Each month National Geographic Magazine uploads stunning images of earth to their online gallery title Visions of Earth. These photographs are taken from sensational places around the world. Below are just a few from the amazing gallery you can see online.
Photograph by Camille Seaman
Antarctica— near Franklin Island. Seen from a Russian ship, the bergs rise perhaps 200 feet above the surface and plunge some 800 below. They may have calved from the Ross Ice Shelf.
Photograph by Paul Nicklen
Norway—Meltwater gushes from an ice cap on the island of Nordaustlandet, in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago.
Photograph by Vincent Laforet
United States—From 7,500 feet up, the nocturnal grid of New York looks more like a circuit board than a city. The glow of LED bulbs—seen here illuminating Times Square and other parts of midtown Manhattan—accounts for the blue-violet hues.
Photograph by Edward Burtynsky, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto
Mexico—From a thousand feet above, the arid Colorado River Delta looks like a green-trunked tree with brown branches. As freshwater has dwindled over the past century—due to damming and diversion—wildlife, wetlands, agriculture, and fisheries have too.
Photograph by Sash Fitzsimmons
United States—As a big wave breaks off the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, two worlds appear. On the right, a surfer enters the barrel. On the left, submerged photographers track his progress.
Photograph by Daniel Pinheiro
Brazil—On the Brazil-Argentina border, a blizzard of butterflies descends on the banks of the Iguaçu River. Mineral-rich ponds that form when the river is low attract these pierids, which absorb water and secrete the excess—a process known as puddling.
Photograph by Vilhelm Gunnarsson
Iceland—Beneath the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier—part of Vatnajökull, one of the largest ice caps in Europe—a man in a boat is dwarfed by the walls of an ice cave. Summer melting expands the tunnel, and the river swells to fill it.
Photograph by Paul Souders, Biosphoto
Antarctica—On Cuverville Island bright feet fill the frame as a long-tailed gentoo penguin leaps from near-freezing water to rocky shore. The largest colony of this species in the Antarctic Peninsula region—more than 9,000 breeding pairs—lives in this rugged spot.
Photograph by Adriana Basques
Indonesia—In Cenderawasih Bay a whale shark’s maw gapes before an easy meal. Local fishermen believe this species—the world’s largest fish—is good luck, so they leave their nets filled with baitfish. That keeps these sharks in the bay year-round.
Photograph by Kersti Kalberg
Estonia—In the village of Kurtna, a pony named Rainbow basks in the winter sun. The four-year-old gelding is part Estonian native horse, part Shetland pony—two breeds known for their hardiness and versatility.
Photograph by ImagineChina/Corbis
China—Seen from a flowering hillside, the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces are a mosaic of color: green shrubs, red duckweed, and blue sky reflected in the irrigated fields. The Hani people have farmed these 41,000 acres—now a World Heritage site—on the slopes of the Ailao Mountains for 13 centuries.
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