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Zaid El-Hoiydi
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Travel photography, nature and society.
Travel photography, nature and society.

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Vasileostrovsky District
After looking at Google Maps while preparing this trip, by going at the very end of the subway line 3, at the far East of St. Petersburg, I had hopes I would be able to catch a glimpse of the vastness of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea.

What I instead found was completely different of what I had expected. It felt I had finally arrived in Russia, a part of the city looking like where most Russians could actually live.
#StPetersburg, #Russia,
October 19th, 2015.
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9/19/17
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Where so much happens
A solemn appearance which somehow fits to what is at stakes. In these gymnasium buildings young people go through the last few childhood years before making career choices that will determine the rest of their lives, and the society they will contribute to shape. My daughter is among them.
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9/19/17
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Limitless
At some point we knew we got to come back home but right there and then we had plenty time and endless ground we could cover to choose from. That specific feeling has always best matched my definition of freedom; younger on motorcycles, older running or on bicycles.
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Electric Mountain Biking in the Rain
During part of our eMTB tour of yesterday we were under some serious rain so we found shelters under the trees in the forest and also in a stable we shared with calves.

The electronics didn't fail us but it was also helpless to warm me us up so, after a long and cold descent, I turned it off to get warmer using my leg muscles. There was a last little hill to climb on the way back but I had to descend it again on the other side and so got cold again, but at least a tad drier. Only a warm shower later fully fixed my inner temperature problem.

Next time I shall remember to pack the Gore-Tex jacket. Fall is often wet.
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9/17/17
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Cannonball Tree
One of the many living organisms which caught my attention in the Singapore Botanic Gardens where the diversity of life strikes you at every step you take.

Interestingly, neither the onsite information panel (text copied below) nor the Wikipedia article considered its flowers worthy of an extra mention.

Aren't they beautiful?
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Couroupita guianensis Lecythidaceae is an evergreen medium-sized tree from the Brazil-nut family. It can grow up to 25 m in height.

This tree produces large, pleasant and fragrant red flowers on its trunk and this trunk-flowering habit is known as cauliflower. Several flowers can be seen blooming at any one time throughout the year. It can be used to scent perfumes and cosmetics.

This tree yields extraordinary fruits resembling cannonballs, hence its name and when they fall to the ground, they will break open. They are eaten by animals and contain a jelly-like pulp which turns bluish-green when exposed to air and exudes an unpleasant odor. The empty fruit shells can be used as containers for kitchen utensils and as decoration items.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Couroupita_guianensis
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9/14/17
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The Wooden Bridge leading to Olten from across the Aare river is a wonderful introduction to the old town. Built in 1803 it was burnt down or destroyed by floods several times but was also always rebuilt and maintained to this day.
Olten - July 7th, 2017.
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9/12/17
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What to do with our existing and future nuclear wastes?
There are those waiting for a future technological miracle to solve this problem. There are those waiting for the problem to be forgotten by voters and then sliding it under the carpet for future generations to handle. Finally there are those tired of waiting and actually doing something about it, like the Finnish. I think that's about sums it all.

Okay, some of you might think that it is also a problem for future generations to handle. Well, with serious doubts about our species not lasting much longer that 1000 years, at least having here a hundred thousand years or more is allowing us to focus on our countless other shorter term problems.
Via +Irina T.​​

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The summer is retreating on the tip of its toes all while the shadows are getting a tiny bit longer each day. In 10 days autumn officially begins but, like every year, a number of plants have not been able to wait that long. Many of those were also the first to come out from the winter. These pictures are from around the old town church which in 2017 enjoyed its 687th summer.
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9/11/17
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Will it still be there when I come back outside? In a healthful society its members won't have such a problem to worry about, they can focus on what matters.
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Can you spot the fake window? In consideration of the overall aspect this facade would be sort of one-legged without it.
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