Love The Grand Canyon? See It From a Different Angle With These 39 Breathtaking Images


1. Arizona Horseshoe Bend meander of Colorado River

The colors in this particular photo are astounding, aren’t they? There’s something pure and clean about looking at this image. This landscape, so different from most everything we see in our daily lives, hardly seems to be touched by humans. And here, too, we can see the changes that have occurred in the world over hundreds, if not thousands of years.

The Colorado River bends at this point, and it’s clear that it used to be much wider. You can see the areas that it used to fill, stretching out far beyond it’s modern banks, turning this bend into something a bit more like a very large pond or a very small lake. Will the river continue to recede and get smaller, or at some point in the future will it widen back up, regaining some of its lost ground? Only time will tell.

2. Grand Canyon and Colorado River

Here you can see two of America’s greatest natural treasures. The Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. These two go hand in hand, really, because without one, there wouldn’t be much of the other. And, visually, both of them support each other, too. There’s something about this image that makes you want to go on an adventure.

It makes you feel as though you could run out to the garage, grab your trusty canoe, and head on down the river, traveling between those astounding columns of rock and Earth. Of course, actually doing that would be a little bit more complicated, and it’s not recommended that you do, especially if you’re an amateur canoe-r, which most of us probably are.

There’s always the thought, though, and maybe someday… Hell, maybe tomorrow. After all, what’s really stopping you from getting in your car right now and heading over to the Grand Canyon?

3. Grand Canyon

Imagine the view here! Of course, as beautiful as it is, the looks aren’t all that make this point so breathtaking. Standing on the edge looking down, it can feel as though you’re a second away from falling into the massive canyon, being swallowed up forever. Or, you know, hitting the ground rather hard.

It takes quite a bit of courage to stand on the edge of this cliff and to look out over the rest of the world from that vantage point. Would you do it? If you would, you’d get a nice reward. There are few places on Earth more beautiful and filled with history than this right here.

And by standing on the edge, you not only get to absorb some of that beauty, but you also get to become part of the history of the place. So, go ahead, scoot on up.

4. Antelope Canyon

At first glance, this photo looks otherworldly, as though it were taken on Mars. But then, as the image sinks in, and you remember that people don’t get to walk around and take pictures on Mars, you’ll come to the delightful conclusion that this gorgeous, shocking image originates right here on Earth.

All across the globe are little secluded spots, sometimes celebrated, that people have fought to preserve because of the feelings those places inspire. The area around the Grand Canyon is one of these, and this picture perfectly captures the spirit that makes people want to preserve this and more of the Earth.

Where else could you suddenly feel like you’re on another world, lost but excited, on your own, exploring new territory. Sometimes it feels like everything has been seen and done before, but this place reminds you that you haven’t seen and done everything yet, so keep going.

5. Flowing Sand

Skilled photographers manage to capture many things when they take a photograph. Clearly this picture was taken by a skilled photographer. Staring at the falling sand, you get the sense that it really is moving down, almost as if the picture were animated. All the motion of the sand is captured here, you feel it moving forward, flowing down.

This image not only transports you to the place it was taken, but it makes that place feel alive, so you can get a sense of what it would really mean to be standing there, watching this sand move about, instead of just getting a sense of what this spot must look like. This image truly takes you to its location.

There’s magic in that. And there’s magic in what we’re seeing. The moving sand, swirling around on ancient rocks. This is a place that’s old, but still living and growing and changing.

6. Grand Canyon West Rim

Three thoughts go through my head as I look at this image. The first is simply: Wow. This is a beautiful picture of an incredible landscape, and it’s so great to see such a lack of human presence in a place. The second thought is: I really want to explore that area.

Walking around it, breathing its air, seeing things that perhaps no other person has ever seen, becoming part of that natural history — all would be amazing. The final thought is the least sophisticated, but I really can’t help myself… I want to push that boulder over the edge.

7. Grand Canyon Sunset

This really puts the sunset that I see every day in my town to shame. Seeing such a pure sunset, not blocked by buildings or smog, airplanes or cell towers, is a really rare experience these days. It seems like there’s always something that gets in the way.

I can only imagine what it would feel like to be all by yourself, standing at the top of one of those cliffs, overlooking the many valleys below you, taking in that pure sunset for the first time in your life. There’d be nothing else like it, that’s for sure.

8. Grand Canyon, Arizona

It’s not very often that you get to see a picture that so wonderfully captures the insane persistence of nature. At the top of such an incredible tower of sedimentary rock, there’s some green. A couple little trees, clinging to life at the edge of place that even a human would struggle to visit, much less use as a home!

Nothing can stop the force of nature. It made the rocks, originally, and it willed life to exist way up there, far removed from anything else in the area. Because it’s always pushing to survive, no matter what.

9. Beginning of Grand Canyon

Here seems like the best place for one to begin a journey down the river that runs right through the heart of the Grand Canyon. This is such a quiet space, and such a simple starting point that doesn’t seem to give away any hint of the wonders that would come to you further on down the line of your journey.

It feels good to look at a simple, peaceful spot like this and imagine that all the rest of the complexities of the Grand Canyon and its surrounding areas spring forth from this point that we’re seeing here.

