Painted park

A heavy mist rolls over Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park in East Java, Indonesia, temporarily turning the park into something more closely resembling a watercolor painting. Mount Semeru, the peak that gives the park a portion of its name, is the highest in Java at more than 12,000 feet. Bromo is in reference to Mount Bromo, the most popular mountain in the region, and the Tengger people who live there.

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Cloak of  colour

A thick fog rolls over Sofia and appears to glow as it takes on the city’s light. Beneath the cloak of color, visitors to Bulgaria’s capital will find a lively collection of museums, galleries, restaurants, and recently excavated Roman ruins from about 2,000 years Ago. 
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Different Light

Sunlight beams through a stained glass window in the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba, spotlighting orbs of color onto an adjacent wall. This unique building in Spain is an important archaeological example of both Christian and Muslim influences: It was a mosque in the eighth century, during the period of Moorish conquest, but claimed as a Christian cathedral in the 13th century.

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Dormant

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Haleakalā is a massive dormant shield volcano on the Hawaiian island Maui, and Your Shot photographer RJ Bridges caught it at the perfect time. “Typically, the crater valley offers no greenery,” Bridges writes. “But because Maui received an unusual amount of rainfall during spring and summer months, it brought this new color of vegetation to the scenery.”

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