12 Rare and Astonishing Photographs

Witness awe-inducing moments from around the world, as collected in a new photography book.

In life, certain sights are as beautiful as they are unforgettable—shocking us with their diversity, their complexity, and their epic scale, and bringing us the miraculous beauty of our planet. Here is a selection of photographs from the new book National Geographic Spectacle, which features more than 200 color images, including acclaimed photography from the National Geographic Image Collection. Buy the book for the full dazzling array of natural and man-made wonders, unusual phenomena, and amusing curiosities.