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From looming ancient mountains to lush green valleys and from formidable seas to welcoming rivulets, our planet Earth is truly a breathtaking place. And while it would be beyond thrilling to visit each and every corner of our pristine habitat, taking at least a glimpse into all its bounties, it’s just impossible for most of us. But there’s nothing to be sad about as you can always look at those picturesque places and beautiful sceneries in photos! And while even the most stunning picture won’t substitute the real deal of taking in the beautiful views around you, with just a pinch of imagination, you can almost feel the light ocean breeze and smell fresh pine needles or lilac trees in bloom. And what we are hoping to achieve with this post is to take you on a trip to the most beautiful places on our Earth. Hopefully, it is going to be a dreamy and relaxing experience that’ll give a sense of serenity to the rest of your day. If not that, then you’ll at least get excited to add one of these places to your travel bucket list and will start anxiously planning your next trip to the great outdoors.

All of these beautiful nature photos are taken by regular people just like you and me - there are no photo filters to make these pretty views look even better, it’s all purely as it is in real life. And that, in our opinion, makes these places even more ethereal; just imagine what they would look like if you were there! But, without any further talking, let’s just go to the stunning pictures below. Be sure to upvote the most scenic views and share this article with your friends - nature is inspiring and it might be the thing they need today!

Bored Panda got in touch with Erin Sullivan—travel photographer, outdoorswoman, and the person behind the fun little (literally) project where she recreated stunning natural scenery using household items and miniatures whilst stuck in lockdown, which we covered here—to elaborate on all things beautiful scenery in photography.

"I should preface this by saying I am a huge believer in creative freedom, and that what makes a photo 'good' is often subjective, but I do think that the common denominator for a nice landscape image is a compelling composition," elaborated Sullivan on the main factors in scenery photos.

"Whether you are shooting wide or close up, a straight horizon line, an interesting foreground element and a purposeful background element set the foundation for a beautiful capture."

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A View From The "Backyard" Of My Great Grandparents House In Kenya

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View Outside The Window In Positano, A Hillside Village On The Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

View Outside The Window In Positano, A Hillside Village On The Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know if I would ever be able to go inside if outside looked like that.

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Now, when it comes to snapping the perfect picture of nature at its finest, some may argue that it's the photographer doing all the heavy lifting, while others might say you can't really do more than what nature already did. So, we've asked Sullivan about her take on it, and she said this:

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"In my opinion, nature leads, but we are always in constant collaboration. As the photographer, you are working with nature to communicate its beauty (or whatever you are highlighting) through an image. Nature creates first, and we create from (and with) that."

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The View From My $9 A Night Hostel In The Mountains Of Peru, Featuring A Very Good Boy

The View From My $9 A Night Hostel In The Mountains Of Peru, Featuring A Very Good Boy

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Hiked From Mexico To Canada This Year Via The CDT. This Was One Of My Favorite Shots. Big Sandy Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming, USA

Hiked From Mexico To Canada This Year Via The CDT. This Was One Of My Favorite Shots. Big Sandy Lake, Wind River Range, Wyoming, USA

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Visited Sørvágsvatn In The Faroe Islands And Proceeded To Have My Socks Knocked Off

Visited Sørvágsvatn In The Faroe Islands And Proceeded To Have My Socks Knocked Off

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We also asked Sullivan whether there any aspects, parts or themes in nature that she thinks are under-represented in photography these days, or what has been, on the other hand, over-represented and hence has become cliché.

She explains that when it comes to representation, her thoughts focus around the question "who's behind the lens?" She explains that it isn't necessarily some sort of theme that is under-represented here, but rather people's perspectives—people's from communities that have been historically marginalized.

"More and more people are gaining access to photography as smartphones become more and more used throughout the world, and I think this is a good thing for photography overall. Humanity misses out when we don't see perspectives from a range of experiences and cultures."

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Skipped Torres Del Paine In Patagonia And Camped Near Fitz Roy Instead – This Was Our View, And Barely Anyone Else Was In The Campground

Skipped Torres Del Paine In Patagonia And Camped Near Fitz Roy Instead – This Was Our View, And Barely Anyone Else Was In The Campground

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In The Process Of Building My Dream Home. This Is The View From The Kitchen Today

In The Process Of Building My Dream Home. This Is The View From The Kitchen Today

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There's been a mistake. This is actually my dream home and I'm going to need you to return it to me immediately.

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Hiking In The Alps Near Courmayeur, Italy

Hiking In The Alps Near Courmayeur, Italy

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Alps and the Dolomites are amazing. When we drive to Tuscany for some R&R we simply can not NOT make some detours to take in the views. Every single time. Always delays our arrival time. (As well as on the trip back.) Also The Route Grand Alpes (via France to to Mediterranean) includes this col (one of 3 on 1 day.) One of the best routes in Europe. 6/7 days of pure car or motorcycle bliss. Route du Grand Alpes... You can thank me later.

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Lastly, we've asked Sullivan what is one thing she hopes people learn about natural landscape photography, and she had this to say:

"Photographing natural landscapes can be incredibly calming and meditative, and a beautiful way to connect with Nature and Mother Earth, when done with intention. I would encourage anyone to try it."

You can keep scrolling to see more spectacular imagery from people online, or you can alternatively check out Erin's website, Instagram, Facebook, or other social media, or even check out an article about her realistic landscape photography taken right from her home here.

But before you dash off to new horizons, why not let us know your thoughts, ideas, and spectacular landscape spots in the comment section below!

