National Geographic: 23th Week in Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Friday, June 17th, 2011 6:27pm 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.

  • This little guy was seen with prey in its mouth late at night in the White Mountains, Alaska. It dropped its kill to come check me out, and I got some good photos. This photo was captured when it went back to get its dinner and to run away to somewhere more peaceful to enjoy it. Photo and caption by Justin HouckThis little guy was seen with prey in its mouth late at night in the White Mountains, Alaska. It dropped its kill to come check me out, and I got some good photos. This photo was captured when it went back to get its dinner and to run away to somewhere more peaceful to enjoy it. Photo and caption by Justin Houck
  • Early dawn light paints the sculptured stone of a remote area in northern Arizona. Note to editor: This is a stitched panorama. Other than combining images there are only basic image adjustments. Photo and caption by Greg JahnEarly dawn light paints the sculptured stone of a remote area in northern Arizona. Note to editor: This is a stitched panorama. Other than combining images there are only basic image adjustments. Photo and caption by Greg Jahn
  • This is a photo of the Lewis and Clark statue near the flooded Mississippi River. It was taken on May 6, 2011, on a trip to St. Louis with my sister. A bird had just taken flight as I snapped the picture. Photo and caption by Angela BousmanThis is a photo of the Lewis and Clark statue near the flooded Mississippi River. It was taken on May 6, 2011, on a trip to St. Louis with my sister. A bird had just taken flight as I snapped the picture. Photo and caption by Angela Bousman
  • Matt Myers pulling into a deep barrel at the Santa Cruz Harbor. A sand-sucking wave that forms when plenty of rain creates a sandbar at the harbor entrance. Dangerous wave that breaks just feet from the Jacks (man-made cylindrical rocks that form a breakwall jetty for the harbor entrance). Photo and caption by Martin JordanMatt Myers pulling into a deep barrel at the Santa Cruz Harbor. A sand-sucking wave that forms when plenty of rain creates a sandbar at the harbor entrance. Dangerous wave that breaks just feet from the Jacks (man-made cylindrical rocks that form a breakwall jetty for the harbor entrance). Photo and caption by Martin Jordan
  • Hagia Sophia (from the Greek, meaning “Holy Wisdom”; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Aya Sofya) is a former Orthodox basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo taken from unique angle. HDRI from three photos. Photo and caption by Ozgur ZeyhanHagia Sophia (from the Greek, meaning “Holy Wisdom”; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Aya Sofya) is a former Orthodox basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo taken from unique angle. HDRI from three photos. Photo and caption by Ozgur Zeyhan
  • Yellowstone! Had the pleasure of observing this grizzly sow and her cub this May. The snow was deep and the cub was riding on the sow's back as she was rooting through the snow for food. The sow had just caught a rodent and lifted her head to reveal her catch. Photo and caption by Trish CarneyYellowstone! Had the pleasure of observing this grizzly sow and her cub this May. The snow was deep and the cub was riding on the sow's back as she was rooting through the snow for food. The sow had just caught a rodent and lifted her head to reveal her catch. Photo and caption by Trish Carney
  • This photo was taken as the sun rose over the Teotihuacan ruins outside of Mexico City from a hot air balloon. Photo and caption by Jonathan RomanThis photo was taken as the sun rose over the Teotihuacan ruins outside of Mexico City from a hot air balloon. Photo and caption by Jonathan Roman
  • This is a three-minute-long exposure of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, California. Yosemite Village is in the middle, the Ahwahnee Hotel is on the right and Curry Village Housekeeping Camp is on the bottom, while Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls overlooks everything. Photo and caption by Kristal LeonardThis is a three-minute-long exposure of Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, California. Yosemite Village is in the middle, the Ahwahnee Hotel is on the right and Curry Village Housekeeping Camp is on the bottom, while Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls overlooks everything. Photo and caption by Kristal Leonard
  • We were driving from Copenhagen to the fjord district of Norway. We passed several houses in the country with grass growing on their roofs. Some even had trees. None was as impressive as this one. Photo and caption by Robert SnowWe were driving from Copenhagen to the fjord district of Norway. We passed several houses in the country with grass growing on their roofs. Some even had trees. None was as impressive as this one. Photo and caption by Robert Snow
  • This is from the north end of Stansbury Island at one of the salt evaporation ponds in the Great Salt Lake, Utah. Photo and caption by Scott StringhamThis is from the north end of Stansbury Island at one of the salt evaporation ponds in the Great Salt Lake, Utah. Photo and caption by Scott Stringham

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