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Lion Rock Piha Beach

The west coast community of Piha with its black sand beach and Lion Rock.
Dubbed as New Zealand's most famous surf beach, Piha Beach is guarded by a coastal formation called Lion Rock. The rock receives its name from its shape - a large full maned male lion with front l ...
Emerald Lake British Columbia

The legend of the brass bathtubs surrounds Emerald Lake in British Columbia, Canada.
The pristine Emerald Lake is the largest lake situated in Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada. Emerald Lake was discovered in 1882 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Rai ...
Orca Whales

A delightful encounter with the northern resident orca whales in British Columbia, Canada.
It's an awe inspiring sight to see orca whales (aka Killer Whales). It is even more impressive to see their massive bodies surfing behind a boat, cutting through the water like a hot knife through ...
Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale watching in the Strait of Belle Isle in Newfoundland, Canada.
A humpback whale, megaptera novaeangliae, takes a deep dive in the Strait of Belle Isle in Newfoundland, Canada. The Humpback Whale is a baleen whale which filters its food from the water. It's ...
White Sided Dolphin

An extremely active Pacific White Sided Dolphin performs an acrobatic trick in the waters of British Columbia, Canada.
A frisky dolphin leaps into the air after riding in the wake of a boat as though to say "do that some more!!".Also nicknamed Lags because of their lengthy and cumbersome scientific name "Lagenorhy ...
Te Paki Sanddunes

A trail of footprints are left by people climbing to the top of the Te Paki Sanddunes in Northland, New Zealand.
The golden sand of the Te Paki Sanddunes is a great place to visit during a vacation on the North Island of New Zealand.Climb to the top and launch yourself off on a boogie board. These giant sand ...
Canadian Sunset

A vivid sunset over the Canadian East Coast and Newfoundland.
The Canadian flag flies from the roof of an outhouse during a bright sunset over the Altantic Ocean, Newfoundland.Quirpon Island is considered Iceberg central in Newfoundland, and the Quirpon Ligh ...
Oregon Coast USA

The unrelenting waves of the Pacific Ocean pound the Coast of Oregon in the USA.
The terrific view looking from Chapman Point in the Ecola State Park at the waves crashing onto the Coast in Oregon, USA.A pretty rainbow seems caught in the ocean spray lingering just above the w ...
Galapagos Giant Tortoise

The Giant Tortoise is endemic to the Galapagos archepelago in Ecuador, South America.
The largest living tortoise is the Galapagos Giant Tortoise which can weigh over 300kg or 661 pounds. The scientific name of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise is Geochelone elephantopus. The Giant Tort ...
Killer Whales Telegraph Cove

A family pod of Killer Whales in a resting pattern near Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island.
The Northern Resident Killer Whales spend some of their time in the summer months in the Johnstone Strait area in and around Robson Bight - East of Telegraph Cove. There are several options for to ...
Starfish

Also known as Sea stars, Starfish are actually invertebrates not fish.
The Raft Cove Provincial Marine Park is a great place to find Starfish, anemones, and a variety of small tidal pool life forms. Situated on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Raft Cove has many r ...
Whale Watching In BC

A rainbow forms in the mist of an Orcas blow during a whale watching tour in BC, Canada.
One of the best places in Canada for Whale Watching is in BC or British Columbia. Vancouver Island is the ultimate destination in BC with several whale watching operators departing from Victoria, ...
National Museum Prague

The elaborate building which houses the National Museum in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
A Statue of a Knight on Horseback guards the Czech National Museum in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Europe. The National Museum is situated in the New Town district of Prague and stands at the ...
Canada Tulips Ontario

Colourful tulips greet visitors to the Cullen Gardens in Ontario, Canada.
A visitor to the Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village in the town of Whitby, Ontario during the spring is rewarded with a vision of colourful tulips. The tulip beds are incorporated into a Miniatu ...
Provence France

The village of Ponte-du-Loup is situated at the mouth of the Gorges-du-Loup in Provence, France.
A door to a villa is surrounded by flowers in the village of Ponte-du-Loup in the Alpes Maritimes region of Provence, France, Europe. Ponte-du-Loup is a pretty village with historic old buildings and ...
Prague Czech Republic

The grassy and treed slopes of the grounds of the Monastery Strahov in the city of Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.
The Prague Castle, St Vitus's Cathedral, and the Army Museum tower over the district of Mala Strana and St Nicholas Church in Malostranske Namesti.The picturesque area of Mala Strana is directly a ...
Balanced Rock Arches Utah

An intriguing formation in Arches National Park in Utah, is the famous Balanced Rock.
Possibly one of the most well photographed rock formations in Arches National Park, Utah is Balanced Rock. Balanced Rock is a free standing formation of a base with a large upright rock seemingly balanced ...
Spirit Catcher Barrie Ontario

The Spirit Catcher dominates the waterfront in the city of Barrie in Ontario, Canada.
The hugh 21 metre high sculpture, named the Spirit Catcher, is situated on the bank at the head of Kempenfelt Bay an arm of Simcoe Lake in the City of Barrie, Ontario. The Spirit Catcher was originally ...
Palliser Bay New Zealand

The sun sets over Palliser Bay in the southern reaches of the North Island, New Zealand.
Facing the infamous Cook Strait of New Zealand which is renowned for regular gale and storm force winds, Palliser Bay is a graveyard of many ships. It's rocky shores are unforgiving towards the hu ...
Canoe Yukon

A yellow canoe is a great contrast against the pink sunset in the Yukon Territory, Canada.
It had been raining the whole day non-stop, and I had been waiting to get a decent shot! I finally gave up and decided to pack up my cameras and equipment, when suddenly the rain stopped and the s ...
Riglos Spain

