Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) in flight over mountain peaks with glacier
Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) in flight over mountain peaks with glacier in the distance, Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. Winner of Landscape category, Nature's Best / Windland Smith Rice Awards competition 2010
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Russian space station Mir over a storm on Earth
Mir space station. Fisheye lens view of the Russian space station Mir ('peace') orbiting over a storm (lower centre) on Earth. Mir was launched in February 1986. Consisting originally of a core module and docking facilities, a variety of science modules have been added to Mir, increasing its mass from its original 21 tonnes to over 100 tonnes. Image taken from shuttle Atlantis whilst it was docked with Mir as part of mission STS-79 during 16-26 September 1996. The mission's main purpose was to transport supplies to Mir as well as collecting and returning Shannon Lucid, an American astronaut, to Earth. Photographed over Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean.
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The Quiraing - Trotternish Ridge Light - Scotland
Also referred to as The Quiraing or Cuith-Raing is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish or TrA²ndairnis (Scottish Gaelic) on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
Taken in dramatic December weather, the stormy ephemeral light opens and beams of short lived godrays radiate down over the spiked land formation called The Cleat, Loch Cleat, and Loch Leum na Luirginn below. The highest ridge to the right is called Dun Dubh, and the interesting craggy dinosaur back - shark fin formation on the lower right is called Cnoc a Mheirlich.
© Matt Anderson Photography