When you look at these pictures from a recent photograph contest organised by National Geographic, you once again become convinced that nature is truly the greatest artist out there. But we must also give special thanks to those masters of photography who have borne witness to the beauty and wonder of the natural world and seek to share it with the rest of us.
In this picture, a bubble rests on the top of a mushroom. The light from the camera produces a stunning effect.
Smoke is constantly ejected from the crater of the volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka, but that didn’t stop it from dressing up in an elegant hat made from clouds.
The Sinyaya River flows through Yakutia, Russia, as the left tributary of the Lena. For more than 100 km, majestic cliffs by its banks form the most intricate shapes.
There aren’t any insects in this picture. But it’s almost as if they’re hiding under the earth — and heating up a stove, judging by this odd looking mushroom.
This is what it looks like. Bizarre, yet somehow fascinating!
Near the Angara River, Russia.
The North Caucasus.
An eruption of the Tolbachik volcano, Kamchatka.
On a Caucasian nature reserve.
On the Kuril Lake, Kronotsky Nature Reserve, Kamchatka.
At sunset, a may-bug climbs to the top of a mushroom in order to take flight.
Murmansk region, Russia