There’s beauty everywhere around us. And even though we might forget about this little fact, when we slow down, breathe in deeply, and take a closer look, we’ll notice just how gorgeous and soul-healing life can be.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the r/MostBeautiful subreddit celebrates aesthetics in whatever form they might take. The subreddit is home to nearly 1 million members who are urged to share photos about the beauty in the world around them, from the simple and ordinary to the “majestic and awe-inspiring.” The online group is very inclusive and focused, encouraging people to share photos that they personally find nice-looking.

We firmly believe that things and sights of beauty need to be seen by as many Pandas as possible. So we’ve collected some of the most jaw-dropping pics, as shared on r/MostBeautiful, to bring a bit of wonder into your lives at the start of the new year. Scroll down, enjoy, and upvote your favorite photos, dear Readers.

Bored Panda reached out to one of the moderators at r/MostBeautiful to have a chat about the subreddit's history, and we also got in touch with nature and wildlife photographer Roeselien Raimond from the Netherlands to talk about lighting, composition, aesthetics, flow, the relationship between thinking and intuition when taking pictures, and post-processing in photography. Scroll down for both of Bored Panda's full interviews with the moderator and professional photographer. And if you're interested in seeing some of Roeselien's wonderfully foxy photos, you can find them on her website, as well as in her previous articles on Bored Panda here, here, and here.

#1

Summer Day In Lovatnet, Norway

Summer Day In Lovatnet, Norway

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1 week ago

VERY high on the bucket list!

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The r/MostBeautiful subreddit was born after the founder and chief moderator challenged himself to find three beautiful things every day. "As part of that effort, he collected images of various stuff he found beautiful. Eventually, he had a large collection of photos and decided to create a subreddit where he can share all of these," one of the moderators managing the r/MostBeautiful online community told Bored Panda about the roots of the group.

They told Bored Panda that the sub has changed "a great deal" over the past nearly-seven years, since 2015. There has been a noticeable shift towards featuring landscapes. "Our content used to be much more eclectic. We featured not just landscapes but a lot of other things—sculptures, paintings, architecture, portraits, beautifully designed objects, or machines, basically anything that we found beautiful. As the sub grew and as our subscribers began actively contributing to it, we found the content to be skewing more towards landscapes."

They added that they still welcome contributions that feature different subjects, too, not just landscapes. So you shouldn't be spooked if you'd like to share something that you personally find to be beautiful.

#2

Wisteria Climbing Up A Home In South Kensington, London

Wisteria Climbing Up A Home In South Kensington, London

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1 week ago

Yes, yes and yes.

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Amongst The Mushrooms

Amongst The Mushrooms

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1 week ago

ALICE IN WONDERLAND VIBES!!

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Since the content shared on r/MostBeautiful of original content and non-original images, you can't expect every single pic to be of the same quality. Not everyone is a professional photographer, after all.

"Inevitably, you will see photos that may not be as beautifully composed as other submissions. We try to curate as best as we can without driving away contributors. It's a tricky thing— balancing the desire to be a welcoming sub to people who want to contribute images that they find beautiful while trying to maintain the quality of the content," the moderator said that the team takes a mixed approach of looking at objective aesthetic value and the subjectivity factor when evaluating the photos shared on r/MostBeautiful.

I was also curious to take a peek into what it's like to take on the role of a moderator. "I have not quantified the amount of time I spend managing this community, to be honest. Some days are easier than others," the mod told me. "In the beginning, it was truly time intensive, but as time went by and you found your groove and learned the ways automoderator can help ease the work, things became smoother and much more manageable."

#4

The Wandering Rivers Of Patagonia, Argentina

The Wandering Rivers Of Patagonia, Argentina

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DUN DUN
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1 week ago

This...is not an imaginary painting?! Woah I need time to process this beauty.

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#5

Cherry Blossoms In Japan

Cherry Blossoms In Japan

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Mamabear76
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1 week ago

I absolutely love cherry blossom 🌸 trees. I always think of fairies and beautiful woodland creatures for some reason. Just looks and feels magical when I see them.

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#6

Forest Path

Forest Path

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Joeshar
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1 week ago

Stunning

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Dutch photographer Roeselien highlighted the fact that light and lighting are "everything" when it comes to photography. " I’m always checking the weather, wondering if there’s a chance on a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Light can give a photo that magical touch that I’m always looking for," she said that she's always aware of how the weather conditions will impact her work.

