Michael Piraino

Michael Piraino (@mspiraino)

Bio:Photographer & parks advocate. Bainbridge Island, WA. Collecting wild, beautiful and inspiring places. More of them, and my code of ethics, are at

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Víðimýrarkirkja church, originally built in 1834, and thankfully preserved by the National Museum of Iceland. It sits by itself in a quiet spot with views across a river valley to the mountains. It is one of just 6 remaining turf churches in the country, and is a place of great dignity and tranquility. The church is beautiful in color, with the rich brown of the wood gables and the vivid red of the trim. But I thought this black and white shot best reflected the feeling of our visit here. .
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#iceland #iceland_photography #architecturephotography #churcharchitecture #historicpreservation #iceland #sceniclocations  #jaw_dropping_shots #masters_in_photography #hubs_united #masters_in_bnw #bnwzone #bnw_zone #travelphotography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography

Víðimýrarkirkja church, originally built in 1834, and thankfully preserved by the National Museum of Iceland. It sits by itself in a quiet spot with views across a river valley to the mountains. It is one of just 6 remaining turf churches in the country, and is a place of great dignity and tranquility. The church is beautiful in color, with the rich brown of the wood gables and the vivid red of the trim. But I thought this black and white shot best reflected the feeling of our visit here. . . . . .  #iceland  #iceland_photography  #architecturephotography  #churcharchitecture  #historicpreservation  #iceland  #sceniclocations  #jaw_dropping_shots  #masters_in_photography  #hubs_united  #masters_in_bnw  #bnwzone  #bnw_zone  #travelphotography  #blackandwhite  #blackandwhitephotography

This ice floating in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a scene of astounding beauty but also great poignancy.  The thousand-year-old ice is spectacular. Even the sounds add to the lagoon’s beauty: the orchestra of icebergs clinking away, the whistle of the wind around the ice, the snorting and barking of a quartet of seals.  Yet the pathos of the place is that this beauty comes from the warming and calving of the great glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park. 
At least there is recognition in Iceland that the climate is warming and some determination to deal with it.  Not far from this lagoon, a plaque was placed in August in honor of Iceland’s first glacier to lose its status.  The English inscription reads “Ok is the first glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done.” .
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#iceland #icelandtravel #glaciers #masters_in_photography #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #iclandscapes #discovericeland #climatechange

This ice floating in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a scene of astounding beauty but also great poignancy. The thousand-year-old ice is spectacular. Even the sounds add to the lagoon’s beauty: the orchestra of icebergs clinking away, the whistle of the wind around the ice, the snorting and barking of a quartet of seals. Yet the pathos of the place is that this beauty comes from the warming and calving of the great glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park. At least there is recognition in Iceland that the climate is warming and some determination to deal with it. Not far from this lagoon, a plaque was placed in August in honor of Iceland’s first glacier to lose its status. The English inscription reads “Ok is the first glacier to lose its status as a glacier. In the next 200 years, all our glaciers are expected to follow the same path. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done.” . . . . .  #iceland  #icelandtravel  #glaciers  #masters_in_photography  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #iclandscapes  #discovericeland  #climatechange

Morsárjökull glacier is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe.  What a pleasure to view them both and be overwhelmed by the immensity of the ice they contain.  #landscapelovers  #worldshotz #world_best_shots #jaw_dropping_shotz #masters_in_photography #worldbestshot_ig #fantastic_earth #global_hotshotz #awesomeearth #instagood #picoftheday #nature #igdaily #jaw_dropping_shots  #jj #ig_world_colors #Colors_Of_Day  #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #majestic_earth #iceland #icelandtravel #glaciers #icelandscape

Morsárjökull glacier is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. What a pleasure to view them both and be overwhelmed by the immensity of the ice they contain.  #landscapelovers  #worldshotz  #world_best_shots  #jaw_dropping_shotz  #masters_in_photography  #worldbestshot_ig  #fantastic_earth  #global_hotshotz  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #picoftheday  #nature  #igdaily  #jaw_dropping_shots  #jj  #ig_world_colors  #Colors_Of_Day  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #majestic_earth  #iceland  #icelandtravel  #glaciers  #icelandscape

I couldn't ask for more to grace this day than this non-iconic scene in northern Iceland.  The arctic foliage here has gone crazy with color, all the more brilliant under a gray sky.
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 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #infrared_global #masters_in_photography #iceland #iceland #icelandnature #discovericeland #ig_iceland

