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2019 17 06 05:17 UTC
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A peat bog below the top of Doune Hill, Luss Hills, Scotland.jpg
A peat bog below the top of Doune Hill, Luss Hills, Scotland
 
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Petrol is sold by the (mainly liquor) bottle in Bénin. There are thousands of these shops in the capital Cotonou, where motorbikes can refuel. It is said that the petrol is illegally imported by sea from Nigeria. Cotonou is one of the most polluted cities in West Africa because of the tens of thousands of motorbikes.

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English : Petrol is sold by the (mainly liquor) bottle in Bénin. There are thousands of these shops in the capital Cotonou, where motorbikes can refuel. It is said that the petrol is illegally imported by sea from Nigeria. Cotonou is one of the most polluted cities in West Africa because of the tens of thousands of motorbikes.

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Stairs to Central Station at Tietgensbroen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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English : Stairs to Central Station at Tietgensbroen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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The small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene) is one of the UK's rarer butterflies and the peak time to find them is the beginning of June. Wyre Forest, Worcestershire is one prime location in England.

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English : The small pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria selene) is one of the UK's rarer butterflies and the peak time to find them is the beginning of June. Wyre Forest, Worcestershire is one prime location in England.

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Detail of Wasserglockenbrunnen, also known as Wasserpilzbrunnen on Frauenplatz, next to Frauenkirche, Munich, at night. It was designed by Bernhard Winkler in 1972.

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English : Detail of Wasserglockenbrunnen, also known as Wasserpilzbrunnen on Frauenplatz, next to Frauenkirche, Munich, at night. It was designed by Bernhard Winkler in 1972.

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Church of Saint Lazarus' Resurrection on Kizhi Island of Lake Onega, Republic of Karelia (Russia)

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English : Church of Saint Lazarus' Resurrection on Kizhi Island of Lake Onega, Republic of Karelia (Russia)

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Blue-hour view of the Juma (Friday) Mosque, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan. This mosque, built in 743, is considered the first one in the Caucasus after the Friday mosque of Derbent (constructed in 734). It was built during the governance period of Caliphate's vicar in the Caucasus and Dagestan. The mosque underwent numerous damages due to plunderings, earthquakes and wars and was lately reconstructed in 2009.

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English : Blue-hour view of the Juma (Friday) Mosque, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan. This mosque, built in 743, is considered the first one in the Caucasus after the Friday mosque of Derbent (constructed in 734). It was built during the governance period of Caliphate's vicar in the Caucasus and Dagestan. The mosque underwent numerous damages due to plunderings, earthquakes and wars and was lately reconstructed in 2009.

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A pier and a path to the beach during the sunset. Campsite at Sidney Spit (part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve), Sidney Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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English : A pier and a path to the beach during the sunset. Campsite at Sidney Spit (part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve), Sidney Island, British Columbia, Canada.

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Mountain hike of Gimillan (1805m) at Colle Tsa Sètse Cogne Valley (Italy). Waterfall above Gimillan partly in the fog.

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English : Mountain hike of Gimillan (1805m) at Colle Tsa Sètse Cogne Valley (Italy). Waterfall above Gimillan partly in the fog.

9

 
Portrait of Michael Ancher.

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English : Portrait of Michael Ancher.

10

 
Aratinga solstitialis (Linnaeus, 1758), Sun parakeet; Loro Parque, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

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English : Aratinga solstitialis (Linnaeus, 1758), Sun parakeet; Loro Parque, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

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Hanse harbour at blue hour, Stade, Lower Saxony, Germany

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English : Hanse harbour at blue hour, Stade, Lower Saxony, Germany

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Remains of the church of St Mariña Dozo, Cambados, Pontevedra, Spain. The gothic church was built in the 15th century over a former Romanesque church of the 12th century by order of María de Ulloa, mother of Alonso III Fonseca. In 1943 it was declared National Heritage Monument in Spain.

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English : Remains of the church of St Mariña Dozo, Cambados, Pontevedra, Spain. The gothic church was built in the 15th century over a former Romanesque church of the 12th century by order of María de Ulloa, mother of Alonso III Fonseca. In 1943 it was declared National Heritage Monument in Spain.

13

 
An old man carrying a yoke in the countryside of Jaflong, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

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English : An old man carrying a yoke in the countryside of Jaflong, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

14

 
Balkan fritillary (Boloria graeca balcanica) This little butterfly lives at 2,300m above sea level at the top cable car station on Yastrebets, in the Rila Mountains: the ski resort of Borovets in Bulgaria

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English : Balkan fritillary (Boloria graeca balcanica) This little butterfly lives at 2,300m above sea level at the top cable car station on Yastrebets, in the Rila Mountains: the ski resort of Borovets in Bulgaria

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Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758), Killer whale; Loro Parque, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

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English : Orcinus orca (Linnaeus, 1758), Killer whale; Loro Parque, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

16

 
Munich's HVB Tower and "Mae West", a sculpture on Effnerplatz, at dusk.

