(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos

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Photography is a very powerful medium and a very difficult craft. Excellent photos don’t only display some facts — they tell stories, awake feelings and manage to share with the audience the emotions a photographer experienced when clicking the shot button. Taking excellent pictures is damn hard as you need to find a perfect perspective and consider the perfect timing. To achieve brilliant photography you need practice and patience. However, it is worth it: the results can be truly stunning.

Below you’ll find 50 brilliant photos and stunning pictures — some pictures tell stories, some are incredibly beautiful, some are funny and some are very sad.

All pictures are copyright of their respective owners. Please explore the further work of the photographers by browsing through their work. We’ve tried to cover different themes so that everybody will find something interesting and spectacular for himself / herself. All screenshots are linked und lead to the pages from which they’ve been taken.

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(Really) Stunning Pictures and Photos

Water and a Girl3
Beautiful composition, excellent scenery, amazing play of colors.

Mind-Blowing Photos - water4

The Ball is Coming!5
Analogue shot with Seagull 6×6 (Chinese clone of Rolleiflex), made in 1983. “The gulfball is suspended on a fishing line in front of the camera. It was a stormy day. So I had to shoot 5 or 6 films for getting one image with the ball in the center position AND a light reflection on the golf club.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Hey Tina! When you see this: Call me! I'm not angry with you any longer ....6

Sky7
The sky is reflected in a drop of water. Beautiful scenery.

Mind-Blowing Photos - : Sky8

Returning to the same ocean9
Beautiful sand textures, beautiful composition and somehow a very sad story hidden behind the image.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Returning to the same ocean.10

Tree11
A colorful tree from a different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!12

Gizmo13
How adorable is that?

Mind-Blowing Photos - Gizmo14

Glittery Ball15
“The reflection in this water droplet, it looks like the glitter is stuck to the water, but NO, it is reflections from the glitter on the feather.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Glittery Ball16

Yaw? Weeeee17
You probably shouldn’t try this in your local trains. Such pictures are unforgettable.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Yaw? Weeeee18

Leap of Faith19
What does being one step away from falling into the abyss feel like? The photo is taken by Paul Perton.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Leap of Faith20

Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth21
Could this be the best self-shot ever? It’s truly out of this world.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Astronaut Self-shot Over Earth22

Autumn in red23
Pure beauty. No words are necessary.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Autumn in red24

FlickrMeeting – Genova – G325
Blue baloon, a small detail, gives the picture an incredible power.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FlickrMeeting - Genova - G3 - [Ghe semmu + DieciCento + Milanoue!!W ]26

Sea in the sea27
Incredible scenery. Apparently, the shot was made on the boat in the middle of the sea.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!28

If I was an old building…29
“If I was an old building I would want to be by the ocean. Till’ the end of times”. Photographed at the old fishing piers of the Texas Bolivar Peninsula.

Mind-Blowing Photos - If I was an old building..... by `foureyes on deviantART30

Bee the Cat31
“It’s hard to get the right exposure, with them being white, and with the fact they don’t stay still unless they’re sleeping.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - bee32

Passing the Golden Gate Bridge33

Mind-Blowing Photos - Passing the Golden Gate Bridge34

Glow35
Smoke from a leaf pile.

Mind-Blowing Photos - g l o w by Haneck - DPChallenge36

Swimming pool37
Taking a look at the swimming pool. From a quite different perspective.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!38

Reflect39
A reflection from the louvre’s pyramid.

Mind-Blowing Photos - reflect40

Time To Go Home…41
“Tthe way the birds are lined up makes the composition extraordinary fantastic.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Time To Go Home...42

Seagull on a sign43
This seagull seems to have its own personal understanding of human’s rules.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Seagull on a sign44

Marshmellow girl45
A beautiful composition.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo46

Refashioned Dahlia47
Photo taken at Duncan Garden in Spokane, WA.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Refashioned Dahlia48

Bird and Meat49

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo50

Water drop51
A photo taken at the exact right time. Available as a desktop wallpaper in various resolutions.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Another 17 Fantastic Free Wallpaper Images | Crestock.com Blog52

Mt. Fuji53

Mind-Blowing Photos - Mt. Fuji54

Two ways at looking at a fish55

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo56

Blessed fog57
A shot of Grande Madre di Dio in Torino, Italy.

