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Photos from friends: Favorite images of Earth

In celebration of Earth Day 2016, we’ve brought together some of our favorite images of Earth by the EarthSky community. Thank you all!

Sharr Mountains National park, Kosovo. Photo: Yzer Berisha

Sharr Mountains National park, Kosovo. Photo: Yzer Berisha

EarthSky is fortunate and grateful to have many talented friends who share their photos of the Earth, the sky and their surroundings. In celebration of Earth Day 2016, here are some of our favorites. We hope they help you enjoy Earth’s beauty and diversity. Our thanks to all who posted!

Sunset on April 19, 2016 at High Sharply, Sunderland, UK. Photo: Lewis Brown?

Sunset on April 19, 2016 at High Sharply, Sunderland, UK. Photo: Lewis Brown

Kristal Alaimo-Moritz? wrote,

Kristal Alaimo-Moritz wrote, “Where would we bee without you. In honor of Earth Day 2016.” Thank you Kristal!

Sunset drama over Playa Sámara in Costa Rica by TF Harper

Sunset drama over Playa Sámara in Costa Rica by TF Harper

Our friend Beverly Fish wishes everyone a happy Earth Day from Okinawa!  Thank you, Beverly.

Our friend Beverly Fish wishes everyone a happy Earth Day from Okinawa! Thank you, Beverly.

Glenn Miles wrote,

Glenn Miles in Northern Ireland wrote, “In celebration of International Earth Day, I thought I would share this image of the aurora display that took place over N.Ireland on 27/02/2014. I captured this amazing display over Ballintoy Harbour on the north Antrim coast looking out over the Atlantic ocean. It is a very rare sight to witness this kind of display here in N.Ireland, and was mesmerizing to watch the red pillars of light climbing up in the night sky. You can see the Pleiades star cluster top left along with Cassiopeia. Happy Earth Day.” Visit Glenn Miles Photography.

On Earth Day 2014, dogwood at sunrise from our friend Mike O'Neal.  Thank you, Mike.

Dogwood at sunrise from our friend Mike O’Neal. Thank you, Mike.

Earth Day from East Bay of Sestri Levante, Ligurian Sea, Genoa, Italy, from Maranatha.it Photography.  Thanks, guys!  See larger photo.

Earth Day from East Bay of Sestri Levante, Ligurian Sea, Genoa, Italy, from Maranatha.it Photography. Thanks, guys! See larger photo.

Pearls of water on grass, in the morning, as captured by our friend VegaStar Carpentier.

Pearls of water on grass, in the morning, as captured by our friend VegaStar Carpentier. Check out VegaStar’s Facebook page.

Guy Livesay posted this photo on EarthSky's Facebook page. It’s Red-winged Blackbirds, over Mattamuskeet Lake in Hyde County, North Carolina. Thank you Guy!  More on flocking birds moving in unison here: http://earthsky.org/earth/how-do-flocking-birds-move-in-unison

EarthSky Facebook friend Guy Livesay posted this photo. It’s Red-winged Blackbirds, over Mattamuskeet Lake in Hyde County, North Carolina. Thank you Guy!

View larger. | Wesley Liikane in Severn Bridge, Ontario captured these light pillars on December 23, 2013.   See more photos by Wesley at Cowboy with a Camera on Facebook.

View larger. | Wesley Liikane in Severn Bridge, Ontario captured these light pillars on December 23, 2013. See more photos by Wesley at Cowboy with a Camera on Facebook. Read how light pillars form.

Crepuscular rays, sometimes called sunrays, via Rick Trommater.  View larger.

Crepuscular rays, sometimes called sunrays, via Rick Trommater. View larger.

Aurora and teepee, captured November 2012 by EarthSky Facebook friend Aurora Zone.

Aurora and teepee, by EarthSky Facebook friend Aurora Zone.

A haboob or dust storm entering the town of Scottsdale, Arizona on July 21, 2012, as captured by our friend Ryan Behnke.

A haboob or dust storm entering the town of Scottsdale, Arizona on July 21, 2012, as captured by our friend Ryan Behnke.

From our friend Neha Golwala in India who wrote,

From our friend Neha Golwala in India who wrote, “Earth laughs in flowers.” Thanks, Neha.

Winter clouds by our friend Duke Marsh in New Albany, Indiana.

We receive so many beautiful photos of clouds, from friends around the world. Here’s just one. Winter clouds from our friend Duke Marsh in New Albany, Indiana. Thanks, Duke.

Autumn 2012 via Steve Scanlon Photogrpahy.

Autumn via Steve Scanlon Photography. Visit Steve’s Facebook page.

Earth's shadow, with full Hunter's Moon, on October 30, 2012.  Photo from EarthSky Facebook friend Birgit Boden in northern Sweden.

Earth’s shadow on the October full moon. Photo from EarthSky Facebook friend Birgit Boden in northern Sweden.

EarthSky Facebook friend Lynton Brown of Australia captured this fogbow.  Thank you, Lynton.  Click here to expand image

EarthSky Facebook friend Lynton Brown of Australia captured this fogbow. Thank you, Lynton. Click here to expand image

Starry skies and lightning strikes

Starry skies and lightning strikes over Central Valley, California. Composite image constructed by EarthSky Google+ friend Scott Toste

Crepuscular rays, or sunrays, from EarthSky Facebook and G+ friend VegaStar Carpentier in Paris.

Crepuscular rays, or sunrays, from EarthSky Facebook and G+ friend VegaStar Carpentier in Paris.

Frog eggs in springtime 2013 via our friend James Frances.  This photo was taken on Broad Mountain in Carbon County, Pennsylvania.

Frog eggs in springtime via our friend James Frances. This photo was taken on Broad Mountain in Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Thank you, James.

Storm coming, as seen from the Sears Tower in Chicago in July 2012, from our friend Caryn Elder.  Thank you, Caryn.

Storm coming, as seen from the Sears Tower in Chicago, from our friend Caryn Elder. Thank you, Caryn.

Funnel shaped cloud seen in May 2012 by our friend Colin Chatfield in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.  Thank you, Colin.

Funnel shaped cloud seen in May 2012 by our friend Colin Chatfield in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Thank you, Colin.

Cherry trees blooming in Antelope Valley California in spring 2013, as captured by our friend Kerri Willerford.  Thanks Kerri!

Cherry trees blooming in Antelope Valley California, as captured by our friend Kerri Willerford. Thanks Kerri!

International Space Station flyover seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Lee Capps Photography.  View larger. Lee caught this photo in Whitsett, North Carolina on February 9, 2013.  Visit Lee's Facebook page here.

Highways are great for observing the land and sky. Here’s an International Space Station flyover seen by EarthSky Facebook friend Lee Capps Photography. View larger. Lee caught this photo in Whitsett, North Carolina. Visit Lee’s Facebook page here.

Evening twilight in Wjitehaven, England in March 2013, as captured by our friend Adrian Strand.  Thanks, Adrian.

Evening twilight in Wjitehaven, England, as captured by our friend Adrian Strand. Thanks, Adrian.

Bottom line: Best nature images, in celebration of Earth Day 2016.

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