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Picture of an emerald hummingbird in flight, Costa Rican highlands

In for a Treat

Photo of the Day, September 30, 2014

“This beautiful, coppery-headed emerald hummingbird had been dancing with this amazing flower in the Costa Rican highlands,” writes Your Shot ...

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Picture of a boy on horseback in Ushguli, Svaneti, Georgia

Svan Rider

Photo of the Day, September 29, 2014

Centuries-old defensive towers loom over remote villages in the Svaneti region of Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Svans in the collection ...

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Picture of a flower taken with a scanning electron microscope

Withered

Photo of the Day, September 28, 2014

“I live in a typical Japanese town and often go for a walk at dusk,” writes Matsuura Tomoya, a member ...

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Picture of a flock of geese congregating on Faith Ranch near Modesto, California

On Faith

Photo of the Day, September 27, 2014

In California’s Central Valley, water in wildlife refuges is down by around 30 percent. Here, migratory geese on their ...

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Picture of a roaring lion in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Call of the Wild

Photo of the Day, September 26, 2014

A lioness roars a warning to her cubs in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. “She was perched on a ...

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Picture of a group of fishermen collecting their nets near Da Nang, Vietnam

Net Collection

Photo of the Day, September 25, 2014

Fishing nets are collected on a beach near Da Nang, Vietnam. Located on the central Vietnamese coast, the city of ...

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Picture of an owl peering out from a tree in Northumberland, United Kingdom

Hollow Greeting

Photo of the Day, September 24, 2014

An owl peers from a tree hollow in Northumberland, United Kingdom. After unlucky weather derailed a trip to see puffins ...

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Picture of men holding candles as they stand outside of a tenth-century church to bless a bull before its sacrifice, Mestia, Svanetia, Georgia

Blessed Beast

Photo of the Day, September 23, 2014

Traditions endure in the Svaneti region, high in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Here, a bull with candles on its horns ...

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Picture of a girl jumping from one hay bale to another in the Masurian Lake District, Poland

Hay Kids

Photo of the Day, September 22, 2014

A road trip to Poland’s Masurian Lake District included this moment of summertime joy for the traveling family of ...

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Picture of a pet chameleon

Green Day

Photo of the Day, September 21, 2014

Famous for changing the color of their skin, chameleons are more like mood rings, with their color changes reflecting mood ...

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Picture of an aerial view of Sun City, Arizona

Hazy Arizona

Photo of the Day, September 20, 2014

The American West faces persistent drought, whether or not relief comes this winter. The population of the Phoenix area (Sun ...

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Picture of a couple making a wish as they release a lantern into the sky, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wishful Thinking

Photo of the Day, September 19, 2014

“The sky transformed itself into a splendid and surreal sea of lanterns carrying all kinds of wishes,” writes Your Shot ...

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Picture of a piece of ice washed up on Breidamerkursandur beach, Iceland

Frozen

Photo of the Day, September 18, 2014

Hunched like an animal in repose, a large piece of ice catches the light at Breidamerkursandur, a black-sand beach in ...

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Picture of people throwing paper prayers before a horse-racing festival near Maniganggo, Sichuan Province, China

Blowing in the Wind

Photo of the Day, September 17, 2014

Paper prayers flutter on the wind near the village of Maniganggo in China’s Sichuan Province. Your Shot member Marc ...

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Picture of a foggy park in the morning light, Lithuania

Autumn Portrait

Photo of the Day, September 16, 2014

A forested park is suffused with the golden glow of autumn in the northern European country of Lithuania. Bordering the ...

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Picture of people walking on the Westminster Bridge on a foggy morning near the Houses of Parliament, London

Spirits of Westminster

Photo of the Day, September 15, 2014

“I remember that cold, foggy February morning—it was 7 a.m. when I arrived at London's Westminster Bridge ...

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Picture of a school of fish underwater near Cocos Island

Red Fish, Blue Fish

Photo of the Day, September 14, 2014

While traveling in Central America, Your Shot member Tracey Jennings dove in the waters off Costa Rica’s Cocos Island ...

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Picture of a wildfire burning near a line of trees in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Flame Trees

Photo of the Day, September 13, 2014

A wildfire rages at the Saskatchewan River Crossing in Alberta, Canada. Your Shot member Christine Garner was vacationing in the ...

