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Reflection Canyon is one of the unique wonders in the Southwest. Located in a remote section of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Reflection Canyon offers unparalleled views of the Colorado River twisting and winding through colorful sandstone cliffs. After the tough hike to reach Reflection Canyon, photographer Wan Shi was rewarded with this spectacular shot. “This has to be the most colorful and surreal scene I have ever seen in American Southwest.” Photo by Wan Shi (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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Miniature Magical Worlds Encased In Wooden Rings

Secret Wood is creative Canadian online shop which specializes in handcrafted unique jewelry- namely wooden rings with miniature landscapes encapsulated in resin. The magical worlds of starry skies, snowy peaks and cliffs and submerged valleys are exquisitely hand made with painstaking labor.

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The numbers are in!!  To date, our cameras on Cassini have taken ~344K images at Saturn and ~377K images since launch in 1997. What a legacy!

Taken just two days ago: Cracked and scarred Dione (top), w/ the rings and our favorite geysering moon, Enceladus, in the distance. And in a closeup from only 321 miles above the surface (bottom), a longing look at Dione’s wispy terrain, which we thought in Voyager days would be extruded ice but is not.

Cassini’s final Dione flyby will be in 2 months’ time on August 17. We are now in the end game. Prepare yourselves for the final goodbye …

More info on today’s release at CICLOPS.org.

It doesn’t get much better than the views found at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This sunset shot was taken at the park’s Cape Royal, which provides a panorama up, down and across the canyon. With seemingly unlimited vistas to the east and west, it is popular for both sunrise and sunset. Photo by Brent Johnson (www.sharetheexperience.org).