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Photo of the Day : Nature & Weather

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Photo: Desert dunes

Namib Desert Dunes

Photo of the Day, August 2, 2011

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

Over thousands of years winds have sculpted sand in ...

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Photo: A person swimming in the Homem River

Swimmer, Portugal

Photo of the Day, August 1, 2011

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

Windowpane clear and bracingly cold, the Homem River and ...

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Photo: Close up of a Sally Lightfoot crab

Sally Lightfoot Crab, Galápagos Islands

Photo of the Day, July 5, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

In the Galápagos Islands, I tried capturing the brilliant colors ...

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Photo: A city street enveloped in fog

Fog, Spokane

Photo of the Day, June 16, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Traveler Contest Images

I love Spokane, one of the hidden gems of the ...

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Photo: An aurora lights up the sky over a lake

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

Photo of the Day, May 19, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel and Adventure Photos

This photo was taken in Iceland.

(This photo and ...

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Photo: Cloud-covered valley in Italy

Lago di Olginate, Italy

Photo of the Day, April 30, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

A layer of low clouds covers the alpine valleys ...

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Photo: A viaduct in morning fog

Morning Fog, Canada

Photo of the Day, April 29, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

The Lethbridge Viaduct is the largest railway structure in ...

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Photo: A cottonmouth snake showing its fangs

Cottonmouth, North Carolina

Photo of the Day, April 28, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

While working as a field researcher for a biodiversity ...

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Photo: Kate Rutherford scaling a rock face next to Yosemite Falls

Freestone Climb, Yosemite Falls

Photo of the Day, April 27, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Kate Rutherford can't hear a thing while climbing ...

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Photo: A praying mantis waits for insects atop an Ochroma blossom.

Praying Mantis, Panama

Photo of the Day, April 26, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

A praying mantis on high alert waits for insects ...

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Photo: A woman playing with her dog in the shadow of an oak tree

Oak Tree, Sweden

Photo of the Day, April 25, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

My daughter Kina is playing with her dog Noppe ...

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Photo: Tannin-darkened waters of Rio Negro flowing across the sand on the coast of Brazil

Rio Negro, Brazil

Photo of the Day, April 24, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Water dark with tannin inspired the name Rio Negro ...

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Photo: Woman standing at the edge of Badab Sourt Spring

Badab Sourt Spring, Iran

Photo of the Day, April 23, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Main spring in Badab Sourt in winter time. Badab ...

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Photo: El Capitan reflected in the Merced River

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

Photo of the Day, April 22, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

This is a photograph of the reflection of El ...

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Photo: Sunset at Point of the Arches

Point of the Arches, Olympic National Park

Photo of the Day, April 21, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

A winter sunset at Point of the Arches in ...

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Photo: Painted Dunes at Lassen Volcanic National Park

Painted Dunes, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Photo of the Day, April 20, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Painted Dunes can be seen atop Cinder Cone at ...

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Photo: The Milky Way in the sky above Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Photo of the Day, April 19, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

The mighty weight of the entire Milky Way teeters ...

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Photo: Detail shot of a thermal pool in Yellowstone National Park

Thermal Pool, Yellowstone National Park

Photo of the Day, April 18, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

A close-up shot of a thermal pool in Yellowstone ...

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Photo: Boulder amid grassland

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Park, South Dakota

Photo of the Day, April 17, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

A glacial remnant boulder is surrounded by grassland in ...

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Photo: A pond in Kemeri National Park

Kemeri National Park, Latvia

Photo of the Day, April 16, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Left behind when the Baltic receded millennia ago, the ...

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Photo: Lightning strike over the city of Scottsdale

Lightning, Arizona

Photo of the Day, April 15, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

This is a time exposure of four lightning strikes ...

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Photo: A tree in a green field

Spring Field

Photo of the Day, April 14, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

The slim sun of February heats the ground waiting ...

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Photo: A fiery lava lake inside a volcanic crater

Nyiragongo Lava, Congo

Photo of the Day, April 13, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Cradling one of the world's largest and least ...

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Photo: The Matterhorn as seen from Riffel Lake

Matterhorn

Photo of the Day, April 11, 2011

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Radiant at sunrise, the Matterhorn towers over Riffel Lake ...

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Photo: Polar bear with cub on her back

Polar Bear and Cub, Svalbard

Photo of the Day, April 10, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

As we watched from our Zodiac, this polar bear ...

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Photo: Palm trees seen through a rain-covered windshield

Thunderstorm, Florida

Photo of the Day, April 9, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

It rains almost every afternoon in the sunshine state ...

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Photo: A red poppy in a wheat field

Poppy in Field, Geneva

Photo of the Day, April 8, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

This fragile poppy looked rather strong against the wind ...

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Photo: Aerial of eroded landscape

Eroded Landscape, Madagascar

Photo of the Day, April 7, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Pockets of eroded earth create leaf shapes in the ...

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Photo: A rainbow in the Grand Canyon

Hermit’s Trail, Grand Canyon

Photo of the Day, April 6, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

On the remote Hermit’s Trail off the South ...

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Photo: Sandhill cranes along the Platte River

Sandhill Cranes, Platte River

Photo of the Day, April 5, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Half a million sandhill cranes pause on the Platte ...

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Photo: A sting ray swimming in grass flats

Sting Ray, Key West

Photo of the Day, April 4, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

I was on the grass flats just offshore in ...

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Photo: A sailboat at sea after a rainstorm

Sailboat at Sea, Germany

Photo of the Day, April 3, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

While hiking at Jasmund National Park in northeast Germany ...

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Photo: A cowboy riding on a beach at sunset

Cowboy, Cabo San Lucas

Photo of the Day, April 2, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

This photo of a cowboy in Cabo San Lucas ...

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Photo: Borodudur Monument against the backdrop of Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi, Indonesia

Photo of the Day, April 1, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

On this day the sun rose directly behind the ...

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Photo: A person walking on the lava floor of a caldera

Nyiragongo Volcano, Congo

Photo of the Day, March 24, 2011

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

An expedition member walks on the cooled lava floor ...

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Photo: Lynx sitting on snow-covered rocks

Lynx

Photo of the Day, February 27, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Photos

A lynx sits on a snow-covered rock.

(This photo and caption ...

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