I couldn't ask for more to grace this day than this non-iconic scene in northern Iceland. The arctic foliage here has gone crazy with color, all the more brilliant under a gray sky. . . . .  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #infrared_global  #masters_in_photography  #iceland  #iceland  #icelandnature  #discovericeland  #ig_iceland

I will soon pass by this area of eastern Washington again, which brought this aerial to mind. Another reminder for me to look down at, or in this case below, my feet. Often something pleasing is waiting there for someone to pay attention to. I’m always glad when I can be that person
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#masters_in_photography 
#westcoast_exposures #washingtonstate #aerialphotography #abstractphotography #goodearthphotos #photooftheday #instadaily #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united

I will soon pass by this area of eastern Washington again, which brought this aerial to mind. Another reminder for me to look down at, or in this case below, my feet. Often something pleasing is waiting there for someone to pay attention to. I’m always glad when I can be that person . . . . .  #masters_in_photography  #westcoast_exposures  #washingtonstate  #aerialphotography  #abstractphotography  #goodearthphotos  #photooftheday  #instadaily  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united

I appreciate the abstract artwork of the earth as seen from high above. Sometimes looking down at the land is like lying on your back staring at clouds: you start seeing all kinds of images as if drawn by an artist.  The imagination really does soar. .
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#landscape #nature #earthfocus #master_gallery #nature_brilliance #splendid_earth #special_shots #earth_shotz #viewbug #masters_in_photography #aerial #abstracts #abstract

I appreciate the abstract artwork of the earth as seen from high above. Sometimes looking down at the land is like lying on your back staring at clouds: you start seeing all kinds of images as if drawn by an artist. The imagination really does soar. . . . .  #landscape  #nature  #earthfocus  #master_gallery  #nature_brilliance  #splendid_earth  #special_shots  #earth_shotz  #viewbug  #masters_in_photography  #aerial  #abstracts  #abstract

Spring Creek in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, only 20 miles from downtown Cleveland.  I loved this park on my first visit for its often small and intimate places of grace.
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#masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #cuyahogavalleynationalpark #ohioisbeautiful #jj #ig_world_colors #colors_of_day

Spring Creek in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, only 20 miles from downtown Cleveland. I loved this park on my first visit for its often small and intimate places of grace. . . . . .  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #cuyahogavalleynationalpark  #ohioisbeautiful  #jj  #ig_world_colors  #colors_of_day

Silent summertime.
A lone deer meanders;
An early morning encounter.

Forest filling with light,
Trees floating in fog;
He glances back, and is gone
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 #infrared #infraredphotography #masters_in_bnw #bnwphotography #blackandwhite #masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #infrared_global #masters_in_artistry

Silent summertime. A lone deer meanders; An early morning encounter. Forest filling with light, Trees floating in fog; He glances back, and is gone . . . . .  #infrared  #infraredphotography  #masters_in_bnw  #bnwphotography  #blackandwhite  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #infrared_global  #masters_in_artistry

After returning from a hike up to Bote Mountain, I couldn't resist the call of Laurel Creek. While occasional cars swept by with urgency to get to Cades Cove, I spent the late afternoon meandering along the creek. The colors were astounding, especially if you took the time to sit down on the bank at a spot where sun and shadow danced on the water. A peaceful spot in our most-visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains
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#masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #long_exposure_shots #greatsmokymountains #tennessee #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark

After returning from a hike up to Bote Mountain, I couldn't resist the call of Laurel Creek. While occasional cars swept by with urgency to get to Cades Cove, I spent the late afternoon meandering along the creek. The colors were astounding, especially if you took the time to sit down on the bank at a spot where sun and shadow danced on the water. A peaceful spot in our most-visited national park, Great Smoky Mountains . . . . .  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #long_exposure_shots  #greatsmokymountains  #tennessee  #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark

Mount Rundle is named for an 18th century missionary, but its original Cree name was Waskahigan Watchi, meaning “House Mountain.” This naming history is another example of indigenous names being replaced by the western habit of naming mountains after people, often people who only had a weak connection to the place.  Mount Rainier in Washington state is named for a British admiral who never saw the place.

