Diving with Blue Sharks of the Azores

A blue shark (Prionace glauca) swims near Faial, Azores.

Blue sharks populate the waters around the Azores archipelago. They undertake long transatlantic migrations. Offshore diving with these elegant and curious animals allows to study them at arm’s length.

Diving Princess Alice Bank

Manta Ray, or Mobula tarapacana, glide through the Atlantic at Princess Alice Bank, Azores. Princess Alice Bank is a volcanic seamount on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rising from more than two thousand metres to a depth of around 40 metres below the ocean surface.

Princess Alice Bank at the Azores is a volcanic seamount on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rising from more than thousand metres to a depth of around 40 metres below the ocean surface. The abundance of marine life, especially manta rays, make it an exquisite, albeit remote and exposed offshore spot for diving. 

Harvesting the Salt of Lac Assal

Aras harvests the salt at the shore of Lac Assal in Djibouti, a highly saline lake situated 155 metres below sea level. Depending on the wind, each segment of the shore produces its own shape and size of grains of salt. Aras' family sells the salt to tourists.

Trading with salt from Lac Assal in Djibouti goes back to bartering with Abyssinian caravans by local Afar and Issa tribes. The lake is situated 155 metres below sea level in one of the hottest places on Earth.

Cargo bikes in Rwanda

Bicycles often mix spare parts of different brands. This chainring incorporates the manufacturer's brand name Phoenix, a large Chinese company exporting bicycles since the 1960s.

Cargo bicycles are widely used for the transportation of goods and passengers in Rwanda – the land of thousand hills. For a cyclist, these hills make riding strenuous as there is hardly ever a flat stretch of road. Many riders of Team Rwanda, the cycling team based in Ruhengeri, have started as taxi or cargo bikers.

Nyiragongo volcano

Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo contains the Earth's largest lava lake.

Nyiragongo is an active volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The crater contains the Earth’s largest lava lake. The hike to the 3’470-meter summit takes five hours with an armed rangers escort.

The Night of the Shooting Stars

The Milky Way is pictured above trees at the Creux du Van in Switzerland on August 15, 2013.

Every year, hundreds and thousands of rocky chunks the size of up to a house race into the earth’s atmosphere. These meteor showers are called Perseids.

Building Ruins

El Cotillo, Spain April 8, 2013.

Construction in Spain boomed – until the economy collapsed in 2008. The result of the property bubble bursting are abandoned building sites omnipresent in Spain.

The Highland Clearances

Tusdale glen is a sheltered valley in the south west of Skye. In the background are Canna and Rhum islands.

In the 19th century, Tusdale valley was so busy it was nicknamed «the capital of Skye». Today, there is no road connecting the valley to the rest of the island. Only sheep graze.