Mahó Beach, St. Maarten
Photograph by Kent Miller
Landing at Princess Juliana International Airport, a looming 747 thrills visitors on Mahó beach, a famous plane-watching spot.
Mahout and Elephant
Photograph by Cesare Naldi
Nazroo, a mahout (elephant driver), poses for a portrait while taking his elephant, Rajan, out for a swim at Radha Nagar Beach in Havelock, Andaman Islands.
Fly Geyser, Nevada
Photograph by Stephen Oachs
The rising sun illuminates Black Rock Desert and the Fly Geyser, which sends a continuous stream of scalding, mineral-laden water sky-high.
Endeavour Shuttle Launch
Photograph by Robert Garrett
A tail of smoke chases the space shuttle Endeavour as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 11, 2008.
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Patten Pond, Maine
Photograph by Christine Guinness
"My daughter and her friend were flipping their hair, and I started taking photos and was delighted with the result. We are at the lovely Patten Pond in Maine in the summer of 2009."—Christine Guinness
Lake of the Moon, India
Photograph by Dhurjati Chatterjee
The azure waters of Chandra Tal—Lake of the Moon—in Himachal Pradesh, India, reflect the vivid hues of a bright Himalayan day.
Dwarf Minke Whale
Photograph by Steffen Binke
A dwarf minke whale cuts through the water, its many throat grooves clearly visible.
Photograph by Anil Sud
Sunrise lights up the verdant hills of Palouse, Washington, beneath the watchful gaze of a lone early bird.
Photograph by Alex Tattersall
A venomous lionfish breaks into a huge ball of swirling baitfish.
Photograph by April Maciborka
"This portrait was taken in a city called Bundi in Rajasthan, India. This man shone in the setting sun, his skin glistening, his eyes vibrant and his turban matching the color of the old painted wall behind him. I just couldn't let the photographic opportunity pass me by."—April Maciborka
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