10. Grand Canyon Rocks

At a glance this photograph seems to depict something that goes beyond the laws of physics. How can that giant boulder be supported by such a simple and small column of stone. It’s that simplicity in this picture that I think makes it so magical.

All we really get to see here is some rocks and sand, but that lack of complexity lets us focus in on the boulder, and it’s mysterious support, in a way that we probably wouldn’t if the picture were busy. Sometimes, without all our distractions, we can find simple things in life that baffle and amuse us.

11. The Watchtower

This is a really wonderful picture that perfectly shows how humans have come to change the shape of their landscape. Far to the left in the image it’s possible to see untouched nature, spreading out in all direction. But the right half of the picture shows a tower very obviously built from native peoples.

The stone melds in with the landscape, but the tower itself juts out and changes our perspective of the whole picture and the whole area. Still, it’s possible to imagine someone hundreds of years ago standing at the top of the tower, enjoying the view, just like us.

12. Bird Over Grand Canyon

Here is a great example of the difference between how humans and animals interact with their environment. People try to change the world, by building structures and technologies that make it easier to separate themselves from the natural world. Animals don’t.

They embrace the world around them, and in doing so, they become part of that landscape. They embrace the struggles of the natural environment, and frequently they thrive because of that. Unless some humans roll in and destroy the landscape that they’ve become a part of. So, uh… People win in the end, I guess.

13. Snow Canyon

We don’t usually associate the Grand Canyon with snow. After all, in it’s the desert right? But that’s what makes this picture so memorable, so shocking and worth seeing. As a person who comes from a place with intense winters, I’m not a fan of the snow.

The magic of seeing it fall to the Earth makes me grumble and complain, but even I’m impressed by the sight. It would be incredible to hear the crunch of your boots in the snow while knowing that you’re standing in the freaking Grand Canyon. Now, that’s an experience.

14. Colorado River

The Colorado River in this picture makes one hell of an entrance. Rarely does it look so green, or stand out so sharply from the landscape around it. After all, the river helped to shape everything else that you can see in the picture.

In most photos, the river tends to melt into the landscape of the Grand Canyon. Here, though, it commands attention, and even though it’s much smaller than it was thousands, or even hundreds, or one hundred, years ago, the Colorado River, in this image, gets all of the focus that it truly deserves.

15. Grand Canyon in Moonlight

There is so much that makes this picture great. First, the obvious. Seeing the Grand Canyon at night is incredible. It’s like you’re camping out, or living amidst the cliffs and valleys. Some of the streaks near the top of the picture look like they could be shooting stars, don’t they?

On top of that, getting such a clear of the different strata in the canyon rocks is also amazing. You can see the thousands of years of history put on display like an art exhibit that nature designed and put on display all by itself.

16. Grand Canyon

Have you ever wanted to travel to outer space? Do you have a desire to see strange foreign planets, to explore the universe around you and see things that you couldn’t possibly dream of? Well, unfortunately, you can’t. Space travel like that isn’t possible. Plus, you probably aren’t an astronaut, so that’s a bummer.

But you CAN go to the Grand Canyon, and, yes, that’s what you’re seeing in this picture. And if the land around the canyon is so alien, who knows what you might find while you’re out wandering among the rocks…

17. Arizona Sunset

There are few sights as breathtaking as this one right here. A gorgeous shot from high about the rocky landscape of Arizona, just as the sun it’s beginning it’s daily descent below the horizon. The rocks are bathed in a magical kind of light, and they work a certain kind of magic themselves.

You can see different eras of time in the sides of the cliffs here — each differently-colored section of rock comes from a different time. All are layered on each other so you can start at the bottom, the past, and work your way up into the present.

18. Colorado River

Ever wonder why ancient civilizations (and less ancient civilizations) always put their cities right next to rivers. Well, you can see the answer for yourself in this photo. The only life in the area here is springing out from the river’s shores. The nearby water provides the main ingredient for greenery and even animals.

Who knows what might be found crawling around the shore’s sand, or in those bits of green, or, possibly, floating around in the river water, enjoying the day and waiting for some food to swim by. Rivers, especially when cutting through deserts, are astounding!

19. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Sections of the desert often look like they’ve come straight from Mars, and the landscape shown in this picture is no different. There isn’t water in sight. The ground is red. The sky seems oddly colored. What if aliens are hiding out in the Grand Canyon?

It’s not a great theory, and most every human being on the planet would disagree, but come on, why not? At the very least, there’s got to be some strange animals roaming up and down and through the rocks. It’s got to take one hell of a tough creature to survive out there.

20. Sunset at the South Rim

The landscape seems to go on and on and on and on, doesn’t it? Almost like it’s an endless world for you to explore. Of course, our world is a world for you to explore, but that doesn’t mean that all of it looks like this. Unfortunately, not nearly all of it is even half this beautiful.

There’s something inviting in the muted colors and the hints of greenery that we see here. Something that makes you think that maybe it’d be possible to live out the rest of your life in the desert. But then again, could you stand it without a/c?

