325/365 - The scandinavian paradise island, the scandinavian version of the traditional paradise island; a sand island with a palm tree. Photo by Marcus Møller Bitsch.
A Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird at sunset. Photo by Lockheed Martin.
The vertical garden and water basin of the casa HS, São Paulo, Brazil, by Studio Arthur Casas. Photo by Fernando Guerra.
Lightning strikes above Florianopolis, Brazil. Photo by Daniel Ponce.
“On a very stormy day, I was seeing 4-5 lights per minute. It was very impressive, I had the idea to pick up my tripod and leave my camera with a maximum opening time and wait for lightning and the result was this.”
Southern Brazil is one of the most frequent places with lightning flashes in the world.
In need of rescue, by Sophie Ellis.
It’s funny how things work out sometimes, as though there’s something or someone out there controlling events and fixing our luck. I was stood feeling a bit helpless in the middle of a field unsure what to do with myself, and out of nowhere a military helicopter flies right overhead. By the time it was out of the shot it was so low it was skimming the treetops of the woods behind me. I really do wonder what the poor pilot was thinking when he saw a girl stood in a nightdress in the middle of a field at sunset, but I’d like to thank them for giving me some inspiration, for adding hope to a desolate landscape. If I’d got to that field five minutes later I could have been stood there for hours with no ideas, life is a crazy thing.
The lovely triple planet conjuntion of brilliant Venus (top), Jupiter, and a young crescent Moon was visible in evening skies around planet Earth on March 25th, 2012. Photo taken from the 210 meter tall Montparnasse skyscraper in Paris, by Serge Brunier.
Many will spot the looming Eiffel Tower, or the large domed structure of Les Invalides (right), or the colorfully lit elevated Metro train line gently curving toward picture center. You can even pick out the Arc de Triomphe close to the horizon on the right.
U.S. Highway 163, by Wolfgang Staudt.
The U.S. Route 163 is a 64-mile (103 km) U.S. Highway that runs from US 160 northward to US 191 in the U.S. states of Arizona and Utah. The southernmost 44 miles (71 km) of its length is within the Navajo Nation. The highway forms part of the Trail of the Ancients, a National Scenic Byway. The highway cuts through the heart of Monument Valley and has been featured in numerous movies and commercials.
The highway was designated in 1970, replacing Arizona State Route 464 and Utah State Route 47 as well as a portion of the old alignment of US 160 in Utah. In 1981, US 191 was routed over the northern section of US 163, effectively truncating the northern terminus to Bluff, Utah from Crescent Junction.
The state of Utah initially had plans for an different routing of US 163 north of Bluff. These plans were rejected, resulting in discrepancies between the signed route and the official designation by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials that were not resolved until 2008.
The route number does not follow the normal numbering convention for U.S. highways, as the number 163 would normally be used for a spur of U.S. Route 63; however, these two highways have never connected.