Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for centuries in Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara. Rooftop walkways allowed women to move freely, concealed from men’s view.
Three Sisters Springs, Florida Photo: Paul Nicklen
Kayaks crowd Three Sisters Springs, where people and mantees maintain a controversial coexistence. To reach warm water they need to survive winter, manatees often must run a gantlet of kayakers and snorkelers eager to interact with the marine mammals.
Siberian hunter Slava Dolbaev uses a spear to dig out a corkscrewed mammoth tusk from a coastal ice cliff. Prying loose a single tusk can take hours, even days. Tusk hunters often leave colored beads or silver jewelry as offering to local spirits.
Kykuit Gardens, New York Photo: Diane Cook and Len Jenshel
To know Kykuit, said William Welles Bosworth, who designed its gardens, “one must experience … late evening when all is peacefully eloquent.”
Monte Perdido, Spain Photo: Maxime Daviron
The north face of Monte Perdido in the Spanish Pyrenees. The mountain was masked by the clouds for three days, revealing the glacier occasionally.
Deer, Czech Republic Photo: Veronika Kolev
Zebras, Serengeti Photo: Giulio Zanni
Image taken in the Serengeti in Tanzania during the migration period. Zebras and wildebeest were gathering on the edge of the river, waiting for the right moment to cross.
Lightning, New Mexico Photo: Carsten Peter
A ground fire ignited by a lightning storm near Elephant Butte, New Mexico, paints the horizon with brown smoke. At right, another cloud-to-ground strike flashes through a shaft of rain.
Millennium Park, Chicago Photo: Ulises Rivero
Kids playing or “praying” under the water towers in the Millennium Park in Chicago.
Elephants, Tanzania Photo: Amanda Schmidt
After spending two weeks building a windmill in Tanzania, I get a chance to sit back and enjoy the scenery. This big guy seems just as interested in me as I am in him.