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Dramatic winter sunset

Winter sunset over Kiev. It is a view of the residential area “Obolon”. In order to make this shot I didn’t have to go or climb somewhere. It’s just the view from my window. One day, looking out of the window I saw the unusual lighting of the lowering sun in the clouds and could not resist taking the picture.

  • Peter

    This is beautiful! love your blog. great photos!

  • Dima

    Thank you so much, Peter! It inspires me! 🙂

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Welcome to the ranch!

Bulldog-cowboy welcomes you to our ranch!

This photo was taken spontaneously while I was driving the car in the neighbourhood of Kiev. I wasn’t even going to take photos. I had other affairs. This event proves the rule – you never know where a good shot expects you. Always take your camera with you in order not to miss great shots!

Amazing Fact:

The largest Ranch in the world is actually in Australia. The Anna Creek ranch is 5.8 Million Acres (Larger than Israel).

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Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples is all what left from the ancient city of Agrigento. It was a great and rich city. It was founded by the Greeks around 580 BC. Now only few ruined temples are left from Agrigento. And nothing else but memories… What seemed eternal and indestructible to the ancient people now it is almost disappeared. I think everything that seems now commonplace and eternal sooner or later will go into oblivion. And our future descendants will dig the ground and imagine how we lived – the people of the XXI century.

The photo shows one of the best preserved ancient temples – the temple of the Concordia – one of the best preserved Doric temples in the world. So the guides tell you. Although historians are not sure about this temple.

Amazing fact:

Much of ancient Agrakas still remains to be excavated! Many mysteries are still waiting to be discovered…

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Divine light

It was a gloomy and cloudy day. Walking around the city, we decided to climb the highest tower in Bologna. Bologna is a unique city that managed to maintain its antiquity. From the very top of the tower we saw a spectacular view. Unfortunately the clouds were so gloomy that I wasn’t even hoping to make a slightly interesting shot. But at the same time, I didn’t have another chance to do it as we were leaving Bologna the next day. And suddenly, a miracle happened – the clouds dispersed and the divine light came pouring down from the top. At such moments, I begin to believe in divine miracles!

Amazing fact:

Bologna  is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna. It was founded in 1088.

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Sunset over the river Selangor in Malaysia

Peaceful sunset on the river. In fact, it wasn’t so peaceful at all. It was a terrible shot. A huge pile of mosquitoes attacked me and they bit me badly as well. I quickly took a couple of shots and ran away, hoping that mosquitoes were not malarial  :)).   I can’t even close imagine how people live on this river and have lived hundreds of years before us. After all, there was not even mosquito repellent before. But a lot of people live in houses on stilts on the river for hundreds of years and make money with fishing. It remains a mystery to me how they manage to get along with these mosquitoes. And it used to be a home to crocodiles before!

Amazing Fact:

Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals. Males feed on flower nectar.

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Maldivian sunrise

Calm sunrise in the Maldives. The sea is quiet and the fish are not scared away by the screaming and floating tourists yet. Fish come very close to the shore searching for food. The water is so transparent that they are clearly visible. Among the fish coming close to the shore early in the morning, sometimes I even saw small reef sharks. Despite their intimidating appearance the sharks are safe for humans.

In the Maldives, every sunset and sunrise is great because of the huge and beautiful clouds. The damp climate and evaporation give photographers a chance to get another masterpiece.

Amazing Fact:

Maldives is the lowest country in the world. Its ground level is averaged at 1.6 meters.

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Sunrise in the paradise…

The first minutes of another sunny day on the Maldives. These paradise islands always have stunning sunrises and sunsets. I get up early every morning here to meet the dawn. And nature favoured me with amazing shots.

Amazing Fact:

The Maldives has about 200 inhabited islands.

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Sunrise over Singapore

Singapore has the largest port in the world. A huge number of ships are waiting for their turn to come into the port. It seems like this is not a reality, but a computer game. Invading force on many ships is coming to the shore and getting ready to attack. Just about the great battle to begin. The action takes place not on the Earth but on the another planet.

At the centre of the photo you can see the Park “Gardens by the bay”. If you take a look on the left side of the picture you will see The Conservatory Complex.  It comprises two cooled conservatories – the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Very extraordinary human-made sights – strongly recommend to visit if you are going to Singapore.

Amazing Facts:

1. These  conservatories won “World Building of the Year” Award at World Architecture Festival 2012.
2. Flower Dome is the worlds largest glasshouse without columns.

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