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Semuc Champey in Guatemala has been recognized in 1999 by president Alvazo Arzu as natural heritage and has been getting more and more attention by travellers since then. It is a paradisiac 300m limestone bridge consisting of natural pools with turquoise and emerald green colours. Close to the cities of Lanquin and Coban, it is still rather difficult to get to, but with enough time in the country, it is certainly a must see! 

Exif: 35mm, 15s, F9, ISO 100

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter, B+W ND Filter, Tripod.

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The blue waterfalls or Agua Azul can be found in the state of Chiapas in Mexico. Due to the high mineral content these can turn to turquoise/blue. Allthough the waterfalls ain't turquoise all year long. Most of the time the colours are brown, so being there at the right time of year is a must! The highest waterfalls are about 6 meters in height, but there are numerous falls and pools along a 300m stretch of limestone. This is a famous spots for Mexicans and tourists to go for swimming when the water changed into the right, paradisiac colours.

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Exif: 70mm, F8, 30sec, ISO 100 

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter, B+W ND Filter, tripod.

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The Bahias of Huatulco or simply Huatulco, located on the pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Oaxaca, is known for its 9 paradisiac bays. Before 1984 there was a small fishing village, and the area was self sufficient with coffee growing and fishery. Though in 1984 the Mexican tourism industry changed the situation. They bought 21 000 hectares of land, chased away or like they would say "relocated" the local indigenous population, to make place for a beach resort complex. Out of nothing, Huatulco was created. There came problems with the native population, as they weren't given jobs in the tourism industry, there came pollution and other hazards. Nowadays there are still some virgin bays, while others are filled up with hotels. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful place to be, as you can see!

Back in 2005 i visited Huatulco for the first time, remembering wild horses playing in the sand in a more remote bay. Nowadays the horses have vanished, and made place for boats going from one bay to another dumping tourists on the beaches. I remember low prices, now everything has skyrocketed. In 2006 i wrote a paper on tourism destination development, analyzing Huatulco. That's how i got to know the "Dark side of the Moon". Everything can look beautiful at first sight, but as the Chinese would say: "Every story has two sides". Tourism has changed everything we can say, but for the best of the (new) locals: much more business than in the past, modern roads, better hospitals and schooling. Sadly, this is a bad example of tourism development. All will speak about the economic side of tourism, but will forget the human and ecological aspect.

Exif: 24mm, 30 sec, F4, ISO 100.

PS: It's an early sunrise photograph.
PS2: Use of ND Filter to create the long exposure.
PS3: Not sure what to do about the details in the hill & rocks, so i kept it neutral with some details still visible.

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter, B+W ND Filter, Tripod.

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The city of dawn, also named Tulum or Zama can be found along the Caribbean Sea in Mexico. It was one of the last Mayan cities, that had its height between the 13th and 15th century. At the end of the 16th century, seventy years after the arrival of the Spaniards, the city was abandoned. It is supposed Tulum could survive the downfall of Mayan civilization because of its strategic location. Most of the cities were situated in the jungle. As the forests got depleted by overbuilding and overpopulation, which led to lack of water and food, and finally to desertion of the urban centra, Tulum could survive with the resources from the sea. The building on the photograph is "El Castillo", the biggest and most important construction on the site. It is overlooking an 12m high cliff. 

Exif: 24mm, F9, 1/320s, ISO 100

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B + W UV filter.

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The Iguazu waterfalls, on the border of Argentina and Brazil is truly a force of nature! The word Iguazu, that comes from the native Guarani language, means i = water and uazu = big. The river Iguazu rises near the city of Curitiba and flows most of its length in Brazil, though most of the falls are on the Argentinian side. You can imagine that both sides are worth the visit. Personally, i felt the force of the falls way more on the Argentinian side, while the Brazilian is more panoramic. Visiting both is necessary! 

There is a legend that tells about a god that planned to marry a beautiful woman named Naipí, who fled with her mortal lover by canoe. In rage, the god sliced the river, creating the waterfalls and condemning the lovers to eternal fall. The first European explorer to report about the waterfalls is Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca in 1541. 

Calendar 2014 by lux69aeterna

Exif: 32mm, F22, 1/8, ISO 50

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter, B+W Polarising filter, tripod. 

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It's not easy getting to Caño Cristales. A 3-hour bus drive preceded a day's stay in Villavicencio, after the flight was cancelled due to the most insane rain I'd ever seen. Then a scary flight in what I'd best describe as a "flying bus" to La Macarena, a small village in the middle of the Colombian Jungle, then finding a guide to take us there, then a 20 minute boat-ride, 30 minute car ride and 30 minute walk just to get to the river.
But this is no ordinary stream. Hailed as the world's most beautiful river, and called "the river of seven colors", Caño Cristales is definitely a natural wonder. For a limited time each year, the river floor is covered with red algae, turning it into a rare spectacle indeed. Add to this the tens of waterfalls, each more beautiful then the other, and the clearest, most amazing water I'd ever seen, and reach the colclusion that this is a must-visit place, inspite of all the hardship.

Canon 5D3
Canon 17-40mm f/4
Lee filters, Heliopan CPL
Caño Cristales, Colombia

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I recently visited Blyde River Canyon in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

I found this epic waterfall close to a hiking trail and decided to investigate, but there was no proper shooting angle through the trees - I saw a small island at the waterfall's feet and realized that it might be my only chance, as the island will be a distant memory when the summer rains come down. I braved the cold water with my bare feet and had an awesome time looking for some compositions under an overcast sky...

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A magic sunset along the beach of Oostende in Belgium.

Exif: 18mm, F14, 1/60, ISO 100

Nikon D80, Tamron 18-200mm, Hoya UV Filter.

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The NEW 2013 Landscape Calendar is now available under 'Art Gifts'.

Slow ending to a regular day.

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Equipment: Nikon D90 + Nikkor 10-24mm.
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The Cotopaxi volcano is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world at a height of 5897m high, located 28 km south of Quito in Ecuador. What is sometimes said, is that at the top of the volcano, you'd be located the furthest away from the centre of the earth. Since 1738 the volcano erupted more than fifty times, but lately he is slightly less active. Four months ago i climbed up till 5000m, but sadly the top of the mountain it was in the clouds. It's not always easy to see a nice sunset with the Cotopaxi, so i was very happy to see it like this when visiting Ecuador one more time!

Nikon D800, Nikkor 24-70mm, B+W UV Filter

Exif: 70mm, F 8, 1/80, ISO 100

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