The Huli men of Papua New Guinea wear wigs made of their own hair.
The earth has many stupdendous things in it – often small and ordinary at first glance, but upon a closer look they take on a beauty that is unexpected. It is a question of stopping to look at the visions around us, to note them and enjoy. Some of the best photographers in the world have captured a few of these visions for us in a new book by National Geographic called Visions of Earth. Here are a few stunning examples.
Photographer David Doubilet half submerged his lens to take this amazing image of the Dampier Strait. On top you see the mirror-like surface of the water while underneath teems with fish.
Salty Lake Narn Co. is stunning in its own right but the yaks add to the sense of another world on the Tibetan Plateau. Yaks have been domesticated in the area and are used for many things – as beasts of burden and for their meat, milk and cheese. Their dried dung is also used in fires.
The red of this little girl's dress is a splash of vibrant color among the white robes of the women in a mosque during Ramadan.
Kolmanskop, an abandoned mining village in Namibia, is being reclaimed by sand as this incredible photograph shows.
These brightly colored bathing suits and turbans are reminiscent of the '50s but we haven't stepped back in time – it's just the start of a Cold Water Swimming Championship.
Long exposure photography makes this ferris wheel at the Kansas State Fair look magical.
Patterns abound in both nature and in man's creativity. The photographer has captures a lovely instance of dual patterns with the dalmation and its owner both wearing spots.
According to the publishers, it is the tail of the peacock that caused Darwin to come up with his theory of sexual selection.
National Geographic says: "Painting arrows, the late Aboriginal artist Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula works in vibrant colors in Australia’s Central Desert. His art, which calls to mind ancestral spirits but has an individual flair, employs traditional dots and circles."
The magnificence of the Northern lights or Aurora Borealis never pale when seen in the northern sky.
A tiny grasshopper climbs out of a flower to remind us of the wonders of nature.