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High-resolution desktop wallpaper Sunrise at Jinshanling Great Wall by bingham009
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Sunrise at Jinshanling Great Wall

April 4th, 2016

View of Great Wall at Jinshanling, in the early morning.

Adobe Photoshop CC.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Bacuit Bay Sunset by andrewsparrow
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Bacuit Bay Sunset

December 6th, 2016

I took this photo near of our hotel at Coron-Corong Beach.

This is Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM.

Photo Settings: 50mm, f/5, 1/125 second, ISO 100.

Map: 11.1597, 119.3978

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Portland Sunrise by jdphotopdx
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Portland Sunrise

May 28th, 2016

A Portland sunrise from the Pittock Mansion viewpoint.

Adobe Lightroom CC.

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II USM.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Milford Sound Sunset by dtreichler
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Milford Sound Sunset

September 9th, 2016

Taken on a drizzly, gray day in March 2016. Just before sunset, the sky turned a beautiful shade of purple that had me running down to the harbor to get this shot. The Fujifilm X100S has a built-in ND filter which, in conjunction with its relatively wide 23mm lens, makes it perfect for these sorts of hyperfocal landscapes.

Copyright Derrick Treichler. All rights reserved.

Fujifilm X100S, tripod, ND filter, Adobe Lightroom.

Map: -44.6697, 167.9223

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Misty by Lou Latsch
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Misty

December 18th, 2016

This photo was taken in Langbathsee, Austria.

Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM.

Photo Settings: 24mm, f/13, 1/80 second, ISO 200.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Piazza San Marco - Acqua Alta by satyros
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Piazza San Marco - Acqua Alta

February 17th, 2016

Got up early and got my feet wet for this shot. Acqua Alta (about 30 cm) on Piazza San Marco in November 2014.

Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Macphun Creative Kit.

Nikon D800, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED.

Photo Settings: 14mm, f/11, 4 seconds, ISO 800.

Map: 45.4337, 12.3373

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Ginger Bread by Ninie
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Ginger Bread

January 14th, 2017

If you look between black and white, you'll always find life in color...

his shot was taken at the famous Yosemite National Park on Christmas day. The snow was still fresh and pure, covering mountains, trees and roads. Lot of flash flooding lately...Yosemite, please stay safe.

Adobe Lightroom.

Sony Alpha 7R.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper The Helix Nebula's Iridescent Glory by NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO)
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The Helix Nebula's Iridescent Glory

February 11th, 2016

Planetary nebulae like the Helix are sculpted late in a Sun-like star's life by a torrential gush of gases escaping from the dying star. They have nothing to do with planet formation, but got their name because they look like planetary disks when viewed through a small telescope. With higher magnification, the classic "donut-hole" in the middle of a planetary nebula can be resolved. Based on the nebula's distance of 650 light-years, its angular size corresponds to a huge ring with a diameter of nearly 3 light-years. That's approximately three-quarters of the distance between our Sun and the nearest star.

The Helix Nebula is a popular target of amateur astronomers and can be seen with binoculars as a ghostly, greenish cloud in the constellation Aquarius. Larger amateur telescopes can resolve the ring-shaped nebula, but only the largest ground-based telescopes can resolve the radial streaks. After careful analysis, astronomers concluded the nebula really isn't a bubble, but is a cylinder that happens to be pointed toward Earth.

Credit: NASA, NOAO, ESA, the Hubble Helix Nebula Team, M. Meixner (STScI), and T.A. Rector (NRAO).

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Darkness Across by jdphotopdx
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Darkness Across

December 23rd, 2015

This was shot from my campsite at Paulina Lake, Oregon, October 2015. Its the last week the campground is open, so it a great time if you want the place to yourself. Really cold though!!

Sony A7R, Canon 24-70mm f.2.8L II. Adobe Lightroom CC.

High-resolution desktop wallpaper Out of this Whirl by NASA Images
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Out of this Whirl

March 14th, 2016

The graceful, winding arms of the majestic spiral galaxy M51 (NGC 5194) appear like a grand spiral staircase sweeping through space. They are actually long lanes of stars and gas laced with dust.

This sharpest-ever image of the Whirlpool Galaxy, taken in January 2005 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, illustrates a spiral galaxy's grand design, from its curving spiral arms, where young stars reside, to its yellowish central core, a home of older stars. The galaxy is nicknamed the Whirlpool because of its swirling structure.

The Whirlpool's most striking feature is its two curving arms, a hallmark of so-called grand-design spiral galaxies. Many spiral galaxies possess numerous, loosely shaped arms which make their spiral structure less pronounced. These arms serve an important purpose in spiral galaxies. They are star-formation factories, compressing hydrogen gas and creating clusters of new stars. In the Whirlpool, the assembly line begins with the dark clouds of gas on the inner edge, then moves to bright pink star-forming regions, and ends with the brilliant blue star clusters along the outer edge.

Some astronomers believe that the Whirlpool's arms are so prominent because of the effects of a close encounter with NGC 5195, the small, yellowish galaxy at the outermost tip of one of the Whirlpool's arms. At first glance, the compact galaxy appears to be tugging on the arm. Hubble's clear view, however, shows that NGC 5195 is passing behind the Whirlpool. The small galaxy has been gliding past the Whirlpool for hundreds of millions of years.

As NGC 5195 drifts by, its gravitational muscle pumps up waves within the Whirlpool's pancake-shaped disk. The waves are like ripples in a pond generated when a rock is thrown in the water. When the waves pass through orbiting gas clouds within the disk, they squeeze the gaseous material along each arm's inner edge. The dark dusty material looks like gathering storm clouds. These dense clouds collapse, creating a wake of star birth, as seen in the bright pink star-forming regions. The largest stars eventually sweep away the dusty cocoons with a torrent of radiation, hurricane-like stellar winds, and shock waves from supernova blasts. Bright blue star clusters emerge from the mayhem, illuminating the Whirlpool's arms like city streetlights.

The Whirlpool is one of astronomy's galactic darlings. Located 31 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs), the Whirlpool's beautiful face-on view and closeness to Earth allow astronomers to study a classic spiral galaxy's structure and star-forming processes.

Object Names: Whirlpool Galaxy, M51, NGC 5194/5

Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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