Arctic Fox, Canada
Photograph by Norbert Rosing, National Geographic
Before dawn, a brilliant full moon illuminates the snowy landscape of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, home to an arctic fox. The fox's coat changes color with the seasons; as the snow melts it begins to turn grayish brown.
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
Photograph by Richard Barnes, National Geographic
The Wave is the most famous landform in Arizona's Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, a little-known 300,000 acres of rugged terrain. Flash floods carved this passage through petrified sand dunes, exposing the iron-rich bands.
Burj Khalifa, Dubai
Photograph by LOOK/Alamy
The observation deck at the Burj Khalifa—the tallest building in the world at 2,716.5 feet—offers a panoramic view of the flat desert shores of sea-level Dubai. The building took seven years to build and holds a number of other records, including most number of stories, highest outdoor observation deck, and tallest service elevator.
Photograph by Steven Schubert, Your Shot
Less than a hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle, the aurora borealis casts its light above the colorful village of Qasigiannguit on the western coast of Greenland. Located on Disko Bay, the village of about 1,300 people is home to Greenland's oldest wooden house (dating to 1734 and now housing a museum) and a single hotel to accommodate visitors. Other lodging available: a hostel, a tent in the mountains, or the museum's peat hut.
Photograph by Christina Anzenberger-Fink, Redux
A Santorini church overlooks the calm waters of the Aegean Sea. The Greek island's traditional white buildings with blue roofs make it an iconic sight, and a popular stop for cruise ships.
Rhine River, Cologne
Photograph by Heiko Meyer, laif/Redux
The gothic architecture of the Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom) glistens in silver right next to the gold-draped structure of the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, Germany.
Cherry Blossoms, Japan
Photograph by Diane Cook and Len Jenshel, National Geographic
In Japan the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms in spring, like these at Kyoto’s Hirano Shrine, is a special event. “The cherries’ only fault: the crowds that gather when they bloom,” wrote Saigyo, a 12th-century poet.
This photo appeared in the March 2013 National Geographic feature story, "Night Gardens."
Temple of Haroeris and Sobek
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic
The Temple of Haroeris and Sobek in Kom Ombo, Egypt, is located on a bank of the Nile about 30 miles north of Aswan. A nighttime river cruise is one of the best ways to approach the temple, which was built during the Ptolemaic period.
Photograph by Ami Vitale, Panos
A spear fisherman holds a fish in the shallow waters above a reef in Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. The island, halfway between Manila and Honolulu, has adventure opportunities galore: Kiteboard the cross-shore winds at Sokhes Pass, dive the reefs of the outer atolls, or hike to one of Pohnpei’s shampoo-ad-worthy waterfalls that tumble out of the high country—where rainfall averages 400 inches annually—into cool, swimmable pools.
Notre Dame Gargoyle, Paris
Photograph by Corbis/National Geographic
Perched atop Notre Dame Cathedral's North Tower, a storied Gothic gargoyle looms over Paris from its unique vantage point above point zero, the site from which distances to the rest of France are measured.
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