Meanwhile, when it comes to composition, the nature photographer listens to her intuition. "I never ever think about rules of thirds or golden ratio. Not that I think these rules aren’t important. Quite the contrary. But I sort of internalized them, so that I don’t have to worry about them anymore," she told Bored Panda. that at a certain point professionals turn conscious decisions into unconscious ones.

#7

Reindeer In The Forest

Reindeer In The Forest

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 week ago

Is that my patronus? So surreal.

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#8

Full Moon Setting Behind A Lime Tree On A Hill

Full Moon Setting Behind A Lime Tree On A Hill

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ADHORTATOR
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1 week ago

This is perfect

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#9

Best Friend Ever!

Best Friend Ever!

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Dave Nalesnik
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1 week ago

Someone is living their best L.L. Bean life

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I was interested to get into the head of a professional photographer and learn about when they know when to take a photo. "I think this varies greatly from photographer to photographer," Roeselien told me.

"I have colleagues who plan everything down to the last detail and who work fully rationally. Not me, though. I shoot from my heart. Once my head gets involved, it might technically still be a good photo, but usually, these are not the images that make me happy," she said that she likes to rely on intuition and to avoid overthinking.

"Only when thinking stops and I end up in a flow, in which time, the cold and every inconvenience disappears, I take pictures that really move me and given the many positive responses, I have the feeling that these photos also touch others the most."

#10

Tree In A Blue Flower Field

Tree In A Blue Flower Field

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DUN DUN
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1 week ago

Drowning in the blue sea, Blue sea of flowers 💙

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#11

The Stars Shine Down On Us

The Stars Shine Down On Us

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K Witmer
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1 week ago

I miss seeing the stars. So much light pollution now. I live in a state park in the middle of the woods and still barely see the stars. When I was young star gazing while lying in my backyard at night was an adventure. Sad

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#12

A Walk Through A Rainforest Inside A Volcano On Terceira Island

A Walk Through A Rainforest Inside A Volcano On Terceira Island

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Caro Caro
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1 week ago

Portugal, volcanic island in the Azores archipelago.

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Meanwhile, photographer Roeselien explained to Bored Panda the role that she thinks post-processing plays in photography. She said that this shouldn't be the main focus of what a photographer does.

"Although post-processing is an important aspect, I usually don’t spend much time on it. If a photo needs more than 5 minutes of editing, it’s probably just not good enough. With a few exceptions," she said.

"I crop, adjust contrasts and lighting. I denoise and sharpen where necessary and I remove (small) disturbing elements. Oh, and I love to play with color, depending on my mood. Sometimes, I pull on the red curve and sometimes I remove some blue cast. I just do as it feels."

#13

Tranquillity Of Nature. The First Snow And A Lonely Tree In Järvenpää, Finland

Tranquillity Of Nature. The First Snow And A Lonely Tree In Järvenpää, Finland

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DUN DUN
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1 week ago

Okay, this can be the definition of 'aesthetic'

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#14

Mount Saint-Michel During Low Tide

Mount Saint-Michel During Low Tide

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 week ago

Two things....1. Google it during high tide, it's equally amazing....2. I'm getting a bit of anxiety...but maybe that's my "island living mentality" thinking of a tsunami.

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#15

Tallest Indoor Waterfall Surrounded By Terraced Indoor Forests In Changi Airport, Singapore

Tallest Indoor Waterfall Surrounded By Terraced Indoor Forests In Changi Airport, Singapore

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Lav Oravaf
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1 week ago

If I am ever stuck in an airport terminal... I sure hope it's this one

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The r/MostBeautiful subreddit has been around since April 2015, and in that time, it has amassed nearly 954k members, eager to get their daily dose of aesthetics.

The moderators are very big on transparency and they ask that anyone posting photos credit the content creators and sources. They suggest that members use either Google or TinyEye reverse image search to find the original sources. “If you submit unattributed content or ignore requests for attribution, your future submissions may be filtered,” they warn.

#16

A Golden Morning At Mont Saint-Michel, France

A Golden Morning At Mont Saint-Michel, France

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Joeshar
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1 week ago

Disney

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#17

This Street In Molyvos, Lesbos, Greece

This Street In Molyvos, Lesbos, Greece

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pat hayes
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1 week ago

glorius wisteria!!

