Photo of the Day

Picture of a man emerging from a cross-shaped hole in ice to celebrate the Russian Orthodox Feast of Epiphany
January 6, 2022

Holy Waters

To celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, a Russian Orthodox man emerges from priest-blessed, frigid water through a cross-shaped hole in the ice—a ritual believed to protect the faithful from evil. This photo originally appeared in an April 2009 story documenting the growth of the Russian Orthodox church.
Photograph by Gerd Ludwig, Nat Geo Image Collection

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history