The Mallos de Riglos rock formations form a part of the foothills of the Pyrenees in Spain, Europe.
Bell tower of the church Iglesia Parro Quial in the village of Riglos with the rocks of Mallos de Riglos towering above, Huesca, Aragon, Spain, Europe. The village of Riglos is situated at the foo ...
Te Paki Sand Dunes

The sand from the great Te Paki Sand Dunes being whipped up by the wind in Northland, New Zealand.
The beautiful camel coloured sand of the Te Paki Sand Dunes is a great place to visit during a trip in Northland to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga. The dunes are pushed in land by 5 kilometres ...
Piazza San Marco Venice

The evening lights faze in after the sunset in the Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.
In stark contrast to just a few hours prior, the Piazza San Marco becomes uncrowded as the tourists sit in restaurants or head back to their hotels for the night. Quartette bands serenade guests a ...
Charles Bridge Prague

The historic Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River in downtown Prague in the Czech Republic, Europe.
Vendors and Pedestrians on the Old Town Side of the historic Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe. Once called the Stone Bridge, construction began in 1357 and materials used to construc ...
St Vitus Cathedral Prague

Towering above the roof tops of the Prague Castle are the spires of St Vitus's Cathedral.
Situated in the Prague Castle grounds the St Vitus Cathedral dominates the castle grounds. The church is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. The present day cathedral was founded in November 1344 ...
Castlepoint Lighthouse

Facing the mighty Pacific Ocean the Castlepoint Lighthouse stands on a bed of rock along the Wairarapa coast in New Zealand.
Now in a state of retirement, the Castlepoint Lighthouse was once the first sign of landfall for ships bound for the port of Wellington who'd travelled from America and Panama. The Castlepoint Lighthouse ...
Cannes France

The vibrant city of Cannes is a popular tourist destination in the Cote d'Azur, France.
The Old Cannes Castle, Castre Tower and Museum, and the Clock Tower are brightly lit and stand out in downtown Cannes.The city of Cannes is situated on The French Riviera in an area of Provence, F ...
Northern Lights Manitoba

Yellow and red dancing lights in the Northern regions of Manitoba, Canada.
On a clear starry night in the arctic regions of Manitoba, the moving symphony of light, the Northern Lights can be seen. Manitoba is a winter wonderland with Polar Bears, arctic tundra, and Northern ...
National Park Saskatchewan

A road disappears into the rolling hills of Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A mixture of gentle rolling hills, steep ravines, and coulees is what makes the Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan a national treasure.Sitatued at the northern extremes of the great plains o ...
Valencia Spain

As the night falls in Valencia, Spain the stunning lighting at The La Ciutat de les Arts i les Cienies Complex is activated.
The city of Valencia has a tasteful mix of old and new architecture. The La Ciutat de les Arts i les Cienies Complex is one example of some the most modern architectural creations in Spain. Each b ...
Great Sandhills Saskatchewan

The Great Sandhills in the Chinook region of Saskatchewan are constantly moving and changing.
The ever-changing scenery of the Great Sandhills in the prairie lands of Saskatchewan. The Sandhills which are subjected to the strong northwest winds, are said to be moving at a rate of 4 metres eastwards ...
Gorges Verdon France

The road hugs the sheer cliffs of the Gorges du Verdon in Provence, France.
The mighty Verdon River has cut an impressive gorge through the Grand Canyon du Verdon, Gorges du Verdon in the Parc Naturel Regional du Verdon in the Alpes du Haute region of the Provence, France, Europe ...
Glass Floats Oregon

A pile of colourful glass floats on the beach in Lincoln City along the coast of Oregon, USA.
Usually glass floats which have fallen off Pacific fishing vessels are washed up on the beach in Oregon. However these glass floats are pieces of art which are a part of the "Finders Keepers" even ...
Karlstein Castle Czech Republic

The grand Karlstein Castle towers above the village of Karlstein in the Czech Republic, Europe.
Construction of the elaborate Karlstein Castle began in 1348 and wasn't completed until 1356. Charles IV dedicated a lot of care and attention to the interior decoration of the castle until his de ...
Mallos De Riglos Spain

The intriguing formations of Mallos de Riglos are created by compounded layers of gravel.
Red rock formations called Mallos de Riglos near Aguero above the Gallego River in the region of Huesca, Aragon, Spain, Europe. A rock climbers paradise set in the Pre Pyrenean region of Spain is the ...
Putzbrunn Germany

The Maibaum Festival is an annual Bavarian event in Germany, Europe
A day which brings the ladies and gentlemen out in their traditional Bavarian atire, dirndls and lederhosen. In the small community of Putzbrunn, in southern Bavaria, Germany the Maibaum Festival ...
Churchill River System

A camp sunset on the shores of a flat calm lake in the Churchill River System of Saskatchewan, Canada.
Situated in Northern Saskatchewan is the great Churchill River System, a remote region of beautiful fresh lakes and islands. Lac La Ronge Provincal Park which is set in the heart of the Churchill River ...
Sedona Arizona

The jagged formations of Cathedral Rock in the Red Rock State Park near Sedona in Arizona, USA.
A mystical place to be during the sunset is in the Red Rock State Park near Sedona in Arizona. The whole setting of Oak Creek ambling over small red boulders in the foreground while surrounded by huge ...
Forum Shops Las Vegas

Elaborate pretty much sums up the Forum Shops along the Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Almost a city on its own, The Forum Shops are just one of the main attractions which are part of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Complete with many varieties of boutiques and shops as well as ...
Polar Bears Manitoba

An interesting view of three polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
The rear ends of three cute polar bears sniffing out some morsels of food along a tin fence in Churchill, Manitoba. A great place in Canada to see Polar Bears in the wild is the Polar Bear capital ...
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