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30 Simply Gorgeous Inspirational Photos

There are so many beautiful moments in life, places that we should visit and rare events that it is impossible to see them all. Fortunately, thanks to photography and talented photographers, we can see all of them captured on paper or on screen. There are many types of photos such as black and white, HDR, or sepia which captures landscapes, people, nature and so on.

The most interesting fact is that many moments are so fragile and short that you can’t see them with your eyes; even more, some of these events look boring or not interesting at first sight but when you look at them in a picture, you’ll find out that it is extremely interesting. For example a simple water droplet: if you look at it without a high speed camera, it boring, right? But if you film it on high FPS rate or a good photo camera, you will notice amazing water shapes.

So, in this article I have collected 30 superb inspirational photos which I hope you will like.

Splash Effect, British Columbia

1. inspirational photo

“This unedited image was taken with a tripod mounted in the Pacific Ocean during a winter sunset in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Taken at the moment a rock was thrown into the water.” Photograph by Rob Leslie

Café, Amsterdam

2. inspirational photo

“In a hidden street I found this cafe. It looked like a scenography for some movie. I loved the atmosphere and the pictures on the wall. The lighting was really dramatic, and the man with the cigar was in just the right place.” Photograph by Marko Savic

Arno River, Florence

3. inspirational photo

“Spending the holidays traveling means fewer tourists and more clouds. This photo was taken on Christmas in Florence, Italy. Very few people were walking around, and the air was very still.” Photograph by Heather Anne Campbell

Stilt Fishermen in Koggala

4. inspirational photo

“Stilt fishing is a traditional fishing in the southwestern Sri Lanka. The fishermen would sit on the pole for a few hours to catch fishes.” Photo and caption by NG HOCK HOW

Across The Forest

5. inspirational photo

“A solitary person walking across a forest in the Higlands, Scotland.” Photo and caption by Luis del Río


6. inspirational photo

“When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, the City of Chicago threw a ticker tape parade down Michigan Avenue, with thousands pouring in the streets, celebrating the win.” Photo and caption by Michael Fortner

Humayun’s tomb

7. inspirational photo

“This is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 AD, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.” Photo and caption by Sampa Guha Majumdar


8. inspirational photo

“Children enjoy themselves with the actual size whale sculptures in the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium in summer heat in southern Taiwan. Picture taken in Pingtung, June 30, 2011.” Photo and caption by Jeffrey Hsu

In a kitchen

9. inspirational photo

“Inside a kitchen in Nagaland.” Photo and caption by Edoardo Agresti

Love Your Job

10. inspirational photo

A heavy downpour of rain soaks a businessman as he passes an illuminated advertising sign saying “Love Your Job”. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Women’s Devotions

11. inspirational photo

“In the holy Hindu city of Varanasi, groups of women gather in the mornings at Dasaswamedh Ghat, alongside the Ganges, to talk, sing, pray, and make offerings. This group was shot from above on the balcony of a small temple.” Photo and caption by Louis Montrose

Lt. Col. John Klatt flies over Jones Beach

12. inspirational photo

“May 25, 2011-Lt. Col. John Klatt of the United States Air National Guard flies inverted over Jones Beach, New York Wednesday May 25, 2011. Flanking Col. Klatt are aerobatic pilots Mike Goulian, (upper left.maroon and white plane) and Bill Kerns (blue plane). All three pilots were rehearsing their routines for the annual Jones Beach-New York Air Show held every Memorial Day weekend over Jones Beach State Park.” Photo and caption by Kevin Coughlin

Sunbathing underwater

13. inspirational photo

“The sun gives us energy even underwater. This image was captured during freediving (diving on a single breath without scuba gear) in the Red Sea.” Photo and caption by Vaclav Krpelik

Dusk in the Bale Mountains

14. inspirational photo

“A kitten and an elderly woman stand outside their hut deep in the subalpine Bale Mountains of southeastern Ethiopia.” Photo and caption by Benjamin Guez

The virtue of restraint

15. inspirational photo

“Amiens cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for the 13th century Gothic sculptures. While most of the sculptures are in a very good condition, one located at the west portal of the cathedral required to be restrained for in-situ restoration work. The conspicous nature of the restraint is amplified by the body-language of the surrounding statues.” Photo and caption by Andrzej Bargiela

