8 Exceptionally Rare ‘National Geographic’ Photos
Feast your eyes on the the rarest animals, objects, locations, and events in these unusual and unforgettable images from ‘National Geographic’ magazine’s master photographers.
Blowing in the wind
A tumbleweed flies through the air at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. Although we think of tumbleweeds as standard fixtures in any Western, the plants are not native to the United States—they originated in the Eurasian steppes. Want to explore the beauty of the American West? Get more info about an amazing travel experience to America’s Cowboy Country.
Lighting up the sky
Lanterns soar up into the sky—and they’re also reflected below—as part of the Loy Krathong festival, which usually takes place at the end of the rainy season, in Thailand. The lanterns are released to protect against bad luck.
Blowing off a bit of steam
A massive ice tower—just compare its size to the human standing to its right—releases gas and smoke from Antarctica’s Mount Erebus, which is a volcano.
We could all use a boost
Rajan, an Asian elephant, lifts Nazroo, his mahout or handler, in the ocean off the Andaman Islands. Rajan was once used to move logs, but like many retirees, he now enjoys frolicking in the water.
A walk through the clouds
At nearly 4,000 feet high, the glass-bottomed skywalk at Grand Canyon at the canyon’s far western edge offers out-of-this-world views.
What a big baby!
A pygmy hippo keeps her calf close in West Africa. An adult pygmy hippo weighs approximately between 350 and 600 pounds, not petite but still 10 times smaller than a regular-sized hippo.
Beautiful and only 145 years old
Purple-pink flowers flow down from Japan’s oldest wisteria tree, which dates back to 1870 and is located in Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi. At its advanced age, it needs extra assistance so beams help support its many weighty branches.
Ah, that hits the spot!
An employee dusts off the taxidermied figure of a bighorn sheep—one of a flock—that stands on display at Cabela’s retail store in Sidney, Nebraska.