A gray plover rests on one leg after high tide on a beach in northern Spain. According to Your Shot photographer Félix Morlán González, the birds make their way hundreds of miles to these beaches after mating. Making this image wasn’t quite as arduous for González as the journey was for the plover, but he still had to get his lens down to water level in order to get this shot in dreary weather.

Balancing Act

A gray plover rests on one leg after high tide on a beach in northern Spain. According to Your Shot photographer Félix Morlán González, the birds make their way hundreds of miles to these beaches after mating. Making this image wasn’t quite as arduous for González as the journey was for the plover, but he still had to get his lens down to water level in order to get this shot in dreary weather.
Photograph by Félix Morlán González, National Geographic Your Shot

Photo of the Day: Best of December

Every day we feature an image chosen from thousands submitted to our photo community, Your Shot. Here are eight favorites from December.

Poet Geoffrey Chaucer hadn’t seen these photos when he wrote the proverb “Time and tide waits for no man.” There’s a powerful stillness in my favorite images from December. The frozen moments in time beg the viewer to stop and contemplate the simply beautiful.

Jeanne M. Modderman is the editor of Photo of the Day , a curated look at photography from National Geographic’s photo community, Your Shot . Liane DiStefano and Brett Weisband write the captions and titles. Submit your photos and you could be published in our magazines and online.
See which pictures were featured in our last roundup, Photo of the Day: Best of November

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