The Crescent-Shaped Molokini Crater in Hawaii Photograph by Ron Garnett/Hawaii Tourism Authority Molokini is a small, crescent moon-shaped volcanic crater island that is a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. Lying only three miles from Maui’s southwestern coast, Molokini spans over 18 acres and rises 160 feet above reef-filled waters, offering [...]
Picture of the Day: The Molokini Crater in Hawaii
The Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, commonly known as the Sagrada Familia, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.
In this capture by Taro Taylor we see the highly active Mount Tavurvur, a volcano that lies near Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. It is a sub-vent of the Rabaul caldera and lies on the eastern rim of the larger feature. Mount Tavurvur is the most well known volcano in Rabaul caldera, and has erupted as recently as January 2009. To the right of Tavurvur is Mount Turangan, whose lack of spewing ash provides great contrast to its temperamental neighbour.
Tank Man, or the Unknown Rebel, is the nickname of an anonymous man who stood in front of a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks the morning after the Chinese military forcibly removed protestors from in & around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. The man achieved widespread international recognition due to the videotape & photographs taken of the incident. [Source: Wikipedia]
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This rare and remarkable phenomenon only happens when the sun rises farther to the south as Winter solstice approaches. At the right place and time, Mount Rainier blocks rays of morning sunlight, casting a shadow like you see above. When the cloud coverage is just right, you get this incredible scene, wonderfully shot by Komo News contributor, Nick Lippert.
Mount Rainier Photograph by Nick Lippert
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Soneva Gili by Six Senses is located in one of the largest lagoons in the Maldives. Set on the private tropical island of Lankanfushi in the Male’ Atoll, it is one of 19 atolls that stretch over 800 kilometres through the Indian Ocean, and is one of the 1190 islands which make up the Maldives. The resort is just a 20-minute speedboat ride from the International Airport at Male’, the capital of the Republic of Maldives
Located approximately 6 km (3.73 miles) from the outskirts of the city of Dunhuang in Western China, lies Crescent Lake, an incredible oasis in the Gobi desert. Known as Yueyaquan in Chinese, the crescent-shaped lake is a major tourist attraction where one of the world’s great shrines to Buddhism resides. Designated a World Heritage Site, the lake has been shrinking since the 1970s and is now about a third of its original size.
The Great Dune of Pyla (or Pilat) is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 60 km from Bordeaux. Pilat is often spelled Pyla, hence the alternative name “dune of Pyla”. More accurately, Pyla is the name of the closest town, Pyla-sur-Mer, which is part of La Teste-de-Buch municipality in the Gironde department. The correct and original name of the dune is the Dune of Pilat.