28 Absolutely Mesmerizing Photos You Don’t Want to Miss
Throughout the years, photographers from all around the world have been submitting their works to National Geographic. Seasoned professionals and rookies alike have done their best to capture unique moments and snap truly breathtaking photos.
Bright Side selected a few of the most memorable images from the National Geographic archives.
A huge ocean storm, Porto, Portugal, January 2013. Photo by Veselin Malinov.
Close up of a human eye, Armenia
Beauty is in the eye of a 16-year-old boy in Yerevan. In this highly magnified view of his iris’s surface architecture, the central black pool is the pupil, and his lashes are reflected by the cornea. His eyelids appear as pink rims at the top and bottom. Photo by Suren Manvelyan.
A tardigrade, Germany
A color-enhanced electron microscope photo reveals a half-millimeter-long tardigrade in the moss. Called water bears, these eight-legged, alien-looking invertebrates can survive extreme pressure, radiation, and temperatures — and years without food. Photo by Eye of Science/Science Source.
Penguin pair, Antarctica
“I took this picture at Port Lockroy during my trip to Antartica in 2010“’ says the photographer. ”The two penguins almost touching flippers, looking at each other, and captured against the majestic frozen background, seemed romantically involved." © Marius Ilies.
Fennec fox, Morocco
The fennec (lat. Vulpes zerda), or desert fox, is a canine mammal species of the genus Vulpes, which inhabits the Sahara Desert and Arabia. The name comes from the Arab word ’fanak’, which means ’a fox’. Photo by Francisco Mingorange.
Cherry blossoms, Nakameguro
Nakameguro, Tokyo is one of the most famous places for admiring the blossoming cherry trees in the middle of the city. © Giovanni Pascarella.
Misty summer photo, Nagykanizsa, Hungary. Photo by Zsolt Szabo.
Carezza Lake, Italy
“Carezza Lake is a pearl of the Dolomiti“, says the photographer. ”Nestled between an ancient forest of grand firs and the Latemar mountain is place of legends and beauty... a nymph lives under its emerald waters. I threw a little stone in the water to add a little mystery to the scene." Photo by Antonio Chiumenti.
Stag deer, Richmond Park
Taken in Richmond Park, London, UK. Photo by Prashant Meswani.
Eastern screech owlets
Eastern screech owls like to take over woodpecker nests that have been dug out over the years in pine trees, which are the main species of tree at this swamp. Screech owls can range in height anywhere from eight to ten inches, so you have to have a sharp eye to find these little birds of prey. Photo by Graham McGeorge.
Fjord, Western Norway
Western Norway’s fjords — like Nærøyfjorden, northeast of Bergen — are a part of UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo by Erlend Haarberg.
The most accurate description of Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, belongs to the wife of US President Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanor: "Poor Niagara! This makes Niagara look like a kitchen faucet." Photo by Dmitry Moiseenko, Stanislav Sedov, Sergei Semenov / AirPano.
For male Serengeti lions like Hildur and C-Boy, teamwork is essential. They work together to retain control over two prides. Photo by Michael Nichols.
Owl and mouse, Minnesota
Great gray owls come south from Canada into Minnesota during the winter to find food. Photo by Tom Samuelson.
It took three years to get this image — to align the waterfall and northern lights that are strong enough to light up the whole surroundings. Photo by Hordur Finnbogason.
Parson russell terrier, USA
It’s splashdown for Lulu, a Parson Russell terrier playing underwater fetch in a pool in Phoenix, Arizona. The clinching moment required familiarity with the photographer, about ten dive attempts, aquatic acuity, and perfect timing. Photo by Seth Casteel.
On a summer night, a family of badgers filed into the kitchen from a tunnel they dug under the fireplace. It took four years before Fagerström finally caught the skittish, nocturnal weasels. For this shot, he set his camera on a windowsill, then stood outside on a ladder for hours before pressing the shutter via remote control. Photo by Kai Fagerström.
The largest raft of canoes and kayaks in the world, USA
On Fourth Lake in New York’s Adirondacks, a crush of 1,902 canoes and kayaks attempts to break a ’largest raft’ world record. Rules dictate that the megastructure float freely for at least 30 seconds, held together only by hands. Photo by Nancie Battaglia.
Red pandas, Lincoln Children’s Zoo
Ice diamond, Iceland
An 800-pound chunk of ice glows in moonlight on a wintry Icelandic beach. The ice washed up in a lagoon formed by a receding glacier. Photographer James Balog calls these pieces ice diamonds, finding beauty as well as tragedy in disappearing glaciers. Photo by James Balog.
Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand
These trees stand like guardians at the top of Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island. The picture was taken on a very cold morning, and the sun had just broken the horizon behind the photographer. Photo by Brad Grove.
This image was taken in Lielvārde, Latvia. Photo by Mihails Ignats.
Pyramid of Chichén Itzá
A pyramid 90 feet tall testifies to the former glory of Chichén Itzá, and it is now a popular tourist destination. This once powerful city was built in about the ninth century, likely aligned with four sacred cenotes and with the sun’s seasonal movements. Photo by Paul Nicklen.
This photo was taken on the edge of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. © Richard Duerksen.
A giraffe, Tanzania
"I was sitting on the grass photographing a powerful sunset when I looked back to see this curious giraffe slowly approaching. The distant storm was glowing with the last light of the day, and as I lifted my camera, the giraffe froze for one photo before turning toward the hills." Photo by Peter Stanley.
A giant spillway
Sometimes you don’t have to go to the edge of the world to take a stunning shot. Your own city might be full of breathtaking sights as well. For example, industrial construction sites and factories have a lot of amazing places to take pictures. However, safety first.
Thousands of Munk’s devil rays
This photo of thousands of Munk’s devil rays in the ocean, taken by Germany’s very own Florian Schulz, shows how rays gather — whether to mate, herd prey, migrate, or just for the sheer joy of being together.
Preview photo credit FLORIAN SCHULZ, EPOTY.ORG/BARCROFT/FAME PICTURES