Tag Archives: landscapes

© Lucy Allen

Take 5: Simply Sunbeams

Incredible wildlife shots and curiously textured mushrooms certainly make for amazing images, but sometimes great nature photography is as simple as capturing an interesting bend of the light.

This week, we are featuring photographs from our Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest that highlight the beauty of “crepuscular rays”, commonly known as sunbeams. This optical phenomenon occurs when sunlight shines through openings in the clouds or forest canopy, creating columns of brightly lit air molecules or particulates. Interestingly, these rays are actually parallel to one another but can appear to radiate outward from the sun’s location in the sky because of linear perspective—the same visual illusion that makes railroad tracks appear to converge in the distance.

Enjoy these five beautiful images and be sure to submit your own gorgeous landscape photography to the photo contest!

© Robin Palazzolo
© Robin Palazzolo
© Lucy Allen
© Lucy Allen
© Kay Ficht
© Kay Ficht
© Chad Parmet
© Chad Parmet
© Rod Parker
© Rod Parker
Beach Scene © Jim McIntyre

Take 5: Beautiful Beach Sunsets

July is here…and it’s HOT! Lots of folks like to cool off by heading to the beach when summer temperatures soar. With “beach season” now in full swing, here are five gorgeous beach sunsets (or sunrises) to get you geared up for that beach life.

These photos were all submitted to our annual Picture This: Your Great Outdoors photo contest. Do you have a beautiful landscape photo you’d like to share? The 2018 contest is open now, so submit your nature photographs today!

Beach Scene © Kimberly Nyce

Beach Scene © Kimberly Nyce

Beach Scene © Alison Borrelli

Beach Scene © Alison Borrelli

Beach Scene © Sylvia Zarco

Beach Scene © Sylvia Zarco

Beach Scene © Emily Zollo

Beach Scene © Emily Zollo

Beach Scene © Jim McIntyre

Beach Scene © Jim McIntyre