Built on a sheer cliff, Taktshang is the most famous temple in Bhutan.
Taktshang Lhakhang or 'Tiger's Nest' Buddhist monastery, Bhutan, Asia.
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A giant panda at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center.
Chengdu, Sichuan Province, People's Republic of China, Asia.
An abandoned Hudson's Bay trading post in the Canadian Arctic.
Fort Ross, Bellot Strait, Nunavut, Canada.
Light shaft in a slot canyon.
Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA.
Architectural detail of the richly carved, painted wood in Paro Dzong.
Paro Dzong, Paro, Bhutan, Asia.
Close-up of wood on a condemned building.
Horse Heaven Mine, Oregon, USA.
Bhutanese houses in a rice farming community.
Punakha Valley, Bhutan, Asia.
In Irish shepherd herds his flock of sheep.
Clare Island, County Mayo, Ireland
Close-up of a barn in winter.
Aerial view of trees growing in a dry river bed.
Maui, Hawaii, USA.
Carved dragons and guardians on the roof of Pak Tai Temple.
Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Asia.
A First Nations dancer in tribal regalia at a Saskatchewan pow-wow.
Duck Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Heritage buildings sink into one another in permafrost.
Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Iceberg alley, Disko Bay, Greenland. Photographed in 1999.
Disko Bay, Greenland.
Structures in a high altitude ghost mining town (Ag-Pb-Zn).
Cerro Gordo, Inyo County, California, USA.
A red panda at the Chengdu Zoo.
Pedestrians in the busy shopping district of Chun Xi Lu.
Aerial of the Fraser River Delta where it enters the Pacific Ocean.
Alaksen National Wildlife Area, Westham Island, British Columbia, Canada.
An old farmhouse in ruin on the Alberta prairie.
A ponderosa pine forest in the Cascade Range of eastern Oregon.
Cascade Mountains, Oregon, USA.
A Canadian High Arctic town next to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island.
Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada.
Long-since abandoned Hudson's Bay trading post in the Canadian Arctic.
Port Leopold, Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada.
Railway track removed, this is the entrance of the main tunnel at the abandoned Inyo Mine.
Death Valley National Park, California, USA.
Textiles are considered to be the premier creative art form of Bhutan.
Paro, Bhutan, Asia.
Musher and dog team follow the route along a frozen river during the 2007 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.
Yukon Territory, Canada.
A woman in a sarong dress poses in a lava field landscape.
Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
The CN Tower looms over a baseball stadium.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Punakha Dzong or 'Palace of Happiness' is a medieval fortress (1637).
Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Bhutan, Asia.
A deer path leads to a derelict log cabin along the shoreline of the Yukon River.
Fortymile, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Close view of downtown apartment and hotel buildings.
Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Asia.
Close view of modern residential apartments.
Sled dog howling,
Stoneham, Quebec, Canada.
Quebec Ministry of Finance building.
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Abandoned farmhouse braced by guy wire.
Winter landscape along the Yukon River.
A woman sits in silence in the chapel of an Ice Hotel.
Racetrack Playa, famous for sailing stones.
Masked dancers at the traditional Tsechu Festival in Wangdi.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, Asia.
Fierce masked deities recreate myths of Himalayan Buddhism at tsechu festivals.
Portrait of a bison.
The Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
A beautifully ornate domed ceiling in the Hagia Sophia.
Istanbul, Turkey, Europe.
Scenic mountain in autumn.
Livingstone Mountains, Alberta, Canada.
The wide open prairie, dramatic sky.
Finnegan, Alberta, Canada.
An abandoned one-room schoolhouse on the Montana prairie.
Fresno, Hill County, Montana, USA.
Traditional tsechu masks for sale in a gift shop.
Thimphu, Bhutan, Asia.
The stratification of ancient volcanic ash color the Painted Hills.
Painted Hills Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon, USA.
The restaurant and shopping district of rue St-Louis in winter.
The Potala Palace towers majestically over the city of Lhasa.
Lhasa, Tibet, China.
Morning in Dawson City at -42 deg Fahrenheit.
A small wind farm at the southern end of Maui.
Close view of smoldering oil-shale and organic material along a coastline of the Northwest Passage near Tuktoyaktuk.
Northwest Territories, Canada.
Distant prairie hills in southern Saskatchewan.
Charcoal kilns that fueled smelters in nearby Argus Range.
Wildrose Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California.
The profile of a rooster.
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
Rubble in an abandoned farmhouse.
Man enters ocean carrying a standup paddleboard.
Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA.
Ice-canoe race on the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River.
Bush plane on-approach, landing on the frozen Yukon River.
In 1909, Skidoo Mine was the second largest gold producer in California.
Skidoo, Death Valley National Park, California, USA.
Inside the Cottonwood Church, animal manure stabilizes the structure.
Cottonwood, Hill County, Montana, USA.
A woman holds a red sarong dress in a lava field landscape.
Eroded sandstone cliff walls in a slot canyon.
Tall prayer flags in a mustard field flutter in the wind.
Masked dancers in the traditional Tsechu Festival in Wangdi.
Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, Asia.
Desert landscape at dusk.
Scenic view of the Tutshi River.
Tutshi River, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Pedestrians and tourists crowd Rue Petit Champlain.
Endangered Haleakala silversword on the floor of Haleakala Crater.
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, USA.
An elevated view of Notre Dame Basilica.
A takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Resembling a mix of a gnu and a musk deer.
Portrait of a woman lying on side on a lava plain.
A giant anteater lumbers along a path.
San Francisco, California, USA
Evening light brings out rich tones in a sand dune.
Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California, USA.
A lone pine tree on hillside, late afternoon.
Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho, USA.
Locals posing in period costume in Luo Dai Ancient Town.
Luo Dai Ancient Town, Chengdu, People's Republic of China.
Cave ruins of the Anasazi Cliff Palace.
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA.
Chi Lin Nunnery pagoda, Diamond Hill, Kowloon.
Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Asia.
An aerial view of Canada's neo-gothic Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Border collie in pick-up truck, portrait.
Yellowjacket Mine, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA.
A traditional Cantonese opera exhibit.
Hong Kong Museum of History, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, China, Asia.
View of the Himalaya Range and the scale of peaks and deep valleys.
Himalaya Range in the northern front, Nepal.
St. Peter and Paul Church, built in 1908 by the Romanian settlers.
Kayville, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Masked dancers (monks) at the traditional Tsechu Festival in Wangdi.
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) in flight.
Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Decayed hallway in an abandoned farmhouse.
The rocky headland as viewed from the Pololu Valley Lookout.
Pololu Valley Lookout, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
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