to be used as wallpapers.

The Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula - where stars born

The Carina Nebula – via European Southern Observatory

The Carina Nebula is a region of massive star formation in the southern skies. This panorama of the Carina Nebula was taken in infrared light using the HAWK-I camera on ESO’s Very Large Telescope.

The Carina Nebula

The Carina Nebula: Star Birth in the Extreme – via Hubblesite

This is also the Carina Nebula. It was taken by a team of astronomers with Hubble’s cameras. It is a 50-light-year-wide view of the central region of the Carina Nebula where a maelstrom of star birth – and death – is taking place.

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The Liver Building at Night

Best of Architectural Photography

Featured image by Tim Dutton via Flickr.
Architecture surrounds us every day, and is a very popular photography subject. Here is a round up of the most beautiful free of use architecture photos I could found on the internet (make sure you comply with the licenses before using theses images). Even though these buildings may look like surreal sceneries, they are authentic. The locations of the buildings are mentioned in the caption.

Chiang Mai Temple


Beautiful temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Shapour Bahrami

Chiang Mai, the sixth biggest city in Thailand,  is overflowing with ancient Buddhist Temples dating back to when the city was originally founded in 1296. The structure of these temples is made of intricate carving covered by painted symbols.

Austin at Sunset

Austin at sunset

NIKON D3X (20mm, f/11, 1 sec, ISO50)
Beautiful Austin at Sunset by Trey Ratcliff via Flickr

Austin is the capital of Texas and is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America. This picture shows the urbanization beyond the Colorado River.

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Capoeira Practice on Dili Beach

7 Fleeting Moments

Featured image by United Nations Photo via Flickr - A group of men practice capoeira on the beach in Dili.

As you can see on our top 10 of the most beautiful landscapes, a good photograph is creative, manipulates lights and take care of the composition. But taking a great shot also about being lucky. Here is a list of photos taken in the right place at the right moment.

Sakurajima Volcano with Lightning

volcano with lightning

Canon EOS 5D Mark II (200mm, f/1.8, 2 sec, ISO800)
Volcano with Lightning via APOD by Martin Rietze

The Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan was caught erupting in early January creating beautiful lightning. How did it happen? Even though nothing is certain, one hypothesis holds that the volcanic ash is electrically charged because of the motion of the magma bubbles (learn more). Note that this picture was submitted by Martin Rietze to the Astronomy Picture of the Day.

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This is a beautiful tree

7 Surreal Landscapes

Featured images by Kobaken via Flickr – Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan (full size download link).
I hand-picked 7 inspiring landscape photographs to show you the unexpected beauty of earth. These surreal places may seem like photoshopped pictures, but they are real destinations that you might want to see for yourself (each location is mentioned below the image).

Fly Geyser

Fly Geyser

Canon PowerShot S1 IS (5.8mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec, ISO0)
Fly Geyser via Wikimedia Commons (Nevada, USA)

Fly Geyser is a little-known tourist attraction in North America, which is located on a high desert plateau adjacent to the Black Rock Desert in northwestern part of Nevada in USA. The geyser is surrounded by lakes, its hot water is rich in calcium carbonate. Although it is located in the desert, it has frequent jets. More informations about the Fly Geyser on Wikipedia and Youtube.

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