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Tough Collection

"Tough: A Glimpse into Resilience and Strength" From the defiant Cossacks replying to the Sultan's challenge

Background imageTough Collection: The Cossacks Reply to the Sultan (Zaporozhtsy), c1890, (1939). Creator: Il ya Repin

The Cossacks Reply to the Sultan (Zaporozhtsy), c1890, (1939). Creator: Il ya Repin
The Cossacks Reply to the Sultan (Zaporozhtsy), c1890, (1939). Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of Turkey, also known as Cossacks of Saporog Are Drafting a Manifesto

Background imageTough Collection: St Michaels Church, Brentor, near Tavistock, Dartmoor, Devon, England, UK

St Michaels Church, Brentor, near Tavistock, Dartmoor, Devon, England, UK

Background imageTough Collection: Boats on the beach, Beer, Devon, England, UK

Boats on the beach, Beer, Devon, England, UK

Background imageTough Collection: Mullion Cove, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe

Mullion Cove, Cornwall, England, UK, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Tresco, Scilly Isles, UK, Europe

Tresco, Scilly Isles, UK, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: New Zealand All Blacks rugby team

New Zealand All Blacks rugby team
A team photograph of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team, the first to visit the UK for 19 years

Background imageTough Collection: Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island, site of the infamous prison, San Francisco, California, United States of America (U.S.A.), North America

Background imageTough Collection: The Lone Cypress Tree on the coast

The Lone Cypress Tree on the coast, Carmel, California, USA

Background imageTough Collection: Brecon Beacons

Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Buddha statue in cliffs (since destroyed by the Taliban), Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Buddha statue in cliffs (since destroyed by the Taliban), Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Background imageTough Collection: Ashness Bridge, Skiddaw in the background, Lake District National Park

Ashness Bridge, Skiddaw in the background, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, UK

Background imageTough Collection: Creux Harbour, Sark, Channel Islands, UK

Creux Harbour, Sark, Channel Islands, UK

Background imageTough Collection: Grindelwald and the north face of the Eiger

Grindelwald and the north face of the Eiger, Jungfrau region, Switzerland

Background imageTough Collection: View into Afghanistan from the Khyber Pass

View into Afghanistan from the Khyber Pass, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Asia

Background imageTough Collection: Dunstanburgh Castle and the coast, Northumbria (Northumberland), England, UK, Europe

Dunstanburgh Castle and the coast, Northumbria (Northumberland), England, UK, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Devils Tower

Devils Tower, Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming, United States of America, North America

Background imageTough Collection: Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, UK

Tarn Hows, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, UK

Background imageTough Collection: Los Gigantes cliffs, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Los Gigantes cliffs, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Background imageTough Collection: Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

Background imageTough Collection: Mountain restaurant, St. Anton am Arlberg, Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, Europe

Mountain restaurant, St. Anton am Arlberg, Tirol, Austrian Alps, Austria, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Grindelwald and North face of the Eiger mountain

Grindelwald and North face of the Eiger mountain, Grindelwald, Jungfrau region, Bernese Oberland, Swiss Alps, Switzerland, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Juniper tree with curved trunk

Juniper tree with curved trunk, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States of America (U.S.A.), North America

Background imageTough Collection: Taktshang Goemba (Tigers Nest) Monastery, Paro, Bhutan, Asia

Taktshang Goemba (Tigers Nest) Monastery, Paro, Bhutan, Asia

Background imageTough Collection: Humphrey Bogart, American actor

Humphrey Bogart, American actor

Background imageTough Collection: TED KID LEWIS

TED KID LEWIS
Ted Kid Lewis (Gershon Mendeloff), British-born World Welterweight Champion in 1915, 1916 and from 1917 - 1919. His nickname was the Aldgate Sphinx

Background imageTough Collection: Wind River Range, Wyoming, United States of America (U

Wind River Range, Wyoming, United States of America (U.S.A.), North America

Background imageTough Collection: View to Monte Rosa

View to Monte Rosa, Liskamm and the Gorner Glacier, Gomergrat, Zermatt, Valais (Wallis), Swiss Alps, Switzerland, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Ha Long (Ha-Long) Bay

Ha Long (Ha-Long) Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hong Gai, Vietnam, Indochina, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageTough Collection: Small lake (llyn) with Cadair Idris (Cader Idris) range behind

Small lake (llyn) with Cadair Idris (Cader Idris) range behind, Snowdonia National Park, Gwynedd, Wales, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Mount Giewont and Zakopane