21. Desert View Sunset

Here’s a photo that looks like it’s come out of Egypt or possibly somewhere in the Sahara Desert — some exotic location far away that most of us will never see. But that’s an illusion. This is actually a shot of the Grand Canyon, right in the US, and frequented by tourists every single day.

The natural beauty of the world isn’t always far away, remote and nearly impossible to find, it’s all around us, right in our back yards and nothing captures that like this stunning image here, closer to home than we might imagine.

22. Grand Canyon National Park

This looks like a CG rendered shot from a movie about bigger-than-life heroes fighting on Mars, but really it’s an absolutely flooring picture from the depths of Grand Canyon national park. The muted reds and browns of the area are captured, as well as the amazing light of the sky at intermediary times.

The dust flowing around the hill in this picture is scuttled up during bouts of wind that constantly flood the desert area of the national park, meaning that this picture captures the kind of beauty that can be found frequently near the Grand Canyon.

23. Grand Canyon in Winter

Imagine a traditionally hot desert in the winter, getting cold enough at nights for the ground to be frosted, and occasionally even hold onto a thin layer of snow that might have drifted across it while the sun was hiding around.

That’s what you can see here, the great depths of the Grand Canyon framed by light snow build up, build up that manages to hold it’s ground only while it remains in the shadows that can linger for an extra-long time in the Grand Canyon. It’s a surreal but serene image of one of America’s national parks.

24. Sunrise at Mount Hayden

Mountains are usually thought of as rising up from the ground, towering over everything around them. But what if instead of being land that’s risen, mountains towered because everything else around them sunk low into the ground.

That’s the effect that you get by staring at Mount Hayden in the Grand Canyon national park. It sticks out of a red desert landscape that’s fallen deep below sea level, and the heavy wind of the desert has given it a sheer, almost grim facade. Hayden looks like a jagged tooth that’s been forced up through the desert landscape.

25. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

A poignant and powerful image with a strong foreground layer atop an out-of-focus landscape with a blistering sunset at it’s center. Here you can see a single, gnarled tree, seemingly forcing its way into life at the edge of a cliff overlooking the vast desert of Grand Canyon national park.

The tree is at once hopeful and utterly alone, and the sunset at the center of the picture’s background perfectly matches the mixed emotions of the sharply focused foreground. There’s a sort of yin and yang to this image that’s hard to find in other places.

26. Grand Canyon National Park

The photo is a balanced and relaxed image of the wonders than can be see in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. You can see the presence of some forms of life in the desert, small green trees and shrubs, that flourish along the sides of hills and mountains that aren’t always focused in the sunlight.

You can also see the great contrast between areas of light and darkness that are present but ever shifting each day in the park. This is a relaxed image, but one that manages to be simultaneously impressive and instructive for those viewing it.

27. Canyon and Sky

A somewhat disorienting image, it is nonetheless quite impressive. The boundary between land and sky is directly in the middle of the picture, but as each half is equally complex, equally interesting, and equally different, your brain will struggle to look at both simultaneously.

Both land and sky become more complicated with scenery as they recede into the background. Their simple beginnings will draw you in, and as your eyes float back into the complicated mess of each, they’ll meet that hard, well-defined border between the two right at the picture’s center. It’s a delightful effect.

28. Grand Canyon, Nevada

Desert life flourishes near sources of water, and luckily for those things that are trying their hardest to survive in the harsh desert environment of the southwestern United States, they’ve got the Colorado River on their side. This picture shows just how much life in the desert appreciates that.

The foreground is home to greenery that can only grow to be as strong as it is by relying on the river in the background of the image. This picture perfectly balances these two essentials — life and life giver. It’s a give and take that lends this picture a sense of peace.

29. Grand Canyon

Greenery, rainbows, blue sky, and thick clouds, all present in the desert. What a complicated series of things to see all in one image. This combination creates a breathtaking picture that lights up with hope and happiness.

Even better, the rainbow in the picture leaps out of a stretch of canyon, and the greenery climbs up the side of a hill in the foreground. Thick clouds recede into the background, promising some later payoff of buckets of rain that will lead to more greenery, more rainbows. It’s a self-sustaining image that capture the ebb and flow of life in the desert.

30. Grand Canyon Stars

What’s better than a starry night sky? How about one that hangs over a beautiful landscape pocked with valleys and layered with plateaus and incredible colors: Greens, grays, browns, deep reds. That’s what you get in this picture.

An unbelievable shot of the Grand Canyon stretching out into the horizon where lands melts into light purple sky dotted with brilliant white stars. The plateau most in the foreground seems like an idyllic place for someone to make a home. The whole picture gives out a sense of peace and calm while also offering absolute beauty.

31. Aerial View of Grand Canyon

This picture enhances the enormous sense of depth that one would get standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon. This flyover aerial view offers a good sense of the Canyon’s size while also showing off it’s creator, the Colorado River — here looking like a massive superhighway of life.

The staggered nature of the cliffs look like the rocky surface of Mars or the moon. The editing of this picture is astounding, sharpening the image’s edges while also muting the colors, allowing the shapes of the Canyon and the River to stand out, to be the main focus of the picture.

32. Mooney Fall

A beautiful shot of water and life tucked away in the desert landscape of Grand Canyon National Park. This waterfall almost looks like a sheet of crystal that’s springing out of the rough red rock behind it. This image is full of life, all coming into existence because of the blue-white water that makes up the pictures focus.

