15 Nature Photos That Will Change the Way You See the World

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Nature is all around us. It’s the sky above our heads, it’s the foliage that changes with the seasons, and it’s the wildlife we share it all with.

Photographers all over the world are capturing moments in nature that make us rethink how we see the world.

From bears fighting in Alaska to a volcano erupting in Hawaii, these are some of the most captivating pictures of nature, according to insider.com.

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The right light can make greenery pop, like this forest in Colorado.

This picture was taken in Colorado near the San Juan Mountains, and the photographer, Alex Noriega, calls the image “Limelight.”

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The rainbow captured in this photo adds a magical element to the greenery down below.

This photo was taken on the island of Kauai, which is known for its tropical rainforest.

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But trees can be even more captivating when they change colors during the fall.

The trees in the Kashmir Valley in India change drastically during the fall.

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In the winter, trees are dusted with snow, like this forest in the Yellowstone National Park.

In Yellowstone National Park, the most common tree is the lodgepole pine, which covers 80% of the park.

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These trees in Mount Rainier, Washington, are even beautiful when hidden under layers of snow.

The photographer, Alex Noriega, calls this photo “Hibernation.”

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While some trees grow together in a forest, some stand-alone, like this one in Aruba.

The photographer, Claire Droppert said, “This Caribbean gem provides an abundance of opportunities to capture the quintessential feeling of silence in a unique, diverse and stunning landscape Aruba has to offer.”

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Beaches also have the ability to capture the world’s natural beauty.

“What an amazing sunset this was,” photographer Mark Gray said. “As the tide raced in I kept relocating my tripod further and further back until the light peaked and I captured this amazing moment.”

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Sometimes beach landscapes can seem completely out of this world, like this one in Australia.

“I spent a couple of hours working the scene in the dark and finally settled on this unique photo of the 12 Apostles with all the glory of the Milky Way above,” photographer Gray said.

“When reviewing the photograph, I was pleasantly surprised to have captured the colors of a suspected Aurora on the horizon, or perhaps it was just light reflecting off the lingering sea mist? I guess we will never know.”

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Meanwhile, this panorama captures the beauty of what’s under the water’s surface.

“Once we arrived at Hardy Reef we completed a number of laps of the area at different altitudes and I got to work, capturing a number of vertical and horizontal panoramas,” Gray said.

“This was my first time shooting vertical panoramas from a helicopter. As expected, the biggest challenge was avoiding the rotors at the top of the frame. I had to lean out of the chopper quite a way in the end but nailed this unique capture of such an incredible part of Australia.”

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Mountains are another popular focal point in nature photography — and for good reason.

This photo was taken at the Fredvang Bridges in Norway where the massive mountains seem to tower over the water and the road.

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Up close, the Sierra Nevadas seem to be engulfed in a sea of fog and clouds.

The Sierra Nevada mountain range stretches along the eastern border of California.

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Even the mountains in the Arctic make for gorgeous nature photography.

“One of the biggest challenges of shooting the Arctic is just how changeable it is, nothing stays the same for very long,” Gray said.

“The following day I drove past and stopped in for a look, this scene had changed completely. The foreground ice had disappeared, most likely destroyed or relocated by the tidal movements during the night.”

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Some land formations like the famous pitchfork dune in the Namibia desert can also be a breathtaking example of nature at its best.

This photo was taken at sunrise in the Sossusvlei.

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The Coyote Buttes are a breathtaking geological feature on the Utah and Arizona border.

The Coyote Buttes are known as “The Wave” because of the undulating red and orange rock formations. While it’s a popular tourist destination, only 20 visitors are allowed into the region per day to protect its natural beauty.

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The Pinnacles in Australia are a natural wonder of the world.

The Pinnacles is a rock formation made of limestone in the Nambung National Park in Australia. The 16-foot-tall structures were formed over 25,000 years ago and now attract thousands of tourists each year.

“I was immediately drawn to this group of rocks and captured a number of different angles,” photographer Gray said. “This shot was my favorite and if you look very carefully you can just see the ocean in the distance.”

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