Photo of the Day

January 3, 2019

Blue River

The Ili River takes on different colors depending on the seasons and on the presence of minerals in the water. The river stretches almost 900 miles from northwestern China to southeasten Kazakhstan. 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 Zhou Chengzhou, National Geographic Your Shot

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