Florida Mailboxes

The Florida Keys are famous for their diving, but they are less well known for another quirky attraction: the mailboxes residents use to decorate their driveways. From a fiberglass manatee in lipstick to a small white church, Reuters photographer Wolfgang Rattay documented this unusual aspect of local culture as he drove along the Ocean Highway that connects the islands.

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A mailbox in the shape of a fire truck is seen along the highway US-1 in the Lower Keys near Marathon in Florida, July 11, 2014. (Photo by Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters)

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Bore Tide Surfing in Alaska

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A general view of Cook Inlet before the Bore Tide at Turnagain Arm on July 12, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaskas most famous Bore Tide, occurs in a spot on the outside of Anchorage in the lower arm of the Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, where wave heights can reach 6-10 feet tall, move at 10-15 mph and the water temperature stays around 40 degrees farenheit. This years Supermoon substantially increased the size of the normal wave and made it a destination for surfers. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Gone Fishing – Chinese Style

These pictures shows a two-tonne whale shark being driven through a town in China strapped to a fisherman’s truck. It is a wonder Cai Chengzhu can see where he is going as the giant 4.5m creature’s tail blocks his view of the road, and its head hangs off the back. No doubt surprised by his mega catch, the fishing captain tied the fish down with a sturdy rope and headed for market – apparently unaware it was an endangered and protected animal. Not believing what they were seeing, amused bystanders in Yangzhi county, Fujian province, took photos of the incredible sight and posted them on Sina Weibo, the closest Chinese equivalent to Twitter.

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A fisherman transports a dead whale shark after it was caught in fishermen’s net, in Yangzhi county, Fujian province August 1, 2014. According to local media, the whale shark is five-metre-long and weighs over 2 tonnes. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)

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Compelling Portraits of People Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness

139 Compelling Portraits of People Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most people can only dream about escaping to the quiet isolation of the rural countryside. French photographer Antoine Bruy, however, turned that dream into a reality when he hitchhiked across Europe from 2010 to 2013, wandering through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind. Along the way, he met several individuals who had willingly abandoned life in the city and retreated deep into the wilderness, sacrificing modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom.

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Floating Snowflake Hotel in Norway that Offers the Perfect View of the Northern Lights

If you want to get the best view of Aurora Borealis, it is best to be as far away from light pollution as possible.

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Known as the Krystall hotel, the unusual property is being developed by company Dutch Docklands, which specialises in floating structures and will be the first floating hotel in Europe. The floating Krystall hotel will be based in the fjords near Tromso, in Norway, which sits within the Arctic Circle – the perfect spot for watching the Northern Lights.

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The Most Beautiful City Parks on Earth

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With so many areas being over developed all across the world, it’s nice to know that developers and cities are still keeping large areas allocated to one of our favorite spaces – public parks. We’ve rounded up the 14 best city parks in the world for your perusal.

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Stunning Milky Way Formation Above the Isle of Wight

“Stunning Milky Way formation above the Isle of Wight : The Milky Way shines in mesmerising colourful patterns above the Isle of Wight in these stunning photographs. Photographer Chad Powell used a DSLR camera to capture images of the spectacular constellation above the familiar beach scenes of England’s largest island. The 22-year-old, who shot the pictures over a year of stargazing on the island, often stayed up until dawn to catch the most dramatic sky-scapes.

The DSLR camera enhanced the Milky Way from the white strip visible to the naked eye into an explosion of colourful lights. Photographer Chad, a graphic designer from Ventnor, Isle of Wight, used foregrounds of abandoned theme parks, harbours and lighthouses against the illuminated sky. Chad Powell: “The perfect conditions to take these pictures are a clear sky on a moonless night. Light pollution needs to be minimal too, unfortunately in Britain there are very few areas of dark sky, especially in England”. – Barcroft Media

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The Milky Way behind Castle Haven, a small harbour in Nilton on July 2, 2014, in Isle of Wight, UK. (Photo by Chad Powell/Barcroft Media)

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Fantastic Landscapes of Tuscany, Italy

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A building emerges from the early morning fog in Belvedere farm in San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy. The beautiful pictures were taken by Alberto Di Donato who has a huge passion for the Tuscan landscape and is inspired by the Renaissance artists who painted the same landscapes. (Photo by Alberto Di Donato/HotSpotMedia)

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Krubera Voronya: The Deepest Cave on Earth

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Located in the massif Arabika of the Ghagra mountain range, in Abkhazia, Georgia, the Voroniya cave (Kruber caves or Krubera-Voronya) is the deepest known cave in the world. The cave has two branches: Novokuibyshevskaya (1300 meters deep) and Main (2196 meters deep), the second ramifies into several smaller branches.

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Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Exhibition

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Pokot tribe, Amaya village, East Pokot, Kenya. (Photo by Roberto Nistri)

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The Most Beautiful Caves in the World

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Caves are absolutely fascinating, but with such a large number of them out there waiting to be explored, how do you find the ones worth your while? Well we’ve outlined the 18 best caves on the planet.

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“Tiny Tattoos” Paired with the Grandiose

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Photographer Austin Tott pairs the small with the grandiose in his series Tiny Tattoos. The delightful images feature hand-drawn body art that’s positioned against a background from which they visually reference. In one photograph, we see a wrist that is marked with quotes in front of several stacks of books.

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The Luxury JR East Cruise Train by Ferrari Designer

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Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama has ventured off onto a new solo project, designing this beautiful $50 million JR East Cruise Train.

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Cheval Blanc Randheli | Maldives

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In the northwest of the Maldives archipelago, Noonu atoll reveals a preserved and exclusive exotic oasis. The islands blend elongated palm trees, tropical flowers, white sand banks, pristine turquoise water and fringing reef. The atoll waters house a dazzling sampling of multicolour fish, rays and sea turtles.

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Colorful umbrellas on the streets of Portugal

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Extravaganza of colors, hovering over the heads of passers-by in the form of colorful domes of different sizes and colors, can be called a festival of Portuguese umbrellas, but art project is known under the romantic and gentle name of a Umbrella Sky.

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