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20 Reasons Why You Should Visit The Netherlands, My Homeland

I’m a travel photographer from the Netherlands. I used to get bored when I came home. Usually going to spectacular cities or sceneries, I couldn’t really appreciate the simple things in my own country.

The Netherlands is pretty basic. We do not have high mountains nor do we have high skyscrapers. Our land is totally flat, our buildings are not high and locals might think Dutch landscapes are quite boring to capture comparing to the scenery in other amazing countries. But there’s a lot to appreciate in the Netherlands. As any other country, we also have things that are unique. Think of windmills and our endless flower fields. I found ways to appreciate photography in my own country and tried to capture this beauty. These are 40 images I captured over a period of around 1 year.

I often get jealous messages on my Facebook about people that say they want to live in my country to make these beautiful photos. When I ask where are they from, it’s usually from countries like India or Myanmar. I am literally stunned. These places have so much incredible nature waiting to be captured. Especially as locals, these people have endless possibilities! That’s what I am trying to show here. Every country has unique places. Try to find your local beauty, go out, explore! [Read more…]

Beautiful New York Landscapes During Winter

What’s better than reveling in some of the most beautiful city scenery while the urban landscape transforms into something resembling a shaken snow-globe. [Read more…]

21 Gorgeous Sunrises You Should See In This Lifetime

Worth the early morning wake-up call. Sunsets get all the glory. But sunrises are just as beautiful, if not more — provided you, you know, actually wake up for them. Proof: Here are 21 insanely gorgeous sunrises around the world. Some are best seen from specific spots; others are great no matter where you view them — but all are definitely worth waking up for. [Read more…]

12 Enchanting Winter Wonderlands

From snowy holiday markets shimmering with lights to tree branches heavy with fresh morning frost, the world looks wonderful when dressed in white. Transport yourself to these 12 real-life winter wonderlands, where snow falls serenely against twilit skies and endless icebound landscapes.

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Magical Landscapes of Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang is about 300km south of Kunming, renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world’s largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The rice farmers have had to practice ecology and land preservation centuries before those concepts were widely accepted around the world.

Although not many general tourists have visited the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, hordes of photographers have. The landscape changes vividly through the year. The flooded paddies from December to April creates reflecting pool effect, which is a photographer’s dream. In summer, the paddies are luxuriantly green with growing rice stalks. After the fall harvest, the paddies become naked bare earth. [Read more…]

Amazing Trains Through Nature Landscapes

If you are not in a rush to get to your destination and would like an experience of a different kind with more comfortable, relaxed, clean and green travel choice, take a luxury train! One of the best and most eco-friendly ways to get around the world, comfortable tourist trains offer fun and enjoyment keeping you in touch with the spectacularly beautiful nature!

I hope you will enjoy in these beautiful landscapes that are borrowed from freelance railroad photographer Mike Danneman.

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Single Images of Day and Night in New York City

Photographer Stephen Wilkes creates remarkable images of night and day at once by setting up his camera to take pictures of a single scene over and over for 15 hours. He then blends the images to get this time-defying effect… [Read more…]

10 Modern-Day Ruins Worth a Visit

People travel halfway around the world to see the Colosseum, the pyramids in Egypt or the Great Wall of China. But what about the ruins that don’t date back to ancient times?
Some vacant buildings, abandoned factories and disused train stations have a different kind of allure, making you imagine what took place inside the now-crumbling walls. You can identify with what you are seeing and guess what it was like before it was abandoned. Have a look inside these mysterious places from the not-so-distant past.

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Preikestolen: Beauty of Norway

It was to cloudy to see the 600m drop off . 10 people fell off that day, mainly Italians… A few tourbus guides were pushing… Anyway. Preikestolen is in the south of Norway, Lysefjord. It is a few hours hike towards this place. Below there is a parking place which is crowded with tourists in summer time. So if you want to see Preikestolen for your self, not shared with hundreds of other tourists, it might be a good idea to start rather early (or come in winter). One last thing: don’t go up there when it is cloudy or raining. Because then you won’t see this incredible view. [Read more…]

Blue Moon Valley, China

Blue Moon Valley is located near Lijiang, in Yunnan province China.Blue Moon Valley gets the water out of the melting snow that runs from the mountains and forms four lakes and a few waterfalls.
The head of the valley is one of the main tourist sites and has natural white water terraces. the water often  appear as an amazing turquoise-blue.

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