Image of Red Sea dwarf sweepers included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition. Image of Red Sea dwarf sweepers included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition. A 'ball' of thousands of Red Sea dwarf sweepers, also called 'glass fish' for their transparent body. During the months of April-May, when the sea is full of food, the sweepers come to the area en masse. (Photo: Noam Kortler)

U.N. showcases a country that's a force of nature

Israel's natural beauty is celebrated with riveting photography display.

Israel prides itself on its variety of natural landscapes and unspoiled scenery. And no wonder: the country's biodiversity is impressive. Its landscape is dotted with everything from snowy mountaintops and sunburnt deserts to evergreen forests and pristine beaches.

This visual variety is on show in a new exhibit at the United Nations in New York City. Titled "The Natural Side of Israel," it brings together a beautifully curated selection of nature photographs captured by Israeli photographers. Here's a sampling of what's in the show:

Image of maritime squill included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition.A pair of maritime squill, common throughout all of Israel, in the midst of their bloom. (Photo: Daniel Winter)

Image of the Dead Sea included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition.A glimpse of the Dead Sea from a small cave formed by the crystallizing salt throughout the receding shoreline. (Photo: Ilia Shalamaev)

Image of lagoons included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition.The first touches of light hit the golden lagoons on the sea side of Achziv National Park. (Photo: Doron Nissim / NPA)

Image of starlings included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition.A flock of common starlings numbering hundreds of members looks like a pillar of smoke rising from a factory's chimney. (Photo: Ariel Leshinsky)

Image of Haifa's lush seaside included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition.A field of daisies and sea lavender on the Haifa shoreline. (Photo: Amit Haas)

Image of seagulls included in the UN's 'The Natural Side of Israel' exhibition.Seagulls in Ein Gev pounce on fishing nets recently pulled from the Sea of Galilee. (Photo: Miriam Tsachi)

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