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Baatara Gorge Waterfall

You're not looking at computer-generated scenes from an upcoming movie, but rather Baatara Gorge Waterfall, also known as "Three Bridge Chasm," in Tannourine, Lebanon. These epic cave bridges were carved out of ancient limestone over millions of years by winter meltwater. The meltwater from Mount Lebanon falls 250 meters into the chasm's depths past 160-million-year-old limestone from the Jurassic period. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Hou Weilin, a 29-year-old SWAT officer from the Chongqing Armed Police Corps, is getting married soon, but couldn't get time off for his wedding shoot due to his 24-hour on-call work schedule. So, he decided to ask the photographer to visit a SWAT training center for a non-traditional shoot. Hou put on his uniform, while the bride-to-be put on her wedding gown and veil, for a photo series both will remember for a lifetime. Continue reading for more images.

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Hair stylist Mark Bustos ventures through New York City every Sunday in search of his next client. He works at an upscale salon during the week and pays it forward once a week by offering free haircuts to the homeless. The conversation begins with: "I want to do something nice for you today." This venture began in May 2012 after a visit to family members in the Philippines when he paid the owner of a barbershop to rent a chair and provide haircuts to impoverished children. Since then, he's went all over, including Jamaica, Costa Rica, Los Angeles, and New York, to give free haircuts. Continue reading for more images.

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Ever wonder what a sunset looks like on Mars? If so, then look no further than the image above, captured by the Mars exploration rover Spirit from Gusev Crater. You can see a bluish glow - caused by high altitude dust scattering sunlight around to the night side of the planet - in the sky around and above the Sun. Such a glow can remain visible for up to 2-hours after sunset or before sunrise. Large amounts of dust in the atmosphere cause the reddish tint. Continue reading for more.

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Photo credit: Cristina Ferraira

Greeted by a canopy of umbrellas, you'd think you stepped inside a fairytale, but all of this is real, and can be found in Portugal. This festival is held every July in the city of Agueda, Portugal, and draws thousands who come to the city to enjoy the numerous art exhibits and concerts. This year we see a softer palette with sprinkles of purples and pinks, compared to the darker primary colors of last year. Continue reading for more.

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What does a geeky couple do when they're asked to babysit a 6-month old? Send their friends hourly updates showing the baby in strange situations, such as being chased by a T-Rex or trying to charm a king cobra. Fortunately, not animals, babies or adults were harmed in the making of these images, as all it took was some Photoshop magic. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a baby meeting a sprinkler for the first time.

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Photo credit: Chris Zielecki

Vestmannaeyjar is a stunning archipelago off of the southern coast of Iceland, and within that archipelago is a small island known as Ellioaey. What sets this small island apart from the others is a single cabin situated right on the side. This may not seem that strange once you know that the island was once inhabited by five families that subsisted by fishing, hunting puffins, and raising cattle, approximately 300-years ago. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Many people associate the term, blue lagoon with the 1980s Randal Kleiser film "The Blue Lagoon" starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, but this one in Iceland is the real deal. This is Iceland's most popular attraction, thanks to the perfect 102 degree water temperature year round, and the many vital minerals which have been "proven to include a medicinal bonus." The blueish glow comes from the minerals contained within the white silica mud. Continue reading for more.

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This is not a dream, just Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. Continue reading for more.

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Photo credit: Chris Grabert

Spreepark was an entertainment park in the north of the Planterwald in the Berlin district Treptow-Kopenick (formerly part of the GDR-controlled East Berlin). It's been closed for over a decade and was previously listed on eBay for a cool €1.62-million, before it burned down this week. The entertainment park was opened in 1969 as Kulturpark Planterwald, covering an area of 29.5 hectares. The area is situated in the north of the Planterwald, next to the river Spree. It was the only constant entertainment park in the GDR, and the only such park in either East or West Berlin. Continue reading for an in-depth 20-minute look inside.

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