Foaming waves lap the shores of Bora-Bora as twin peaks Mount Pahia and Mount
Otemanu rise from an extinct volcano on the island.
An overseas territory of France, Bora-Bora is in the Leeward group of French Polynesia's Society Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
Sunset-stained clouds are reflected in a lily pad-strewn swamp in Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia.
From the seat of a biplane a thousand feet [305 meters] above the Florida Keys,
the sea seems a boundless place,
tranquil but for the froth of breakers on coral reefs and the hues of mingling currents.
Glaciers carved this steep-walled valley, now occupied by the Merced River, in California's Yosemite National Park.
Waterfalls cascade down the valley's steep walls, carved away by the massive, slow-moving blocks of snow and ice.
Paragliders float through the clouds that surround snowcapped Mount Fuji in Japan.
At 12,388 feet (3,776 meters), Fuji is Japan's highest peak.
But its relatively easy-to-scale flanks draw flocks of amateur climbers to its summit--some 400,000 every year.
"I am nothing more than a single, narrow, gasping lung, floating over the mists and the summits,"
wrote Reinhold Messner after becoming the first person to reach the top of Mount Everest alone with no supplemental oxygen.
Climbers in Ethiopia's Danakil Desert prepare to descend into Ertale volcano.
The volcano, which has been active for nearly a century, has a lake of molten lava at the center of its caldera.
Treacherous icefall on the south side of Mount Rainier (Washington USA) gives expert climber Lute Jerstad
a chance to practice some of the skills that helped him reach the top of Mount Everest in 1963.
Although towering 14,410 feet (4,392 meters) above sea level, Rainier offers routes for novice as well as experienced mountaineers.
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