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#18

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

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Carol Emory
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1 week ago

My husband spent four months in Kyoto. He loved it and said he liked the peacefulness of it over Tokyo.

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Meanwhile, if you’re posting a photo that you’ve taken yourself, you can include the OC (Original Content) abbreviation either in the title or in the comments.

The moderators ask that redditors don’t submit any low-effort or poor-quality images. The subreddit is about featuring the ‘Most Beautiful’ things, after all. And beauty takes effort.

What’s more, posters are asked to share up to a maximum of 2 submissions per day. “However, please limit submissions to two images within a 24-hour period, whether OC or non-OC,” the moderators hint that quality should come before quantity. And that members should avoid spamming the group and overwhelming the feed.

#19

A Tiny Douglas Fir Tree Growing On A Submerged Log In Fairy Lake

A Tiny Douglas Fir Tree Growing On A Submerged Log In Fairy Lake

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GoodWolf
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1 week ago

Natural Bonsai!

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#20

South Coast, Iceland

South Coast, Iceland

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September
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1 week ago

Greenland and Iceland should really switch names 🤔

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#21

Wild Rabbit Cleaning Its Ears

Wild Rabbit Cleaning Its Ears

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 week ago

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.....look at the cute bunny.

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A while back, I spoke about beauty with Dr. Jane Nicholas from St. Gerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. She told me that modern culture is visual culture and, as a result, things like the beauty industry have grown substantially over the 20th century.

“Its expansion reveals the importance of beauty in people’s lives as it shapes their identities, especially in regard to gender,” she told Bored Panda.

#22

Majestic Peru

Majestic Peru

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Norma
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1 week ago

This is so Middle Earth!

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#23

Tropical View Of Bora Bora

Tropical View Of Bora Bora

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Jennie Snodgrass
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1 week ago

Want to teleport there now!

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#24

Osaka Castle, Japan

Osaka Castle, Japan

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Carol Emory
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1 week ago

Is this the White Heron Palace?

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According to Dr. Nicholas, as more and more people live in anonymous, increasingly-dense cities, appearances and visuals become how we make judgments about things and people.

“So how one appears is often presumed to be who one is. Historically, the rise of the modern city was seen as the place of quick judgments on appearances in places that were crowded but also built for observation. Evaluation by one’s appearance, then, took on new importance. This has only intensified,” she said.

#25

Livraria Lello, A Bookstore In Portugal

Livraria Lello, A Bookstore In Portugal

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ADHORTATOR
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1 week ago

Been there - a marvelous place

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#26

Went For A Walk By My House And I Think I Found The Path To Narnia.

Went For A Walk By My House And I Think I Found The Path To Narnia.

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Mamabear76
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1 week ago

Ahhhhh, stunning!

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#27

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

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CJK
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1 week ago

My family and I visited here a few years ago. It's amazing!

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The history expert said that beauty is, both at the same time, very personal and deeply culturally driven. So, as a result, the beauty industry finds itself intrinsically linked to the consumer.

“It provides products and images for consumption and how consumers take those up largely determines its success. Beauty products and practices have to resonate with consumers, who are not simply dupes but often thoughtful and measured in what they want and can consume,” Dr. Nicholas told Bored Panda.

#28

Early Foggy Morning In A Chinese Countryside

Early Foggy Morning In A Chinese Countryside

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 week ago

Remind me of Lion King

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#29

The Blanketed Hills Of Tuscany

The Blanketed Hills Of Tuscany

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J. Suncha
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1 week ago

Damn........

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#30

"Wall"

"Wall"

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Mistralok
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1 week ago

Likely in England. A brick wall takes at least 2, and even better 3 layers to be stable, but curved like this can be made with one, costing only 1/2 to 1/3 of the average price. Clever people.

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“Gaps in services and products lead to further innovation. Throughout the twentieth century, for example, women of color struggled to be appropriately represented and struggled to find appropriate products. In multiple ways, the industry was forced to grow and expand to respond properly to their needs. Black entrepreneurs often led the way,” she said.

What was once seen as very natural, widely accepted, and done for the sake of beauty can now seem odd, bizarre, downright weird.

“When dislocated from their context, what was typical in one time period seems strange in another. Today, we see the highly filtered, fully made-up selfie as quite ordinary. When you pause to consider it though, it is interesting to think about how those reflect changes in technology (both digital and in cosmetics), as well as in dominant presumptions of what is considered beautiful. It can also be reflective of the democratization of techniques in lighting and makeup application that were historically reserved for insiders within modeling. Now, anyone can use them,” Dr. Nicholas said.