There’s a gorgeous and strong tree in the center of the image’s background, but scattered throughout are spots of green, forcing their way up through the desert ground and into the open air around them. This picture is a hopeful one.

33. Grand Canyon in Winter

A paradox in a single image. Here we can see a layer of snow covering the top of a hill in the foreground, but everywhere else in the picture is dry, red rock and sand, all of it appearing just as warm as one would expect the Grand Canyon National park to be.

The valley in the center of the picture is large and flat, and perfectly contrasts with the green and snow scene that first greets your eyes when you take a look at the picture. This captures the incredible diversity that is the Grand Canyon.

34. Grand Canyon

This image looks like something out of a science fiction movie, and, undoubtedly, Grand Canyon National Park has been used for filming some pretty fantastic science fiction movies, but this isn’t an image of Mars taken from powerful telescopes.

The strange yellow glow that covers the land comes from how the sun filters through the air in the area, and the deep “craters” are nothing more than dips in a land that is commonly now to be constructed from rough hewn rock. A shocking and intriguing picture that captures a side of a national landmark that most people haven’t seen before.

35. Track in Gorge

When most people think of the Grand Canyon, they probably don’t imagine a picturesque fall landscape that is at once cozy and beautiful. But, parts of the Grand Canyon are exactly that! This image shows a track in the Grand Canyon that is covered with brilliant red leaves, fallen from trees that have managed to cling to life thanks to the force of the Colorado River.

The surrounding stones are overgrown with green — grasses, bushes, and some moss. Altogether this makes for an inviting scene, one that seems both familiar and foreign, just begging to be explored.

36. Grand Canyon

A serene sunset in a landscape that is entirely made up of warm colors. Just looking at this picture can raise your body temperature while also slowing your heart rate. Beneath the sunset can be seen a hole in some rock that seems to lead to a path and potentially even water.

The hidden path beckons viewers deeper into the picture, which itself seems to beg for exploration with the eyes. There are so many quiet details hidden in one image, that the initial burst of sunset eventually opens up into a much more exciting sight.

37. Colorado Canyon

Most of the Grand Canyon is dusty-colored, ancient stone, and this picture shows that. But between the two towers of stone featured in the foreground of the image, one can see a stretch of land that is covered in the greens of trees and shrubs. The image demonstrates that there’s much more to the Grand Canyon than meets the eye.

The natural landscape, and the photo of it, subverts one’s expectations and challenges their pre-made thoughts. The picture invites people to come and explore the natural landscape, to see with their own eyes what mysteries it holds.

38. Wotan’s Throne, View from North Rim

Some sections of Grand Canyon National Park break away from the desert and spring forth into green life. Wotan’s Throne is like that, and this stunning ariel shot shows the extent of the greenery in this small area.

The interplay between brown and green, shadows and light, deep valley and high peaks, creates a breathless sense of movement and action. The life of this region is captured and put on display, so that viewers can become a part of the life that exists in this subset of the Grand Canyon. Exciting and intriguing all at once.

39. Grand Canyon September Sunrise

This picture of Grand Canyon National Park puts on displays colors the likes of which are rarely seen in the Park. The sunset that is the subject of the picture makes everything around it explode in brilliant colors. The sky turns from shocking purple to serene blue, and the clouds sharpen in relief against their luminous background.

The land beneath also transforms, greens becoming deep symbols of life, and the ancient sandy browns of the desert show their age and resonate with everything else around them. There’s a whole universe in this image, and it’s a pleasure to take in.

26 Stunning Images of Woodland Animals in Their Natural Habitat


1. Woodland caribou

Caribou and beaches aren’t usually thought of together, but this photo features a particularly adventurous four-legged animal. In the far background of the image, you can see the woods, a much more suitable home for a caribou, but the foreground is dominated by the beach scene and the animal itself. Its walking with its head tilted slightly forward, almost as though is getting ready to charge. Whatever the caribou’s target might be, however, can’t be seen in this picture. Instead we are left with nothing but the animal itself and the white-gold sand of the beach that its walking on.

2. Grizzly Bear

The bear in this picture looks more relaxed than most people ever get to experience. Here is a perfect example of animals being at one with the natural world around them. This bear has found himself a decent resting place, almost a table, even, and it comes in the form of a fallen chunk of log. The bear doesn’t need much, but the log provides everything all at once. It looks like trees are scarce in this area, making the bear’s discovery of such a perfect place to sit down and take a breather even more serendipitous.

3. Deer posing in the woodlands

These deer are traveling through a clearing in the woods, pacing through the tall grass, but clearly something stopped them mid-journey. Their ears are perked up. These guys are on full alert, their eyes fixed in one place, unwavering, keeping watch for any visible signs of danger. There’s so much life in this picture. It’s easy to imagine all the action that was taking place just before this just was taking, and it’s easy to imagine exactly what will happen next. The deer will run away, hiding back in the forest, finding shelter amidst the thick trees.