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Picture of a Kyrgyz girl milking her family’s yak in the Pamir Mountains, northern Afghanistan

Key to Survival

Photo of the Day, September 12, 2014

The Kyrgyz of the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan live at a high altitude where no crops grow. Survival depends ...

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Picture of man working in the salt ponds of Salinas de Maras, Peru

Savoring Chance

Photo of the Day, September 11, 2014

Terraced salt pans dip into the Sacred Valley north of Cusco, Peru. Your Shot member Cedric Favero wanted to give ...

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Picture of an aerial of Caroline Island in the Pacific Ocean

On the Line

Photo of the Day, September 10, 2014

An underwater paradise in the remote Pacific Ocean that includes the sea around the southern Line Islands (Caroline Island is ...

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Picture of a mother bear and cub swimming in Kurile Lake at the southern tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Big and Little Dipper

Photo of the Day, September 9, 2014

Fortunately for Your Shot member Marco Mattiussi, the bears on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula were busy eating salmon during the ...

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Picture of a twisted whitebark pine on Mount Hood, Oregon

Stark Beauty

Photo of the Day, September 8, 2014

“It’s only after it has died and shed its needles that the stark beauty and grace of the whitebark ...

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Picture of U.S. Army soldiers aboard a C-17 transport aircraft

Soldiering Through

Photo of the Day, September 7, 2014

Soldiers of the U.S. Army’s Fourth Stryker Brigade Combat Team return to their home duty station at Joint ...

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Picture of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in southern New Mexico

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument

Photo of the Day, September 6, 2014

Soaptree yuccas soak up morning light in southern New Mexico’s Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. President Barack Obama created ...

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Picture of thousands of sandpipers on the shore during migration, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Stopover Flight

Photo of the Day, September 5, 2014

Thousands of semipalmated sandpipers come in for a landing to feed on the shores of the Bay of Fundy before ...

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Picture of a pyrocumulonimbus cloud caused by smoke from wildfires in southern Oregon

Rogue Weather

Photo of the Day, September 4, 2014

“As the smoke from the Oregon Gulch Fire began rolling into the Rogue Valley of southern Oregon, I decided to ...

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Picture of blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers underwater in the southern Line Islands

Pooled Together

Photo of the Day, September 3, 2014

Blacktip sharks, bluefin trevallies, and twinspot snappers (foreground)—ever watchful for a potential meal—throng a shallow passage into the ...

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Picture of the Grand Prismatic Spring from above, Yellowstone National Park

A Grand Flyover

Photo of the Day, September 2, 2014

Sunrise at Yellowstone National Park finds steam rising from the surface of the Grand Prismatic Spring, the park’s largest ...

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Picture of a deer on a frost-covered path

Cold Encounter

Photo of the Day, September 1, 2014

Hoarfrost settles on a moor along the border of Espace Rambouillet, a wildlife reserve near Paris, France, that’s home ...

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Picture of Patos Island in Washington

Sacred Land

Photo of the Day, August 31, 2014

Patos Island, one of Washington's San Juan Islands, is part of a thousand-acre national monument created last year by ...

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Picture of a green iguana swimming in a cave

Tip of the Iguana

Photo of the Day, August 30, 2014

Not quite as threatening as some sea monsters, a spiny-backed iguana floats by photographer Lorenzo Mittiga in the Bonaire Caves ...

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Picture of the Colosseum at night in Rome, Italy

Under the Hill

Photo of the Day, August 29, 2014

The successors of Roman Emperor Nero largely buried his legacy from view. Beneath the Oppian Hill (at left) the remains ...

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Picture of Isortoq, a small, snowy village in east Greenland

On the Rocks

Photo of the Day, August 28, 2014

Greenland's Inuit survived for generations eating almost nothing but meat in a landscape too harsh for most plants. Today ...

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Picture of a woman performing a hula-hoop dance at a circus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hoop Dreams

Photo of the Day, August 27, 2014

A performer with Switzerland’s Swiss Dream Circus nimbly twirls hula hoops around her arms and legs. “In Malaysia, it ...

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Picture of New Mexico’s Gila River from an aerial perspective

Gila Wilderness

Photo of the Day, August 26, 2014

This rugged wilderness was the precursor to the 1964 Wilderness Act. Forty years before the act was signed by President ...

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