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Photo of the Day : Nature & Weather

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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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Picture a bat covered in pollen

A Movable Feast

Photo of the Day, March 15, 2014

A pollen-gilded bat (Phyllonycteris poeyi) emerging from a flower of the blue mahoe tree (Talipariti elatum) demonstrates the carrying capacity ...

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Picture of ice workers on a river in China

Breaking the Ice

Photo of the Day, March 4, 2014

“I was looking for people pulling ice out of the frozen Songhua River, and I walked for about five miles ...

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Picture of a stand of rimu trees in New Zealand

Native Stand

Photo of the Day, March 2, 2014

In the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage area, stands of rimu trees, a type of conifer found only in New Zealand ...

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Picture of a beech bough overhanging Lake Ada in New Zealand

The Place of Jade

Photo of the Day, February 22, 2014

Beech boughs and a broadleaf sapling overhang Lake Ada on Milford Track, a popular hiking trail in southwestern New Zealand ...

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Picture of a lightning storm in Bangkok

Storm Watch

Photo of the Day, February 21, 2014

Hoping to capture some lightning pictures, Your Shot contributor Saranya Chalermchai sat with camera in hand on the 21st floor ...

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Picture of a king penguin standing in the snow

Whaling Away

Photo of the Day, February 20, 2014

"At the now abandoned Grytviken whaling station in South Georgia, this lone king penguin stood motionless for several hours, like ...

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Picture of a frozen lake in Japan

Aomori Moon

Photo of the Day, February 19, 2014

"There was a beautiful morning crescent moon, and the ice was cracking on the frozen lake," says Your Shot contributor ...

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Picture of a cloud formation in Mongolia

Cloud Fish

Photo of the Day, February 16, 2014

"That day was a dual lucky day," says Your Shot contributor Steven Chou, who captured this shot of a "delicacy ...

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Picture of an egret reflected in still water

The Elegance of the Egret

Photo of the Day, February 15, 2014

"I was driving through the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey on a foggy morning and noticed ...

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Picture of the aurora borealis in the Arctic skies of Canada

Yukon Night

Photo of the Day, February 12, 2014

The aurora borealis dances above Robert Bruce’s smokehouse on a cold autumn night on the Porcupine River in Canada ...

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Picture of icy rocks off the Baltic coast of Poland

Northern Exposure

Photo of the Day, February 10, 2014

"Every year I visit Gdansk, Poland, as a part of our family trip," says Kani Polat, a member of our ...

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Herd of deer lured into the corral for miscalculation.

Ahead of the Herd

Photo of the Day, February 7, 2014

"I've been working on a photographic survey, 'The Saami of Russia,' for 22 years (since 1991)," writes Your Shot ...

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Picture of a horse in the woods in Spain

A Winter Walk

Photo of the Day, February 4, 2014

While walking in the countryside "enjoying the air, sounds, and colors of winter," Your Shot contributor Marisela Murcia Navarro suddenly ...

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Picture of ocean jasper as viewed under a microscope

The Sunflower

Photo of the Day, January 31, 2014

Your Shot community member Bernardo Cesare counts this submission, a photomicrograph of an ocean jasper from Madagascar, among his favorites ...

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Picture of a stormy landscape

Charges Ahead

Photo of the Day, January 16, 2014

"I cannot describe the eerie feeling I had when I walked in on this scene," writes Julie Fletcher of this ...

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Picture of tumbleweeds in a yard in California

Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Photo of the Day, January 10, 2014

Skeletons of Russian thistle, better known as tumbleweed, pile up in a yard in Lancaster, California.

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Picture of a polar bear peering up through the melting ice of Hudson Bay, Manitoba

Bearing the Changes

Photo of the Day, January 7, 2014

"A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows ...

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Picture of a man carrying a sack of locusts in Madagascar

Into the Swarm

Photo of the Day, January 4, 2014

Oppression, interaction, collaboration. In the life cycle of nature nothing is lost, but the coexistence of different species is sometimes ...

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Picture of a snowy day in Bucovina, Romania

Snowy Day in Bucovina

Photo of the Day, January 1, 2014

Winter enwraps a quiet corner of Romania's Bucovina region in this 2013 photo by Your Shot contributor Bogdan Comanescu ...

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Picture of a young woman looking out of a frosted bus window in Budapest

Frosty Glance

Photo of the Day, December 30, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Young lady looking out the window from a ...

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Picture of a street scene in Susuman, Russia

Wintry Wait

Photo of the Day, December 24, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

In February 2012, a few people wait for ...

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Picture of a frost-covered tamarack swamp in Wisconsin

Frosted Tamarack Swamp

Photo of the Day, December 22, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

I had scouted out a few places for ...

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 Picture of butterflies in flight along the Iguazu River

Aflutter Along the Iguazu

Photo of the Day, December 19, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Large gatherings of butterflies are common alongside the ...

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Picture of a canopy of leaves in Berlin

Tree Canopy, Berlin

Photo of the Day, December 13, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

While studying in Florence, Italy, I went on ...

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