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Photo @ladzinski / Once a year Ouray Colorado hosts an international Ice Fest at their unique Ice Park. It's an unexpected setting for those that have never visited. Thousands of people fill the box canyon to take climbing clinics or spectate from various bridges and platforms to watch some of the best ice climbers in the world compete. The ice in the canyon is man made, sprayed down calculatedly from water lines above at select times of night, freezing and forming into beautiful curtains of sapphire blue ice. This park is a huge economic stimulus for the resort free mountain town, bringing in millions annually and offering a unique opportunity for an alternative winter experience. It's a one of a kind place. The festival is in full effect today and through the weekend. Seen here, @calstrin climbing into the light in the park.

2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2014. First prize winner will receive an 8-day Alaskan expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the early …

Best Space Pictures: Cosmic Dust Bunnies, Hidden Black Holes, and Starry Everest Skies

Supermassive black holes cluster together while dust bunnies gain weight.<p>A lone motorcycle wends its way to Mount Everest's base camp from the Chinese side of the border with Nepal in a photograph submitted to Your Shot on May 17.<p>The 2014 Everest climbing season got off to a tragic start on April …

Dragon

Resupply the Space Station<p>01Delivery and Return Services<p>Dragon is the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to the International Space Station …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Pillars Bloom, a Star Illuminates, and a Moon Sets

Hubble revisits an iconic place in space, a star lights up Saturn's rings, and a wolf moon sets in this week's best space pictures.

Astronomy

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