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Our 7 Favorite Reader Photos from the “Sunrises & Sunsets” Assignment

Landscape Photography

Local photographer's snaps show San Francisco's underrated, incredible sunrises

Bay Area sunsets are amazing, there's no question. But sometimes, as early risers know, its sunrises can be even more striking.<p>Local photographer Lisa Bao is one of those early risers, always on the hunt for the elusive conditions that create a magnificent San Francisco sunrise. Last year, she was …

San Francisco

Fog Waves Are The Most Beautiful Thing I Captured After 8 Years Of Experimenting

For the last 8 years I’ve been shooting in the San Francisco area I have been absolutely obsessed with the fog. Night and day it’s what I live for …

These 20 photos will make you want to drop everything and go to China

Not all of China is factory’s and pollution; it’s vast and diverse territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on …

Cherry Blossom In Japan Photography

Une rivière jonchée de pétales roses, un héron s’abreuvant sous des nuages de fleurs ; Avril n’est-il pas la meilleure période pour dévoiler les …

The Rainbow Mountains Of China Are Earth's Paint Palette

The Rainbow Mountains of China within the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park are a geological wonder of the world. These famous Chinese mountains are known for their otherworldly colors that mimic a rainbow painted over the tops of rolling mountains.<p>This is just one example where geology …

Earth Science

Explore Awe-Inspiring Alaska in 30 Breathtaking Photos

Travel. For the love of all that is holy, if you can manage to simplify your life and scrounge up enough savings over the course of a few months, …

Paris Attacks: Syria Refugees in France's 'Jungle' Fear Backlash

CALAIS, France — At the vast, squalid camp known as “The Jungle,” the Paris terrorist attacks have only added to the troubles facing refugees and migrants.<p>“We escaped the war,” says Ahmed, a 29-year old who came to France from Syria. “The war followed us to here.”<p>The mechanical engineer fled his …


Stunning Reflected Landscapes Capture The Beauty Of South Korea

Jaewoon U, a landscape photographer based in Seoul, has a great eye for finding stunning landscapes that have been reflected in mirror-like lakes and …

South Korea

National Geographic Travel

What Would Buddha Do About the Terrorist Attack in Paris?

In the coming days, we will be deluged with views on what we should do about this assault on innocent citizens. We will hear political views, military views, media views, and intense public opinion. But in our anguish, grief, and confusion, let us consider a spiritual view as well.<p>We need wisdom in …


Breathtaking Landscape Photos Highlight the Beauty of China's Rice Field Terraces

French photographer Thierry Bornier captures breathtaking landscape photos that highlight the rich splendor of China's mountains, rivers, and rice field terraces. From the highest vantage point he can climb up to, he points his camera downwards and waits for weather and lighting conditions that are …

Landscape Photography


Zen Stories – DAILY ZEN

Sozan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student: “What is the most valuable thing in the world?”<p>The master replied: “The head of a dead cat.”<p>“Why …

A Bless Made of Silence

Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White | Colossal

<p>New York-based artist Maude White (previously) continues to create beautifully rendered illustrations with cut paper, creating dozens of new pieces …


Fjaðrárgljúfur, The Most Beautiful Canyon in the World

Have you eve seen a canyon so beautiful? Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland that's known for its breathtaking beauty. It's up to 330 feet deep and about one-and-a-quarter kilometers long, with a river called Fjar flowing through it. Created by a progressive erosion of flowing water …


The Lone Tree II

Gorgeous Traditional Temari, Embroiedered By a 92 Year Old Woman

Temari (meaning handball), is a Japanese folk art form of embroidering balls for handball games or just plain decoration. Back in the day (around 7th century AD), the spheres were made from old kimono remnants that were wadded up into a ball and then wrapped with strips of fabric. Over time, the …

Burj Khalifa (von )

Lavender Sunset


Garnet Glow

Summer Skogafoss