Mind-Blowing Photos - blessed fog58

Family of bugs59

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo60

Pigeon Point Lighthouse61
“Once per year at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse they shut down the weak insipid modern (presumably electric) light and switch over the the 5 kerosene lamps and fresnel lens of the original, as it was 135 years ago.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Pigeon Point Lighthouse62

Fire Shot63
Location: Changa Beach, Coquimbo.

Mind-Blowing Photos - FIRE SHOT64

A conversation65
Fox, bird and snow. This picture is titled “Good afternoon, my name is chikiricuatro”.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo66

Shanghai – Acrobatic67
Picture taken during an acrobatic show in a Shanghainese theatre.

Mind-Blowing Photos - CHINA - Shanghai - Acrobatic68

Northern lights as seen from space69

Mind-Blowing Photos - Digg - Northern lights as seen from space (Pic)70

Crystal clarity71

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo72

Skier’s Paradise73
“Climbing partner at 17,000′ on Denali carrying his skis down to around 16,200′ where he will be able to ski down the rest of the way to base camp at 7200′.”

Mind-Blowing Photos - Skier's Paradise74

Bird and Water75

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo76

Photograph Taken at the Exact Right Time77

Mind-Blowing Photos - Sawse - Stir it Up! » Blog Archive » 25 Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Time78

All alone.79
This shot is taken on a Norway’s cliff Prekestolen (also known as Preacher’s Pulpit).

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo80

Looking out of the window81

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo82

Above the clouds83
The shot taken during the flight from Vienna to Frankfurt, approaching Frankfurt.

Mind-Blowing Photos - above the clouds84

The Waves85

Mind-Blowing Photos - teahupoo_1.jpg (JPEG-Grafik, 1280x821 Pixel)86

The Waves. One more time.87

Mind-Blowing Photos - FFFFOUND!88

Cockfight89
Taken by Jan Sochor.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Cockfight – Photo Essay – Jan Sochor90

Polar lights91
Öxarárfoss in Iceland – Aurora Borealis taken by Arnar Valdimarsson.

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo92

Concentration93

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo94

Cat and deer95

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo96

Here floats a bubble in the air…97

Mind-Blowing Photos - he floats a bubble in the air...98

A girl portrait99

Mind-Blowing Photos - Photo100

Sources and Resources

You’ll find many more excellent photos, illustrations and pictures on the following sites:

  • Pixdaus.com101
    A social community dedicated to sharing photos. Pixdaus is a place where anyone can post his pictures, photos and others rate it. If it’s cool it gets to the main page and more people can enjoy it.
  • Ffffound.com102
    Image bookmarking. An invitation-based service.

