Our creative team has put together a selection of best photographs in news and culture from around the world. Here are the most popular images this week, happy browsing:
St Johann Church (Also known as San Giovanni), a little church the conflict between the Dolomites mountains in the background and the green meadow is really an amazing sight (the specific mountains on the background are The Puez-Geisler Nature Park). This amazing Church is located in Villnoss which is a municipality in Tyrol (northern Italy).
Torres del Paine National Park is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas.
Huacachina is a village in southwestern Peru, built around a small oasis surrounded by sand dunes. It is in the Ica Province, about five kilometers the city of Ica in the Ica District. How were the gorgeous sand dunes created? Peruvian legend tells of a beautiful Princess who took a dip in a pool of water, but was interrupted by a young man who stumbled across her bathing pond. She immediately grabbed her clothing and fled, creating the rolling dunes of sand with the folds of her mantle as she retreated across the desert, dragging her cape behind her. According to the legend, the beautiful young woman still lives in the lagoon today as a mermaid.
Today, the village of Huacachina (population approximately 115 – give or take a mermaid) has developed around the oasis, and is a popular resort for wealthy Peruvians. It is also becoming famous among adventurous backpackers as one of the best sandboarding locations in Peru. Huacachina is located just outside the beautiful city of Ica, and its rolling dunes are enjoyed by newbie and pro boarders alike.
Sometimes called Crystal Caves, the ice caves in Icelandic glaciers are a truly mesmerizing wonder of nature. Each year ice caves begin to take shape in Autumn and continue to last throughout the winter (November to March). The stunning blue color seen in this ice cave is the result of the ice containing almost no air bubbles, allowing it to absorb all the visible light except blue. There are eight meters of thick ice! The ice is roughly around 1200 years old. The blue ice however can be seen after a heavy rain in winter. And yes, the muddy color. That muddy color is caused by sediments in the melted water that streams through the cave. There are actually many ice caves around the world (Alaska, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, …), but those in Iceland are considered to be the most beautiful ones.
This is a montage of New Horizons images of Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, taken during the spacecraft’s Jupiter flyby in early 2007. The image shows a major eruption in progress on Io’s night side, at the northern volcano Tvashtar. Incandescent lava glows red beneath a 330-kilometer high volcanic plume, whose uppermost portions are illuminated by sunlight.
Silver Falls State Park is the crown jewel of the Oregon State Parks system, being both Oregon’s largest State Park (9,000 acres) and boasting one of America’s most impressive waterfall day-hikes. There are no less than ten falls on this 8.7-mile loop (which can be reduced via two cutoff trails), and most of them are flat-out gorgeous. The park’s most visited waterfall is South Falls, a 177-foot (54 m) cascade. Remote Double Falls, however, is listed as the highest waterfall in the park, plunging 178 feet (54 m) in a small tributary side canyon deep within the Silver Creek Canyon.
Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited national parks in the US. With majestic peaks in every direction, wildlife roaming the valleys and some of the most incredible outdoor adventures on the planet, it is no wonder more than three million people flock to the park each year. Within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park, more than 100 peaks rise above 11,000 feet in altitude, including Longs Peak at 14,259 feet. These amazing mountains cradle the Estes Valley, providing residents and guests with incredible beauty and inspiration.
The BWCAW is a unique area located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. Over 1 million acres in size, it extends nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent to Canada’s Quetico Provincial Park and is bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park. The BWCAW contains over 1200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2000 designated campsites
This image covers a 350 by 750 kilometer swath across the surface of Jupiter’s tantalizing moon Europa. Smooth ice plains, long fractures, and jumbled blocks of chaos terrain are thought to hide a deep ocean of salty liquid water beneath. Though the ice-covered alien ocean world is outside the Solar System’s habitable zone, new studies show the potential chemistry driving its oxygen and hydrogen production, a key indicator of the energy available for life, could produce amounts comparable in scale to planet Earth.
The wheatbelt region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It partially surrounds the Perth metropolitan area, extending north from Perth to the Mid West region, and east to the Goldfields-Esperance region. It is bordered to the south by the South West and Great Southern regions, and to the west by the Indian Ocean, the Perth metropolitan area, and the Peel region. Altogether, it has an area of 154,862 square kilometres (59,793 sq mi) (including islands).
The region has 43 local government authorities, with an estimated population of 75,000 residents. The Wheatbelt region accounts for approximately three per cent of Western Australia’s population.