4. Red deer

The nature photographer who took this picture was clearly spotted by her subject. That or she made enough noise to attract attention to herself. This lovely horned deer is wandering about, probably snacking on some of the tall grasses that grow vibrantly in this place, but something has pulled her attention away from the food and peace of the space that she’s currently occupying. One can only imagine that this distraction has come in the form of a pesky photography, traipsing through the grasses to get a brilliant shot. The consolation prize is this: The picture is indeed brilliant.

5. Squirrel Central Park

Nature doesn’t have to exist far from home, and this picture proves that effortlessly. Here is a shot of a squirrel, happily tucked away by the roots of a tree, enjoying some kind of meal. Clearly it’s fall, as thick chunks of yellow and orange leaves are scattered across the ground that the squirrel occupies. This isn’t some crazy woodland shot, though. This picture was taken right in the heart of Central Park, a bastion of nature in one of the world’s most developed cities. Clearly human preservation serves some kind of powerful purpose after all.

6. Wild Boar Kiss

Who knows what strange things are going on when two animals communicate. There are signs of what they are trying to convey to one another, surely, but we can’t know for sure what exact information is being exchanged. It’s that lack of possible knowledge that makes this image so intriguing. Two boars here appear to be sharing some kind of intimate moment, a kiss, even, but we can’t be sure that they are communicating love to one another. We can’t be sure of anything at all. Still, the picture is loving and peaceful and perhaps even moving.

7. Roaring deer

Here, captured forever in a picture, is a sight that you don’t just get to see every day. A deer is standing in a field, alone, it’s mouth open wide and head raised, as though this picture was taken mid-shout. Of course, we can’t know what’s really happening here, but the sense of sound forwarded by this picture is incredible. What is the deer calling out for? The possibilities are endless, and this simplicity of this shot lets the enigmatic nature of this moment ring true. The curiosity can fill our brains and delight us all at once.

8. Bear

Bears are thought of as fearsome creatures, monsters that attack campsites and chase innocent people through the forest, trying to savagely rip them limb from limb. This picture, however, doesn’t continue that notion. Instead, the image challenges it. Here we see a skinny looking bear carefully picking its way over a gravely terrain, just outside the cover of forest trees. This bear looks vulnerable, and almost frightened. Surely it wouldn’t attack someone for no reason. In fact, it looks like it could use the help of people, like it could befriend them rather than be an antagonistic beast.

9. Grizzly bear

It’s easy to forget that animals, especially mammals, have family structures that echo our own. This picture brings awareness to that fact by showing us a mother bear and her cub. Both of them are soaking wet, and are wading through a shallow and rocky creek. Clearly they’ve just spent some time getting dinner — fish who swam through the creek but not quite fast enough. Both of the animals look happy, contented, and they obviously are each comforted by the presence of the other. Because at the end of the day, even bears aren’t that different from humans.

10. Badger near its burrow

This is a crystal clear shot that was obviously taken by a very skilled photographer with an excellent camera and a good eye for nature pictures. This badger is unaware that it’s being photographed, but that’s because something else altogether has captured its attention. It is sticking its head just above its burrowing, looking out across the ground in front of it. Judging by how wide the badger’s eyes are at this moment, it’s been taken by surprise. There’s no way of knowing what happened next, but this image is fraught with tension.

11. Wild boar in the forest

When it comes to the world of nature photographer, it’s hard to get any better than a picture taken in a forest during autumn. The vibrancy of the fall colors really adds to the photograph, even if its main subject is unrelated to the season. That’s the case with this picture. The main subject is a young boar who is happily and peacefully trampling through the forest, but the overall picture is made even more delightful by the thick coating of fire-y colored leaves that covers the forest floor. These bring a whole new life to an already exciting picture.

12. Wolf with cubs

Here’s a vulnerable moment for animals caught on camera. There’s so much love and wonder in this one simple picture. We can see a family of wolves traveling through a forest — judging by the green leaves everywhere, it must be the middle of summer. The wolves are padding along their way, there’s three of them in total. The adult is on the lookout, making sure that the cubs remain safe at all times. The cubs themselves are looking all around the forest, clearly curious about their surroundings, which are still new and fresh for them.

13. Beautiful owl

The owls in this photograph seem at peace with their surroundings, though it is painfully apparent that they don’t live the same free lives as many other animals do. This picture shows us the natural world, in the form of the animals, but it doesn’t shy away from the fact that humans have massively impacted that world. The entire background of the image is a sea of green that is clearly blocked off from the owls by the sharp gray steel of a chain link fence. The owls have their own habitat, but it isn’t a natural one.

14. Beautiful owl in a forest

This owl is absolutely gorgeous. Most of its feathers are a shining white down, but interlaced throughout that breathtaking sheen are lines of brown that serve both as accents to the white and as creators of a vibrant pattern. The owl is staring almost angrily into the camera’s lens, as though it’s upset to have the normal structure of its day interrupted by the presence of a photographer trying to immortalize this moment of natural life. Still, one eye remains half-closed, so that the owl can be fully prepared to go right back to sleep once this moment passes.

