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Picturesque Lake McDonald colorful stones

Picturesque Lake McDonald colorful stones

Picturesque Lake McDonald colorful stones


Located right on the border with Canada, the Glacier National Park in Montana covers more than 700 lakes. Meanwhile, about 200 of them are more than five acres in size, and a dozen lakes exceed a thousand acres, which is extremely unusual for mountain lakes. In addition, the water of the lakes is surprisingly clear and clean due to low temperatures, which hinder the growth of plankton. Here you can easily see the bottom of the lake at a depth of 10 meters or more.
However, one of the most striking features of some lakes is the colored pebble covering their bottom and shores. The stones as if painted in a variety of colors, from dark red to green and blue. Meanwhile, the brightest in this regard is the McDonald Lake in the west side of the park. Lake McDonald is the largest of the lakes of Glacier National Park, with a surface area of 6.823 acres. It is also the longest, exceeding 15 km in length, as well as the deepest lake with a depth of 141 meters. Not surprisingly, Glacier is considered one of the most beautiful.
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Bright Colors of Multicultural Singapore

Bright Colors of Multicultural Singapore

Bright Colors of Multicultural Singapore


According to the British proverb, on the other side of the street the grass seems greener. And this is quite true, if we talk about Singapore. The colors of Singapore make a strong impression. If you look closely, in many countries, gray colors predominate. Rarely when very bright and saturated. The thing is that bright colors mix with dust in dry weather and dirt in the wet. There is a colossal difference when you see real green, red and other colors in their natural form, in absolutely pure conditions. Here, for example, a street in Singapore (photo below). This is very interesting, because, for example, in Thailand, too, is always warm, but for some reason there are no bright colors. The grass is yellow, faded, etc. And in Singapore, if it’s grass, it’s certainly bright green.
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Yener Torun photographing Istanbul colors

Yener Torun photographing Istanbul colors

Architectural fantasy of Red, blue, green, and yellow. Yener Torun photographing Istanbul colors


Turkish Fine art photographer and architect, Yener Torun has lived in Istanbul for more than fifteen years. This city inspires him every day. Indeed, the city in the photographs of Yener Torun shown from a quite unexpected side – modern, beautiful, and magnificent with its colorful architecture. The talented architect and photographer spends his time wandering around the city capturing bright yellow, red, green, orange, and blue constructions. Besides, the photographer shares his work on social site, such as Instagram. By the way, he has about 400 posts and more than 120,000 followers. Indeed, Istanbul is the ultimate city of contrasts, with the new minimalist design of buildings that boasts a variety of colors. And 32-year-old photographer Yener Torun aims to show a clean minimalist view of the city, that contrasts the ornate, Ottoman architecture. According to Torun, Istanbul is mystical and historic but also a modern city. And he believes that the increasing variety of aspects provides a better understanding of the city. “I decided to look for something different and started searching less ornate, simpler, modern lines of the city”, says Yener Torun.
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Harbour Island Pink Sands Beach

Harbour Island Pink Sands Beach

Harbour Island Pink Sands Beach


Located on Harbour Island, the Bahamas Pink Sands Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Harbour island is visited by tropical storms, mainly in summer. The Island is covered with thickets of rare tropical flowers and trees. Feature of the resort – one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – Pink Sands Beach. The beach surface is covered with pink sand. Sand gets a pink color due to the presence of tiny shells of Foraminifera. During the day the pink sand plays different shades: sometimes pale purple, sometimes intense bright color, but always the same beautiful.
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Japanese traditionally forbidden colors

Fabulous landscape. Japanese traditionally forbidden colors

Fabulous landscape. Japanese traditionally forbidden colors


Historically, the forbidden color, known in Japan as kindziki, is the color of clothing, the monopoly for the use of which was a certain privelege of officials. Also, the system of forbidden colors appeared in the 8th century, during the time of the existence of the ritciero system. However, preserved to the present day, it no longer has a legal status. In particular, the forbidden colors include the seven colors established in the X-XI centuries. Among them – Pale-green, Sumach, Pale-red, Yellow-red, Dark purple, Gardenia, Rock and Dark-sappan. However, in the XIX century, during the Meiji period, they removed the ban from all colors, except for sumac, yellow-red and gardenia.
Meanwhile, exceptionally the Emperor of Japan could use Sumac’s color (Japanese: ko-roden) for the outer clothing. To date, the ceremonial Japanese clothing of the emperor during the enthronement – painted only in this sumac color. Besides, the source of the dye is fruits of sumac (Rhus succedanea) – a Japanese wax tree.
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Colorful architecture all over the world

Colorful architecture all over the world

Life in color – Colorful architecture of Burano, Venice


Burano – an island inhabited by fishermen. A bright finish was needed to ensure that they were returning home, and could see their island in the fog. Today the inhabitants of Burano paint their facades in bright colors following the instructs of City Hall. Under the law, the update of exterior decoration should be done every six months. Those who failed to meet the deadline, face fines. To change the color of the facade at its discretion, residents can not. They will have to apply to the municipality, which will propose a new variant of colors. All this is done to ensure that the island has not lost its attraction for tourists.
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Chinese colorful Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese colorful Mid-Autumn Festival

Golden autumn in China pleases with riot of colors. Chinese colorful Mid-Autumn Festival. Photo – Xinhua News


Traditionally, Chinese people celebrate the colorful Mid-Autumn Festival at the beginning of October. On this day, it is customary to admire the full moon, gather in the family circle to remember the relatives and friends who are away from home. They launch colorful lanterns into the sky and give each other “yuebiny” (lunar gingerbread). Meanwhile, the origin of the Feast is associated with a legend.
Once in ancient China lived a skilful archer named Hou Yi and his wife Chang’e. Once on the celestial vault instead of a single sun came just ten, resulting in a terrible drought. Emperor Yao, who ruled China then, was very worried because of the suffering of his people and asked Hou Y to bring down nine suns.
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