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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Breathtaking Landscapes



 

Earth's most breathtaking landscapes: Unforgettable photographs capture a new perspective on the world's most magnificent scenes from Bryce Canyon to Big Ben

PUBLISHED: 05:36 GMT, 25 October 2013 | UPDATED: 05:54 GMT, 25 October 2013

A new pictorial volume from the world travel experts at Lonely Planet puts a new and unique perspective on some of Earth's most inspiring scenes.
Looking up from the bottom of Utah's majestic, rust colored Bryce Canyon National Park shows the park, for those who've been there, as its never been seen before.
Among striking shots of an ocean feeding frenzy and Aurora Borealis is a panoramic view of London and Big Ben at dusk that proves human landscapes can be just as breathtaking as those from mother nature.
The title of the book, Lonely Planet's Beautiful World, does not disappoint.
This sampling of the book's 200 or so scenes that depict precisely what makes Earth a living masterpiece is sure to leave you wanting more.


Bryce Canyon: Photographed from below looking up, Bryce Canyon makes Bryce Canyon appear all the more spectacular. This masterpiece of natural erosion in southern Utah's most striking feature is its amphitheater, a multicolored 6-square-mile collection of awe inspiring slopes and spires
London calling: While perhaps not as sublime as Bryce Canyon, a panoramic view of Big Ben, the London Parliament, and Westminster Bridge evokes an undeniable appreciation for man's ability to produce beauty to rival nature's splendors
London calling: While perhaps not as sublime as Bryce Canyon, a panoramic view of Big Ben, the London Parliament, and Westminster Bridge evokes an undeniable appreciation for man's ability to produce beauty to rival nature's splendors
Later, troubles: Held on the full moon night in the month of November, Thailand's Floating Lantern festival in Chiangmai sees the release of thousands of tiny Lanna-style hot air lanterns believed to rid the people of their troubles
Later, troubles: Held on the full moon night in the month of November, Thailand's Floating Lantern festival in Chiangmai sees the release of thousands of tiny Lanna-style hot air lanterns believed to rid the people of their troubles
Plum delicious: England's picturesque, pastoral Lyth Valley is known the world over for its Damsons -- a type of plum -- and the verdant region even plays host to Damson Day each April
Plum delicious: England's picturesque, pastoral Lyth Valley is known the world over for its Damsons -- a type of plum -- and the verdant region even plays host to Damson Day each April
Inspiring: Like the striking view of London, this shot taken from the Empire State Building of the mega city of New York sums up humanity's ability to take on almost supernatural feats
Inspiring: Like the striking view of London, this shot taken from the Empire State Building of the mega city of New York sums up humanity's ability to take on almost supernatural feats
Traditional splendor: It hardly looks real, but some people call these impossible Alpine landscapes home. Cheese and pastry making, wood carving, and other traditional arts remain alive and well in areas like these
Traditional splendor: It hardly looks real, but some people call these impossible Alpine landscapes home. Cheese and pastry making, wood carving, and other traditional arts remain alive and well in areas like these
Champion diver: Even cormorants, a deep-diving seabird, joins the fray in this sardine feast alongside a common dolphin. Some cormorants have been filmed diving as deep as 150 feet into the ocean, the equivalent of a 13-story building
Champion diver: Even cormorants, a deep-diving seabird, joins the fray in this sardine feast alongside a common dolphin. Some cormorants have been filmed diving as deep as 150 feet into the ocean, the equivalent of a 13-story building
Emerald country
Emerald country: A gorgeous view of the waterfalls at Croatia's Plitvice Lakes National Park where the 20 some Plitvice Lakes take on a characteristic hue thanks to emerald colored algae. The lakes play home to wolves, bears, eagle owls, and 126 species of birds
Snow bird
Snow bird: Pretty male Rufous Hummingbird with lit up gorget, collects nectar of white flowers. The Rufous is seen in the summer in the Northwest U.S. and in western Canada. In the winter, it migrates Florida and a few surrounding areas in the East
Dancing lights: The unique majesty of Aurora Borealis as photographed in the early morning hours in the arctic circle. Also known as the Northern Lights, these fascinating light shows are at their peak when sunspots occur with the most frequency
Dancing lights: The unique majesty of Aurora Borealis as photographed in the early morning hours in the arctic circle. Also known as the Northern Lights, these fascinating light shows are at their peak when sunspots occur with the most frequency

 
Do not adjust your monitor: No, this isn't a Wile E. Coyote cartoon, but roadrunners can be found in the area of Red Rock Towers in Monument Valley where Arizona and Utah's borders meetNo, this isn't a Wile E. Coyote cartoon, but roadrunners can be found in the area of Red Rock Towers in Monument Valley where Arizona and Utah's borders meet

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