Tibetan Nun Colony. Sprawled across the side of an entire mountainside in the North-Eastern regions of Tibet are the dormitories of Buddhist nuns. As can be seen, some are returning from their daily classes to their living quarters. Photo and caption by Wu Jianjiang Click through for an uncropped, larger version of this photo.
volcanic lightning —- Martin Rietze, the photographer behind the website Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth, is willing to do whatever it takes to get a great photo — even if that means inching towards a volcanic explosion while scalding lava spews into the air and lightning strikes from dark clouds above.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla, NC. This red brick lighthouse -at 162 feet tall- towers above the northern Outer Banks landscape in the historic Corolla Village. Erected in 1875, it houses a winding staircase, 214 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. We have gone 7 summers!
Aniva Lighthouse, Sakhalin, Russia. Built under extremely difficult conditions on jagged rock just off the southeastern cape of Sakhalin island, the Mys Aniva lighthouse has stood for 3/4 of a century. Japan built the lighthouse in the late 1930s when Sakhalin was split between Japan & the USSR. At the end of WW II, the Soviets seized the whole of Sakhalin, & installed an RTG (Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator) to supply electricity to the lamp – yes, this was a nuclear-powered lighthouse!