Photo of the Day

December 12, 2016

Rare Jewel

In Brazil’s Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, a blue-and-green lagoon looks like a brilliant abalone shell embedded in the silky sand dunes for which the park is noted. Photographer Akiko M. made this photo in June, when rainstorms pummel the area and pooling rainwater creates lagoons. Once the rainy season is over, however, the lagoons quickly disappear, as seen in this image, which shows this lagoon’s rapidly declining water level. 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 Akiko M., National Geographic Your Shot
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