Mount Giewont and Zakopane, Tatra mountains, Poland, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Lake Wolfgangsee, St. Wolfgang, the Salzkammergut, Austria, Europe

Lake Wolfgangsee, St. Wolfgang, the Salzkammergut, Austria, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: The Watchman, Zion National Park, Utah, United States of America, North America

The Watchman, Zion National Park, Utah, United States of America, North America

Background imageTough Collection: Bridal Veil Waterfall, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa, Africa

Bridal Veil Waterfall, Drakensberg Mountains, South Africa, Africa

Background imageTough Collection: Old Harry Rocks, The Foreland or Handfast Point, Studland, Isle of Purbeck

Old Harry Rocks, The Foreland or Handfast Point, Studland, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: The remains of the Crown`s Shaft at Botallack Tin Mine, Cornwall, England

The remains of the Crown`s Shaft at Botallack Tin Mine, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Snowfall over the Kentmere fells of Ill Bell and Yoke in the Lake district UK with Highland Cattle

Snowfall over the Kentmere fells of Ill Bell and Yoke in the Lake district UK with Highland Cattle in the foreground
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Background imageTough Collection: View to the Grimsel Pass from west of the Furka Pass

View to the Grimsel Pass from west of the Furka Pass, Valais (Wallis), Swiss Alps, Switzerland, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: West Rim, Grand Canyon

West Rim, Grand Canyon, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arizona, United States of America (U.S.A.), North America

Background imageTough Collection: View over West Sedona from the slopes of Table Top Mountain

View over West Sedona from the slopes of Table Top Mountain, with Capitol Butte prominent, Sedona, Arizona, United States of America (U.S.A.), North America

Background imageTough Collection: Mt. McKinley

Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA

Background imageTough Collection: Glen Coe (Glencoe)

Glen Coe (Glencoe), Highlands Region, Scotland, UK, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Glencoe (Glen Coe)

Glencoe (Glen Coe), Highlands Region, Scotland, UK, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Camel, Petra

Camel, Petra, Jordan, Middle East

Background imageTough Collection: Mont Blanc range in the French Alps, near Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France, Europe

Mont Blanc range in the French Alps, near Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France, Europe

Background imageTough Collection: Wheal Coates Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall, England, UK

Wheal Coates Mine, St Agnes, Cornwall, England, UK

Background imageTough Collection: Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, UK

Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park, Cumbria, England, UK

Background imageTough Collection: The Great Wall of China, UNESCO World Heritage Site, China, Asia

The Great Wall of China, UNESCO World Heritage Site, China, Asia

Background imageTough Collection: Yak train approaches Tarboche, prayer flag pole in Lha Chu canyon, on the kora round sacred mountain

Yak train approaches Tarboche, prayer flag pole in Lha Chu canyon, on the kora round sacred mountain, Mount Kailas (Kailash), Tibet, China, Asia




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"Tough: A Glimpse into Resilience and Strength" From the defiant Cossacks replying to the Sultan's challenge, to the enduring St Michaels Church perched atop Brentor in Dartmoor, toughness takes many forms and can be found in Mullion Cove's rugged cliffs that stand tall against crashing waves, or on Tresco Island where Scilly Isles' wild beauty tests its inhabitants. The New Zealand All Blacks rugby team embodies toughness as they face formidable opponents head-on with unwavering determination. Just like Alcatraz Island, a symbol of indomitable spirit amidst isolation and adversity. Nature too reveals its own brand of resilience - exemplified by the Lone Cypress Tree standing steadfastly against relentless coastal winds. Creux Harbour in Sark showcases how even small communities can thrive despite their challenging surroundings. In Bamiyan, Afghanistan, a Buddha statue once stood proudly within cliffs until destroyed by the Taliban. Its memory serves as a reminder that true strength lies not only in physicality but also in preserving cultural heritage against all odds. Grindelwald and the imposing north face of Eiger demonstrate mountaineers' unyielding resolve to conquer nature's harshest elements. Meanwhile, Dunstanburgh Castle guards Northumbria's coast with stoicism and fortitude through centuries of tumultuous history. Lastly, Brecon Beacons stands as an emblematic landscape where adventurers test their mettle against untamed wilderness – a testament to human endurance and bravery. These diverse glimpses into "tough" remind us that resilience is not limited to one domain; it permeates every aspect of life across continents and cultures. In each scene captured by Il ya Repin or witnessed firsthand, we find inspiration from those who have faced challenges head-on with unwavering determination – proving that toughness knows no boundaries nor limits our potential for greatness.