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25 Best Photos On Flickr In 2014 Which Will Show You The Beauty Of The World

25 Best Photos On Flickr In 2014 Which Will Show You The Beauty Of The World

Although there are millions of photographs on Flickr, the photography giants have somehow managed to collect a list of the 25 most inspiring, exquisite photographs of 2014. Their final list was determined by community engagement—how many times each photo had been viewed and favorited—and it features some really incredible pieces.

1. *** by Elina Shumilova

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    With a portfolio of almost 300 unique and beautiful photographs, Elena Shumilova is without a doubt one of the most talented photographers and Flickr members on the Internet.

    2. Nightly shower 130812 F4332 by Pete Huu

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      This striking photograph was taken near Helsinki, whilst Pete Huu was hunting for Perseids.

      3. Persist | Lofoten, Norway by Lorenzo Montezemolo

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        This bright green streak of aurora lasted for quite a while in Lofted, Norway. According to Lorenzo Montezemolo, he had four hours to take a great photo of the strange green lights.

        4. Wherever You Lay Your Head by Rosie Hardy

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          Accompanied by an inspiring Lana Del Rey quote, this photograph by Rosie Hardy was taken last February and has received over 800,000 views.

          5. John. by LJ

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            The identity of John is limited to his name, but according to LJ’s photograph information this was taken in Overtown, Miami.

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            5. Lightbulb by Alexandr Tikki

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              The lightbulb is the comic indicator of bright ideas, but few of those thoughts could become reality without the work of human hands.

              6. Ixspreparation2 by Mark Rademaker

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                This is the Eaglework’s IXS Enterprise First Generation FTL Starship concept, one of Mark Rademaker’s many fantastic works of art and engineering.

                7. Night Reading by Laura Williams

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                  “Sometimes when I can’t sleep I sit on my ceiling and read.” – Laura Williams. Don’t we all!

                  8. Besides my dad, she was the only one in my family who was like this… by Brandon Stanton

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                    Do you remember the saddest moment of your life? When my grandmother died. I was nine. Besides my dad, she was the only one in my family who was like this. And she was the only other person who could give me any perspective on what it was going to be like, and how to handle it.”

                    9. Loopy sky by SoulRiser

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                      SoulRiser seems a little surprised that his photograph is featuring on these ‘Top of 2014’ lists, but with beautiful shots like this I’m surprised there aren’t more of his on making the cut!

                      10. Bear Lake – Pentax 67 + Portra 400 by Trent Davis

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                        Taken near Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Forest, this photograph is one of Trent Davis’ impressive, 1000-strong Flickr collection.

                        11. NAVCAM top 10 at 10 km – 10 by European Space Agency

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                          Although this may look a bit like a ink blot test, it’s actually Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and the shot was taken my the European Space Agency’s Rosetta. “Some light contrast enhancements have been made to emphasise certain features and to bring out features in the shadowed areas” the ESA says, but this is only because in reality the comet is almost pitch black.

                          12. Oil Pastels by Jon Smith

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                            The first step to creating this fantastic photograph was to fill a standard lightbulb with oil paints, the second step was a lot simpler: shooting it with a pellet gun.

                            13. Here, Once Again by Alex Benetel

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                              Despite the worrying amount of leeches that can be found on her Aunt’s property, Alex Benetel was determined to get this photograph. A brave, brave photographer if ever there was one.

                              14. Chinatown by Masashi Wakui

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                                Yokohama Chinatown (35°26’39.2″N 139°38’53.2″E) is a beautiful little part of the world, and thanks to Masashi Wakui we all get to see it.

                                15. Such Is The Price Of Leaving by Whitney Justesen

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                                  Whitney Justesen’s photostream is perhaps one of the most beautiful so far, featuring more photographs from her trip to Alaska it’s certainly worth seeing.

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                                  16. I Will Learn To Love The Skies I’m Under. by David Uzochukwu

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                                    This photograph was taken alongside 23 others by different photographers. Each of these talented artists was asked to interpret one line of Mumford & Sons’ Hopeless Wanderer. David Uzochukwu did a fantastic job with the equally beautiful lyrics “I will learn to love the skies I’m under”.

                                    17. On The Neighbour’s Grounds by Rosie Anne Prosser

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                                      After fog and mist rolled onto the lands that Rosie Anne Prosser new so well, she found herself wandering like a stranger.

                                      18. The Dreamy Coast by Rob Macklin

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                                        Rob Maclin often drives for miles to get a good photograph, and when clouds finally rolled into the California skies back in January he was quick to travel with his son to the coast and await this majestic sunset.

                                        19. Bagel & Lox by Davide Luciano

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                                          Davide Luciano’s gourmet mouse trap: delicious but deadly!

                                          20. Little Sherlock by Adrian Sommeling

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                                            Using clever lighting and Adobe Photoshop, Adrian Sommeling has creating a mind-blowing portfolio filled with these unique, surreal photographs.

                                            21. Pyramid Barn by Steve Arnold

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                                              Named Pyramid Barn because in some spots it looked like a miniature pyramid, Steve Arnolds says this illustrious farmland reminded him of many trips the UK’s Glastonbury Festival.

                                              22. HIPA by Ian Webb

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                                                HIPA is a non-profit photography show that will take place in England later this year. Ian Webb aims to raise HIPA’s profile so everyone can join in.

                                                23. Fim de tarde by Johnson Barros

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                                                  Choosing to be a pilot is choosing to live a hectic, stressful life: but I bet few among them would change their paths.

                                                  24. 320/365 by Alex Currie

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                                                    As far as selfies go, Alex Curie has to be the master of them right?

                                                    25. Red Anemone by Jacob Edmiston

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                                                      Jacob Edmiston’s photography portfolio includes some of the most detailed, exquisite of flowers that can be viewed by human eyes, there’s no wonder at all his inspired work was included in the Top 2014 lists.

                                                      Featured photo credit: Box Brownie | Little Visuals via littlevisuals.co

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                                                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                                                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                                      4. Boost Creativity

                                                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                                      6. Process Life Experiences

                                                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                                      7. Stress Relief

                                                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                                      8. Provide Direction

                                                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                                      9. Solve Problems

                                                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                                                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                                      14. Let the Past Go

                                                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                                      15. Allow Freedom

                                                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                                      16. Enhance Your Career

                                                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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