Normally dry grasslands show vivid green hues after unusual rains.
Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia.
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A cheetah family: mother and cubs.
Masai Mara, Kenya.
Flamingos take off from Lake Natron.
Lake Natron, Tanzania.
A close up portrait of a mountain gorilla.
Bwindi Inpenetrable National Park, Uganda.
A baby gorilla and a chimpanzee examining leaves.
Lake Erova Mammal Orphanage, Gabon.
Tidal beach patterns.
Northern coast of Mozambique, Indian Ocean.
Gemsbok crossing sand dunes in the desert near the Skeleton Coast.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia.
A group of giraffes stand in the shade of an acacia tree.
An aerial view of a village on Vamizi Island.
Vamizi Island, north coast of Mozambique, Indian Ocean.
A leopard cub under the watchful eye of its mother.
Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana.
An aerial view of Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig I.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany.
An aerial view of a village along the coast of Lake Malawi.
Lake Malawi, Malawi.
Flamingos take flight from along the shore of Lake Turkana.
Lake Turkana, Kenya.
A portrait of a scar faced African male lion.
Kafue National Park, Zambia.
A sensuously shaped navel-like sand dune.
Namib Desert, Namibia.
Swirling patterns of river runoff mingling with coastal sands.
Rufiji River, Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania.
A hot air balloon casts a shadow on a mountain range near Ribaue.
Nampula Province, Mozambique.
A pattern of beach umbrellas and chairs.
Molten lava boiling inside Erta Ale volcano.
Erta Ale Volcano, Ethiopia.
Zebras crossing a pan at sunset.
Makgadikgadi Pans National Park, Botswana.
Housing in a dry sandy terrain.
near Condoroba village, Ethiopia.
A baby gorilla and a chimpanzee hugging.
An aerial view of a giraffe and trees casting shadows.
Palmwag Conservancy, Damaraland, Namibia.
An aerial view of the large temple complex at Karnak.
Three giraffes standing and staring.
Three male Cheetahs sitting in the grass.
People on a platform in a field of sorghum.
A small village with Boma in Malawi.
West of Lilongwe, Malawi.
Red sand dunes and the floodplains of the Tsauchab River after rain.
Aerial view of a mosque surrounded by a cemetery.
A young mountain gorilla and its mother, belonging to Group 13.
Parc des Volcans, Rwanda.
Hippopotamuses crowd the semi dry Katuma River during drought.
Katavi National Park, Tanzania.
Beluga whales swimming.
Hudson Bay, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
An aerial view of a pair of ostriches walking in tandem.
Northern Skeleton Coast, Namibia.
A hot air balloon over the Mara.
Tourists on safari in hot air balloons.
A dhow sailing along the coast of Mozambique.
A herd of elephants marching in a desert.
An acadia tree silhouetted against an orange sky at sunset.
Masai Amboseli National Park, Kenya.
Sand dunes and mountains in a desert landscape after unusual rain.
A gorilla hiding eyes behind a leaf.
Evengue Island, Gabon Republic.
An aerial view of barchan dunes in desert sand.
A helicopter hovers above molten lava in the Erta Ale volcano.
An aerial view of the Blue Nile Falls.
Desert elephants and trees.
Some of the 18 Araki qubbas or shrines in the desert.
Abu Haraz, Blue Nile, south of Khartoum, Sudan.
A portrait of a young mountain gorilla belonging to Group 13.
Portrait of a chimpanzee.
Buffalos charge into the crocodile infested Rufiji River.
A giraffe stands in a landscape with Mt. Meru in the background.
Arusha National Park, Tanzania.
The mouth of a river creates a sand delta on Mozambique's north coast.
North coast of Mozambique, Indian Ocean.
A dancing baby elephant.
Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Close up of a young black rhinoceros.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya.
A helicopter flys over Lake Natron.
Housing compounds and trees.
The wreck of the Eduard Bohlen that ran aground in 1909.
Conception Bay, Namib Desert, Namibia.
Aerial view of two polar bears wading in shallow water.
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
Late afternoon thunderstorms in the Chyulu Hills in southern Kenya.
Chyulu Hills, Kenya.
An aerial view of marching barchan dunes in desert sand.
An gemsbok crossing sand dunes in the desert near the Skeleton Coast.
A young cheetah cub in front of her mother.
A river flowing into the indian ocean creating a bird feather pattern.
A land rover on a one lane roadway through a dry desert landscape.
Hot air balloons over the Mara.
Patterns of tidal water along the coast of Mozambique.
An aerial view of the coast and water of Lake Nasser.
Lake Nasser, Egypt.
An aerial view of the rock hewn church of Saint George.
A portrait of a relaxed African male lion.
Elephants drinking water.
An aerial view of a village and mangroves near the Rufiji River delta.
Mohoro Bay, Tanzania.
A portrait of a baby chimpanzee hanging from a tree branch.
Greystoke Camp, Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania.
Vegetation floating on Lake Wamala and reflections.
Lake Wamala, Uganda.
A herd of elephants march across a desert landscape.
Deserted flamingo nests make patterns in the Makgadikagadi Salt Pans.
East of Kubu Island, Botswana.
Elvis, a black rhino calf.
Lewa Downs Conservancy, Kenya.
A portrait of a chimpanzee.
Close up portrait of a giraffe.
Black and white rhinoceros calves.
Lewa Downs Conservancy, Kenya
Sunlit Al Asasif village, near Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el Bahri.
Al Asasif near Deir el Bahri, Egypt.
The Stomach of the Elephant crater jutting into Lake Turkana.
A fishing village from the air.
Red lechwe in the floodplain of the Okavango.
The ashes of a burned tree and a live standing one: life and death.
Grumeti Reserve, near Serengeti, Tanzania.
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