Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic
The craggy Cliffs of Moher wrap around the western coast of County Clare, providing a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. The rocky cliffs reach 702 feet (214) meters at their highest point and stretch nearly five miles (eight kilometers) across.
Green Sea Turtle, Hawaii
Photograph by Lorenzo Menendez
A Hawaiian green sea turtle swims in just a few feet of water.
Baobab Trees, Tanzania
Photograph by Tom Schwabel
Baobab trees frame a serene view of night skies in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Some species of baobab trees can live for a thousand years—potentially reaching a stunning height of 80 feet (25 meters) and a diameter of 40 feet (12 meters).
Photograph by Charles Meacham
A man in western Mongolia wears a fur-trimmed hat as protection
from the bitter cold of winter. Sprawled across mountains and plateaus, Mongolia has an average elevation of 5,180 feet (1,580 meters).
Terraced Rice Field, China
Photograph by Thierry Bornier,
Yunnan, China, is a beautiful place for shooting rice field terraces.
Photograph by Marc Lanciaux,
Sheepherding in Scotland has a long history, not all of it pleasant. Many of the pastures in the Western Highlands—where these sheep peer through a fence—were created during the "clearances" of the late 1800s, when wealthy landowners seeking greater profits brutally evicted their tenants and converted their subsistence farmland to pasture.
Photograph by Gerardo Sabado
A boatman paddles his bamboo raft along the river at Wawa Dam, Philippines.
Potato Field, India
Photograph by Johnny Haglund
Women in the village of Mawsynram in the Indian state of Meghalaya (known as the wettest place on the planet), use homemade "umbrellas" when they work in the potato field.
Mambukal Mudpack Festival
Photograph by Alfonso Lizares
Held at the height of monsoon season, the Mambukal Mudpack Festival in Murcia, Negros Occidental, celebrates the harmony of man and nature and encourages environmentalism among young people. To get in the spirit, participants cover themselves with the rich soil known as Mambukal clay.
Photograph by Dean McCartney
A strainer full of noodles, fresh off an open fire, commands the total concentration of a cook in Bangkok's Chinatown. The skill of such street chefs, and the aroma of their creations, proves irresistible to many passersby.