No matter if it’s captured in a state of peace or destruction, Earth is a fascinating and beautiful place.
Below are 22 of the best environmental photos taken for Reuters in 2016.
From star trails in Kazakhstan to a breathtaking sunrise over the mountains of Austria, these photos will give you a unique perspective of the planet we live on.
The stars above a camp in Kazakhstan’s Altyn-Emel National Park look psychedelic thanks to long exposure photography.
A group of people brave a sightseeing platform amidst the otherworldly quartzite sandstone columns that fill Zhangjiajie in China’s Hunan Province.
Not surprisingly, the city served as inspiration for the movie “Avatar.”
Boats make their way through Chaka Salt Lake in Haixi in China’s Qinghai Province.
This caiman’s carcass was found in the dried-up Pilcomayo River in Boqueron, Paraguay.
Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on a house in Lumberton, North Carolina, in October of last year.
Great Bear Lake in Deline, Canada, is the eighth largest lake in the world and also an ideal spot for Aurora Borealis viewing.
A heavy layer of ice left this car — pictured in Hamburg, New York, — unmovable.
Standing on Hundskopf Mountain, this photographer was able to capture a blanket of fog covering the Inntal Valley while the sun rose above the village of Gnadenwald in Austria.
The stark color contrast in this salt lake, which is separated by a road in Yuncheng, China, is due to algae.
The spots in this photograph are actually salt pans and dams located just outside of Perth, Australia.
These fishermen in New Taipei City, Taiwan, are in a sulfuric fire fishing boat. This unique method uses fire to attract fish.
This man was caught trekking through a snow storm that hit Washington in late January of last year.
Photographed in Kibbutz Ein Gedi, Israel, these swimmers were on their way to the Israeli shore from Jordan for the Dead Sea Swim Challenge. The event raises awareness of ecological threats to the Dead Sea.
A lone crane rises out of the thick fog that engulfs the port city of Yantai in China’s Shandong Province.
A flock of sterlings dot the sky over Lake Leman in Lavaux, Switzerland.
Much of India doesn’t have access to clean water. This man is seen hauling back two buckets he filled from the River Ganges in Allahabad.
Fall was in full swing as this man strolled through a garden in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Strong winds — around 62 miles per hour — stirred up large waves in Boulogne-sur-Mer in northern France.
Nuuk, Greenland’s capital city, is home to plenty of icebergs thanks to its large fjord network. Here, children play on an iceberg on the beach.
These fallen trees are the result of an operation meant to prevent illegal logging and mining in Novo Progresso in northern Brazil.
This wind farm, located in the English town of Clacton-on-Sea, seems to rise straight out of the water.