15. Lynx in the forest


It’s hard to decide what is most eye catching in this picture, the lynx that serves as its subject and centerpiece, or the incredible ghostly scattering of colors and light that comprises the entire background of the image. That background looks almost like a watercolor painting, and it is stunning when juxtaposed to the very real, very “photographic” quality of the lynx in this picture. The animal itself looks so alive, as though even now it’s preparing to leap out of the picture, into your home and office, where it can stalk and explore a whole new area.

16. Beaver chewing a piece of apple

If you’ve ever wondered what perfect satisfaction looks like, this picture will show it to you. Here we see a beaver with thick brown, nearly black, fur that’s entirely soaked with water, lending the beaver a slick-but-dense look that it couldn’t possibly have if it was dry and on land. Ripples of whatever extend outward from the beaver, a permanent disruption in this lake’s flow. The beaver himself, though, is hardly disrupted at all. It’s found an apple, and is floating in the water, chewing peacefully and happily at its new, tasty snack.

17. Eagle

This picture was excellently timed. An eagle is lifting off into the air. Its wings are, magnificently, spread wide, making this bird look as large as possible. The appearance is both stunning and frightening. Here is an animal of undeniable power and grace, and that’s not something that you get to see every single day of your life. The lack of detail in the rest of the photograph helps to emphasize this sense of the eagle being fully worthy of your full attention. What’s really charming, though, is the eagle’s feet. This picture was taken in the instant before they release the log, sending the bird into the air.

18. Raccoon In Tree

Some pictures are capable of making you feel an intense emotion, or emotional connection to whatever it is you are seeing. Other pictures are able to bring personality and a human sense of “life” to things that aren’t at all human. This picture, featuring a raccoon somewhat comfortable tucked into a crevice in a great big tree, manages to do both of those things at once. The raccoon’s eyes are the standout feature of this photograph. They shimmer and shine with beauty, but also with pain, and that pain is what humanizes the animal and makes you feel empathy for it.

19. Great Spotted Woodpecker

This picture is so much more than an action shot of a woodpecker and its ongoing, yet futile, quest to fell a tree. The colors of this picture are strange and twisting, and they almost seem to be carried forward by brushstrokes, giving this photograph a uniquely painted feeling that nicely accents the natural scene it depicts. The entire picture seems more organic because of the way that colors and outlines meld together, all becoming one, just as the woodpecker has, in a way, become one with the tree that it is so dedicated to eventually destroying.

20. Portrait Elk

A chilly photograph. The elk that serves as the picture’s subject is standing amidst all that snow, staring into the heart of the camera and the face of the photographer. The background of trees telescopes out from behind the elk. All of the trees look similar enough, tall, thin, grayish brown and lightly coated in snow, that they blend together into a general “sense” of the forest that serves to enclose this entire scene,wrapping it all around you as you look on, so that you begin to feel the same chill that the elk must feel.

21. Canadian female Duck With Camouflage

Ducks are usually thought of in ponds or lakes, floating around and making obnoxious sounds all day long while waiting for children to come by and throw little chunks of bread at them. This photograph doesn’t satisfy that idea, but it’s no less pleasurable to look at for being different. Here we see a duck in mid-flight, and there’s a sense of freedom that comes from this. There’s also a certain sense of danger. The duck is flying right into the forest, meaning that it will have to maneuver quickly and carefully, but it seems sure in its path.

22.  Mountain goat

This picture manages to give you the sense of a particular animal while also viscerally placing you in its environment. The goat that is the main focus of the photo is pushed into the leftmost third of the frame, and it’s cocked head speaks either of childish curiosity or age-old wisdom. In the background a massive lake can be seen, and surely this is where the goat gets most of its drinking water. Far, far behind the lake lie giant mountains, looming over the entire scene, but doing so peacefully, even benevolently. This is where the goat lives.

23. Lynx

The lynx in this picture are on the lookout. Now, whether they are scouting out prey or watching for some potential attacker is unclear, but every member of this slightly unconventional feline family has their eyes wide open, and they’re all looking in one direction or another. There’s a forceful velocity to this image that comes entire from skillful focusing. The lynx are arranged in a line, and they get steadily more and more out of focus as the line shoots deeper into the forest. This pulls you out through the forest as a viewer, putting you right in their world.

24. Deer in sunset in the forest

One of the most magnificent deer images to every be captured. Here we see a massive, very impressive buck, it’s antlers spread wide, standing in a gap between two segments of trees. It’s twilight, and just behind the deer the sun is setting, but it’s still early enough that the deer hasn’t yet been entirely silhouetted. This gives the animal a ghostly appearance, as though it’s only really half there, and indeed the entire scene depicted in the image only seems half real, as though everything that can be seen is just rising up out of a dream.

25. Wolf pack

Here we see a pack of fully grown wolves, all on their feet, and all clearly full of energy. Unfortunately for them, that energy can carry them so far. What is at first glance a gorgeous nature shot becomes something altogether more complicated upon closer inspection. The far left part of the image reveals that the wolves are actually trapped in an enclosure — there won’t be any running or hunting for them. This picture shows us just how much energy nature has, and exactly how much humanity has constricted and contained that energy, refusing to let it act.

