National Geographic: 19th Week in Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Friday, May 20th, 2011 5:05am EDT

Check out the National Geographic this week’s most awesome photos – submitted by people just like you. National Geographic compiles the most stunning photos that get snapped and submitted each week for your viewing pleasure.

  • In Mexico’s bright tropical noonday sun, this lily’s petals are clearly visible through the diaphanous wings of the tiny hummingbird as it drinks the flower's nectar. Photo and caption by David LawrenceIn Mexico’s bright tropical noonday sun, this lily’s petals are clearly visible through the diaphanous wings of the tiny hummingbird as it drinks the flower's nectar. Photo and caption by David Lawrence
  • This is Isola del Lazzaretto Vecchio, off the island of Lido in Venice. It was first inhibited in 1249, later used as a hospital for quarantined plague patients. Like many structures in Venice, the building is constructed on top of shallow lagoon. So the building itself is the island, surrounded by the ocean. It is particularly tranquil and surreal when shrouded in the morning mist. Photo and caption by Brian YenThis is Isola del Lazzaretto Vecchio, off the island of Lido in Venice. It was first inhibited in 1249, later used as a hospital for quarantined plague patients. Like many structures in Venice, the building is constructed on top of shallow lagoon. So the building itself is the island, surrounded by the ocean. It is particularly tranquil and surreal when shrouded in the morning mist. Photo and caption by Brian Yen
  • The flaming red skin won’t last forever; it will turn green when it turns into an adult. Photo and caption by Dwi Putra SeptiyanaThe flaming red skin won’t last forever; it will turn green when it turns into an adult. Photo and caption by Dwi Putra Septiyana
  • Seismograph and Bluebell are located next to each other at the West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Photo and caption by Robert StockiSeismograph and Bluebell are located next to each other at the West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Photo and caption by Robert Stocki
  • Goat farm in Chuping, Perlis, Malaysia. Photo and caption by Arashi AffandiGoat farm in Chuping, Perlis, Malaysia. Photo and caption by Arashi Affandi
  • This shot was taken on the Chandipur Sea Beach on a monsoon evening. Chandipur is in the state of Orissa in the eastern part of India. Photo and caption by Pijush KarmakarThis shot was taken on the Chandipur Sea Beach on a monsoon evening. Chandipur is in the state of Orissa in the eastern part of India. Photo and caption by Pijush Karmakar
  • Shot was taken in Murshidabad, India, when this farmer’s family was loading the rice in a cart. Photo and caption bySubhashis RoyShot was taken in Murshidabad, India, when this farmer’s family was loading the rice in a cart. Photo and caption bySubhashis Roy
  • This little miracle was saved from its dead mother. Taken at the Australian Reptile Park in Australia, NSW. The amazing staff hand-raised this little fella, and against all the odds he is surviving and is just immensely cute! Photo and caption by Gary BrownThis little miracle was saved from its dead mother. Taken at the Australian Reptile Park in Australia, NSW. The amazing staff hand-raised this little fella, and against all the odds he is surviving and is just immensely cute! Photo and caption by Gary Brown
  • A lion and lioness asleep in the midday sun appear to portray deep human emotion. The lion shows benign ownership while the lioness expresses deep contentment in her relationship with him. Photo and caption by Michael KromA lion and lioness asleep in the midday sun appear to portray deep human emotion. The lion shows benign ownership while the lioness expresses deep contentment in her relationship with him. Photo and caption by Michael Krom
  • A swimmer rises to the surface after navigating through a breaking wave at Bronte Beach, Sydney, Australia. Each year as summer draws to a close the water quality around Sydney increases dramatically, making underwater photography a lot easier.   “Navigate” is part of the 2011 summer series of The Underwater Project; a personal series by Mark Tipple. As the winter swells roll in, the surfers reappear, morphing the series from a playful summer swim into an underwater battle against the elements. Photo and caption by Mark TippleA swimmer rises to the surface after navigating through a breaking wave at Bronte Beach, Sydney, Australia. Each year as summer draws to a close the water quality around Sydney increases dramatically, making underwater photography a lot easier. “Navigate” is part of the 2011 summer series of The Underwater Project; a personal series by Mark Tipple. As the winter swells roll in, the surfers reappear, morphing the series from a playful summer swim into an underwater battle against the elements. Photo and caption by Mark Tipple

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