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Picture of a tree along the path of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England

Tree of Life

Photo of the Day, August 24, 2014

Tourists flock to a lone tree along the path of Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. Built between 122 A ...

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Picture of a stone Buddha embedded in the trunk of a tree in Ayutthaya, Thailand

Spiritual Roots

Photo of the Day, August 8, 2014

On a tour of Wat Mahathat, a temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand, Your Shot member Julian Bound spotted a large stone ...

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Picture of the ruins of a fort from World War I at Chemin des Dames in France

Return to Nature

Photo of the Day, July 31, 2014

During World War I, the deadlock of trench warfare led both the French and German sides to tunnel beneath enemy ...

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Picture of the Stones of Stenness, an ancient stone circle in Britain

Standing Guard

Photo of the Day, July 28, 2014

The Stones of Stenness may be Britain’s most ancient stone circle. Erected during the Stone Age on the Orkney ...

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Picture of palatial tombs at Madain Salih carved by Nabataeans

Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia

Photo of the Day, July 10, 2014

A pre-Islamic people, Nabataeans carved palatial tombs at Madain Salih. In 2008, UNESCO named Madain Salih a World Heritage site ...

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Picture of a home filled with sand near the abandoned Kolmanskop diamond mine in Namibia

Sands of Time

Photo of the Day, July 7, 2014

Sand dunes spill through the doorway of a reclaimed home in the ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia. Kolmanskop, formerly home ...

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Picture of women talking in Loire Valley, France

Saumur, France

Photo of the Day, August 31, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Photographer H. Armstrong Roberts captured this image of women sharing a ...

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Picture of a cable car on a street in Lisbon, Portugal

Cable Car, Lisbon

Photo of the Day, August 29, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A jam-packed cable car clacks over steep cobbled streets, bringing Lisboans ...

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Picture of a street scene in Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon

Photo of the Day, August 28, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

This photograph of a bustling street scene ran in the April ...

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Picture of arcades in a main street in Morella, Spain

Morella, Spain

Photo of the Day, August 25, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A 1928 Autochrome image by Jules Gervais Courtellemont shows a view ...

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Picture of two teenage couples in Brooklyn, New York

Teenagers, Brooklyn

Photo of the Day, August 24, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

In 1980s Brooklyn, teenage couples stand proudly before a flashy Trans ...

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Picture of the Chicago skyline from Marina City

Skyline, Chicago

Photo of the Day, August 21, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Fifty-two stories above Chicago, city noises fade and vistas expand for ...

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Picture of models backstage at a fashion show in Paris

Fashion Show, Paris

Photo of the Day, August 18, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Models wait backstage at Emanuel Ungaro's ready-to-wear show in this ...

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Picture of children gathering around a snowball vendor in New Orleans

Snowball Vendor, New Orleans

Photo of the Day, August 17, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Children gather around a French Quarter snowball wagon in this Autochrome ...

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Picture of a canal in Venice

Canal, Venice

Photo of the Day, August 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

A Venice canal reflects the summer sky in this Autochrome picture ...

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Picture of a man standing against the backdrop of Bay Bridge construction, San Francisco

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

Photo of the Day, August 14, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is a work-in-progress in this picture ...

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Picture of a street in Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol, Cyprus

Photo of the Day, August 9, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Arches frame a street in Limassol, Cyprus—also called Lemesos—in ...

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Picture of a city street in Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil

Photo of the Day, August 7, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Photographer James Stanfield captured the city of Salvador, Brazil, for a ...

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Picture of umbrellas in Miami Beach, Florida

Umbrellas, Miami Beach

Photo of the Day, August 5, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

In this Autochrome image from a January 1930 National Geographic story ...

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Picture of a family at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington, D.C.

Reflecting Pool, Washington

Photo of the Day, August 3, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: City Pictures

Children sail toy boats in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in ...

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Picture of a mammoth tusk hunter in Siberia

Mammoth Tusk Hunter, Siberia

Photo of the Day, March 30, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Siberian hunter Slava Dolbaev uses a spear to dig ...

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Picture of Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara

Ghadames, Libya

Photo of the Day, March 27, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for ...

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Picture of the ruins of a Roman theater in Libya

Roman Theater, Libya

Photo of the Day, March 7, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Libyans enjoy a visit to Sabratah's ancient Roman ...

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Picture of a ship at dock in Ohio

Docks, Ohio

Photo of the Day, December 19, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Vintage National Geographic Photographs

In a circa 1928 autochrome, ships approach a vast ...

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Picture of restored moai on Easter Island

Moai, Easter Island

Photo of the Day, October 23, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

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

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Picture of the ruins of a Roman arch in Algeria

Roman Arch, Algeria

Photo of the Day, October 19, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

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

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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

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

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

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Photo: A service inside Westminster Abbey in London

Westminster Abbey, London

Photo of the Day, January 12, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel Photos

For a thousand years, music and ceremony have celebrated the Christian ...

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Picture of the church of Rodel in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Church of Rodel, Outer Hebrides

Photo of the Day, January 10, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel Photos

The 15th-century church of Rodel on the Isle of Lewis, built ...

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Photo: A relief of Cleopatra on a temple wall

Cleopatra Relief, Egypt

Photo of the Day, August 14, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

That's Cleopatra on the left side of a ...

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Photo: A memorial in Dublin for the victims of the potato famine

Famine Memorial, Dublin

Photo of the Day, August 6, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Relying on a small number of food crops is ...

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Photo: Large Buddha statue

Cave Buddha

Photo of the Day, October 14, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

At 116 feet (35 meters), the tallest Buddha in ...

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Photo: Desert landscape

Wadi Hitan

Photo of the Day, October 4, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Imagine this dry expanse underwater, with whales hunting and ...

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Photo: King Tut's mask on display

King Tutankhamen’s Funerary Mask

Photo of the Day, October 3, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Icon of ancient Egypt, the teenage pharaoh's funerary ...

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Photo: Aerial view of designs in the desert

Nasca Lines, Peru

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

In the coastal desert of southern Peru, sprawling figures ...

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Horse Rider With Boleadoras

Photo of the Day, October 23, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive

"When Luis Marden dropped in by air ...

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