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After 4 Days Of Trekking Over The Salkantay Pass To Get To Machu Picchu, I Woke Up Around 3:30 Am To Try To Get There Before The Rest Of The Tourists

After 4 Days Of Trekking Over The Salkantay Pass To Get To Machu Picchu, I Woke Up Around 3:30 Am To Try To Get There Before The Rest Of The Tourists

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's the kind of place you want to be able to contemplate in solitude.

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West Coast Of Norway Living Room View

West Coast Of Norway Living Room View

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Took This Picture In The Sahara In Morocco

Took This Picture In The Sahara In Morocco

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, this is stunning! I'd like to read more fantasy and historical fiction novels set in a place like this.

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I Just Hiked To The Second Tallest Waterfall In The World, Tugela Falls In South Africa

I Just Hiked To The Second Tallest Waterfall In The World, Tugela Falls In South Africa

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Those Few Seconds That No One Passed This Way. Plitvice Lakes In Croatia Is Swamped By Tourists

Those Few Seconds That No One Passed This Way. Plitvice Lakes In Croatia Is Swamped By Tourists

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very rare nobody else was there because it's very popular but definitely worth visiting. Absolutely stunning place, if you have time, take a long route, you will not regret it and not many tourists do that. You can't see it on picture but water there is so clear that tree 20 meters under surface looks like you could just touch it.

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Say What You Like About The North But We Have Some Epic Scenery

Say What You Like About The North But We Have Some Epic Scenery

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Living In Spain For 9 Months And Took A Day Trip To Alicante Today. Saw This View And Had To Stop And Ask Myself If This Was Real Life

Living In Spain For 9 Months And Took A Day Trip To Alicante Today. Saw This View And Had To Stop And Ask Myself If This Was Real Life

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Went To Niagara Falls And Was Shocked To Discover That The Best View Was From Our Hotel Room

Went To Niagara Falls And Was Shocked To Discover That The Best View Was From Our Hotel Room

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would really like to know how much you pay for this view!! Worth a lot!

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Was Treated To This View From My Kitchen. Thanks Universe

Was Treated To This View From My Kitchen. Thanks Universe

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Lovely. No focus stacking very little post processing and the window frames it wonderfully, love the colour on the chopping board ring. In a lot of ways much better than most here which are anything but spontaneous.

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Taken With A Phone Out Of My Hotel Window In Venice

Taken With A Phone Out Of My Hotel Window In Venice

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The left tip of the birds wing looks like a little mouse jumped on for the ride lol

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The View From My Schools Football Field

The View From My Schools Football Field

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The View From My Home Office This Evening. I Love Snow

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Got To Visit My Mum’s Home Town In Bosnia

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know where this is, but right on outskirts or Sarajevo is this beautiful park at the hills, it's so amazing. No, you don't walk away from paths because of land mines still in ground, but despite the contrast it's beautiful. While I only visited little piece,can't ever forget it.

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First Time In Yosemite And Absolutely Could Not Believe The Views!

First Time In Yosemite And Absolutely Could Not Believe The Views!

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've been going there for fifty-odd years now, and *I* still can't believe the views!

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Beautiful Sunset In Washington

Beautiful Sunset In Washington

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be the Olympic Mountains. Washington is an incredibly beautiful state.

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View Of Cappadocia, Turkey From A Hot Air Balloon

View Of Cappadocia, Turkey From A Hot Air Balloon

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

im suprised you had the confidence to take that im not that scared of height but i would be really nervous to go to the edge

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Cold, But Beautiful Day, In Cochem, Germany

Cold, But Beautiful Day, In Cochem, Germany

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A View From St. Michael Fort Located On Island Ugljan, Croatia

A View From St. Michael Fort Located On Island Ugljan, Croatia

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My Window View. I Guess Insomnia Has Its Perks

My Window View. I Guess Insomnia Has Its Perks

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Kristy MacGregor
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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I also have insomnia & I can honestly say being able to chase sunsets & sunrises is definitely a silver lining! May be the ONLY 1 but I'm glad it exists.

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Larches And The Matterhorn From A Train In Switzerland

Larches And The Matterhorn From A Train In Switzerland

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After A 2 Day Hike With Surreal Scenery, We Ran Into This In Lenk, Switzerland, Yet Pictures Don't Make It Justice

After A 2 Day Hike With Surreal Scenery, We Ran Into This In Lenk, Switzerland, Yet Pictures Don't Make It Justice

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I could easily believe this is just down the road a piece from where the gloriously beautiful Julie Andrews sang the title song of The Sound of Music.

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This Cafe In Nocelle, Italy Had The Most Incredible Views

This Cafe In Nocelle, Italy Had The Most Incredible Views

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Ranger Was Understandably Sad That Her Lookout Tower In Idaho Was Closing Last Week

Ranger Was Understandably Sad That Her Lookout Tower In Idaho Was Closing Last Week

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I worked in a fire lookout tower in the 70's. So wonderful to be up above the trees, taking in the beautiful scenery every day. Not much to do so I taught myself how to macrame'

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Walking Into The New Year Breathless. Bryce Canyon, Utah

Walking Into The New Year Breathless. Bryce Canyon, Utah

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The View Of Cotopaxi Volcano In Ecuador, From My Hostel Rooms Tiny Window

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View From Our Tea House On The Annapurna Circuit, Upper Pisang, Nepal

View From Our Tea House On The Annapurna Circuit, Upper Pisang, Nepal

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Lakes Trail In Seqouia National Park, Whiskey And A View

Lakes Trail In Seqouia National Park, Whiskey And A View

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is actually the ugliest photo of Sequoia NP I’ve ever seen, which can give you only a glimmer of how truly breathtaking it actually is.

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