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A hillside in the Great Smoky Mountains is turned into a living cascade of light by the ankle-high glows of blue ghost males. Even more mysterious are their wingless females who, tethered to the forest floor, can only dream of flying. With glow spots shining out through their transparent skin, the delicate blue ghost females seem like tiny gems nestled into the leaf litter Photograph: Spencer Black


Fireflies create a magic that transcends time and space. They transform ordinary landscapes into something otherworldly. Although I’ve spent decades delving into the most intimate details of their courtship and sex lives, the luminous landscapes they create still fill me with wonder Photograph: Tsuneaki Hiramatsu



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Dhaka, Bangladesh: Fishermen place bamboo, where they will later place tree branches and fish food, to catch fish in a river Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters



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Tyne and Wear, England - The Princess Seaways arrives at the Port of Tyne at dawn    Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA


 No doubt after dumping tons of waste on our shores - polluting heap o' crap !

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T'was a lovely day. 


Donald's nemesis silently make their way towards the Scottish coast. 

Rotenburg, Germany - Wind turbines stand out of the fog as large parts of northern Germany were under thick fog Photograph: Stefan Rampfel/AP


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Great egrets take flight in a swamp in Hunagry in a picture placed in the action category by Zsolt Kudich - Photograph: Zsolt Kudich/2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year

Some amazing pictures here from the National Geographic nature photographer of the year 2016 winners:


From elsewhere on the Guardian site, I think this is a lovely picture:


Mus, Turkey - A Shepherdess walks with her flock after snowfall on a winter’s day in Mus, Turkey Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Almost Biblical. 



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Krasnoye, Russia - Reindeer from a farm in the Nenets Autonomous Region Photograph: Anton Taibarei/TASS via Getty Images


Lake District, England - Sailing boats at dawn on Windermere Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Barcroft Images


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Tom Bridge - Sunrise at Pen y Fan, Brecon Beacons, on 4 December.


Add a few figures cowering in terror and this could be one of those giant John Martin canvasses. 

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Antalya, Turkey - The TÜBİTAK national observatory is located 2,500 metres (8,200ft) up Mount Bakirlitepe in Saklıkent Photograph: TASS/Barcroft Images


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All very Vaughan Williamsy

Fog lingers around the church spire of St Peter and St Paul as the sun rises over the village of Kilmersdon near Radstock in Somerset Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images


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