National Geographic: 48th Week in 2012 with Breathtaking Photos [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 6:51am EDT

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

  • Radon Lake, Leningrad region, Russia. Photo and caption by Anna KrivitskayaRadon Lake, Leningrad region, Russia. Photo and caption by Anna Krivitskaya
  • Ponderosa pines on a mountainside blaze out of control. A windsurfer enjoys the heat and wind. Nature wants to rejuvenate its forests while people want to feel rejuvenated. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Photo and caption by Andrew StarkPonderosa pines on a mountainside blaze out of control. A windsurfer enjoys the heat and wind. Nature wants to rejuvenate its forests while people want to feel rejuvenated. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Photo and caption by Andrew Stark
  • A long exposure of a bird standing on a rock surfacing from the Potomac River current. Photo and caption by Faiz MalabariA long exposure of a bird standing on a rock surfacing from the Potomac River current. Photo and caption by Faiz Malabari
  • I took this picture during a blizzard we had in October! It was taken in Southern Alberta. Photo and caption by Emily BruceI took this picture during a blizzard we had in October! It was taken in Southern Alberta. Photo and caption by Emily Bruce
  • A misty autumn morning turns to gold as the sun rises at Independence Grove. The lake this canoe is in was created from an old quarry. Photo and caption by Vivienne ShenA misty autumn morning turns to gold as the sun rises at Independence Grove. The lake this canoe is in was created from an old quarry. Photo and caption by Vivienne Shen
  • A barn owl eating a mouse. This was shot in the Raptor Domain, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Photo and caption by Diego CattaneoA barn owl eating a mouse. This was shot in the Raptor Domain, Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Photo and caption by Diego Cattaneo
  • Mother kangaroo and her joey on the beach at Cape Le Grande Esperance, Western Australia. Photo and caption by Gordon FellowsMother kangaroo and her joey on the beach at Cape Le Grande Esperance, Western Australia. Photo and caption by Gordon Fellows
  • A photo of a lonely palm in the desert with the Milky Way shown in the background. The palm and the desert are representing Saudi Arabia, the place where the photo was taken. Photo and caption by Mohammad AlfarajA photo of a lonely palm in the desert with the Milky Way shown in the background. The palm and the desert are representing Saudi Arabia, the place where the photo was taken. Photo and caption by Mohammad Alfaraj

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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