26. Large Brown Bear fishing

Here we can see a bear in the act of catching its own dinner. The bear is in mid-leap, standing in the middle of a rapid flow of water. Spray is flying everywhere, and the bear’s coat of fur has been dampened by the water around it. Presumably just beneath the white and foamy surface of the water is a large fish that the bear will be munching on. This picture gives viewers the feeling of all that momentum and dedication, all that singular focus, that the bear must have in order to catch its dinner.

Enjoy These 21 Magnificent Mountain Sunsets That Are Enough To Pull You Outdoors!

1. Sunset on the Paternkofel mountain range

There’s a wonderful gradient of colors in this photograph that’s incredibly enlivening and invigorating despite the fact that this picture is taken at sunset, a day on its way out, settling in for bed. The sun is situated between mountains in the leftmost third of the photograph, making it even more of a pull for the eyes than it would be otherwise. The sky is decorated with clouds that are muted shades of purple, drifting through a sea of blue that transitions from light to dark as it approaches the top of the image.

2. Mountain sunset winter

This photograph manages to capture a shot of a sunset in the mountains while making the physical location of the scene much less eye catching than the general aesthetic of the area. The mountains here are almost blocked out by a combination of things including their relative size, their color (thanks to the blanket of snow that’s been tossed over them), and their shading (they are entirely in shadow, due to the sunset. The sun blasts out of the center of the image, though, the real ‘star’ of this photograph, lighting up the image with life.

3. Amazing mountain sunset with red clouds

Here is a sunset image that invites you into it in several ways. The colors are the first thing that pop out of the picture, and in this department, the real shining stars are the deep red clouds that streak through the upper half of the image. They manage to even put the sun itself to shame. But subtler details also image and pull you into the picture, like a foot trail, a worn down path, that leads you up to the top of the hill featured here, drawing you right up to the most brilliant patch of sunset-ridden sky.

4. Great Smoky Mountain Sunset

Here is a sweeping landscape shot that would be impressive had it been taken in the middle of the day, but the sunset that lies at the heart of the image makes it absolutely stunning. The Smoky Mountains sweep up to either side of the image, with a green, tree-filled valley lying between them. The sky is only visible through this same opening, but at the end of it lies the sun, halfway through its descent below the horizon, and masked by a thin layer of clouds so that it doesn’t overwhelm the picture, but rather enhances what is already there.

5. Smoky Mountain Sunset

A pale star floats, waveringly, above a series of mountains that have been layered overtop of one another to produce an effect that feels like a blue print of nature, or perhaps a sort of natural gradient scale. As each mountain layer sinks further back into the picture, it becomes paler and less defined, the boundaries between land and sky less definite than those of the layer above it. The sun sends out a similar gradient, and the sky echoes the land creating a delightful symmetry that doesn’t get old, but instead continually draws the eyes in deeper and deeper.

6. Smoky Mountains

This photograph could almost be a painting. The colors here a muted and soft, reminiscent of the quiet twilight feeling that comes with the sunset. There are very few mountains visible in this image, just the sides of a few, and each of these without any definitive details (though the mountainside most in the foreground carries with it the silhouettes of some trees). The focus here is the sun, the picture’s only real source of hot color, amidst a sea of gray-blues and blacks. But more than that, the focus is the feeling this picture gives to its viewers.

7. Mountain sunset panorama from peak – Slovakia Tatras

This picture is rich in physical details, color contrasts, and natural delights. Since it’s a panorama shot, it seems to curve back into itself, giving it a strangely warped feeling. Starting at the right side, individual rocks and blades of grass can be seen. As your eyes travel left along the picture, some of these details vanish, but they’re replaced with brilliant contrasts produced by a blazing and setting sun that is situated far, far back into the world of the image. The mountains really come to life here, as patches of snow and bundles of rocks rise up out of the image.

8. Mountain Sunset Panorama

This picture is set far back, allowing a clear vision of all the mountains featured here. The picture is alive, and it seems filled with moving parts, not the least of which are the clouds at the top of the picture that really seem to be rolling across the entire image, along with your eyes. The sun here is masked by the peak of a mountain, but its light rolls throughout everything seen here, illuminating some details and hiding other, but really making each mountain peak stand out on its own, stabbing into the ever-darkening sky.

9. Green Mountain Sunset

The entire landscape visible in this image is the focus here, rather than just the mountains that can be seen, slightly, in the leftmost segment of the picture. Out to the right, a massive expanse of plains and life can be seen, with the sun descending into that mess. But that far out from the camera, the details of the landscape begin to blur. For a closer look, the foreground, that takes up most of the picture, has to be examined. Here all the greenery and life of this region really pop into existence and shine amidst the dying light of the day.

10. Peak of the hill with pathway and mountain sunset

The sweeping green hillside contrasts beautifully with the alternately gray and yellow sky that can be seen in this picture. These seem almost to be two opposing forces, and indeed something about this contrast makes it look as though the hillside has been cut out of another image and pasted onto the background of graying sky. Still, each component of this picture is equally enthralling and intriguing, whether you’re pulled in by details like the desire path along the hill, or the color gradients shooting throughout the sky.