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Footnotes

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  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
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  15. 15 http://ninazdesign.deviantart.com/art/Glittery-Ball-II-43430022
  16. 16 http://ninazdesign.deviantart.com/art/Glittery-Ball-II-43430022
  17. 17 http://incredimazing.com/page/Yaw_Weeeee
  18. 18 http://incredimazing.com/page/Yaw_Weeeee
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulperton/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulperton/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22116941@N06/2207918764/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22116941@N06/2207918764/
  23. 23 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=16483
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  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jody_art/1433425995/
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  27. 27 http://ffffound.com/image/d0bfcaa674f91ba195e37e2ac2bbe59ad73ce1b2?c=825271
  28. 28 http://ffffound.com/image/d0bfcaa674f91ba195e37e2ac2bbe59ad73ce1b2?c=825271
  29. 29 http://foureyes.deviantart.com/art/If-I-was-an-old-building-33538946
  30. 30 http://foureyes.deviantart.com/art/If-I-was-an-old-building-33538946
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lutty/2258884774/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lutty/2258884774/
  33. 33 http://incredimazing.com/page/Passing_the_Golden_Gate_Bridge
  34. 34 http://incredimazing.com/page/Passing_the_Golden_Gate_Bridge
  35. 35 http://dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=621334
  36. 36 http://dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=621334
  37. 37 http://ffffound.com/image/fc0cf35defd734d487da86d69d65facd1674baed?c=837090
  38. 38 http://ffffound.com/image/fc0cf35defd734d487da86d69d65facd1674baed?c=837090
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklumix/134418433/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklumix/134418433/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brncos3/2270202145/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brncos3/2270202145/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sameli/1898511953/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sameli/1898511953/
  45. 45 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=14245
  46. 46 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=14245
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/my_planet_by_jim/1397633226/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/my_planet_by_jim/1397633226/
  49. 49 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=11942
  50. 50 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=11942
  51. 51 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/another-17-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-96.aspx
  52. 52 http://www.crestock.com/blog/photography/another-17-fantastic-free-wallpaper-images-96.aspx
  53. 53 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=6528
  54. 54 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=6528
  55. 55 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=22790
  56. 56 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=22790
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/regolare/2210994807/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/regolare/2210994807/
  59. 59 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=8402
  60. 60 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=8402
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mumbleyjoe/2043508173/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mumbleyjoe/2043508173/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  65. 65 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=32810
  66. 66 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=32810
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/92706698@N00/517330477/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/photos/92706698@N00/517330477/
  69. 69 http://digg.com/space/Northern_lights_as_seen_from_space_Pic
  70. 70 http://digg.com/space/Northern_lights_as_seen_from_space_Pic
  71. 71 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=17713
  72. 72 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=17713
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/photos/52756285@N00/1390662667/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/52756285@N00/1390662667/
  75. 75 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1935
  76. 76 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1935
  77. 77 http://www.sawse.com/2007/11/02/25-photographs-taken-at-the-exact-right-time/
  78. 78 http://www.sawse.com/2007/11/02/25-photographs-taken-at-the-exact-right-time/
  79. 79 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1559
  80. 80 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=1559
  81. 81 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=33451
  82. 82 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=33451
  83. 83 http://www.flickr.com/photos/michi_p/1543561453/
  84. 84 http://www.flickr.com/photos/michi_p/1543561453/
  85. 85 http://www.ferket.com/jvlt/images/teahupoo_1.jpg
  86. 86 http://www.ferket.com/jvlt/images/teahupoo_1.jpg
  87. 87 http://ffffound.com/image/490122709f47a7c2198a02eb691d7e9560419140
  88. 88 http://ffffound.com/image/490122709f47a7c2198a02eb691d7e9560419140
  89. 89 http://www.jansochor.com/photo-essay/cockfight.html
  90. 90 http://www.jansochor.com/photo-essay/cockfight.html
  91. 91 http://flickr.com/photos/arnar
  92. 92 http://flickr.com/photos/arnar
  93. 93 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=12890
  94. 94 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=12890
  95. 95 http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=19788
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  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/d_oracle/253625459/
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  1. 1

    beatiful,exelent and fantastic
    hello i am from colombia and ilke the photos thanks

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  2. 252

    awesome!!!

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  3. 503

    The picture of the cock fight is beautiful because of the drama in the scene, the composition, and the way the photographer filtered it to make it stark and colorful at the same time.

    It doesn’t matter that the image “makes you sick” or that the activity “is illegal.” The artistic composition of the piece is fantastic, and has caused you, and others, (myself included) to briefly ponder an activity that normally we wouldn’t even think about. Thus, the photographer has raised consciousness of the issue, and in a subtle and constructive way.

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  4. 754

    Tasteless and garish

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  5. 1005

    Puhleeeze …
    Photograph/snapshot/picture … whatever.
    Photoshop/”real” … whatever.
    So, you know about photography. Bully!
    Why can’t people just relax and enjoy?
    Neither I nor, I am sure, many of the other commentors could never create any of these photos. It made me happy to view thm.
    All the rest is “sound and fury signifying nothing”.

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    sangeet agarwal

    May 28, 2008 11:41 pm

    the photos are just unbeleivable!!!!!goood job!!keep it up!!!

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  7. 1507

    Muchas gracias, excelentes las imagenes. Son una fuente de inspiración para diversas aplicaciones en lo que a mi profesión se refiere.

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  8. 1758

    Increible, muy buenas fotos.

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  9. 2009

    how i wish i could take pictures like this…

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  10. 2260

    I have enjoyed looking at all the images especially the black and white potrait of the girl. Its one of those photographs that haunt you whenever you look at it.

