World Pictures/Videos of the Day


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There are interesting and beautiful things that happen all around the world. I wanted to begin a thread that captures images of beautiful scenery, nature, places and events that makes us feel good, contemplate, be happy and grateful to share this world.

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A young girl explores the Exxopolis installation during a media preview for the Brisbane Festival, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Exxopolis is an interactive walk-in inflatable sculpture, inspired by Islamic architecture, natural geometry and Gothic cathedrals.Picture: Dan Peled/EPA


The Gulden Leeuw (Golden Lion) of Holland arrives on the Thames at Tilbury for the Tall Ships Festival 2014
Picture: David Williams/REX



Indian school girls wear saree as they perform a Thiruvathirakali, a popular group dance ahead of the Onam festival and on Teachers' Day at a school in New Delhi. The Onam harvest festival will be celebrated mostly in India's southern state of Kerala.
Picture: RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images


The Solar observatory at the peak of the Lomnicky Stit, in Slovakia's High Tatras mountains. The coronal station at Lomnicky Stit observatory systematically observes emission spectral lines of the corona.
Picture: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images


Indian Sikh devotees pay their respects during heavy rain at the Sikh Shrine Golden temple in Amritsar. Heavy rains, which fell in several areas of northern India, have brought respite from the scorching heat of previous days.
Picture: NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images


Skyscrapers emerge through a blanket of fog and cloud in Dubai as seen from the top of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa
Picture: Bjoern Lauen / Barcroft Media



The Holi Festival of Colours in Lisbon, Portugal. The festival is fashioned after the Hindu spring festival Holi, which is mainly celebrated in some regions of India and Nepal.
Picture: AP



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Paddleboarders glide their way effortlessly across a flooded plain dotted with trees poking out of the rising high water. Photographer Ales Komovec, 45, took the stunning landscape shot from a hilltop above the flooded Planina plain in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Picture: Ales Komovec/Solent News



Thrillseeking slackliners rest in their hammocks attached to ropes stretched between rocky outcrops during the International Highline Meeting in Monte Piana, near Misurina, in the northern Italian Alps
Picture: EPA/Balazs Mohai




Lightning forks over the Clifton Suspension bridge, Bristol in the early hours. The UK was hit by violent thunder storms last night with flash flooding reported in areas.
Picture: Pete Griffiths / SWNS.com



A long exposure photo of the Marina Bay Formula One street circuit taken from the Swissotel in downtown Singapore. The Singapore Formula One Grand Prix night race takes place on 21 September 2014.
Picture: EPA/WALLACE WOON



A house thought to be the narrowest in Britain has gone on the market for a staggering £125,000. The 4ft 10in terraced home is now up for sale after the owner of more than 20 years saw its value rocket this year. Stuart Beckett, 52, fell in love with the property in Portsmouth, Hants, in 1993 and quickly snapped it up for £33,000
Picture: Solent News



A firefighter battling the King fire watches as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said.
Picture: REUTERS/Noah Berger



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A bright flash of lightning strikes through the eye of a storm cloud over farmland near Broken Bow, Nebraska. Freelance photographer Vanessa Neufield caught the amazing lightning strike on camera. Vanessa, from Calgary in Alberta Canada, said: "Getting the shot through the clouds was luck and great timing."
Picture: Vanessa Neufeld/Solent News



A competitor leaps into the air during a bridge jumping competition in Kanal ob Soci, Slovenia
Picture: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters



Australia's Nathan Hedge rides a wave at Teahupoo, on the French Polynesian island Tahiti during the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf event, part of the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) world tour
Picture: GREGORY BOISSY/AFP/Getty Images



Clowns pose for a selfie after a parade during the Clown Festival in Kuala Lumpur
Picture: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images



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A daredevil photographer dangles his feet over an erupting volcano as it looks like he may jump into the boiling lava. Iurie Belegurschi dangled his feet from the side of the helicopter he was using to shoot Holuhraun, a lava field more than 25 miles from the active Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland.Picture: Iurie Belegurschi / Barcroft Media


An Attacus atlas butterfly sits on the face of a visitor to the Botanical Garden of Masaryk University in Brno, Czech RepublicPicture: RADEK MICA/AFP/Getty Images


Window cleaners make their way down past the 72nd floor of the Shard as fog lingers above the City of London. The Shard, at 310m is the tallest building in Western Europe with public viewing decks on the 68th, 69th and 72nd floors.Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


A guest wears a glitterball-inspired mask while posing for photos outside the Fendi fashion show in MilanPicture: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images


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The Munich Oktoberfest, which began on September 20 this year, is a huge crowd-puller and justly lays claim to being the largest of its kind in the world. Last year more than six million people attended, between them consuming 6.7 million litres of beer and eating more than 114 oxen. The festival spans just over two weeks and is held annually in a meadow just outside Munich’s city centre. In addition to eating, drinking and dancing, visitors can enjoy colourful parades, a variety of fairground rides – and for those not themselves in traditional Bavarian gear, admire those that are.



