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Picture of the Tottori sand dunes on the coast of Japan

Tottori Sand Dunes

Photo of the Day, October 20, 2014

The Tottori sand dunes—the largest in Japan—rise toward the horizon in the country’s south. The coastal dunes ...

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Picture of the MacKay River, a boreal forest, and a tar mine in Alberta, Canada

Over the River

Photo of the Day, October 19, 2014

A tar mine edges up to a boreal forest and the MacKay River in northern Alberta, Canada. Photographer Garth Lenz ...

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Picture of sunlit storm clouds above a granary in Saskatchewan, Canada

Barn Storm

Photo of the Day, October 14, 2014

Sunlit storm clouds near Saskatchewan, Canada’s Qu’Appelle Valley capped a day of storm chasing for Your Shot member ...

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Picture of a flock of galah birds in the Strzelecki Desert, Australia

The Dreaming Tree

Photo of the Day, October 9, 2014

In the Strzelecki Desert of Australia, a flock of galahs replenishes with the small amount of water available at the ...

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Aerial picture of lava erupting, Bardarbunga, Holuhraun, Iceland

Inside Out

Photo of the Day, October 8, 2014

“Flying with my father over Bárðarbunga to experience this eruption from inside our Earth was amazing,” writes photographer Ragnheidur Arngrímsdóttir ...

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Interior picture of an ice cave near the Mutnovsky volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

Under Thin Ice

Photo of the Day, October 5, 2014

On Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, fire and ice meet to form an otherworldly underground. Located on a slope of the ...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 snow-covered aspens near Taos, New Mexico

Winter Wilderness

Photo of the Day, August 21, 2014

Snow clings to aspens near Taos, New Mexico, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A proposal to protect 45,000 ...

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Picture of a section of the Middle McCloud Falls in Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Falling River

Photo of the Day, August 14, 2014

A tight angle captures the McCloud River falling in tiers to an unseen swimming hole below. The Middle McCloud Falls ...

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Picture of a pink, yellow, and orange flower from a macro camera

Gold Dust

Photo of the Day, July 27, 2014

Pollen dusts the petals of a flower in Galway, Ireland, in this close-up by Your Shot member Kinga Sztok. “What ...

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Picture of glowing lava inside the Halemaumau Crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Volcanic Selfie

Photo of the Day, July 23, 2014

Lava glows red-hot, churning and rumbling in Kilauea Volcano’s Halemaumau Crater in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. “It is ...

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Picture of Mount Fuji at sunrise seen from Asagiri Kogen

Sleeping Giant

Photo of the Day, July 21, 2014

Mount Fuji looms over Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, after a heavy rainstorm. “When I took the photos in a breathless ...

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Picture of a cloud of butterflies in the Tucavaca Valley in eastern Bolivia

Flying Confetti

Photo of the Day, July 17, 2014

A cloud of butterflies descends upon the Tucavaca Valley in eastern Bolivia. In years with shorter, wetter dry seasons, millions ...

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Picture of a red storm cloud in Spring Creek, Queensland, Australia

Crimson Clouds

Photo of the Day, July 13, 2014

Red storm clouds hang heavy over Spring Creek, Queensland, Australia. Photographer Terence West had been chasing the storm across the ...

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Picture of the Golden Gate Bridge covered in fog

In the Clouds

Photo of the Day, July 4, 2014

As the sun sets on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, a Pacific coast fog rolls in, mingling with low ...

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Picture of waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Falling Water

Photo of the Day, June 17, 2014

"The shafts of light in [this] canyon [were] one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen," says Peter ...

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Picture of cherry blossoms with Mount Fuji in the distance, Japan

Fuji Blossoms

Photo of the Day, May 7, 2014

"I live on the north side of Fuji, and spring comes earlier on the south side, so I traveled to ...

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Picture of cherry and plum blossoms, Takao, Tokyo, Japan

Plum Beautiful

Photo of the Day, April 18, 2014

"There is a culture around the cherry blossoms in spring in Japan, especially strong now," says Hideyuki Katagiri, who submitted ...

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Picture of a flower, Laguna Hills, California

Spring Quiver

Photo of the Day, April 11, 2014

"I had been at a park with my grandchildren, and while they played I noticed this unusual flower in a ...

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Picture of a child swimming

A Golden Moment

Photo of the Day, April 10, 2014

"Early on a winter morning during Ramadan, I went to the bank of the Buriganga River near the Sadarghat Boat ...

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Picture of noctilucent clouds

Cloud Shine

Photo of the Day, April 6, 2014

“It was the most amazing night of my life so far,” says Your Shot member Martin Koitmae of capturing this ...

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Picture of a Japanese white-eye

Bright Eye

Photo of the Day, April 5, 2014

"It was a warm day in spite of being early March, and I went out to photograph birds in Tokyo ...

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Picture of trees covered in greenery in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Shag Green

Photo of the Day, April 4, 2014

The fantastically wet climate of southwestern New Zealand—average rainfall of more than 20 feet a year—allows tree limbs ...

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Picture of Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

Glacial Place

Photo of the Day, April 1, 2014

"Mountaineering and ice climbing are among my greatest thrills—they give me the feeling of working with nature to push ...

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Picture of a girl on a swing at sunset

Girl's World

Photo of the Day, March 30, 2014

"I captured this moment of my daughter's reckless abandon in a suburban playground in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia," says Gina ...

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Picture of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala

En Fuego

Photo of the Day, March 24, 2014

"I was standing at the top of Guatemala's Acatenango Volcano watching the stars and the city lights from almost ...

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Picture of a man rowing a boat in Kashmir

Row Up

Photo of the Day, March 21, 2014

"On the first day of snowfall in the Kashmir valley this year, I decided to survey life on the famous ...

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Picture of a herder in Mongolia

Spring Herd

Photo of the Day, March 19, 2014

"I traveled to the Altay Mountains in Mongolia to photograph the Kazakh nomads known for their eagle-hunting traditions," says Your ...

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Picture of deer in Hungary

Deer Sight

Photo of the Day, March 17, 2014

Roe deer, found throughout Europe, approach the edge of a forest in Bajzattanya, Hungary, near the village of Lónya on ...

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Picture of churches near the Ivangorod fortress in Russia

The Past in the Present

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2014

"One day my friends and I went on a trip to the Ivangorod fortress, which is located on the border ...

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