Intersection | NYC

16. inspirational photo

“Watching the pace and flow of New York City from above is amazing. The constant stream of yellow taxis lining the avenues, the waves of pedestrians hurriedly crossing with the change of traffic signals, little figures disappearing into and emerging from the subway stations, the chorus of honking horns and sirens. It’s all so rhythmic and strangely soothing to watch. It makes me feel incredibly small.” Photo and caption by Navid Baraty

Methane Bubbles, Alaska

17. inspirational photo

“The first clear ice of fall on an Alaskan lake captures methane that all summer long has bubbled from the bottom mud. In spring it will be released into the air. As permafrost melts, new lakes are forming all around the Arctic.” Photograph by Mark Thiessen

Kyrgyz Nomads, Afghanistan

18. inspirational photo

“Kyrgyz herders adore their cell phones, which they acquire by trading and keep charged with solar-powered car batteries. Though useless for communication—cellular service doesn’t reach the isolated plateau—the gadgets are used to play music and take photos.” Photograph by Matthieu Paley

Paris, France

25. inspirational photo

Parisians walk past lottery and vermouth advertisements on the City of Light’s Boulevard des Italiens in 1936. The poster for the national lottery says, “Try Your Luck.” Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams

Traditional Home, Libya

19. inspirational photo

“Kasim Abdu Salaam Habib, 39, opens his lovingly decorated 600-year-old home to foreign tourists in Ghadames in western Libya. The house needs repairs, and visitors are scarce these days. But Habib is optimistic. “I want to see Libya as a democracy,” he says.” Photograph by George Steinmetz

Cow and Shepherd, India

20. inspirational photo

“A young bovine finds safety and solace with her shepherd father. She was very nervous and tentative when I was taking pictures of the surroundings nearby, and sensing my presence she gradually moved toward the comfort of the shepherd.”  Photograph by Kuntal Joisher

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Florida

21. inspirational photo

“A loggerhead sea turtle that never made it to sea with its brothers and sisters is released into the waters off Palm Beach by a researcher.”  Photograph by Ben Hicks

Tadpoles, Canada

22. inspirational photo

“Tadpoles swim through a jungle of lily stalks in Cedar Lake on Vancouver Island, Canada.” Photograph by Eiko Jones

Wildflowers, California

23. inspirational photo

“In this picture from the early 1940s, travelers in California’s San Joaquin Valley gather owl’s clover and blue lupine in a field along Route 99. The photo originally accompanied a 1942 feature story on California’s abundant wildflowers.” Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart

El Paso, Texas

24. inspirational photo

A rodeo cowgirl hitches her pony at an El Paso parking meter in this picture from the October 1939 photo feature “Riatas and Romance on the Rio Grande.” Photographer Luis Marden, known for his charm, liked to set up studio-style shots. In this case, Marden’s subject agreed to pose at the parking meter. Photograph by Luis Marden, National Geographic

Art Student, Jerusalem

26. inspirational photo

Sunlight falls on a student at Jerusalem’s Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in this photo by Maynard Owen Williams from around 1926. Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams

Taxi Driver, Mumbai

27. inspirational photo

“Looking for a fare, a taxi driver waits for commuters outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, formerly known as Victoria Terminus, in Mumbai. As many as 20 million passengers travel on the Indian system every day.” Photograph by Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters

San Telmo Café, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

“La Poesía bar and café hums with activity in Buenos Aires’ San Telmo neighborhood. Once home to the city’s wealthiest families, San Telmo is transforming with the addition of popular restaurants and indie shops.” Photograph by Yadid Levy

Mawsynram, India

29. inspirational photo

Basket umbrellas help keep women somewhat dry as they work in flooded fields in Mawsynram, India. An annual rainfall of more than 467 inches gives Mawsynram the title of “wettest place on Earth.” Photograph by Johnny Haglund, Your Shot

Marine Drive, Mumbai

30. inspirational photo

A couple steals a moment on Marine Drive, Mumbai’s famous bayside boulevard. The C-shaped avenue runs for nearly three miles along the Arabian Sea, providing ample spots for skyline watching, sunbathing, and solitude. Photograph by Aditya Waikul


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