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Butovo's Cross near Temple. Butovo firing range. Panorama. May 2011.
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Butovo's Cross near Temple of new martyrs and confessors of Russia in Butovo. Butovo Shooting Range. May 2011.

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Alexander Adashkevich
Temple of new martyrs and confessors of Russia in Butovo. May 2011.
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Skobelevskaya 36
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Skobelevskaya street and light metro station. South Butovo, Russia, Moscow.
Igor Negura
Winter forest
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Polyani and Skobelevskaya streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.
Alexander Adashkevich
Lazareva, Yujnobutovskaya streets, Admiral Ushakov parkway and light metro station.
Igor Negura
Winter in Butovo
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Ujnobutovskaya and Gorchakova streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.
Alexander Peskov
Зима в Северном Бутово. 3 января 2011
Alexander Peskov
Winter on the North Butovo
Alexander Adashkevich
Venevskaya, Polyani, Vitte streets. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.
Alexander Adashkevich
Park near Gorchakova street. South Butovo, Moscow Russia.
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Behind the castle babelsberg - Potsdam - Germany
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sotto i portici di Palazzo Gotico
Jürgen Schrader
Mount Whitney at sunrise
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Seafood at the Mercado Olivar in Palma de Mallorca
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Ultralight aviation 2
Glen Claydon
Between Annupuri and Niseko Village - Highside
Michael Pop
Road to Sa Calobra in Mallorca
Jan Koehn
Ultralight aviation
Martin Hertel
St Martin - No 23
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Passeo Maritimo harbour seen from Castel de Bellver in Palma de Mallorca
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Divnogore. Monastery. Cave church. Interior. 2. (2010)
Victor Pilups
Bygdin Lake
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Monument to Podolsk's cadets. June 2012.
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Admirala Lazareva street and Plavsky passage. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.
Alexander Adashkevich
Sukhanovo, footpath to landing stage. May 2011.
Alexander Adashkevich
Park near Palace of Culture in Vidnoe city. April 2011.
Alexander Adashkevich
Pamukkale, Turkey, cascades of white limestone. September 2011.
Alexander Adashkevich
The beginning of central alley to the beach. August 2012.
Alexander Adashkevich
Tahtali mountain (2365 m), Turkey, panorama from viewing point. September 2011.
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Kemer, Turkey, crossroad near bus park. September 2011.
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Tahtali mountain (2365m), Turkey, view to another side. September 2011.
Alexander Adashkevich
Kadirova street and Buninskaya alley. South Butovo, Moscow, Russia.
Alexander Adashkevich
Kulikovskaya and Polyani streets. North Butovo, Moscow, Russia.
Alexander Adashkevich
Monument to the lejb-guards Artillery brigade at village Semyonovskoe. May 2011.
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