Photograph by Sonja, flickr/Getty Images
Autumn sets a Japanese maple afire with color. The tree (Acer palmatum) is one species among many at the Portland Japanese Garden in Oregon, a 5.5-acre showplace meant to evoke the gardens of an estate in pre-modern Japan.
Photograph by Francesco Iacobelli, Getty Images
Making up the heel of Italy's boot, the region of Puglia is home to ancient vineyards, medieval castles, white-sand beaches, and the cone-roofed trullo dwellings of Alberobello, seen here. Alberobello's fanciful trulli date back to the mid-14th century and have been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Lake Pehoe, Chile
Photograph by Ockert Le Roux, National Geographic Your Shot
Your Shot community member Ockert Le Roux captured this scene in southern Chile, one of the wildest places on Earth. "As the constellation of Orion sets on the western horizon over Lake Pehoé, in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, the full moon rises from behind, with my fellow photographers capturing night landscapes of this magnificent part of Patagonia," he says. Chilean Patagonia has more than 30 million acres in national parks and reserves.
Roaring Fork River, Colorado
Photograph by Peter McBride, National Geographic
Fly-fishers try their luck in the Roaring Fork River, near the small town of Basalt, Colorado. The Roaring Fork, a tributary of the Colorado River, is also popular with whitewater rafters.
Photograph by Sabino Parente, National Geographic Your Shot
A girl runs through the lanes of Chefchaouen, a city in northwestern Morocco that's noted for its blue-washed buildings and homes. Situated at the tip of Morroco, Chefchaouen is a popular tourist destination, especially for Spaniards—who are just nine miles away.
Mekong River, Laos
Photograph by Mario Weigt, Anzenberger/Redux
Kayakers pass through Si Phan Don, a riverine archipelago in the Mekong River. The river originates in the Tibetan Plateau and passes through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
Photograph by Karl Willson, National Geographic Your Shot
A hot air balloon captures the dreamland scenery of Yangshuo, China, a pastoral patchwork of fields, rivers, and limestone peaks. With its abundance of karst peaks and views like this one, Yangshuo was one of the first rock-climbing destinations in China to become popular.
Casa Milà, Barcelona
Photograph by Gunnar Knechtel, laif/Redux
The fantastical roof of Casa Milà adds another dimension to the Antoni Gaudí-designed apartment block—now open to the public as an exhibition space—in Barcelona, Spain. The building, constructed from 1906 to 1912, is more commonly known as La Pedrera, "the quarry," because of its rough facade.
Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Photograph by Gerhard Heidorn, laif/Redux
Tucked into autumn-bright trees, homes have a fairy-tale view in Italy's Trentino-Alto Adige region. This area is a curious hybrid cobbled together from two disparate places: Trentino, in the south, is distinctly Italian. Alto Adige, in the north, is mainly German speaking, and is sometimes called South Tyrol.
Baltoro Glacier, Pakistan
Photograph by Shahid Durrani, National Geographic Your Shot
Masherbrum, one of the 25 highest mountains in the world, rises behind a glacial stream on Baltoro Glacier in northern Pakistan. During the summer, the stream flows during the day and freezes overnight.