Magnificent moon photos from around the world
These lovely lunar images from England to Israel to Japan leave us moonstruck.
We may need the sun for food and light, but the moon holds a special place in our hearts. There's something about its quiet beauty, such as in the above photo taken near Eilat, a popular resort town in southern Israel. It has inspired us to write poetry about its curves and make soundtracks for its eclipses. That's why we've gathered together some of the most beautiful photos of the moon from around the world.
Trees and a bird create a striking silhouette in front of the full moon in this photo taken in Jerusalem on Sept. 17, 2016. Jerusalem is no stranger to majestic light scenes; the city celebrates a Festival of Light in its Old City every summer that features massive sound and light displays as well as performances. People from around the world travel to see these artistic displays, though photos like this one make us think that man-made lights are nowhere near as awe-inspiring as natural ones.
The Matterhorn, a mountain in the Alps, sits on the border between Switzerland and Italy. No one was able to climb to its top until 1865, when English mountaineer Edward Whymper led a band up to its peak. This photo was taken on the Swiss side of the mountain in Zermatt, a resort famous for climbing and skiing.
This California national park is full of stark beauty, as evidenced by these giant orange rocks and striking sunset. Torrents of rain and strong winds rattle the area, which is full of unusual geological features and dark night skies. It's named after the Joshua Tree, a species that mostly lives in the Mojave Desert. These plants grow fast and can live to be hundreds, or sometime thousands, of years old.
The Sun is down, but this southeastern German city is in full swing. Locals in Regensburg, Germany, celebrate a folk festival with a Ferris wheel, rides and other entertainment. This city is a cultural hotspot: its medieval town center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city features theaters, music halls and museums.
It's hard to tell what's more eye-catching in this photo: the blue sky, the tree silhouette or the reflective pond. The moon rises behind a tree in Hampden Beach Reserve, a campground in southeastern New Zealand. Guests play on the beach, go birdwatching, explore marine life and stargaze at night. And, presumably, moon-gaze.
Mt. Fuji, an active volcano near Tokyo, Japan, may rival the moon as an object for poetic inspiration. It's the country's highest peak and can be seen in photos, postcards and paintings around the world. According to UNESCO, the mountain has “inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries.”
An eagle seems to be trying to taste the moon as it sits on a tree in the Pantanal, the planet's largest tropic wetland, in Brazil. This geological marvel spreads over an area of somewhere between 54,000 and 75,000 square miles and features a diverse group of plants and animals, some of which can be found nowhere else in the world. So if you ever want to see a marsh deer or giant otter river, you should start your search here.
This hypnotic scene spreads across the American southwest, near Nevada's Amargosa Valley. Here, the Amargosa river flows through the valley all the way to Death Valley, California. This desert river, which carries on for 200 miles, only flows when rainfall washes through the area, a relatively rare event.
This mountain range is over 932 miles long and stretches across central Europe. It's a habitat for wolves, lynxes and brown bears, as well as a huge variety of plant species, and its foothills are full of mineral waters, which are great for both drinking and healing. Of course, judging by this mysterious, yet peaceful photo, its glorious vistas may be healing enough.
This swampy coniferous forest in Alaska is beautiful enough on its own, but sometimes the sky decides to take things up a notch. These colorful rainbow lights are the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. They're made when electrons collide with the Earth's atmosphere, releasing energy in the form of light.
Timna Valley, a national park located in southern Israel, is famous for its odd formations. Over millions of years, the elements swept the valley's sandstone, shaping it into beautiful and mysterious forms.
"The Timna Valley is one of the very few untouched regions left in the deserts of Israel," Erez Ben-Yosef, an archaeology professor at Tel Aviv University, told From The Grapevine. "With its colorful rock formations and dramatic landscape, it has a stunning beauty that has captivated visitors for more than two centuries."
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