Well, it doesn’t look like a house to me, but I find it mighty picturesque and a magnificent light-catcher, with lots of changing moods.  This is probably why it’s such a popular subject for photography and painting. .
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#landscape #nature #earthfocus #master_gallery #nature_brilliance #picturetokeep_nature #naturewelove #discoverearth #jaw_dropping_shots #moodygrams #amazing_shots #abcmyphoto #ig_shotz #worldprime #splendid_earth #special_shots #earth_shotz #viewbug #greatshotz #ig_bliss #masters_in_photography #epic_captures #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #parkscanada #banffnationalpark🇨🇦 #masters_in_bnw #bnwphotography #blackandwhite

Mount Rundle is named for an 18th century missionary, but its original Cree name was Waskahigan Watchi, meaning “House Mountain.” This naming history is another example of indigenous names being replaced by the western habit of naming mountains after people, often people who only had a weak connection to the place. Mount Rainier in Washington state is named for a British admiral who never saw the place. Well, it doesn’t look like a house to me, but I find it mighty picturesque and a magnificent light-catcher, with lots of changing moods. This is probably why it’s such a popular subject for photography and painting. . . . . .  #landscape  #nature  #earthfocus  #master_gallery  #nature_brilliance  #picturetokeep_nature  #naturewelove  #discoverearth  #jaw_dropping_shots  #moodygrams  #amazing_shots  #abcmyphoto  #ig_shotz  #worldprime  #splendid_earth  #special_shots  #earth_shotz  #viewbug  #greatshotz  #ig_bliss  #masters_in_photography  #epic_captures  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #parkscanada  #banffnationalpark🇨🇦  #masters_in_bnw  #bnwphotography  #blackandwhite

The layers of rock, clouds, and early evening sun painted this scene in ways I’d never seen before. It seemed as if something momentous was building up over beyond. This is the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. .
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The layers of rock, clouds, and early evening sun painted this scene in ways I’d never seen before. It seemed as if something momentous was building up over beyond. This is the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park. . . . . . landscape  #nature  #earthfocus  #master_gallery  #nature_brilliance  #picturetokeep_nature  #naturewelove  #discoverearth  #jaw_dropping_shots  #moodygrams  #amazing_shots  #abcmyphoto  #ig_shotz  #worldprime  #splendid_earth  #special_shots  #earth_shotz  #viewbug  #greatshotz  #ig_bliss  #masters_in_photography  #epic_captures  #banffnationalpark🇨🇦  #parkscanada  #canadianrockies  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #rockymountains  #dramaticskies

Not so “maligne.” Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is beautifully nestled among multiple peaks and at least three glaciers. First Nations people knew this lake as Chaba Imne, or Beaver Lake.  Henry Mcleod, a surveyor helping identify routes for the transcontinental route of the Canadian Pacific Railway, made his way up the valley in 1875 and named the lake “Sore Foot Lake” because of the difficult trip up the valley.  But it remained mostly a mythical place until explorer Mary Schäffer reached the lake in the early 1900s, and called it by its present name. 
I think the place still has a mythical feel, especially when seen in infrared. .
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#infrared #infraredphotography #masters_in_bnw #bnwphotography #blackandwhite #masters_in_artistry #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #infrared_global #canadianrockies #jaspernationalpark #parkscanada #canadaparks #malignelake

Not so “maligne.” Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park is beautifully nestled among multiple peaks and at least three glaciers. First Nations people knew this lake as Chaba Imne, or Beaver Lake. Henry Mcleod, a surveyor helping identify routes for the transcontinental route of the Canadian Pacific Railway, made his way up the valley in 1875 and named the lake “Sore Foot Lake” because of the difficult trip up the valley. But it remained mostly a mythical place until explorer Mary Schäffer reached the lake in the early 1900s, and called it by its present name. I think the place still has a mythical feel, especially when seen in infrared. . . . . .  #infrared  #infraredphotography  #masters_in_bnw  #bnwphotography  #blackandwhite  #masters_in_artistry  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #infrared_global  #canadianrockies  #jaspernationalpark  #parkscanada  #canadaparks  #malignelake

Next month, a massive intergovernmental report will document the worldwide state of nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people. The chair person for the group says that “the invaluable contributions of nature to people will be the defining challenge of decades to come.” Natural areas are not just beautiful, but essential to human health and prosperity. Let’s hope that candidates in next year’s US elections will incorporate this perspective into their campaigns. 
Meanwhile, the Trump administration has withheld congressionally earmarked funds for 22 research centers that provide important science and technical expertise on issues such as climate change, flooding, and species extinction. 
Meanwhile we can be grateful for the persistence of peaceful scenes like this one along a tributary of the Merced River. .
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#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitevalley #masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #wildandscenic #mercedriver #californianature #californianationalparks #sierranevada