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English : Munich's HVB Tower and "Mae West", a sculpture on Effnerplatz, at dusk.

17

 
A peat bog below the top of Doune Hill, Luss Hills, Scotland

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English : A peat bog below the top of Doune Hill, Luss Hills, Scotland

18

 
Night view of the Pashkov house, Moscow, Russia. The palace, of neoclassical style, was erected in 1784-1786 by Pyotr Pashkov, a Muscovite nobleman, and pressumably designed by Vasili Bazhenov. Today it is owned by the Russian State Library.

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English : Night view of the Pashkov house, Moscow, Russia. The palace, of neoclassical style, was erected in 1784-1786 by Pyotr Pashkov, a Muscovite nobleman, and pressumably designed by Vasili Bazhenov. Today it is owned by the Russian State Library.

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This image is created from eight images shot in sequence as a tornado formed north of Minneola, Kansas on May 24, 2016.

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English : This image is created from eight images shot in sequence as a tornado formed north of Minneola, Kansas on May 24, 2016.

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Standing Suricata suricatta (meerkat) looking behind, in the Singapore zoo

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English : Standing Suricata suricatta (meerkat) looking behind, in the Singapore zoo

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Linden trees and the sky with clouds in Planina, Postojna, Slovenia

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English : Linden trees and the sky with clouds in Planina, Postojna, Slovenia

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Frontal view of the Bayerische Staatskanzlei (Bavarian State Chancellery), Hofgarten, Munich, Germany. The institution is serving as the executive office of the Minister-President as head of government. The State Chancellery is represented by Bavarian missions in the German capital Berlin and to the European Union in Brussels.

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English : Frontal view of the Bayerische Staatskanzlei (Bavarian State Chancellery), Hofgarten, Munich, Germany. The institution is serving as the executive office of the Minister-President as head of government. The State Chancellery is represented by Bavarian missions in the German capital Berlin and to the European Union in Brussels.

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78 years ago on this day, the Continuation War by co-belligerents Finland and Germany against the Soviet Union began in coordination with Operation Barbarossa. The photograph depicts a Finnish soldier enjoying the spring sun with a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) at an armoury in Finnish Lapland during the last year of the war on 4 May 1944. Reindeer were used by the Finnish Army to, for example, pull supply sleighs in snow conditions. The photographer's original Finnish caption is translated as 'Warriors of Lapland.'

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English : 78 years ago on this day, the Continuation War by co-belligerents Finland and Germany against the Soviet Union began in coordination with Operation Barbarossa. The photograph depicts a Finnish soldier enjoying the spring sun with a reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) at an armoury in Finnish Lapland during the last year of the war on 4 May 1944. Reindeer were used by the Finnish Army to, for example, pull supply sleighs in snow conditions. The photographer's original Finnish caption is translated as 'Warriors of Lapland.'

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Desna river, feeder of the Southern Bug, at meadow. Ukraine, Vinnytsia Raion

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English : Desna river, feeder of the Southern Bug, at meadow. Ukraine, Vinnytsia Raion

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Portrait of mute swan (Cygnus olor) on the background of Windermere Lake, Bowness-on-Windermere, England

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English : Portrait of mute swan (Cygnus olor) on the background of Windermere Lake, Bowness-on-Windermere, England

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Roof of a heritage barn built in circa 1920. Main beams including the ladders are hand hewn. The barn is part of Ruckle Heritage Farm at Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada, the oldest working farm in British Columbia which is still owned by the original family (2019)

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English : Roof of a heritage barn built in circa 1920. Main beams including the ladders are hand hewn. The barn is part of Ruckle Heritage Farm at Saltspring Island, British Columbia, Canada, the oldest working farm in British Columbia which is still owned by the original family (2019)

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Head of a Tyrolese Mountain Sheep (Tiroler Bergschaf). Stubai Valley, Tyrol, Austria

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English : Head of a Tyrolese Mountain Sheep (Tiroler Bergschaf). Stubai Valley, Tyrol, Austria

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Panoramic view of the city of Montreal in a stormy day from Mount Royal, Quebec, Canada.

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English : Panoramic view of the city of Montreal in a stormy day from Mount Royal, Quebec, Canada.

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