Green Lake in Tragöss, Austria
Photograph by Marc Henauer, National Geographic Your Shot
Every spring, melting snow creates a dreamscape in Tragöss, Austria. Green Lake, which for most of the year is no more than six feet deep, expands with the inflow of snowmelt, swallowing part of the park that surrounds it: trees, hiking trails, benches, bridges, and all. The lake's depth reaches some 30 feet and provides a unique experience for divers—for a few weeks at least.
Photograph by Nancy Leigh, National Geographic Your Shot
Your Shot community member Nancy Leigh got this photo despite less than good conditions. "Woke up on this cold and snowy day in Antarctica with a sore throat, laryngitis, and a fever. No time to feel sorry for myself and stay in bed," she writes. "Climbed into the Zodiac dressed in what seemed to be a million layers. On the day I felt the worst, and shivered in the snow and wind, I took my favorite photographs of the trip. These two gentoo penguins were perched high above the icy water on a shelf of an iceberg. Were they angry with each other, on the lookout, breaking the wind for each other?"
Photograph by Jess Hurd, Report Digital-REA/Redux
A hotel infinity pool 57 stories above Singapore provides a sweeping view of the cosmopolitan republic. More than 3,000 multinational companies have offices on this tropical island at the entrance to the Strait of Malacca.
Kaieteur Falls, Guyana
Photograph by Les Gibbon, Alamy
At Kaieteur Falls, the Potaro River cascades 741 feet—four times the length of Niagara Falls—in one drop over the sandstone ledge that separates Guyana's highlands from its sea-level rain forests. The wide light-brown sheet thunders down with such force that it kicks up clouds of mist that drift upward above the falls.
Piazza San Marco, Venice
Photograph by Olivier Morin, AFP/Getty Images
Even flooded, Venice's Piazza San Marco is a visitor favorite. Napoleon called this plaza the most beautiful drawing room in Europe. The famous central square is home to St. Mark's Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile, Venice’s tallest building. Venice frequently floods, caused by the complicity of rising tides and sinking foundations.
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia
Photograph by Frank Heuer, laif/Redux
Foaming waves lap the shores of Bora-Bora as twin peaks Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu rise from an extinct volcano on the island. An overseas territory of France, Bora-Bora is in the Leeward group of French Polynesia's Society Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Photograph by Noby Thai, National Geographic Your Shot
Mountain ranges are a hallmark of Nagano Prefecture on the Japanese island of Honshu. The prefecture, which covers more than five million square miles, is completely inland.
Kyrgyz Wedding, Afghanistan
Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic
Kyrgyz women celebrate a wedding in a camp on a high-altitude plateau called Little Pamir. The grassy valley in the Wakhan region of Afghanistan draws seminomadic Kyrgyz and their cattle every summer.
Photograph by Eugenia Maximova, Anzenberger/Redux
The rocky wonderland of Cappadocia, Turkey, is honeycombed with a network of human-created caves—living quarters, places of worship, stables, and storehouses were dug into the soft stone beginning in the fourth century A.D. The area is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Forbidden City, Beijing
Photograph by Lucas Vallecillos, VWPics/Redux
Built in the 15th century, the Forbidden City was the seat of power during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Here, the 180-acre imperial compound is seen from Beijing's Jingshan Park.
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