Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Photograph by Agnieszka Rayss, Anzenberger/Redux
Drinks blend with the landscape during a summer solstice midnight party in Iceland's Blue Lagoon. Marking the beginning of the season, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year, falling on June 20 or 21.
Marble Cathedral, Chile
Photograph by Karl-Heinz Raach, laif/Redux
A series of caves and tunnels formed from marble is at the center of Chile's Lake General Carrera. The Patagonian lake crosses the border into Argentina, where it's called Lake Buenos Aires.
Redwood National Park, California
Photograph by Zhao Duan Chan, Your Shot
Photographer Zhao Duan Chan captured this moment in California's Redwood National Forest, where he and three friends had gone for a day trip. "As the sun started setting we ran back up another trail so as not to be stuck in the forest in the pitch-dark," he says. "However, we had to stop for a moment in awe as the sun hit the horizon."
Photograph by Marcelo del Pozo, Reuters
Matadors observe a one-minute moment of silence before a bullfight at the Real Maestranza bullring in Seville, Spain. Built beginning in 1761, the bullring is the oldest in Spain and a landmark in the Andalusian capital. It served as the setting of Carmen's death in Georges Bizet's celebrated opera (and the novella that preceded it)—a statue of the tragic heroine stands nearby.
Northern Lights, Iceland
Photograph by Ragnar Th Sigurdsson, Arctic Images/Alamy
The aurora borealis flashes over the Hotel Ion near Thingvellir National Park in southwestern Iceland. Auroras occur when charged particles outside Earth's atmosphere collide with atoms in the upper atmosphere. Iceland's cool, crisp evenings provide the perfect backdrop for the sky show.
Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Photograph by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze
City lights brighten a patch of sky above a small lane in the Quarry Bay area of Hong Kong, a city of more than seven million people. A frantic pace accompanies life here—once a collection of fishing villages, today southern China's densely populated metropolis is one of the world's leading financial centers.
Photograph by Kacper Kowalski, Panos Pictures
It's a day at the beach at the seaside resort of Wladyslawowo on Poland's Baltic coast. In addition to a sandy, blanket-worthy stretch of peninsula, the popular tourist destination offers historic maritime monuments and a nature reserve populated by rare flora and fauna.
King Penguins, South Georgia Island
Photograph by Cedric Favero, Your Shot
After a swim in Fortuna Bay, king penguins come ashore on South Georgia Island in the southern Atlantic. Standing about a foot shorter than the emperor, the king is the second largest penguin. As many as 150,000 pairs have made up South Georgia's largest king penguin rookery.
Eiffel Tower, Paris
Photograph by Luciano Mortula, Alamy
Brilliantly lit at night, the once reviled Tour Eiffel is now the international symbol of Paris. Of all world capitals, Paris is the most chic. Its attractive mélange of haute couture and top-end cuisine, spectacular art collections and architectural spectacle, Gothic churches and romantic cafes, makes it the most visited city in the world.
Photograph by Michelle Valberg, Your Shot
"The light snow falling with a hint of the sun peeking through the clouds made our dogsled ride in Igloolik appear as though we were riding into heaven," photographer Michelle Valberg says. Igloolik is in Canada's Nunavut territory, rich in Inuit culture and teeming with wildlife.
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