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French Lavender Fields

Storm Over French Lavender Fields

Near Valensole, Provence, France

A storm is brewing as lightning strikes the lavender fields north of the renowned region of Valensole (sun valley) In Provence.

The sun shines in the Valensole plateau for roughly 300 days a year which offers the lavender excellent conditions to grow.

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Glendalough in Wicklow

Near Upper Glendalough Lake, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

A moody overcast day with a streak of sunlight backlighting the heather on the hills, near the Early Medieval monastic settlement at Glendalough in County Wicklow.

Glendalough means “Valley of two lakes”.

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Erin’s Soft Light

Connemara, Co Galway, Ireland

Derryclare Lough is located about 37 miles (60 km) northwest of Galway city.

North of the lake lies The Twelve Bens mountain range exuding a gentle and magical beauty.

These amazing landscapes are frequented by photographers and artists alike. And keen fishermen arrive to fish for salmon and trout in the peaty and pristine lakes and rivers throughout the area.

 

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Misty Terraces in Sapa

Lao Cai, Sapa, Vietnam

Mist rolls in over the Sapa rice terraces in northwest Vietnam. The district of Lao Cai is located about 260 miles from Hanoi, and one way to get there is by travelling on an overnight train journey that winds its way slowly through the hills while gaining altitude on the way.

This area is popular for trekking, staying in homestays and generally meeting the local hill-tribe people called the Hmong.

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Sapa Rice Fields

Lao Cai, Sapa, Vietnam

Rice terraces have been built into the mountain slopes for cultivation by reclaiming the land from nature. Views of this epic scenery are frequently subdued by thick mist rolling through the valley’s, but even when it’s cloudy, the local hill-tribe people (Hmong) fill the towns and villages with colour.

 

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Terraces in Sapa

Lào Cai Province, Sapa, Vietnam

Approximately 236 miles northwest of Hanoi in the northern part of Vietnam lies the district of Sapa.

Known for its extensive rice terracing on the surrounding hills and mountains, travelers, trekkers and photographers are drawn to its overall beauty. Thousands of tourists come every year to trek the hundreds of miles of trails around the villages of Dao, Ta Van and Ta Phin and meet the Hmong people – a local ethnic group.

 

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The Land is Theirs

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming, USA

Bison graze in the early morning under the magnificent backdrop of the Grand Teton mountain range. The location is close to the renowned Moulton’s Barn on Mormon Row near Jackson Hole.

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Schwabacher’s Landing

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

Schwabacher’s Landing is a popular location for photographers to capture the dramatic Grand Tetons with a classic water reflection in the foreground. The site is on the Snake River in the Grand Tetons National Park around 16 miles north of Jackson Hole in Wyoming. The calm waters of the river, created by beaver dams, allow for those beautiful sunrise reflections.

The area is easily accessible from a dirt road off Highway 89. However, the gravel road had been closed to vehicles resulting in a four-mile hike to the landing spot offering numerous photo opportunities along the way.

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Mallard Morning Flight

Grand Tetons, Wyoming, USA

Schwabachers Landing is a boat landing spot on the Snake River located a few miles north of the town of Jackson Hole in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

This location is popular with photographers and naturalists alike, due to the wonderful sunrise reflections of the mountains in the calm waters (created by beavers dams) of the river. Wildlife, which includes moose, pronghorn, bald eagles and several water bird species, are frequently seen in the immediate vicinity.

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Bryce Amphitheater

Utah, USA

Bryce amphitheater viewed from Inspiration Point. The distinctive geological structures are called hoodoos, and have been formed by erosion and frost weathering. The red, orange and white colors of the rocks from which the park’s delicate hoodoos are carved, was laid down as sediments in a system of cool streams and lakes that existed from 63 to about 40 million years ago.

Bryce Canyon is a National Park located in the southwestern part of Utah in the United States.

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Roundstone Harbour

Connemara, Co.Galway, Ireland

The small village is a popular holiday resort in this remote part of the west of Ireland. At the busy harbour local fishermen ply their trade and deliver the day’s catch, which includes a mix of Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Mackerel and Cod plus a wide variety of other fish. Local restaurants also serve a seafood chowder, a favourite dish of the region.

Roundstone is renowned among artists, photographers and naturalists for the amazing beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes.

Setting Sun on the Wicklow Gap

Co.Wicklow, Ireland

The sun sets on the gentle rolling heather hills near the Wicklow Gap on the east of the country. With sheep in small fields surrounded by stone walls, the island of Ireland as always offers endless beauty.

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Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone is a true wonder of the world. From above it show its breathtakingly beautiful and unbelievable colours made up of a multitude of bacterial mats. This view is taken looking across the outer area of the spring. In the background is the hill that keen photographers and naturalists climb to get a sort of aerial view of this extraordinary place.

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Kylemore Abbey

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Kylemore Castle was built as a private home for the family of a wealthy doctor from London whose family was involved in the manufacturing of textiles in Manchester, England. He moved to Ireland when he and his wife Margaret bought the land around the Abbey. He became a politician, becoming a Member of Parliament for County Galway from 1871 to 1885.

Kylemore Abbey is a Benedictine monastery founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. The abbey was founded for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.

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Derryclare Lough, Connemara

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

Derryclare Lough is nestled in between the beautiful Twelve Bens mountain range of Connemara. In the middle of the Lough is a small island with numerous Pine Trees standing tall against the picturesque backdrop of the gentle sloping mountains.

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Cliffs of Moher

Co. Clare, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. They rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, eight kilometres to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs. From the cliffs, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, and Twelve Pins mountain range to the north in Connemara, County Galway.

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The Burren in the West of Ireland

The Burren, Co. Clare, Ireland

In Irish, the Burren means “great rock“. It’s a region in County Clare on the West coast of the country, dominated by karst landscape and measures an area of around 250 square kilometres.

Having an unusually temperate climate which allows for a longer growing season and an unusual environment, the region supports a rich and diverse plant life which includes arctic, alpine and Mediterranean plants all growing side-by-side. The most famous is the gorgeous deep blue Spring Gentian which flowers around May time.