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Photo of the Day : Nature & Weather

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Picture of an old mill on the Brandywine River near Wilmington, Delaware

Brandywine River, Delaware

Photo of the Day, March 17, 2013

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The Brandywine River powered American industry in the 19th ...

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Picture of an ecologist igniting a methane bubble

Methane Ignition, Alaska

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2013

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Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming ...

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Picture of a king bird of paradise in New Guinea

King Bird of Paradise, New Guinea

Photo of the Day, March 15, 2013

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Constantly trailed by his own flying saucers, a king ...

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Picture of Burkhan Rock, Lake Baikal, Siberia

Lake Baikal, Siberia

Photo of the Day, March 14, 2013

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The peaks of Burkhan Rock rise like twin spires ...

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Picture of frozen bubbles of methane gas in Alaska

Methane Bubbles, Alaska

Photo of the Day, March 11, 2013

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The first clear ice of fall on an Alaskan ...

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Picture of plant life in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador

Yasuní National Park, Ecuador

Photo of the Day, March 4, 2013

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From the bromeliads, ferns, and orchids that cover a ...

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Picture of a pedestrian walking in the snow in Belarus

Footprints, Belarus

Photo of the Day, February 28, 2013

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Mozyr, Gomel region, Belarus, April 2012

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Picture of a ship sailing through the waters off British Columbia

Ship, Juan de Fuca Strait

Photo of the Day, February 26, 2013

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A large vessel makes her way through the Juan de Fuca ...

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Picture of a barn owl flying over reeds

Barn Owl, United Kingdom

Photo of the Day, February 22, 2013

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A wild barn owl flying over Norfolk reeds at dusk

(This ...

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Picture of a dead tree in the canopy of the Honduran rain forest

Jungle Canopy, Honduras

Photo of the Day, February 17, 2013

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A dead tree towers over the jungle canopy in the rain ...

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Picture of people walking across a bridge in Florence, Italy

Arno River, Florence

Photo of the Day, February 13, 2013

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Spending the holidays traveling means fewer tourists and more clouds. This ...

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Picture of a street in Manhattan after Superstorm Sandy

Street Scene, Manhattan

Photo of the Day, February 12, 2013

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Hurricane Sandy swept through Manhattan, taking much of the city's ...

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Picture of a reed frog on a water lily in Botswana

Reed Frog, Botswana

Photo of the Day, February 10, 2013

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A reed frog blending in with a water lily awaits its ...

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Picture of the splash from a rock being thrown into the water in British Columbia

Splash Effect, British Columbia

Photo of the Day, February 8, 2013

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This unedited image was taken with a tripod mounted in the ...

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Picture of the moon rising in the Colorado high country

Moonrise, Colorado

Photo of the Day, February 6, 2013

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In November, the high country's evening light is amazing.

(This ...

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Picture of a monarch butterfly emerging from a jar

Monarch Butterfly

Photo of the Day, February 3, 2013

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I found a monarch chrysalis on a piece of bark while ...

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Picture of a bear in a forest in Finland

Bear, Finland

Photo of the Day, January 29, 2013

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This was the only bear that turned up that night. I ...

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Picture of a family of alligators in Texas

Alligators, Texas

Photo of the Day, January 28, 2013

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This is a photograph of two baby alligators on the mother ...

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Picture of a snowy owl in the dunes on Long Island

Snowy Owl, Long Island

Photo of the Day, January 26, 2013

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Not too far from the daily "rush hour" campaign one can ...

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Picture of cobalt-winged parakeets in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Parakeets, Ecuador

Photo of the Day, January 21, 2013

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In Ecuador's Yasuní National Park, cobalt-winged parakeets flock to a ...

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Picture of a ladybug on a daylily

Ladybug and Daylily

Photo of the Day, January 18, 2013

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A ladybug peeks out from a daylily.

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Picture of a grasshopper in a Wisconsin forest

Grasshopper and Milkweed Pod

Photo of the Day, January 9, 2013

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Walking through the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Wisconsin on ...

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Picture of tadpoles swimming in a swamp in British Columbia

Tadpoles, Canada

Photo of the Day, January 2, 2013

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Tadpoles swim through a jungle of lily stalks in Cedar Lake ...

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Picture of a fox sitting in the snow, Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands

Fox, Aleutian Islands

Photo of the Day, January 1, 2013

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A fox sits on a snowy hill near Dutch Harbor in ...

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Picture of people in a snowstorm in Finland

Snowstorm, Finland

Photo of the Day, December 31, 2012

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A sudden snowstorm buffets May Day revelers during a ...

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Picture of a farm worker silhouetted against a controlled blaze in Puerto Rico

Cane Field, Puerto Rico

Photo of the Day, December 27, 2012

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In a cane field in Puerto Rico, a mechanical ...

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Picture of women picking wildflowers in the San Joaquin Valley

Wildflowers, California

Photo of the Day, December 26, 2012

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In this picture from the early 1940s, travelers in ...

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Picture of the gardens at Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Photo of the Day, December 24, 2012

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An autochrome image captures the vibrant foliage at Charleston ...

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Picture of the Austrian town of Hallstatt at dusk

Hallstatt, Austria

Photo of the Day, November 21, 2012

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When the dark falls and tourists rest ...

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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 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 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 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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