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
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
Our friend Beverly Fish wishes everyone a happy Earth Day from Okinawa! Thank you, Beverly.
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.
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.
EarthSky Facebook friend Guy Livesay posted this photo. It’s Red-winged Blackbirds, over Mattamuskeet Lake in Hyde County, North Carolina. Thank you Guy!
Crepuscular rays, sometimes called sunrays, via Rick Trommater. View larger.
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.
From our friend Neha Golwala in India who wrote, “Earth laughs in flowers.” Thanks, Neha.
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.
Earth’s shadow on the October full moon. Photo from EarthSky Facebook friend Birgit Boden in northern Sweden.
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.
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, 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.
Cherry trees blooming in Antelope Valley California, as captured by our friend Kerri Willerford. Thanks Kerri!
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.