40 Small But Charming Urban Gardens

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Won’t be long until all the plants come back to life and we’ll enjoy the sea of green. And that doesn’t necessary mean you’ll have to go to the countryside or in your local park to enjoy the fresh air. Here are 40 rather small but really charming urban gardens for your inspiration. The spring is upon us, so you’d better start planning, a garden will drastically improve the way your balcony, terrace or small yard looks and feels.

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“Distant Natures”

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Photographer Manuel Alvarez Diestro captures Hong Kong’s surreal landscape. This is absolutely fantastic!

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Humans in the Landscape

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A worker carries salt before loading it onto a supply truck at a salt pan on the eve of May Day or Labour Day on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai April 30, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/Babu)

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Deadly Snowstorm Hits USA

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Pedestrians have a snowball fight in Times Square following a mandatory shutdown of the streets at 11 p.m. on January 26, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the Northeast, is bracing for a major winter storm which is expected to bring blizzard conditions and 10 to 30 inches of snow to the area. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/AFP Photo)

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The Storm Chaser

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These stunning images show the phwoar-some power of some of Americas most extreme weather. Camille Seaman’s wondrous work features huge super cells, crashing lightning and gale-force winds. The roaming photographer has chased storms across the US from Iowa to Wyoming and from Minnesota to Texas. Her favorite places to chase are Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota – notorious hotspots for spectacular storms. Here: this lovely monster over a farm, Lodgepole, Nebraska in 2012. (Photo by Camille Seaman/Caters News)

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“Red Tide”: The Natural Luminescence Phenomenon

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Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or “red tide”, are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong January 22, 2015. Algal blooms occur when there is a sharp growth in algae population in a water system, and are considered harmful when resulting in negative impacts on other organisms. Picture taken using long exposure. (Photo by Tyrone Siu/Reuters)

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Crystal Caves Shots in South Iceland by Julien Ratel

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Reykjavik-based travel agent and photographer Julien Ratel recently visited the well known ice Caves in South Iceland, sometimes called Crystal Caves.

He took some beautiful shots of the northern lights ice cave in the area of the famous glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón.

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19 of the Most Beautiful Up Close Flowers to Enhance your Spring Time Fever

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Viktor Hanacek is a great photography, web designer, and graphic artist. He loves photography and making websites so much, he feels our pain as we desperately search for high quality photos for our web designs. He has taken it upon himself to start PicJumbo which offers full public domain rights for all pictures on the website. And let me tell you, the ones in this gallery are just the beginning. He has a wide variety set up in great collections so it is easy to find what you are looking for. You can thank Vickor through his Twitter account, or go look at some great photos on his Facebook Page. Viktor also has a wonderful website where you can see the services he offers and prices along with his contact information. I know one thing is for sure, I have bookmarked Viktor’s site and am spreading the word about his wonderful cause.

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Autumn Chimeras by Gaelle Villedary

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All of us have seen autumn leaves but who can see a hybrid leaf in an alley or in the park? Gaelle Villedary tried to bypass all technical difficulties a scientist could have arose, and as an artist, realised hybrid plants by scewing different breed leaves together.

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Beautiful Winter Wonderlands Around the USA

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These snaps capture true winter wonderlands – as Mother Nature’s icy grip takes hold of America’s National Parks. From snow-capped mountains in Yosemite to an icy still Glacier Bay, the incredible images show their beauty is year round. In other breath-taking shots crisp frost lines the paths through Great Smokey Mountains and Crater Lake has had more than a dusting of snow. Each stunning shot was collated by the U.S. Department of the Interior – the agency which protects US land, water and wildlife. Tim Fullerton, Director of Digital Strategy, said: “America’s public lands are just as beautiful this time of year as they are in the warmer months. Snow and ice turns national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands into a winter wonderland, enhancing the beauty of nature in America’s great outdoors”. Here: Apostle Island National Lakeshore Park in Wisconsin. (Photo by U.S. Department of the Interior/Cater News)

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December 5 – 13, 2014: Nature and Climate

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A boy sifts through the debris Wednesday, December 10, 2014 following an overnight fire at an informal settlers’ community of Tonsuya in Malabon city, north of Manila, Philippines. The fire razed more than 200 houses and affected close to a thousand people. Fire officials said five people were injured and currently investigating its cause. (Photo by Bullit Marquez/AP Photo)

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Incredible Storm Chaser Pictures

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A photographer has weathered some of America’s most violent storms to capture these stunning snaps. Storm chaser Mike Mezeul II, 30, has traveled all over the US to shoot the likes of mammoth thunderstorms and surreal cloud patterns. His incredible collection of storm images are the result of more than 15 years of photography and thousands of miles of travel. The photographer, from Frisco in Texas, USA, became interested in storm chasing aged 16 when he got his first car. He has since shot ferocious storms as far north as the Canadian border and as far south as Mexico. Here: Mike waiting for the storm at Cheyenne, Wyoming, June 2014. (Photo by Mike Mezeul II/Caters News)

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November 29 – December 5, 2014: Nature and Climate

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Vehicles drive through a muddy road outside Beyla, Guinea, November 25, 2014. (Photo by Fabien Offner/Reuters)

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Europe Faces Cold Winter

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Ice covered leaves of a tree hang over a roadside shrine near Kottes in northern Austria, December 2, 2014. Freezing fog and rain covered parts of the region with ice, causing blocked roads due to fallen trees and closed schools for security reasons, local media report. (Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters)

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Peru Attacks Illegal Mining Ahead of Climate Talks

“Peru has sent 1,000 police into its southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining camps, just weeks before the country hosts global climate talks. Even before the officers began blasting away at miners’ makeshift shelters, the Amazon rainforest nearby looked like a war-scape, pocked with craters and littered with the trunks of amputated trees. Peru’s anti-illegal mining czar, retired army Gen. Augusto Soto, marched the men 6 miles (11 kilometers) to the wasteland known as La Pampa, where 50,000 hectares of rainforest have been obliterated in the past six years. They destroyed motors and dynamited a dozen motorcycles as they tore down dwellings that included at least one mud-flanked bordello. The miners had removed and hidden some machinery.

Peru first criminalized unlicensed gold mining in 2012 but only began enforcing the law vigorously this year with serious manpower and explosives. The operations have displaced thousands of the estimated 40,000 people who authorities say moved to the jungle to mine gold. In addition to contributing to deforestation, which scientists blame for between 12 and 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, the illegal alluvial gold mining contaminates the jungle with tons of mercury. Mercury is a toxin and has already contaminated the food chain, including fish, the local population’s main protein source. Peru’s environment minister says the country loses about 400 square miles (between 100,000 and 120,000 hectares) a year to deforestation. The South American country will host U.N.-sponsored climate talks that start on December 1”. – The Associated Press.

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In this November 12, 2014 photo, a column of policemen occupy a gold mining camp as part of an operation to eradicate illegal mining in the area known as La Pampa, in Peru’s Madre de Dios region. Less than a month before Peru plays host to global climate talks, the government sent a battalion of police into southeastern jungles to dismantle illegal gold-mining mining camps. Peru’s anti-illegal mining czar, retired army Gen. Augusto Soto, marched the men to the wasteland known as La Pampa, where 50,000 hectares of rainforest have been obliterated in the past six years. (Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo)

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