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Photo: tea plantation. Here, the Earth must feel profound peace, and enjoy its fresh breaths amidst the vast green

tea plantation in Munnar, Kerala

The Telegraph’s weekly Big Picture contest winner: this shot of a tea plantation in Munnar, Kerala, taken by Lynden Clarke from Bristol.

Original Source: Telegraph

Photo: 3-year-old boy saying goodbye to his father who was being deployed as part of Massachusetts National Guard

3-year-old boy saying goodbye to father who was being deployed

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Picture of three-year-old Morgan Riddick saying goodbye to his father who was being deployed during a ceremony of the 772nd Military Police Company, Massachusetts National Guard on Taunton Green. Taken by John Tlumacki, this photo was the Overall Winner in the annual Boston Press Photographers Association competition, and also won 1st Place in General News.

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Photos courtesy of John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Original Source: Boston Globe

On Mar 2, 1969 world's first supersonic jetliner Concorde took flight, feat of collaboration eng. & work of beauty

A cluster of Concordes gather nose-to-tail at London's Heathrow airport. Air France and British Airways ran a regular transatlantic service to New York with an average flight time of just 3 and a half hours.

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It was a feat of engineering and a work of exceptional beauty and grace. It won the hearts and minds of millions of people.

Forty years ago today the supersonic Concorde took its first test flight, and a design paragon flashed across the skies over Toulouse. With its droop nose and delta wing, the Concorde was a high point of 20th century engineering (its maiden flight came three months before the first moon landing) and the kind of cooperative effort that now seems beyond us. As we enter a period of infrastructure spending, it’s worth noting what kept the Concorde aloft for 27 years.

Capable of twice the speed of sound, Concorde remains an object of aesthetic streamlined beauty. The long nose and swept back wings were made for speed. It was a design so distinctive that it turned heads whenever it flew and it flew so high you could see the curvature of the earth from within the sleek interior.  read more »

African Elephants dwarfed by acacias in Kenya - photo from 2009 Sony World Photography Awards

Federico Veronesi/Sony World Photography Awards – African elephants dwarfed by acacias in Kenya

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Federico Veronesi, Kenya: African Elephants are dwarfed by acacias in Amboseli, Kenya.

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Photos courtesy of Federico Veronesi/Sony World Photography Awards

Original Source: Times Online

Sea gypsies: the Samah who live in the Sulawesi Sea off Malaysia's state of Sabah

sea gypsies: two kids on a boat near home

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(Above) Two boys from a community commonly known as sea gypsies paddle their boat close to their home.

Samah live in sea-based lifestyle off Malaysia's state of Sabah

The Samah are an indigenous ethnic group from Malaysia and the Philippines who live a sea-based lifestyle in the Sulawesi Sea off Malaysia's state of Sabah.

sabah is one of a number of groups collectively known as sea gypsies

The Sabah are one of a number of groups collectively known as Bajau, or sea gypsies.

sea gypsies also revere gods of the sea and make offerings when a big catch is brought in

Although sea gypsies are Muslims, they also revere the gods of the sea and make offerings when a large catch is brought in.

sea gypsies build houses on stilts in coastal shallows

Originally the sea gypsies lived a nomadic lifestyle in boats. Nowadays most live in small communities, building houses on stilts in the coastal shallows without fresh water or electricity.

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Mar 11 '09 photo, Brazilian Amazon: woman holding naked child while being pushed away from her home by riot police

woman holding her naked child while being pushed away from her home by a line of riot police

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An woman holds her naked child while trying to resist the advance of Amazonas state policemen who were expelling the woman and some 200 other members of the Landless Movement from a privately-owned tract of land on the outskirts of Manaus, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon March 11, 2008. The landless peasants tried in vain to resist the eviction with bows and arrows against police using tear gas and trained dogs.

Winner in General News Singles category, 2008 World Press Photo of the Year.

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Photos courtesy of Reuters/Luiz Vasconcelos-A Critica/AE (BRAZIL)

Original Source: Reuters

Photos: ox born ahead of Valentine's Day with heart-shaped birthmark, faithful geese couple, baby zebra & mother

Andean geese couple, George and Mildred, lovingly nuzzle each other in snow

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A pair of Andean geese, George and Mildred, smooching like young Valentines despite being together for eight years and rearing 40 goslings.

ox in Yokohama, Japan, with heart-shaped marking on forehead

The ox 'Heart', having a heart-shaped marking on his forehead, relaxes at Yamakun Farm in Yokohama, Japan. Born in the year of the ox and ahead of Valentine's Day, the ox has drawn attention from around the country.

Peru’s fourth Zebra ever born in captivity as part of a preservation program, seen here with his mother

The baby Grant's zebra was born on Jan. 26 and is Peru's fourth ever born in captivity as part of a preservation program. The foal's name will be chosen in a special competition

Roxy the penguin at London Zoo, popular on MySpace and most adopted animal in the zoo  read more »

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