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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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Wingspan

Photograph of a bird in flight

Photograph of a bird in flight

Sultanpur National Park, a small nature reserve in the northern part of India, is an excellent place to observe several different species of local and migratory birds.

Painted Storks such as this one are one of the largest bird species found in the park. They can have wingspans as wide as five feet and can weigh up to 3.5 kilograms. Their bright orange heads and beaks make them easy to spot. While many storks are migratory, this particular species isn’t. Painted storks are mostly found in marshy wetlands across South Asia, and also in some places in Eastern Asia.

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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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Two Halves

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

Photograph of Statue in Vienna

White marble statues featuring humans in different poses are a common feature of European architecture. This extends even to the gardens built by royalty. Schönbrunn Palace and its sprawling gardens are a fine example of this style. Hundreds of intricately carved statues and fountains dot the gardens, which are quite extensive.

In this photograph, a contemplative statue almost perfectly divides the photograph into two; one half is the blue sky, while the other half is the green bush.

(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Opposites“, “Half and Half“)