Aerial of the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Sunlight streams through cracks in a slot canyon.
Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona.
Monument Valley and the Three Mittens rock formations on a clear day.
Monument Valley, Arizona.
A school of fish swimming in crystal clear waters off of Key Largo.
Key Largo, Florida.
Coral reefs seen during spring low tides at Sombrero Key Lighthouse.
Sombrero Key Lighthouse, Atlantic Ocean, Florida Keys, Florida.
Sunset in paradise over the Caribbean and on a beach.
Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos Islands.
A typical tropical scene with colorful buildings, palms and water.
Sun shining through the Andes mountains onto Machu Picchu at sunset.
Machu Picchu, Peru.
Confetti falls from the sky at midnight during New Years celebrations.
Times Square, New York City, New York.
A brilliant rainbow visible in the mists from the Iguacu Falls.
Iguacu Falls, Brazil.
Queen conch shell in shallow water on a sandbar in the Florida Keys.
Key Largo, Florida Keys, Florida.
A storm chaser watches a massive supercell thunderstorm in Tornado Alley.
A classic spring tornado developed from a supercell thunderstorm.
Steep stairs on a mountain side on the Inca trail at Machu Picchu.
Pre-Columban Inca ruins at Machu Picchu.
Seven Mile Bridge crossing Pigeon Key and connecting the Florida Keys.
Pigeon Key, Seven Mile Bridge, Florida.
Christ of the Deep statue in a coral reef state park in the Keys.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, Florida.
Rays of sunlight shining through the clouds at a beach.
A woman in between giant sequoia trees gives scale to their size.
Sequoia National Park, California.
Extreme winds and seaweed-filled storm surge during Hurricane Dennis.
Key West, Florida.
Pre-Columbian Inca ruins at Machu Picchu.
A 50 foot wave crashes into a seawall by a man during Hurricane Noel.
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada.
View of Rio de Janeiro at night from a nearby mountain top.
The massive Perito Moreno glacier wall and ice that broke off of it.
Perito Moreno Glacier, Glacier National Park, El Calafate, Argentina.
Northern Lights during a geomagnetic solar storm so intense that they reflected off freezing water.
Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Iceland.
A thunderstorm becomes electric and starts producing lightning bolts.
A thunderstorm turns into a gustfront over field full of cows.
Lightning storm produces intense purple lightning bolt over a field.
A tour guide educates tourists at the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu.
Cloud-to-ground lightning strike during intense summer thunderstorm.
View of a lighthouse from atop the brick walls at Fort Jefferson.
Fort Jefferson National Monument, Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida.
The Golden Gate Bridge illuminated at night.
San Francisco, California.
Outdoor cafes and gondolas line Venice's Grand Canal reflecting city lights at dusk.
Palm trees blasted by winds over 100 mph during Hurricane Wilma.
Miami Beach, Florida.
Tourists at the Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City, New York.
A man reaches for the aurora borealis in the Arctic Circle.
Dempster Highway, Arctic Circle, Yukon Territory, Canada.
An Amsterdam skyline reflecting in the water of a local river.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Shades of blue color the beachfront waters in Cancun, Mexico.
The pre-Columbian Inca ruins at Machu Picchu.
The world's oldest tree, General Sherman, a giant sequoia.
The green-hued Colorado River running through canyons in Utah.
Colorado River, Utah.
A day at the beach sunbathing, swimming, and kicking a soccer ball.
Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Golden Gate Bridge viewed from a nearby park.
Horse-drawn carriage on the streets of New York at night.
New York City, New York.
Aerial of large crowd at the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Aerial of Fort Jeffereson, at Dry Tortugas off the coast of Key West.
Multiple lightning bolts stike from an intense lightning thunderstorm.
Waterspout drops out of a thunderstorm promting warnings for boaters.
Florida Keys, Florida.
Storm chasers stop near a tornado formed under a supercell thunderstorm.
Pink and purple illuminated sand dunes during sunset.
White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, New Mexico.
A classic spring tornado from a supercell thunderstorm, with hail.
Tourists enjoying a view of Machu Picchu during sunset.
Close up of green sea turtles while swimming with them at the Le Meridien resort.
Bora Bora Island, Society Islands, French Polynesia.
Turquoise water and soft beaches create a paradise at Cancun, Mexico.
Palm trees frame a typical souvenir shop on a street lined with shops.
The famous Hollywood sign on a hillside in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, California.
Sunrise tints the world's largest salt flats pink.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.
Blue skies at dusk and mounds of salt at the salt flats.
Single lightning bolt strikes in the desert during monsoon season.
Multiple lightning bolts during an intense lightning storm.
Kansas City, Missouri.
Queen conch shell on an underwater sandbar in the Florida Keys.
An intense lightning storm puts on a light show in Kansas.
Looking up at the cupola dome roof inside Saint Peter's Basilica.
Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
Scenic mountains around the blue waters of Lake Louise.
Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.
Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado in orange glow at sunset.
Corcovado Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
A kiteboarder enjoying gusty winds created by Hurricane Tomas.
Dangerous and deadly rip currents along the coast of Rio de Janeiro.
Palm trees in the wind and rain as Hurricane Irene makes landfall.
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahama Islands.
Water level view of Iguau Falls and vegetation on rocks.
Clear, clean water and majestic mountain scenery at Lake Louise.
An X marks the spot where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas.
View from roof of Rockefeller Center toward the Empire State building.
New York, New York.
Man-o-war jellyfish, trailing stinging tentacles, drifts on a breeze.
Atlantic Ocean, off the United States coast.
Fireworks and Saint Louis Arch during Lewis and Clark 200th anniversary.
Gateway Arch National Historic Site, Saint Louis, Missouri.
Desert landscape with rock formations in Arizona's Monument Valley.
Van thrown into a hotel by an EF-5 tornado that ripped through Kansas.
Children march in the streets at the Pronoei holiday parade.
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, Peru.
Red hot lava oozes and crawls down the side of Kilauea volcano.
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Islands.
A herd of cattle standing side-by-side, in a perfect row, in a field under a thunderstorm.
The setting sun on the Mauna Kea summit casts a shadow in the sky.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands.
The Mount Washington observatory, completely covered in rime ice.
Mount Washington, New Hampshire.
Fisheye lens view of the leading edge of Perito Moreno glacier.
Perito Moreno, Glacier National Park, El Calafate, Argentina.
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