If you glimpse Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of the distant mountaintops, you will be convinced that you are seeing some magical, lost fantasy world of dragons and knights: A vivid emerald green lake with a tiny island in the middle with a church perched on its cliff and an ancient medieval castle clinging to its slopes, hugged on all sides by enormous mountains, snow-topped and covered with dark, green, ancient forests.
Lake Bled is just as beautiful as you get closer and is a popular Slovenian tourist destination that attracts those seeking romance on Bled Island, visitors enjoying a leisurely hike around the lake or rowing its placid waters, and young adventurers exploring the steep hiking trails of the surrounding Julian Alps and the Karavanke Mountains.
A magnified tiger beetle shows its true colors. Your Shot photographer Mark Smith writes that this image was made in “2014 during the Entomological Collections Network annual meeting [in Portland, Oregon] … attended by curators of the entomological collections at many of the prestigious natural history museums around the world.” The enlarged photo was created using “an imaging system developed by Macroscopic Solutions in order to capture an extended depth of field using high magnification optics.”
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Tiger beetles are a large group of beetles, from the Cicindelinae subfamily, known for their aggressive predatory habits and running speed. The fastest known species of tiger beetle, Cicindela hudsoni, can run at a speed of 9 km/h (5.6 mph; 2.5 m/s), or about 125 body lengths per second. As of 2005, about 2,600 species and subspecies were known, with the richest diversity in the Oriental (Indo-Malayan) region, followed by the Neotropics.
The Vinicunca mountain, aka Montaña de Siete Colores (Mountain of Seven Colors), sits pretty way up in the Peruvian Andes, where it was discovered about five years ago and is now a popular destination for tourists—though the trek to reach it is notoriously daunting. If you do survive the arduous hike and uncomfortably high altitude, you’ll discover a breathtaking natural wonder: thick rainbow stripes seemingly painted into the mountainside, thanks to artfully placed mineral deposits over millions of years. For more picture-perfect destinations, check out these breathtaking photos of the most beautiful country on Earth.
A Lion Air Boeing 737 lies partially submerged in the water two days after it crashed while trying to land at Bali’s international airport near Denpasar on April 15, 2013. The pilot and co-pilot of a Lion Air plane that crashed at Bali’s airport have passed initial drug tests, an official said on April 15, as investigators probe the causes of the accident that left dozens injured but no fatalities. (Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty Images)