Picture of a man standing in an ice cave in Iceland
A visitor explores an ice cave near Iceland’s Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The tremendous weight of the ice compresses the air bubbles out of the cave walls, resulting in this glassy blue hue.
Picture of a red fox in a forest in Romania
“The little fox was extremely curious and friendly, but careful at the same time,” Mihai Gagiu writes of this animal photographed in a Romanian forest. The description fits: Red foxes are known to be resourceful, intelligent animals that often adjust well in environments with a human presence.
Picture of birds flying over the Texas coast
A helicopter flight “from Aransas Pass south toward Port Isabel” afforded Your Shot member Matthew Goodwin a clear and higher-than-bird’s-eye view of the Texas coast along the Gulf of Mexico. Goodwin’s route traces the Central Flyway, a major migration track for birds flying between North and South America.
Picture of a chunk of ice on a black-sand beach in Iceland
The first light of sunrise glints on a glassy chunk of ice, which has come to rest on a beach in Iceland. The dense, black beach sand is made of basalt, a rock found in regions of volcanic activity. The chunks of ice are likely fragments of a nearby glacier.
Picture of a giraffe and zebras stampeding in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
A giraffe leads a herd of zebras as the animals stampede from a threat unseen. Your Shot photographer Mohammed AlNaser captured this image in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. The zebras “emerged from nowhere,” AlNaser writes. “They were obviously drinking water and something scared them and created a few seconds of a chaos.”
Picture of a man under lighted rings of color and strands of light on Coronado Beach, California
“This is me swinging a string of glow sticks with burning steel wool at the end,” Chris Matthew Brady writes of this self-portrait he took at Coronado Beach, California. “The best part was the audience reaction. There were a bunch of kids on the beach, and their oohs and aahs made me think of firework shows when I was a kid.”
Picture of two walruses on an ice floe in Svalbard archipelago, Norway
Walruses on an ice floe off of Kvitøya (White Island) in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago return the gaze of Your Shot member Christian Aslund’s camera lens. These animals are most often found near the Arctic Circle, an environment to which they’re perfectly suited, thanks to their blubbery bodies, ice-piercing tusks, and ability to slow their heartbeat to withstand the freezing water temperatures.
Picture of the aurora australis over a beach in Wellington, New Zealand
The aurora australis paints the clouds in shades of pink over the south coast of Wellington, New Zealand. Like the aurora borealis, it appears when solar winds filled with charged particles buffet Earth’s magnetic field. The aurora australis, however, is the South Pole’s answer to the northern phenomenon.
Picture of a woman on the waterfront framed within the outline of a spinning bicycle tire in British Columbia, Canada
Your Shot member Sally Nguyen's mother takes in the Vancouver waterfront while behind her a bicyclist whizzes past. Home to aboriginal people for thousands of years, the port city in British Columbia, Canada, is named for the British sea captain who charted the coastline in 1792.
Picture of greater flamingos Namibia
Greater flamingos lend texture and subtle color to the shallows of Walvis Bay in Namibia. The birds live and feed in flocks: In a group, individuals are protected from predators while they bury their bills in mud and water when feeding. They owe their pink hue to the shrimplike crustaceans they favor.
Picture of Værøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway
An aerial view of the southern end of Værøy, one of Norway’s Lofoten Islands, reveals a towering ridge running through it like a bony spine. Værøy is home to a population of fewer than 800 people but millions of nesting seabirds, and it frequently hosts bird-watchers who flock to the island by helicopter or ferry.
Picture of a flock of dromedary camels in Semnān Province, Iran
A flock of dromedary camels grazes within the desert landscape of Torūd in Iran’s Semnān Province. Dromedaries thrive in these conditions; their humps store up to 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of fat, which can be metabolized into water and energy when sustenance is unavailable, and they can subsist on the dry, thorny desert plants that other animals would reject.
Picture of a green Asian vine snake curving along a rain forest plant in Karnataka, India
A green Asian vine snake (Ahaetulla nasuta), also known as a long-nosed whip snake, is well camouflaged in the lush foliage of Agumbe, a rain forest in Karnataka, India. The reptile’s head, slightly broader than its body and pointed at the nose, resembles the shape of a leaf, allowing it to remain well hidden in its verdant habitat.
Picture of a surfer paddling out on a surfboard in Huntington Beach, California
The pillars of Huntington Beach Pier cast long shadows over a surfer at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California. “There’s sure to be plenty of drama and suspense in these competitions,” writes photographer Romeo Doneza of the event, which features not only a surfing competition but skateboarding and BMX contests, as well.
Picture of fairgoers watching a dancing horse, Rajasthan, India
Fairgoers are entertained by a “beautiful dancing horse [at the] Nagaur Cattle Fair,” Your Shot community member Manthan Joshi explains. The eight-day fair, held in Rajasthan, India, takes place annually. Although it’s primarily an animal-trading event, the fair also includes bazaars, music, sporting events, and entertainment such as performances by folk dancers.
Picture of Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
“Early morning hikes [are] just life-changing,” writes CG Mostert, who submitted this shot, taken at 3:30 a.m., of Table Mountain. In this long exposure, the city of Cape Town in South Africa glitters, even near dawn, under the 3,563-foot (1,086-meter) flat peak.
Picture of a great blue heron standing over the Potomac River, Great Falls Park, Virginia
“Sun rays glimmer in the mist,” notes Your Shot member Guillermo Olaizola, around a great blue heron standing still above—and in contrast to—the roiling Potomac River in Great Falls Park. The birds are a common sight in the 800-acre Virginia park, a popular bird-watching spot. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community where members can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Join now >>
Picture of a peacock, Spain
An iridescent peacock spreads its tail feathers, called a train, in an impressive display. It is believed that the females—peahens—choose their mates based on the size and color of these feather trains. Your Shot photographer Cristina del Campo Martin photographed this pheasant in Madrid, Spain.
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