A story in the February 1977 issue looked at the vibrant past and present of Harlem in New York City. Here, kids play in a gushing fire hydrant on a hot summer day.

Harlem Heat

A story in the February 1977 issue looked at the vibrant past and present of Harlem in New York City. Here, kids play in a gushing fire hydrant on a hot summer day.
Photograph by Leroy H. Woodson, Nat Geo Image Collection

30 colorful photos from the Nat Geo archives that will catch your eye

Sometimes, photography is able to capture our attention just through the use of color alone. Our eye is naturally drawn to certain hues, and certain shades can even influence our mood and well-being.

David Doubilet photographed colorful coral in Australia's Great Barrier Reef vying for sunlight. Doubilet captures the coral's beauty, but also highlights the grim reality that warming water has killed more than half of the reef's coral since 1995. (Here's how coral reefs might survive climate change.)

Miami Beach, Florida is one of the world's most vibrant cities. Maggie Steber documented an artist cruising down Ocean Drive with a polka dot dress, matching head scarf, and bright red lipstick. The colorful scene evokes the freedom of a perfect summer day.

Cary Wolinsky photographed a Shingon Buddhist meditating under a frigid waterfall, a practice called takigyo that is meant to cleanse the mind, body, and soul. The image's dark, cool tones capture feelings of patience and calm. (Here's why meditation can be great for kids too.)

Breann Birkenbuel is the editor for Photo of the Day. Melody Rowell writes and researches the captions.

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