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
Carved dragons and guardians on the roof of Pak Tai Temple.
Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Asia.
Close-up of a barn in winter.
Aerial view of trees growing in a dry river bed.
Maui, Hawaii, USA.
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.
Aerial of the Fraser River Delta where it enters the Pacific Ocean.
Alaksen National Wildlife Area, Westham Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Pedestrians in the busy shopping district of Chun Xi Lu.
Textiles are considered to be the premier creative art form of Bhutan.
Paro, Bhutan, Asia.
A ponderosa pine forest in the Cascade Range of eastern Oregon.
Cascade Mountains, Oregon, USA.
An old farmhouse in ruin on the Alberta prairie.
A Canadian High Arctic town next to Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island.
Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada.
Railway track removed, this is the entrance of the main tunnel at the abandoned Inyo Mine.
Death Valley National Park, California, USA.
Long-since abandoned Hudson's Bay trading post in the Canadian Arctic.
Port Leopold, Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada.
Sled dog howling,
Stoneham, Quebec, Canada.
Musher and dog team follow the route along a frozen river during the 2007 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.
Yukon Territory, Canada.
The CN Tower looms over a baseball stadium.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
A woman in a sarong dress poses in a lava field landscape.
Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, USA.
A deer path leads to a derelict log cabin along the shoreline of the Yukon River.
Fortymile, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Punakha Dzong or 'Palace of Happiness' is a medieval fortress (1637).
Punakha Dzong, Punakha, Bhutan, Asia.
Portrait of a bison.
The Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Quebec Ministry of Finance building.
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Close view of downtown apartment and hotel buildings.
Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Asia.
Close view of modern residential apartments.
Racetrack Playa, famous for sailing stones.
Winter landscape along the Yukon River.
Masked dancers at the traditional Tsechu Festival in Wangdi.
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, Asia.
Scenic mountain in autumn.
Livingstone Mountains, Alberta, Canada.
Fierce masked deities recreate myths of Himalayan Buddhism at tsechu festivals.
Abandoned farmhouse braced by guy wire.
A beautifully ornate domed ceiling in the Hagia Sophia.
Istanbul, Turkey, Europe.
Wind erosion has left this landscape with striking land formations.
Keahiakawelo (Garden of the Gods), Lanai, Hawaii, USA.
The wide open prairie, dramatic sky.
Finnegan, Alberta, Canada.
Elevated view from a high-altitude mountain pass, of towering sand dunes in a remote valley near Samye Gompa in the Yarlung Valley of Tibet.
Yarlung Valley, Tibet, People's Republic of China.
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.
An abandoned one-room schoolhouse on the Montana prairie.
Fresno, Hill County, Montana, USA.
The restaurant and shopping district of rue St-Louis in winter.
Morning in Dawson City at -42 deg Fahrenheit.
The profile of a rooster.
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada
The Potala Palace towers majestically over the city of Lhasa.
Lhasa, Tibet, China.
Close view of smoldering oil-shale and organic material along a coastline of the Northwest Passage near Tuktoyaktuk.
Northwest Territories, Canada.
A small wind farm at the southern end of Maui.
Man enters ocean carrying a standup paddleboard.
Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, USA.
Bush plane on-approach, landing on the frozen Yukon River.
Distant prairie hills in southern Saskatchewan.
Charcoal kilns that fueled smelters in nearby Argus Range.
Wildrose Canyon, Death Valley National Park, California.
Ice-canoe race on the icy waters of the St. Lawrence River.
Masked dancers in the traditional Tsechu Festival in Wangdi.
Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan, Asia.
Rubble in an abandoned farmhouse.
Eroded sandstone cliff walls in a slot canyon.
Statue of the 36-ft tall tyrannosaurus-rex at roadside.
Milk River, Alberta, Canada.
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.
Tall prayer flags in a mustard field flutter in the wind.
A takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Resembling a mix of a gnu and a musk deer.
Pedestrians and tourists crowd Rue Petit Champlain.
A woman holds a red sarong dress in a lava field landscape.
Scenic view of the Tutshi River.
Tutshi River, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Desert landscape at dusk.
Evening light brings out rich tones in a sand dune.
Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California, USA.
An elevated view of Notre Dame Basilica.
A giant anteater lumbers along a path.
San Francisco, California, USA
Endangered Haleakala silversword on the floor of Haleakala Crater.
Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, USA.
Cave ruins of the Anasazi Cliff Palace.
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA.
Mount Adams as viewed from The Dalles (Oregon).
Mount Adams, Skamania County, Washington, USA.
Portrait of a woman lying on side on a lava plain.
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.
An aerial view of Canada's neo-gothic Parliament Buildings in Ottawa.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Chi Lin Nunnery pagoda, Diamond Hill, Kowloon.
Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Asia.
An old windmill stands tall next to derelict farm buildings.
View of the Himalaya Range and the scale of peaks and deep valleys.
Himalaya Range in the northern front, Nepal.
Masked dancers (monks) at the traditional Tsechu Festival in Wangdi.
Border collie in pick-up truck, portrait.
Yellowjacket Mine, Lemhi County, Idaho, USA.
Recycling of metal-based consumer products in a scrap yard.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
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