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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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                                                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                                                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                                                      Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

                                                      They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                                                        1. Cardio for Stamina

                                                        If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                                                          • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                                                          • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                                                          • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                                                          • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                                                          The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                                                          These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                                                          2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                                                          The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                                                          Barbell squats
                                                            • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                                                            Zercher squat
                                                              • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                                                              Glute bridge
                                                                • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                                                                Hyperextensions
                                                                  • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

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                                                                    • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                                                                    Cross body crunch
                                                                      • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                                                                      Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                                                                      3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                                                                      Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                                                                      Plank exercise
                                                                        • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                                                        Close grip pushups
                                                                          • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                                                          Chin ups
                                                                            • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                                                            These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                                                            4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                                                            You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                                                            5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                                                              If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                                                              Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                                                              With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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