Next month, a massive intergovernmental report will document the worldwide state of nature, ecosystems and nature’s contributions to people. The chair person for the group says that “the invaluable contributions of nature to people will be the defining challenge of decades to come.” Natural areas are not just beautiful, but essential to human health and prosperity. Let’s hope that candidates in next year’s US elections will incorporate this perspective into their campaigns. Meanwhile, the Trump administration has withheld congressionally earmarked funds for 22 research centers that provide important science and technical expertise on issues such as climate change, flooding, and species extinction. Meanwhile we can be grateful for the persistence of peaceful scenes like this one along a tributary of the Merced River. . . . . .  #yosemite  #yosemitenationalpark  #yosemitevalley  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #wildandscenic  #mercedriver  #californianature  #californianationalparks  #sierranevada

Reflections on the Merced River. A sunny winter’s day lights up the river with golden reflections of El Capitan, the trees on the far bank, and the brilliant blue of the sky.  Sound and sights of Yosemite Valley. .
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#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitevalley #infrared #infraredphotography #masters_in_bnw #bnwphotography #blackandwhite #masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #rivers #abstractphotography #mercedriver

Reflections on the Merced River. A sunny winter’s day lights up the river with golden reflections of El Capitan, the trees on the far bank, and the brilliant blue of the sky. Sound and sights of Yosemite Valley. . . . . .  #yosemite  #yosemitenationalpark  #yosemitevalley  #infrared  #infraredphotography  #masters_in_bnw  #bnwphotography  #blackandwhite  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #rivers  #abstractphotography  #mercedriver

In the 1870s, John Muir studied the Lyell Glacier, the largest in Yosemite, and documented its movement. The Lyell feeds the extraordinarily beautiful Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River, shown here as it tumbles gracefully westward over a series of small cascades. Muir came to call these ice fields “living glaciers.” But the Lyell will not live much longer. Its glory will soon be entirely lost due to a warming climate. 
John of the Mountains would be appalled; as am I.
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#masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #wildandscenic #tuolumne #waterfalls #climatechange #naturephotography

In the 1870s, John Muir studied the Lyell Glacier, the largest in Yosemite, and documented its movement. The Lyell feeds the extraordinarily beautiful Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River, shown here as it tumbles gracefully westward over a series of small cascades. Muir came to call these ice fields “living glaciers.” But the Lyell will not live much longer. Its glory will soon be entirely lost due to a warming climate. John of the Mountains would be appalled; as am I. . . . . .  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #yosemite  #yosemitenationalpark  #wildandscenic  #tuolumne  #waterfalls  #climatechange  #naturephotography

I’ve passed by this spot dozens of times on my way to one of my favorite streams in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Yet it was only recently that I actually saw this place for what it is; a pastoral scene full of harmony and peace.
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#masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
 #viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #washingtonstate #olympicnationalpark #olympicmountains #ruralphotography #masters_in_artistry #barns

I’ve passed by this spot dozens of times on my way to one of my favorite streams in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Yet it was only recently that I actually saw this place for what it is; a pastoral scene full of harmony and peace. . . . . .  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #washingtonstate  #olympicnationalpark  #olympicmountains  #ruralphotography  #masters_in_artistry  #barns

The Spiritual Quality of Wildness. When I find myself in places of beauty like this, I think of them as “places of grace”. I use the term in a way that combines its meaning in many religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism (and probably others). But the meaning of the place does not depend on any particular institutional belief system. It is simply an opportunity presented by nature for spiritual self realization through a life of kindness and compassion.
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#yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitevalley #infrared #infraredphotography #masters_in_bnw #bnwphotography #blackandwhite #masters_in_photography #usparksandmonuments
#usinterior #nationalparks #parkroamers #amazingaround #sceniclocations #worldprime #majesticearth
#viewbugfeature #hubs_united #bnw #awesome_earthpix #ic_landscapes #discoverearth #infrared_global

The Spiritual Quality of Wildness. When I find myself in places of beauty like this, I think of them as “places of grace”. I use the term in a way that combines its meaning in many religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism (and probably others). But the meaning of the place does not depend on any particular institutional belief system. It is simply an opportunity presented by nature for spiritual self realization through a life of kindness and compassion. . . . . .  #yosemite  #yosemitenationalpark  #yosemitevalley  #infrared  #infraredphotography  #masters_in_bnw  #bnwphotography  #blackandwhite  #masters_in_photography  #usparksandmonuments  #usinterior  #nationalparks  #parkroamers  #amazingaround  #sceniclocations  #worldprime  #majesticearth  #viewbugfeature  #hubs_united  #bnw  #awesome_earthpix  #ic_landscapes  #discoverearth  #infrared_global

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