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Picture of a mantis larva in a flower

Mantis and Flower

Photo of the Day, November 16, 2012

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A tiny mantis larva in an American ...

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Picture of swimmers in the calm waters of Lake Winnipeg

Lake Winnipeg, Canada

Photo of the Day, November 15, 2012

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Two swimmers enjoy a preternatural calm on ...

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Picture of colorful umbrellas on a street in Florence, Italy

Umbrellas, Florence

Photo of the Day, November 14, 2012

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During a heavy downpour in Florence, Italy ...

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Picture of an art installation in the Grand Palais in Paris

Grand Palais, Paris

Photo of the Day, November 13, 2012

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Daniel Buren’s work, "Excentrique(s)," fills ...

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Picture of a great horned owl

Great Horned Owl, Florida

Photo of the Day, November 12, 2012

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Great horned owl in black and white ...

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Picture of wildflowers on a mountainside in Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo, Italy

Photo of the Day, November 11, 2012

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Wildflowers in the morning sun in the ...

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macro shot of a butterfly with the sunset in the background

Butterfly at Sunset

Photo of the Day, November 10, 2012

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Macro shot of a butterfly with the ...

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Picture of a young Hamar woman in Ethiopia

Hamar Portrait, Ethiopia

Photo of the Day, November 9, 2012

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The Hamars are a people of East ...

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Picture of a winter landscape in Yosemite National Park

Winter Morning, Yosemite

Photo of the Day, November 8, 2012

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All that is required to surprise and ...

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Picture of zebras sparring, Masai Mara, Kenya

Zebras, Kenya

Photo of the Day, November 7, 2012

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I was lucky enough to see these ...

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Picture of penguins on an iceberg in Antarctica

Penguins, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, November 6, 2012

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Penguins adrift on an iceberg during a ...

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Picture of worshippers at Kocatepe Mosque in Turkey

Kocatepe Mosque, Turkey

Photo of the Day, November 5, 2012

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Kocatepe Mosque, one of the largest in ...

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Picture of an African elephant and a flock of red-billed queleas

African Elephant and Queleas

Photo of the Day, November 4, 2012

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A flock of red-billed queleas coming to ...

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Picture of a reflection on the surface of a lake

Water Patterns

Photo of the Day, November 3, 2012

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In a world of a million water ...

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Picture of workers preparing to board a ferry in Japan

Night Workers, Japan

Photo of the Day, November 2, 2012

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Night workers prepare to board a ferry ...

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Picture of a tern chick at a breeding site in Sri Lanka

Tern Chick, Sri Lanka

Photo of the Day, November 1, 2012

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The progeny, a solitary chick amidst the ...

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Picture of a reveler with fireworks in Cuba

Parrandas Festival, Cuba

Photo of the Day, October 31, 2012

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A plume of fireworks surrounds a reveler at the ...

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Picture of a woman cleaning in front of a house in Romania

Buzescu, Romania

Photo of the Day, October 30, 2012

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A fantasia of styles, from villa to temple to ...

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Picture of emperor penguins swimming in the waters of Antarctica

Emperor Penguins, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, October 29, 2012

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Emperor penguins are Olympian swimmers, capable of diving to ...

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Picture of a cheetah in a tree in Kenya

Cheetah, Kenya

Photo of the Day, October 28, 2012

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A male cheetah assumes a lookout pose in a ...

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Picture of boats on Botagfogo Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Botafogo Bay, Rio de Janeiro

Photo of the Day, October 27, 2012

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Yachts bob in Botafogo Bay, cradled between the beach ...

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Picture of a neighborhood in Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

Photo of the Day, October 26, 2012

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A window reflects an image of Fidel Castro in ...

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Picture of homes and temples in the Nepal town of Tsarang

Mustang Province, Nepal

Photo of the Day, October 25, 2012

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Dusk falls over the temples and homes of Tsarang ...

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Picture of a spiny-headed blenny

Spiny-Headed Blenny

Photo of the Day, October 24, 2012

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Corals build the rampart that shelters the landward provinces ...

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Picture of restored moai on Easter Island

Moai, Easter Island

Photo of the Day, October 23, 2012

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Their backs to the Pacific, 15 restored moai stand ...

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Picture of the Mong Kok district in Hong Kong

Mong Kok District, Hong Kong

Photo of the Day, October 22, 2012

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A neon-soaked district beloved by Hong Kong film directors ...

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Picture of a climber in an ice cave in Antarctica

Warren Cave, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, October 21, 2012

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A mix of ropes and ladders eases access to ...

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Picture of a soldier beetle at the National Arboretum

Soldier Beetle and Magnolia

Photo of the Day, October 20, 2012

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Beetles are among the most ancient pollen carriers. This ...

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Picture of the ruins of a Roman arch in Algeria

Roman Arch, Algeria

Photo of the Day, October 19, 2012

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TIMGAD, ALGERIA
This triumphal arch awed visitors to the ...

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Picture of divers exploring a reef with fake moai off of Easter Island

Divers, Easter Island

Photo of the Day, October 18, 2012

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Tourists diving on Easter Island's reef encounter a ...

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Picture of Hverfjall crater in the moonlight, Iceland

Hverfjall Crater, Iceland

Photo of the Day, October 17, 2012

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When Hverfjall erupted 2,500 years ago, no one ...

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Picture of the skyline of Astana, Kazakhstan’s capital city

Astana, Kazakhstan

Photo of the Day, October 16, 2012

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Kazakhstan's new capital is the opposite of understated ...

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Picture of a female kestrel bringing food to her nestlings on the island of Socotra

Falcons, Socotra

Photo of the Day, October 15, 2012

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A female kestrel brings food to her nestlings on ...

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Picture of Garnet Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area

Garnet Lake, California

Photo of the Day, October 14, 2012

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Late summer thunderheads build above Garnet Lake.

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Picture of a stone gate in Germany dating from the Roman Empire

Porta Nigra, Germany

Photo of the Day, October 13, 2012

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TRIER, GERMANY
The Porta Nigra, or "black gate," still ...

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Picture of a Midsummer Night celebration in Russia

Midsummer Night, Russia

Photo of the Day, October 12, 2012

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Midsummer Night, known as the festival of Ivan Kupala ...

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