Visitors enjoy the atmosphere at Augustiner Beer tent after the Parade of Costumes and Riflemen (Trachten- und Schuetzenzug)
Picture: 2014 Getty Images



A waitress carries 11 liters of beer in the Hofbraeu tent during the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich
Picture: EPA/MARC MUELLER



Participants of the Parade of Costumes and Riflemen (Trachten- und Schuetzenzug) wearing Wadlstruempfe, traditional
Bavarian stockings
Picture: 2014 Getty Images



Typical Bavarian brass musician take part at the traditional costume parade
Picture: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images



A woman offers bavarian pretzel at Augustiner Beer tent after the Parade of Costumes and Riflemen
Picture: 2014 Getty Images



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These zebras are certainly earning their stripes - battling through thousands of wildebeest to cross one of the Serengeti's fast flowing rivers. The annual migration sees wildebeest move across the plains in search of fresh grazing opportunities. As they move they must attempt to travel across these frantic water crossings. But as they did - a smaller group of around 10 zebra were also attempting to cross which left them fighting to make their way through the herd.
Picture: VIKTORAS DUBINSKAS / CATERS NEWS




Children in medieval costume take part in a historical parade around the race track ahead of the Palio Di Asti in Asti, Italy. The Palio di Asti is a traditional Italian festival of medieval origin that culminates in a bareback horse race.
Picture: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images




Jakub Vlk from Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic, is a professional pilot who normally flies a Boeing 737-800, but he decided to take a nifty glider for a spin when he posed for the selfie. The picture, which Jakub took while soaring in the air above Benesov Airport, shows him sporting a cheesy grin, while his back seat companion Zdenek, looks less than impressed.
Picture: Caters



Photographer Orvar Atli Porgeirsson took these dramatic photographs of Iceland's Holuhraun lava field. Molten rock is seen spurting from a fissure on the northern part of the Bardarbunga volcano which has seen increased activity since August 29, 2014
Picture: Orvar Atli Porgeirsson / Barcroft Media



The fearless daredevil Ivan Kuznetsov has reached the top of some of the tallest skyscrapers in China and Russia and photographed the amazing views from above


Since imitation is the sincerest for of flattery. I will attempt to emulate Popeye's thread by placing an attractive lady at the end of each post.

A dancer poses for a photograph as part of the Dance as Art photo project in Times Square in New York
Picture: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri


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Visitors dress in costumes of Tokyo Disneyland dancers at the theme park in Urayasu. The Disney theme park in Japan runs Halloween events until October 31, with visitors invited to dress up in Disney related costumes at the park.
Picture: YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images


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A man in Xianyang, northwest China's Shaanxi Province was spotted auctioning a human-shaped fleece-flower root. Fleece-flower root, or 'He Shou Wu', is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine and is thought to have anti-aging properties. In Chinese myths wild fleece-flower root can turn into human beings.
Picture: HAP/Quirky China News/REX



Andre Snoeck, operations manager for Solar Team Eindhoven prepares to drive off in a solar-powered family car 'Stella' in San Francisco. The car completed its drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco fueled by good vibes and pure California sunshine. The lightweight, wedge-shaped automobile is capable of traveling 500 miles (800km) on a single charge, further if the sun is shining, while clocking 80 miles per hour.
Picture: GLENN CHAPMAN/AFP/Getty Images



Conquer the kitchen you can, young Jedi! Begin your battles in the kitchen with this Star Wars themed X-Wing knife block for sci-fi enthusiasts from prezzybox.com
Picture: alphapress.com



Women have their face painted in coloured mud during the Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach in Boryeong, South Korea. The annual mud festival features mud wrestling and mud sliding.
Picture: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon



A Muslim girl looks up while some boys sit on a wall inside a mosque as they wait for Iftar (breaking fast) meal during the holy month of Ramadan in the southern Indian city of Chennai
Picture: REUTERS/Babu



Waiters working in bars around Soho in central London competed in the annual race starting outside the French House on Dean Street running around the southside of Soho Square and finishing on Old Compton Street
Picture: Paul Grover



A model prepares backstage before the Christine Phung SS/15 show in Paris, France
Picture: Ian Gavan/Getty Images



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Russian cosmonaut Yelena Serova waves to her family prior to lift off
Picture: VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images



A company has created a personal submarine to allow owners to explore the ocean depths in luxury - for a cool £1 million. The DeepFlight Super Falcon Mark II is the ultimate in underwater travel and looks more like an aeroplane that your conventional sub. Its targeted at billionaires and travel companies while Virgin chief Richard Branson is the owner of one of the gadgets. The Super Falcon Mark II features two bubble-glass compartments and is 17ft long.
Picture: DEEPFLIGHT/CATERS NEWS



The latest photo taken by Nasa/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic oddity- dwarf galaxy DDO 68. This ragged collection of stars and gas clouds looks at first glance like a recently-formed galaxy in our own cosmic neighbourhood. But, is it really as young as it looks?
Picture: AFP PHOTO / NASA/ESA/HUBBLE / A. Aloisi



Dancers wearing traditional costumes stand in a cart driven by a motorcycle on their way to perform Dandiya, a traditional dance, on the first day of the nine-day long Navratri festival in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad
Picture: REUTERS/Amit Dave



Feifei, 21, who is a third-year university student and a part-time model, has received a free breast implant operation costing about 300,000 yuan (£30,000) from a hospital in Hefei, Anhui province, in return for advertising the hospital's services. Around 10 days after the operation, she won a prize at a local beauty contest, reported local media.
Picture: Reuters



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