Photos of Earth – Because it’s Damn Pretty

Photos of Earth – Because it’s Damn Pretty

Written by Adam Groffman on September 12, 2016
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I don’t often talk about the natural beauties of the world on this blog. I focus a lot on the cities, but, in fact, I do actually travel occasionally to more natural destinations. I’ve gone camping in the desert, taken treks in New Zealand, went skydiving in Australia. I’ve climbed mountains for sunrises and sunsets to get those perfect photos. I’ve spent countless holidays lounging on deserted beaches, far from more luxurious comforts like running water and electricity.

To celebrate, in my own special way, this year’s Earth Day, I’ve gone through some of my more adventurous holidays and found my favorite photos of Earth—those natural scenes from around the world. Looking through these, I’ve found a sort of serenity, a peace and a calmness. That’s a big part of why we look for nature when we travel, why we go outside. There’s something beautiful about this Earth of ours, something special. And it’s a big part of why travel. Sure, the hipster cafés and the skyscrapers and the trendy restaurants—they’re all nice and they’re a lot of fun. But true beauty? That comes in the shape of our planet’s mountains and hills, its trees and its seas, the animals and the plants. And the sunsets. So many sunsets.

I’m not sure if all of these photos will leave you with the same sense of wonder and awe I feel when looking at them. Travel is a very personal endeavor, but these beautiful places are a reminder to myself that we live on a very special Earth. Enjoy!


Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand

Monkey Temple, Hampi, India

Palolem, Goa, India, sunset

Munnar, India

Fort Cochin, India

Monkey Temple, Hampi, India

Hampi, India

Khajaharo, India

Om Beach, Gokarna, India, sunset

Om Beach, Gokarna, India, sunset

Om Beach, Gokarna, India, sunset

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Angkor, Cambodia

Fairy River, Mui Ne, Vietnam

Halong Bay, Vietnam


Wadi Rum, Jordan

Metzokeh Drago Viewpoint, Dead Sea, Israel

Sea of Galilee, Israel, ostrich

Rosh Hanikra, Israel

Rosh Hanikra, Israel

Top of the World Viewpoint, Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan


Chefchaouen, Morocco, bees

Chefchaouen, Morocco, ant

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Nile River, Luxor, Egypt

Mount Sinai, Egypt, sunrise

Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mount Sinai, Egypt, sunrise


White Sands National Park, New Mexico, USA

Utica, Illinois

Costa Rica


Gibraltar, rock, spain

Gibraltar, spain, monkeys

Tarifa, Spain, sunset

Valencia, Spain, flowers

Lake Geneva, Switzerland

Black Forest, Germany

Potsdam, Germany

Schwerin, Germany


Gulfoss, Iceland

Iceland, horse

Iceland, horse


Dunedin, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Sydney, Australia, eagle

Uluru, Australia

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