<p id="docs-internal-guid-505febc3-8105-e783-c73a-2cb71969f0ab" dir="ltr">Riders in the Dutch Royal Guard of Honour guide their mounts through thick smoke on the beach near <a href="http://maps.nationalgeographic.com/map-machine#s=r&amp;c=52.10460840883851,%204.2755699157714835&amp;z=14">Scheveningen (map)</a> in the Netherlands. Guard members were participating in dress rehearsals before the Dutch 2014 budget presentation on September 16.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Why We Love It</strong></p><p dir="ltr">"This image proves how important perspective is in photography. The photographer's low angle cuts out distracting elements in the background, making the smoke on the ground seem like it's one with the clouds above the riders. The image therefore takes on a fantastical quality as the horses appear to be riding through the sky. Had this photo been taken from any other angle, the scene wouldn't have the same magic."<em>—Ben Fitch, associate photo editor</em></p>

Riding Through the Sky

Riders in the Dutch Royal Guard of Honour guide their mounts through thick smoke on the beach near Scheveningen (map) in the Netherlands. Guard members were participating in dress rehearsals before the Dutch 2014 budget presentation on September 16.

Why We Love It

"This image proves how important perspective is in photography. The photographer's low angle cuts out distracting elements in the background, making the smoke on the ground seem like it's one with the clouds above the riders. The image therefore takes on a fantastical quality as the horses appear to be riding through the sky. Had this photo been taken from any other angle, the scene wouldn't have the same magic."—Ben Fitch, associate photo editor

Photograph by Toussaint Kluiters, United Photos/Reuters

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