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  11. 2511

    Wow, these pictures are unbelievable! I specially love the one of the water drop on the pink flower, the reflection is fantastic. The last photo of the little girl, its breath taking, the way the light hits her face and the hair is slightly windblown. Brilliant!

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    Massimo Meijer

    May 31, 2008 7:39 am

    Lovely!

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  13. 3013

    Jealousy Personified

    May 31, 2008 10:31 am

    I have decided that I officially hate everyone.

    Especially the people lucky enough to take these gorgeous shots.

    Insert envy here.

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  14. 3264

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN PHOTOS AS STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL AS THESE. WHAT AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE TO SEE. MY DAY HAS BEEN MADE.

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  15. 3515

    Breathtaking!!

    There is a God!!

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  16. 3766

    Nice, but a number of them have been heavily photo-shopped, so you really can’t call them photographs anymore.

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  17. 4017

    The beauty of the images render a lot of peace and tranquility to the disturbed mind.

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  18. 4268

    Wo0oW amazing pics ,,, keep the great work

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  19. 4519

    Most spectacular!! I especially like the number 27. Two ways at looking at a fish, the baby is so cute.

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  20. 4770

    Omg! sooooo pretty :3

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    pankaj kr sarkar

    June 5, 2008 3:46 am

    I am speehless………………………………..Nothing to say. Simply i have no words to discribe those excelent,spectacular……pictures…….wah!

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  22. 5272

    Real Beauty have no Langauge!

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  23. 5523

    srinivasdigumarthi

    June 7, 2008 4:31 am

    breathtaking,
    Amazing pics ,,, keep the great work.

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  24. 5774

    Stunning indeed!

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  25. 6025

    I enjoyed the photos. I feel sorry for people who can’t simply enjoy the beauty and creativity of others. I don’t really care if these are professional photographers, photo editors, or just people capturing moments in time. Why not just sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy the view!

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  26. 6276

    we all know what is said about opinions.
    I think the photos are beautiful.

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  27. 6527

    I def. agree that these are AMAZING photos. Some of you need to keep your opinions to yourself and just enjoy what you see. Who cares where it came from or how it was done. It is posted here for you to enjoy. So if you dont like it.. then keep it to yourself. But me on the other hand.. i truely enjoy every single picture :)

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  28. 6778

    awsome

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  29. 7029

    these are amazing.

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  30. 7280

    really fantastic,
    awesome pictures
    taken at the very end
    i really enjoyed each and everyone
    is there anyone who hates this pictures?

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  31. 7531

    this is a clear evidence and sign of the vital living and existing of almighty God, Subhan Allah

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  32. 7782

    Çok harika resimler.
    Very nice ! Thanks for share.

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  33. 8033

    beautiful pictures. i like the one with the ladybugs

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  34. 8284

    yep WTF Really Stunning Pictures and Photos ;)

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  35. 8535

    Perfect!!!

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  36. 8786

    Fantástica a sua coleção, muito bom mesmo, continue assim….

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  37. 9037

    I stumbled this one.

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  38. 9288

    simply word are not enoughf

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  39. 9539

    very beautiful, crisp and clear

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  40. 9790

    really good pics

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  41. 10041

    Really superb… pictures…………i ever saw

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  42. 10292

    beautiful,stunning,excellent etc

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  43. 10543

    nice graphics

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  44. 10794

    Very beautiful series, I’m certainly glad I stumbled upon this. Some of the photos here I’m not sure I would charactarise as “beautiful photos” but rather strong/beautiful moments…

    Someone up there in the comments said that some of these photos are so photoshopped that you can’t call them photos anymore… I couldn’t disagree more. They are still photos. Call it a meeting of two arts on one platform. PhotoShop is now an integral part of modern photography, just as much as silver-nitrate was in the past century.

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  45. 11045

    awesome photos!

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  46. 11296

    Awesome photos!!! You know they say a picture is worth a thousand words……….

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  47. 11547

    Why does it matter if any of the pictures were photoshopped?????

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  48. 11798

    hey really rocking
    heart moving pics
    cheers to u :)

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  49. 12049

    Thanks for fantastic moments …breathtaking photoes

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  50. 12300

    while having a look of pictures i found my self in some other world, a world of fantacy, u can call heaven.

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