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A rare 'blood' aurora fills the sky across the Northern Rockies. Taken just this past weekend, red or ‘blood' aurora’s are created by oxygen atoms at an altitude of between 200–500 km (120-300miles) colliding in a high energy state and emitting red light at 630 nm. In contrast the more common green aurora are oxygen atoms at a lower altitude of 70-200km (40-120 miles) and lower energy state emitting light at 557.7 nm. In most cases to see a red aurora you need an extremely dark sky and to be looking from a lower latitude across the top layers of a distant high latitude aurora. When the aurora is closer or overhead, the subtle high altitude red fringe is drowned out by the intensity of the lower altitude green aurora. In this shot the green aurora is also visible spilling over the mountains however it has taken a more yellow hue as it’s mixed with the light of the red aurora from behind it. If you look at the high resolution version of this shot you can see 7 shooting stars in the time it took for this 20 second exposure, although 6 of them are quite faint. The shot was taken at a latitude of 55 North looking across the rugged Hart Ranges of the Northern Rocky Mountains which form part of the Pine Le Moray Provincial Park. British Columbia, Canada

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Just back from a week winter camping up in Jasper. Lots of photos to go through but here is a quick one of some ice climbers on a frozen waterfall at Maligne Canyon. It is one of the deepest river canyons found in the Canadian Rockies at 55m (180 ft). The canyon is part of a predominantly underground river system that runs between Medicine Lake and the Athabasca River. Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

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Sometimes in life the path in front of you seems endless and steep. The illusion of both the past and the future while seductive are simply distractions from the earth in front of your feet and the people around you. The reality is one has no clue what will happen tomorrow; life, it seems, is just a series of random events retrospectively categorised into a sense of order. Complicated, simple, happy, sad. Life just is. And one has to find their own peace with that.

Kepler Mountains, Fiordland National Park, Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area, South Island, New Zealand.

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The milky way rises out of the dim glow of over 5 million people as a lonely waterfall cascades into the abyss that is the Grose valley. Few people outside of Australia realise that one of the world’s largest temperate forested wilderness areas borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, with its foothills starting less than 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Sydney Harbour. The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area covers 10,300 square kilometres (4,000 sq mi) of wilderness and sits as a stark contrast to the city just beyond its boarder. After 25 years of settlement in Sydney, and numerous failed attempts, the mountains were first successfully crossed in 1813 by an expedition led by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth. The ruggedness, isolation and impassability of the terrain held off most development in the region despite the area being suitable for dam construction and rich in coal and shale oil. First proposed as a National Park in 1932 a long fought conservation battle ended in 1959 with the formation of the Blue Mountains National Park. The falls, known as Bridal Veil falls , cascade 180m to the base of the cliff. Mt Banks at the end of the valley sits at an elevation of 1,049 m (3,442 ft) . The shot was taken from Grovetts Leap, Blue Mountains National Park, New South Wales, Australia
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The Netherlands boasts 22,000 miles of cycle paths with more than a quarter of all trips in the country being made by bicycle, rising to 38% in Amsterdam itself. This compares with just 2% in the UK and much less in the USA. Multistory 17th century terrace mansions line the canals throughout Amsterdam as taxes used to be levied based on street frontage. Originating as a poor fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century due to its lead in developments of global trading technology. During that time, the city was the global centre for finance and trade and become the wealthiest city in the world. Ships sailed from Amsterdam to the Baltic Sea, North America, and Africa, as well as present-day Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and Brazil, forming the basis of a worldwide trading network. Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, from the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Looking through the trees as the milky way rises over Belougery Spire, Grand High Tops and the Bread Knife from the Spirey View Lookout. The Breadknife can be seen on its end here if you zoom in and is a volcanic dyke nearly 90 metres high but only 4 m wide. Warrumbungle National Park, NSW, Australia

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The amazing site of the Tengboche Monastery nestled in the mountains at 3,867 metres (12,687 ft) presents itself like a timewarp from a different age. The Tengboche Monastery (Thyangboche Monastery) also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, sits in the area of Khumjung which is part of in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal. The monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Nepalese Sherpa community and the ancient scriptures of Tibet refer to this valley along with Rowlang and Khanbalung valleys as sacred places. Tenzing Norgay, who was a local inhabitant of Tengboche village, was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary on the British 1953 expedition. You can see the trial from Phortse running across the mountains on the other side of the valley. Shot with Fuji Velvia slide film. Nepalese Himalayas, Nepal.

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Soft pre-dawn light bathes Crater Bluff with Tonduron Spire just a distant peak in the background. Taken from the Grand High Tops of the Warrumbungles after night hike to reach this spot. The first European to sight and explore the area was John Oxley in 1818 who named the range the Arbuthnot Range. The Aboriginal name 'Warrumbungles' from the Gamilaroi tribe meaning 'crooked mountains' soon took over as the most frequently used name. Lieben, on Crater Bluff, was the most difficult rock climb in Australia for many years after its first ascent by Bryden Allen and Ted Batty in 1962. Warrumbungle National Park, New South Wales, Australia

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The first light of the day kisses the Breadknife. The shot was taken looking down over the Warrumbungles after night hiking up to the Grand High Tops with a headtorch. The Breadknife is a volcanic dyke nearly 90 metres high but only 4 m wide which is particularly rare. The Breadknife is composed of peralkaline trachyte and was once part of a large shield volcano, that first erupted about 17 million years ago and stopped about 13 million years ago. Warrumbungle National Park, NSW, Australia

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The sun penetrates through thick clouds as the parched red soil dreams of rain. Taken in the arid lands at the foot of Mt Grenfell in central west New South Wales. Mount Grenfell is a spiritually important place for its Aboriginal owners, the Ngiyampaa Wangaaypuwan people. Outback New South Wales, Australia

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