Photo of the Day

May 8, 2019

Stars and Sand

"This is not a snow-capped mountain," says Your Shot photographer Hu Qing. Rather, the wind has whipped sand dunes in and around China's Pamir Mountains, feats of nature that are constantly changing. To capture this image at night, Hu used a long exposure of two minutes. This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our photo community on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram at @natgeoyourshot or visit us at for the latest submissions and news about the community.
Photograph by Hu Qing, National Geographic Your Shot

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