The blues

The city of Chefchaouen, in northwest Morocco, features many buildings painted blue. According to legend, the practice of blue buildings dates back to the 15th century, when Jews fled the Spanish Inquisition and settled in Chefchaouen. In the Jewish faith, blue reminds worshippers of the sky, and therefore, God.
Reblogged from National Geographic

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Blue lagoon

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While walking along the shore of Larak, Iran—an island in the Persian Gulf—Your Shot member Pooyan Shadpoor came across the luminous scene in the photo above. The “magical lights of [the] plankton … enchanted me so that I snapped the shot,” he writes.

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Reblogged from National Geographic