Sierra Nevada mountain range

Photograph by Cat Connor

Eastern Sierra, California
The east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range is truly an awe-inspiring place! The overwhelming majesty can make you feel small and insignificant and, at the same time, make you feel free and bring you a sense of calm and inner peace. All my troubles melt away when I am out in this vast wilderness that I am happy to call my home!

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Sunset on Lake Guntersville

Photograph by Rebecca DeArmond

Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, Alabama
I have fibromyalgia and was coming home from a four-hour seminar. I was hurting after sitting so long and feeling sorry for myself. As I rounded a bend in the road, I saw this glorious sunset. It was as though God was saying, "This will make you smile and feel better." It did! I smiled all the way home. Also, I'm sure that God whispered to me that morning to take my camera with me.

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Red cardinal

Photograph by Tanisha Grayson

Pottstown, Pennsylvania
It was a snowy day in January, and I was surprised to see a bird in the tree in my front yard. I watch the birds but would not call myself a bird watcher. I like to take pictures, but would not call myself a photographer. I love the colors of nature and could not resist running to get my camera to capture this beautiful red bird against the fresh, white falling snow. It was taken through a window because I was afraid I would scare it away if I opened the door.

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Snow-covered landscape

Photograph by Megan Rehkopf

Truckee, California
This is from a snowshoeing trip near the Donner Lake Ski Park, which is near Lake Tahoe, California.

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Frozen red berries

Photograph by Margaret Souza

Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Our entire world was encased in ice. It was so quiet and beautiful.

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Adamant Mountains, California

Photograph by Pam Lefcourt

Adamant Mountains, California
Photography has opened up such a wonderful world for me! The beauty I see in nature is such an exciting part of my spiritual being. Photography is my passion. I'm a 64-year-old, single mom of two grown kids and three wonderful grandchildren. I'm very grateful for some "photo angels" who have been put in my life. My dream is to follow a pro photographer to learn technicalities. I am struggling with self-confidence and technicalities. This world is such a beautiful place!

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Desert

Photograph by Marie-Jose Eldering

Big Bend National Park, Texas
A beautiful national park with mountains, desert and the river. It's not too crowded, so sometimes it feels like you've got the park all to yourself! Just you and nature!

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Niagara Falls

Photograph by Diana Mankowski

Niagara Falls, New York
To me, this photo is like a winter painting in nature.

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Red berries and icy branches

Photograph by Sandra Dainora

Cambridge, Massachusetts
After a wintry nor'easter left much of the Boston area covered in snow and ice, the clouds finally parted and a blue sky emerged.

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Raccoon

Photograph by Tracie DeMotte

Ashville, New York
This adorable raccoon was looking for corn.

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Orange sky

Photograph by Susan Ayers

Northport, Alabama
I'm not a photographer, but I could not resist sending these snapshots I took of an absolutely heavenly sky.

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Cook Inlet

Photograph by Charlotte Shafer

Anchor River, Alaska
Take a look at Cook Inlet with snow-covered mountains in the background.

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Walking path

Photograph by Kathryn Gartmann

Merrill, Wisconsin
When autumn met winter head on! I took this photo while on a beautiful morning walk.

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Penguins

Photograph by Teri Dantzler

Antarctica
Winter in the United States is actually spring in Antarctica. I was given this trip as a gift from a very special man in my life. I will never forget the sights, the sounds and the endless smile that was on my face. This image is of the chinstrap penguins heading in and out of the ocean. It was like a freeway of continual movement.

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White flowers

Photograph by Lori Sollars

Catlin, Illinois
I took this photo a few weeks before a strong storm came through our area and split this tree in half. We now have a huge bare spot where this beautiful tree once stood. This photo is a close-up of the flowers that it produced every spring. I do have other photos of the tree in its entirety, but this is my favorite one. This huge, strong tree produced such beautiful, dainty flowers. I am in no way a professional photographer, just exploring with my new camera.

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Mountaintop

Photograph by Guy MacKenzie

Jamesville, New York
Even in the bleak midwinter there is a light—somewhere there is a light.

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River

Photograph by Vivian Merasty

Pelican Narrows, Saskatchewan, Canada
This image was taken on a winter morning in 2006. While everyone else was sleeping, I slipped out the door and captured this slow-moving river in Northern Saskatchewan just as the fog was lifting. I called this image "Beyond the Mist."

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View from a cave

Photograph by Kamelia Sojlevska

Skopje, Macedonia
This is a shot of the cave in Central Macedonia, Peshna. The cave has the largest entrance hole in Europe.

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Sunset

Photograph by Joao Fernandes

Easter Island
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my precious treasures with a large audience. I have an absolute and deep passion for traveling. I am committed to my travels in a profound way. I have been reading and studying about cultures, territories and environments for all my life. The world is so rich and diverse that I deeply feel that knowing it is the greatest privilege one can have. I feed myself from people and places. Our planet is a magical place.

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Lake Echo

Photograph by Pamela Prince

Denver, Colorado