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nationalpost Skiing through the ring of fire — A skier jumps through a ring of fire during a performance of Fire and Ice on Whistler Mountain in Whistler, B.C. Canada, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward 6mon

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nationalpost Above the clouds — A man with a child walks towards the top of Vodno Mountain in Skopje, Macedonia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Weather forecasts predict ongoing sunny weather on the mountains with mild temperatures and fog in the lowlands and valleys. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) 6mon

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nationalpost Space Tarantula! — Hubble image released January 9, 2014 shows a cosmic creepy-crawly known as the Tarantula Nebula in infrared light. This region is full of star clusters, glowing gas, and thick dark dust. Created using observations taken as part of the Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project (HTTP), this image was snapped using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The Hubble Tarantula Treasury Project (HTTP) is scanning and imaging many of the many millions of stars within the Tarantula, mapping out the locations and properties of the nebula’s stellar inhabitants. These observations will help astronomers to piece together an understanding of the nebula’s skeleton, viewing its starry structure. (NASA/ESA/HO/AFP/Getty Images) 6mon

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nationalpost Skating on Lake Ontario in Toronto — Tyler Hnatuk skates the frozen Toronto Harbor just off Algonquin Island with the city of Toronto in the background, Friday January 3, 2014. .[Peter J. Thompson/National Post] 7mon

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nationalpost Braving the waves — People watch and photograph enormous waves as they break, on Porthcawl harbour, South Wales, Monday Jan. 6, 2014. Residents along Britain’s coasts are braced for more flooding as strong winds, rain and high tides lash the country. At least three people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since last week, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England. (AP Photo/PA, Ben Birchall) 7mon

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nationalpost Shadows and balls -- Lauren Davis of the USA plays a backhand during her quarterfinal match against Jamie Hampton of the USA on day four of the ASB Classic at the ASB Tennis Centre on January 2, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) 7mon

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nationalpost Happy New Year with this fabulous picture of Hong Kong’s fireworks! — Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on January 1, 2014. A wave of pyrotechnic displays kicked off new year celebrations in major cities around the world, with Hong Kong welcoming 2014 with a choreographed music and fireworks show. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images) 7mon

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nationalpost Battle of flour, eggs and firecrackers — Revellers take part in the battle of ‘Enfarinats’, a flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on December 28, 2013 in Ibi, Spain. Citizens of Ibi annually celebrate the festival with a battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers. The battle takes place between two groups, a group of married men called ‘Els Enfarinats’ which take the control of the village for one day pronouncing a whole host of ridiculous laws and fining the citizens that infringe them and then another group called ‘La Oposicio’ which try to restore order. At the end of the day the money collected from the fines is donated to charitable causes in the village. The festival has been celebrated since 1981 after the town of Ibi recovered the tradition, but the origins remain unknown. (Photos by David Ramos/Getty Images) 7mon

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nationalpost Reindeer herder — Eve Grayson, a Reindeer herder at the Cairngorm Herd, feeds the deer on December 23, 2013 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi.Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. The herd rages on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 meters and stay above the tree line all year round regardless of the weather conditions. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) 7mon

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nationalpost Rhapsody in blue — A woman performs at the opening ceremony of the Len European Short Course Swimming Championships in Herning, Denmark on December 12, 2013. (HENNING BAGGER/Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images) 7mon

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nationalpost Sepaktakraw action, easier to watch than to spell — Somruedee Pruepruk of Thailand strike against Lena Lena of Indonesia during the Women’s Preliminary Sepaktakraw Team event during the 2013 SEA Games at Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium B on December 12, 2013 in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images) 7mon

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nationalpost Christmasy scene (from CP’s Best of 2013 photo selection) — Snow falls at near the McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward 7mon

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nationalpost Climbing the icefalls — Climbers Daniel Arnold and Stephan Siegrist collaborated with climbing photographer Thomas Senf’s and Swiss mountain sports manufacturer Mammut to create unique mystical atmosphere images on the Eidfjord in northern Norway, using coloured flares, spotlights and headlamps. Eidfjord , three hours east of the city of Bergen, is famous for the large number of icefalls (frozen waterfalls) at over 500 metres (1,640 ft) long. The innovative idea to capture the athletes climbing the huge icefalls took several hours of preparation as lamps were fixed in the ice using elaborate rope constructions and connected by 700 metres (2,296 ft) of electric cable. Thomas Senf and his team’s goal using Mammut alpine equipment was to portray the reflective ice and moving shadows combined with coloured lights to create images that appear to be from another world. ”Photography and filming at night is a big challenge,” says Senf. “The right lighting determines whether you succeed or fail.” (Thomas Senf/Mammut/Photopress via AP Images) 7mon

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nationalpost Oxen race — A contestant bites the tail of one of the bulls to make it run faster, as he races a pair of bulls at an oxen race competition held at a paddy field in Malappuram, Kerala state, India, Sunday, Dec.8, 2013. (AP Photo/ T.Mohandas) 7mon

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nationalpost Hippo momma and baby — A baby hippo bobs next to its mother, in Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) 8mon

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nationalpost Underwater astronaut -- Wearing his spacesuit Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev takes part in a preflight underwater training session in a pool at the Gagarin Cosmonauts' Training Centre in Star City centre outside Moscow on December 4, 2013. Oleg Artemyev  is scheduled to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Russian leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome in March 2014. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) 8mon

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nationalpost Ghost train — In this photo taken with a long time exposure the illuminated streetcar of Debrecen Transport Ltd. runs on Kossuth Square in Debrecen, 226 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. The streetcar No. 506 which will run during the Christmas season from Advent to Epyphany, was decorated with Christmas lights for the first time this year. (AP Photo/MTI,Zsolt Czegledi) 8mon

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nationalpost Riding into sunrise — A cyclist rides through a park in Berlin as the sun rises Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Meteorologists forecast temperatures around the freezing point for the upcoming days. (AP Photo/dpa, Tim Brakemeier) 8mon

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nationalpost Comet’s view of the Sun — In a composite image provided by NASA, Comet ISON nears the sun in an image captured at 10:51 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The sun was imaged by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, and an image from ESA/NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the solar atmosphere, the corona. Scientists are studying spacecraft images to find out whether a small part ISON survived its close encounter with the sun. (AP Photo/ESA&NASA SOHO/SDO) 8mon

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nationalpost Star-burst — A photo by the European Southern Observatory shows the Large Magellanic Cloud which is one of the closest galaxies to our own. Astronomers have now used the power of the ESOs Very Large Telescope to explore NGC 2035, one of its lesser known regions, in great detail. This new image shows clouds of gas and dust where hot new stars are being born and are sculpting their surroundings into odd shapes. But the image also shows the effects of stellar death filaments created by a supernova explosion (left). (EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/AFP/Getty Images) 8mon

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