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Towering over nearby Portland, Oregon, is the Majestic Mount Hood. It stands 3,429 meters (11,249 feet) tall and is home to 12 glaciers. Mount Hood has 6 ski resorts: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny and Summit. Timberline is the only year-round ski-lift in all of North America. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano, but it is consider the volcano most likely to erupt in Oregon with a 7% chance of eruption in the next 30 years. It is popular with climbers in addition to skiers, and about 10,000 people reach its summit yearly. Hikers can enjoy trekking on the Timberline Trail which circumnavigates the mountain, and the Pacific Crest Trail also passes by via the Timberline Trail. Most of the ski resorts have beautiful lodges to stay in, and any kind of accommodation can be found in the city of Portland, 124 km (77 miles) away. There are also many small towns in the area that offer some accommodation, including Government Camp, the closest town to the ski resorts.

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The arrival of autumn brings falling leaves; vibrant and rich jewel-toned colors across the landscape; a distinct change in temperature; festivals and some celebrations. The world often marks the September event as special. Throughout history, the first day of autumn has been considered a good time to take stock of the year’s successes and failures. A myth in many cultures holds that some mystical forces let us stand eggs on their ends for a short time immediately before or after the exact time of the equinox. In Greek mythology, autumn begins when the goddess Persephone returns to the underworld to live with her kidnapper, Hades – in repayment of the six pomegranate seeds she illicitly ate. Here, a look at a diverse collection of autumn photographs. A couple lights up a lantern during the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, Hong Kong, Oct. 1, 2012. Ears of field corn lay in piles along a roadside during the autumn corn harvest on a farm on the edge of Kaesong, North Korea. It has been a tough year for North Korea's farmers, who grappled with an extended dry spell in the spring, followed by heavy rains from a series of summer storms and typhoon. The U.N. is launching a field mission across North Korea to gauge the state of the food situation. Two Adirondack chairs sit vacant on a dock along the misty shore of the Androscoggin River in Turner, Maine, Oct. 3, 2012, as the fall foliage nears peak color.

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Rescuers found bodies in the River Ganges and in the muddy, broken earth left by landslides, raising the death toll from monsoon flooding in mountainous northern India to nearly 600 Friday, officials said. The air force dropped paratroopers, food and medicine for people trapped in up to 100 towns and villages cut off since Sunday in the Himalayan state of Uttrakhand where thousands of people are stranded, many of them Hindu pilgrims who were visiting four shrines in the area. Uttrakhand state Chief Minister Vijay Bahguna said 556 bodies have been noticed buried deep in slush and the army was trying to recover them. He spoke to CNN-IBN television channel on Friday. The annual monsoon rains sustain India's agriculture but also cause flooding that claims lives and damages property. Neighboring Uttar Pradesh state said 17 flood-related deaths occurred there since the heavy rains Sunday. People gather to watch a bridge submerged in the flooded water of the River Ganges in Rudraprayag. Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel, in uniform, help stranded pilgrims on a makeshift bridge cross a stream of gushing floodwater at Govind Ghati, in Chamoli district, in northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. Indian people use a boat to cross a Tibetan market along the banks of the Yamuna River, in New Delhi, India.

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Janne Parviainen is the first to officially break in our new category In The Picture. In this category we aim to provide (semi) pro-photographers with a platform to showcase their talent. Be it a portfolio of their best work or work on a single theme. Anything goes as long as the images are fit for Totally Cool Pix. Janne is from Finland and likes painting and photography. He even uses his painting techniques in his photos and turns them into works of very colourful and fun art. If you want to know more about Janne please visit his website. If you are a photographer with some skills and would like your work featured in In The Picture please contact us with some samples of your work.

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More than 2,300 people have been injured and one person killed during four days of fierce clashes between protesters and police in Turkey, according to a doctors' association, as the prime minister blamed 'extremist elements' for the riots. More than 1,480 people have been wounded in clashes in Istanbul, the country's largest city, with some 800 more injured in the capital Ankara and the Aegean city of Izmir.

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Once a backpacker’s secret, Thailand’s Phi Phi islands exploded onto the tourist map after the release of The Beach, a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio that was filmed on one of the islands. Ko Phi Phi Don and Ko Phi Phi Lee are located between the island of Phuket and mainland Thailand off the West coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Ko Phi Phi Don is the larger of the two islands and is home to permanent residents and a myriad of accommodations for tourists. Ko Phi Phi Lee has spectacular white sand beaches and can be visited by boat only, with trips leaving from the larger island throughout the day. Visitors can enjoy diving, snorkeling and kayaking in the waters off both islands.

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The title says it all. Streakers and attention seekers. Obviously some of the images will contain naked body parts belonging to human beings so if you are at work and your boss is an alien and gets easily offended by a naked human body part do not proceed and wait till you get home. British streaker Mark Roberts promotes a website as he runs onto the field of play during men's curling bronze medal match between the U.S. and Great Britain at the Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Pinerolo, Italy February 24, 2006. Roberts was taken away by security. Streaker uses his mobile phone as he is tackled by policeman during rugby tour match between British and Irish Lions and Manawatu in Palmerston North. A streaker uses his mobile phone as he is tackled by a policeman during the rugby tour match between the British and Irish Lions and Manawatu in Palmerston North June 28, 2005. The Lions defeated Manawatu 109-6. A woman is taken off the field by a security guard near the end of an international rugby union match between the All Blacks and Ireland in Hamilton, June 10, 2006.

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The Mama Shelter hotel in Paris is designed by Philippe Starck. The Mama Shelter hotel in Paris has fast become one of the most popular design hotels of the city. The size of the rooms are between 160 and 375 square feet. Here you do not have a boring reception hall or an cold aisle with the same type of facilities. Visitors are welcomed by a stage for live performances, a spacious dining room, where the tables are placed close to each other, which promotes a friendly atmosphere, and the abundance of colors and textures excites the imagination.

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