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Salzburg Panorama

Panorama of Salzburg

Panorama of Salzburg

Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg, Austria, offers a view of the old town of Salzburg from one side, and a beautiful Alpine landscape on the other.

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Munnar

Photograph of Munnar Landscape

Photograph of Munnar Landscape

Munnar is a small hill-station in the Indian state of Kerala. Famous for its tea and spice plantations, Munnar (and the Western Ghats region in general) provides many fine views like this.

(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Earth” and “Atop“)

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Alpine Landscape

Alpine Landscape Photograph

Alpine Landscape Photograph

There are three distinct areas in this photograph of the Austrian Alps: the fluffy white clouds in the background; the lone mountain peak in the mid-ground; and the lush green hills in the foreground. All three elements contribute something to the photograph, and combine to create a visually appealing and greatly picturesque landscape.

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Alpine Village

Photograph of Valley

Photograph of Valley

Almost every valley in the Austrian Alps holds some small, rarely-heard-of village. Many of them have tiny populations, cover very little area and have only one or two large buildings. The houses are mostly built using wood and in the old-fashioned style with sloping roofs to keep the snow off. Unlike the large cities where almost everybody knows some English, people in these villages speak only German. Therefore communication may be a problem for outsiders.

While the basic necessities such as electricity and paved roads are available in these villages, they have managed to resist widespread urbanization. Hopefully they will continue to do so, as what these villages hold in terms of historic and cultural value cannot be replaced by any city in the world.

In this photograph, a small village is flanked by the beautiful Austrian Alps. Clouds are gathering above the mountain tops.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Wanderlust“, “Ambience” and “Landscape“)

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Photograph of a river

Photograph of a river

Fast flowing rivers such as the one in the photograph are massively powerful. They can get through almost any obstacle, carve out whole valleys and alter entire landscapes. Millions of litres of water flow at breakneck speeds through the river valley, racing to get to the plains as quickly as they can. Almost no fish can live in this part of the river – the current is simply too strong. The power and weight of the river is an inspiring reminder of the Forces of Nature

The river in the photograph is the River Kosi, in the Himalayan foothills. The river passes near the famous Jim Corbett National Park, and is an important geographical feature of the area. It flows pretty fast in this area, and this is evident from the large, rounded boulders on the river backs. Besides being important to the nearby landscape and wildlife, it is also important to the people living in the area. It generates a lot of income through tourism, fishing, hydroelectricity, etcetera. Though not as large or popular as the Ganga or Yamuna, it is nevertheless a spectacle of the scale of nature.

This photograph was actually taken on the way to the actual destination, which was Jim Corbett National Park. Often, the journey can be as good, if not better, than the actual destination.