11. Nice mountain sunset with stair, Taiwan

Here is a crowded pathway in the mountains, a human made trail that allows people to appreciate the depth of the natural beauty around them. Thanks to this picture, that beauty can be appreciated from anywhere in the world. Thin layers of clouds float along the mountains paths, obscuring the view, but making it all the more magical because of that. The sunlight scatters through the fog, creating delightful wisps of light that have a life of their very own. The people seem out of place in all the nature, but the incongruity is pleasing in its own way.

12. Mountain Sunset Landscape

In this picture, the shadow figures of mountains serve only to accent the fiery red of a sky that takes up most of the frame. The sunset here is fierce, and it burns through every inch of the sky. Clouds are lit with deep reds and oranges, making them seem like bundles of flames floating above the ground, which can’t help but shrink into shadow in the face of all that incredible fire above. Beams of sunlight create an X that spreads through the image. The shadows of the mountains provide excellent contrast from the exploding brightness of the rest of the picture.

13. Mountain sunset autumn Tatra landscape, Slovakia

A rocky and mountainous terrain with an incredible swirling sky that recedes far into the distance, chasing across plains to the faint hint of another batch of mountains and rocks. That’s what you can see in the picture, a photograph that creates a wonderful sense of space and place, while also managing to remain fresh and entertaining, vibrant and full of interesting, if frequently earth-toned, colors. This picture was masterfully taken, and transports you to a foreign land while letting you fill it with your own imagination. This is a photograph that is begging for you to explore it.

14. Mountain sunset panorama landscape – in Italy Alps – Dolomites

Here is a stunning image that comes out of the Alps in Italy. The scene, while not taking place in winter, is chilly. The mountains stand out amidst the flat landscape, and they stick awkwardly straight up into the air, like a set of teeth that’s been dulled down over the years from excessive use. The sun is hidden in the image, but the tinge in the sky that hints towards it being twilight still ring through and true. Another interesting lighting effect is taking place, though. Arcing above the jagged mountains is a single rainbow.

15. A man in mountain sunset winter

This is a solitary picture, but it manages not to be a lonely one. That’s mostly due to the amount of life that exists in the landscape here. No one could feel lonely in that vibrant of a place. The sun shines in the sky looking like a perfect recreation of a child’s drawing of a sun. Below that brilliant source of light, snowy mountains rise and fall, expanding and contracting like a breathing chest, spreading out in every direction. It’s impossible to know what the man making his way across this place is thinking, but he must be loving the view.

16. Mountain Sunset

Here is a picture of mountains like looks more like a photo-realistic painting of a fantasy novel world than anything else. These mountains are perfect rolling peaks, and the foreground contains a too-good-to-be-true rocky footpath across the peak of one mountain. As if that weren’t enough, everything is coated in an amazing layer of green life, from small trees, to moss, to grass, and shrubs. The only thing that is missing from the scene is the silhouette of a dragon flying through the sky. In its place is an unbelievable sunset.

17. Snow-covered Mountain Valley Sunset

These snowy mountains are obscured by a thin layer of fog that’s rising up into the air from the mystic river that flows straight through the middle of the valley that separates each of the mountain ranges in this picture. The sky is thick with fogs above the scene, but they are lit with all sorts of oranges, pinks, and reds that are shooting off the sun, which has just sunk below the peaks of the mountains. A cold and inviting scene that is the perfect example of ideal winter wilderness, begging to be explored, mapped, lived in.

18. Mountain sunset summer

A quiet place. Cold, but bathed in sunlight. Sitting far above the rest of the world, even above the clouds themselves. It’s this place that this photograph takes you to. The peak of a mountain, rocky and covered in patchy bits of snow, holdouts from the fast fading winter months. The sun here shines brightly, and because this place is so high in the sky, it’s impossible to tell if the sun is setting or rising, but either way it illuminates this strange place with ghostly and magical light, furthering the sense that here you are entirely removed from the world.

19. Mountain Sunset Landscape

Sunset, rainbow, fog, green, mountain. A series of nouns that seems to potent to be mixed together, but everything in that list is present in this fantastic nature shot of a sunset far up in the mountains, with hints of fog in the lowlands below, and with a massive rainbow shooting across the sky like a star flying through space seen in the middle of the night. There’s a sense of paradise in this image. It fills you with both a longing, mostly a longing to be in a place that beautiful, and an immense sense of peace.

20. Winter Landscape

This disorienting shot takes you far up into the mountains, above the mountains even, and inverts your gaze so you’re looking almost straight down the slopes. Thick patches of trees cover the otherwise rocky sides of these peaks, and snow coats everything, creating a stark, cold, but all the more intriguing for it, scene. Clouds mask the sky, but far back in the image there’s a gap in them that serves to reveal a quickly setting sun. Soon, all these trees and snow and mountains will be plunged into darkness, but even then they’ll be alive.

21. Sunset in Mountain

Wisps of clouds float through the center of this image, drifting over the mountainous landscape that’s not far beneath them. Rays of sunlight punctuate the image, streaking through it in such a way that they aren’t always distinguishable from the rest of the landscape and air. It’s a subtle touch that gives an otherworldly feeling to this otherwise standard image of mountains in the winter, snow covered, with bits of rock and dirt peaking through the drifts, just the same way that the setting sun peaks through clouds that manage to drift even higher up in the sky.