Photo of the Day: Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Photo by Orsolya and Erlend Haarberg for National Geographic As I endured my morning commute to work today in a crowded subway (yes, I work on Saturdays too), I looked up and was instantly transported to paradise. There was an advertisement for Icelandair that read: “You can kayak from DC to Iceland in 1,417 hours. Or fly … Read more

Photo of the Day: “Real Reality” in Black and White

Photo by Lenmanaa If the artist Lenmanaa (Leni) hadn’t titled the photo Real Reality, I probably would have assumed that she had manipulated the original piece to create this optical illusion. This was not the case. She beautifully captured the main building of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (in Berlin) through a distorted reflection of … Read more

Photo of the Day: The Ghost Town of Kolmanskop

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Photograph by Chris Gray for National Geographic Formally a small-but-rich mining village before World War I, Kolmanskop is now a ghost town that lies in the Namib desert in southern Namibia. All that remains are several residences, barrack-type accommodations and the remains of a few commercial establishments. Whatever remains is slowly being filled with sand. Photographer Chris … Read more

Photo of the Day: Ukrainian Daredevil Hangs from a Tall Building

Ukrainian Daredevil Hangs from a Tall Building

There’s nothing like watching a Ukrainian daredevil dangling from the edge of a tall building in Russia to make your heart stop for a beat. Though his being Ukrainian doesn’t really have anything to do with it – it’s the dangling part. What the 26-year-old daredevil who goes by Mustang Wanted calls his new stunt … Read more

Photo of the Day: Ants Holding Seeds in Indonesia

Photo of the Day: Ants Holding Seeds in Indonesia

Ants Holding Seeds Photo by Eko Adiyanto (Bekasi, Indonesia). Photographed in Bekasi, West Java, Indonesia, April 2012. From the Smithsonian: The photographer, armed with his Nikon D70, was compelled to take this photo because he had never seen ants exhibiting their strength in this way. “It’s [a] unique and rare moment,” Adiyanto says. This photo … Read more

Photo of the Day: Loy Krathong Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Photo of the Day: Loy Drathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Monks Releasing Lanterns During Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai, Thailand Photo of the Loy Krathong Buddist Festival taken by Daniel Nahabedian (Chiang Mai, Thailand). Photographed in Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2012. From Smithsonian: Monks release glowing lanterns into the night sky during the Loy Krathong Buddhist Festival in Thailand. The photo, shot with a Canon … Read more

Photo of the Day: Harvesting Salt at Sunset in Vietnam

People Harvesting Salt at Sunset Photo by Hoang Giang Hai (Hanoi, Vietnam). Photographed in the Ninh Hoa District, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, August 2012. From Smithsonian: The sun begins to set as workers harvest salt. “The image of diligent women working the salt fields reflects the hardship of this job,” says the photographer, who used a … Read more

Photo of the Day: Witnessing a Solar Eclipse at Sunset

Photo of the Day: Witnessing a Solar Eclipse at Sunset

The chance to view a solar eclipse at sunset is on my bucket list. Have you ever been so lucky? Peyton, CO based photographer Colleen Pinski captured this moment in Albuquerque, NM back in May 2012, framing an onlooker by the solar eclipse in what looks to be a magical moment. “I feel it can inspire … Read more

Photo of the Day: Champ, the Happiest Dog in the World

Photo of the Day: Meet Champ, the Happiest Dog in the World

Meet Champ, the happiest dog in the world. Isn’t he cute? The 10 year old dog is the model of 20-year-old college student  Candice Sedighan, who has captured the infectiously happy golden retriever in picture perfect moments, like on his birthday! According to Sedigan on Flickr: I really like to capture the true essence with dogs, … Read more

Photo of the Day: Boy and Cat by Vladimir Zotov

Photo of the Day: Boy and Cat by Vladimir Zotov

Nothing feels as quietly inspiring as this boy and cat at this moment. The boy, playing what looks to be a recorder, has enraptured the cat with his music. What a beautiful shot. This photo was taken by Russian photographer Vladimir Zotov (submitted by redditor Sahba). Go to our Photo of the Day archive to view more notable images. What … Read more

Photo of the Day: “The Last Frontier” in Juneau, Alaska

Photo of the Day: "The Last Frontier" in Juneau, Alaska

I don’t think I could even attempt to take out my camera in the freezing temperatures, so props to high school student Halbert Bai, who captured this photo while on “The Last Frontier” in Juneau, Alaska! Bai captured the moment while sitting on a dog sled. His photo was selected as a finalist out of … Read more

Photo of the Day: Bubble on the Grass

Photo of the Day: Bubble on the Grass

This bubble just landed on the grass and stayed there. No popping! How did it even do that? The lucky viewer of this bubble miracle is Deviantart user IndigoSummerr, a sixteen-year-old artist based in Germany. Indigo appropriately titled her macro photo “Reflections“. You can visit her gallery to view more of her photographs. She also dabbles … Read more

Photo of the Day: ‘The Architect’ Sculpture by Jilly Sutton

Photo of the Day: 'The Architect' Sculpture by Jilly Sutton

‘The Architect’ is an original wood carving by sculptor Jilly Sutton. Formally on display on the riverbank at the London Bridge for an entire year, it is now at the Scarlet Hotel Cornwall. Our photo of the day was taken in March 2012 by Peter Chinnock. Architecture student at Manchester University by day, Peter took … Read more

Photo of the Day: Trampled Snow Art by Simon Beck

Photo of the Day: Tramped Snow Art by Simon Beck

Temporary art has a special place in our hearts. New Yorkers have their own community of artists who create gorgeous art that disappears with the wind. So when this trampled snow art caught our eye while we were dozing off on Colossal, All of the snow flake-inspired art is created by England-based orienteering mapmaker Simon … Read more