National Geographic: 37th Week in 2012 with Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 2:33am EDT

Check out the National Geographic this week’s most awesome photos – submitted by people just like you.

  • Photo by Fernando VeigaPhoto by Fernando Veiga
  • One very curious parrot in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo and caption by Olga VyshnyvetskaOne very curious parrot in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo and caption by Olga Vyshnyvetska
  • I snapped this image in Oludeniz, Turkey, recently. I braved a ride on a paraglider and captured a few images of Turkey's stunning turquoise coast. Photo and caption by Brad MalyonI snapped this image in Oludeniz, Turkey, recently. I braved a ride on a paraglider and captured a few images of Turkey's stunning turquoise coast. Photo and caption by Brad Malyon
  • Taken at Trinity Lake in northern California one morning shortly after sunrise with a Nikon FM2 and Tokina 80-200mm lens at around 100mm with a polarizing filter. The photo depicts what is left of a tree that didn't survive the creation of the lake in 1961. When the water level dropped during the drought years of the 1990s, this and many more roots emerged. What struck me was the look of arms reaching out, veins straining for the soil that is no longer there. Photo and caption by Tony BondTaken at Trinity Lake in northern California one morning shortly after sunrise with a Nikon FM2 and Tokina 80-200mm lens at around 100mm with a polarizing filter. The photo depicts what is left of a tree that didn't survive the creation of the lake in 1961. When the water level dropped during the drought years of the 1990s, this and many more roots emerged. What struck me was the look of arms reaching out, veins straining for the soil that is no longer there. Photo and caption by Tony Bond
  • This is all the chain of Mont Blanc, which is reflected in the lake Checrouit in Courmayeur, Italy. For this photograph, I used the technique of stitched panoramas with nine photographs and then I adjusted the curves. It was a night with a moon, which is why the mountain is illuminated. Photo and caption by Stefano JeantetThis is all the chain of Mont Blanc, which is reflected in the lake Checrouit in Courmayeur, Italy. For this photograph, I used the technique of stitched panoramas with nine photographs and then I adjusted the curves. It was a night with a moon, which is why the mountain is illuminated. Photo and caption by Stefano Jeantet
  • I was at the garden of my home in the evening when I saw this beautiful flower, which closes its petals during sunset. It looked amazing with the half-closed petals illuminated by a vehicle’s light and gave me a good shot. Photo and caption by Naveen TikerihaI was at the garden of my home in the evening when I saw this beautiful flower, which closes its petals during sunset. It looked amazing with the half-closed petals illuminated by a vehicle’s light and gave me a good shot. Photo and caption by Naveen Tikeriha
  • Male grizzly bear enjoys an early summer swim and shake at Scandinavian Wildlife Park, Denmark. Photo and caption by Shari BurnettMale grizzly bear enjoys an early summer swim and shake at Scandinavian Wildlife Park, Denmark. Photo and caption by Shari Burnett
  • A young swallow being fed by one of its parents on the first of September. This was the second brood out of the nest this year. Photo and caption by Norma GleesonA young swallow being fed by one of its parents on the first of September. This was the second brood out of the nest this year. Photo and caption by Norma Gleeson

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. More National Geographic photos here. Submit your own photos on National Geographic’s Your Shot page or vote for your favorite pics here.

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