#31

Dog And Mountains From Tent

Dog And Mountains From Tent

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Mamabear76
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1 week ago

Love this.

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#32

Deer Drinking Water From Lake At Sunset

Deer Drinking Water From Lake At Sunset

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Madeleine Bentley
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1 week ago

I'd like this image on my wall to stare at when I am feeling stressed (eg. all day long 😂)

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#33

Solar Eclipse Over The Artic. Image By Dr. Miloslav Druckmüller

Solar Eclipse Over The Artic. Image By Dr. Miloslav Druckmüller

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Daniel Marsh
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1 week ago

Looks like a hole in the fabric of the universe.

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#34

This Place Is The Definition Of Autumn

This Place Is The Definition Of Autumn

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Sue Lynn Chan
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1 week ago

Can I please have this cottage?

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#35

Autumn In Maine, USA

Autumn In Maine, USA

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Mamabear76
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1 week ago

Beautiful 💓

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#36

Train Passing Through Harz National Park

Train Passing Through Harz National Park

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Marlow
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1 week ago

HAHA UR TELLING ME THAT'S NOT THE TRAIN TO HOGWARTS FROM PLATFORM 9 3/4?????

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#37

🇯🇵 Sunny Day With Momiji 🍁 In Arashiyama, Kyoto (Credit To Loïc Lagarde)

🇯🇵 Sunny Day With Momiji 🍁 In Arashiyama, Kyoto (Credit To Loïc Lagarde)

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josh plum
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1 week ago

Great color play

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#38

Pals, Spain

Pals, Spain

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Aisling Allan
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1 week ago

what was the reason for the smooth part in the middle of the road again?

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#39

Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights

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Eric Law
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1 week ago (edited)

I hate to say it but this looks faked. Since when does a traffic light show red, yellow, and green all at the same time? It's still a cool image though.

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#40

"The Pit Is An Incredible Dive Site In Tulum, Mexico. A Fresh Water Sinkhole With Unlimited Visibility."

"The Pit Is An Incredible Dive Site In Tulum, Mexico. A Fresh Water Sinkhole With Unlimited Visibility."

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Roeselien Raimond
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1 week ago

Wow...impressive!

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#41

The Beautiful Icelandic Highlands

The Beautiful Icelandic Highlands

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Otter
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1 week ago

Top of the bucket list!!!

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#42

I Was Told To Share My Bridge Shot Here!

I Was Told To Share My Bridge Shot Here!

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1 week ago

Stunning!

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#43

The Towns And Mountains Of Banff, Alberta

The Towns And Mountains Of Banff, Alberta

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1 week ago

Makes me feel so small and insignificant in time and place, observing those sedimentary layers, laid down over hundreds of millions of years, then pushed back up and eroded down to this, for what amounts to a moment in geological time. Our lives are just a momentary spark in a campfire

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#44

Rain Soaked Road Through The Fall Foliage, Woburn, Massachusetts.

Rain Soaked Road Through The Fall Foliage, Woburn, Massachusetts.

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Becky Klebe
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1 week ago

This is my town, but I have no idea where this could have been taken.

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#45

Lago Di Garda, Italy

Lago Di Garda, Italy

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1 week ago

I have an overwhelming urge to haul a kayak down those steps. Imagine paddling over that smooth blue water, past the enchanting shore!

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#46

View From Tianmen Cave, China

View From Tianmen Cave, China

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Philip Albanese
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1 week ago

actually, view is from the cliff-side walkway at the mountain

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#47

Patagonia

Patagonia

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Honey Slime
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1 week ago

I'm thinking this would be great for the Witcher universe.

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#48

Heavy Rain In Neon Lit Hong Kong

Heavy Rain In Neon Lit Hong Kong

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Mistralok
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1 week ago

This one brings the movie "Blade Runner" to mind.

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#49

"Watching The Sunset From 32000 Ft"

"Watching The Sunset From 32000 Ft"

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Kevin Camp
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1 week ago

The best kind of flight, no one else around,

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#50

Blossoms In Barcelona

Blossoms In Barcelona

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Miss Cris
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1 week ago

This pic is edited. Trees aren't pink nor red in this street in Barcelona. But it's a beautiful city anyway.

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