National Geographic

Friday Eye Candy From National Geographic

Pardon the cliche, but this is yet another example of photos being worth more than words. National Geographic just released a new book of photos culled from their Image Collection, simply titled Simply Beautiful. The book corresponds with the exhibition currently on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

  • Silhouettes of gauchos as they relax at the end of the day in Pantanal, Brazil
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    Silhouettes of gauchos as they relax at the end of the day in Pantanal, Brazil
    Joel Sartore/National Geographic
  • Orange leaves of a Japanese maple at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.
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    Orange leaves of a Japanese maple at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.
    Melissa Farlow/National Geographic
  • Roma children look out the window of their home in Richnava, Slovakia
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    Roma children look out the window of their home in Richnava, Slovakia
    James L. Stanfield/National Geographic
  • Apricot blossoms cover a path in Valentino Park, Turin, Italy
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    Apricot blossoms cover a path in Valentino Park, Turin, Italy
    William Albert Allard/National Geographic
  • Women laugh while harvesting sugar beets near Wismar, Germany
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    Women laugh while harvesting sugar beets near Wismar, Germany
    Gordon Gahan/National Geographic
  • A boy takes a break from work on his family's farm, Dinaric Alps, Bosnia
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    A boy takes a break from work on his family's farm, Dinaric Alps, Bosnia
    James P. Blair/National Geographic
  • A Kazakh hunter shies slightly from a golden eagle spreading its wings, Mongolian People's Republic
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    A Kazakh hunter shies slightly from a golden eagle spreading its wings, Mongolian People's Republic
    David Edwards/National Geographic
  • Tail feathers of greenbul bird, Equatorial Guinea
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    Tail feathers of greenbul bird, Equatorial Guinea
    Joel Sartore/National Geographic
  • White pelicans navigate a bend in the Mississippi river, La.
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    White pelicans navigate a bend in the Mississippi river, La.
    Annie Griffiths/National Geographic
  • A silverback gorilla munches on water plants in a swamp, Democratic Republic of Congo
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    A silverback gorilla munches on water plants in a swamp, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Ian Nichols/National Geographic
  • A bee-eater bird takes flight, while another stays put, Sarand, Hungary
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    A bee-eater bird takes flight, while another stays put, Sarand, Hungary
    Joe Petersburger/National Geographic
  • A trumpeter swan glides across Yellowstone River in Wyoming
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    A trumpeter swan glides across Yellowstone River in Wyoming
    James P. Blair/National Geographic

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National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths did most of book's curating and editing, and will be giving a presentation at the headquarters next Tuesday. As the news release states, the collection "makes one ponder what creates beauty in a photograph, and illustrates how photographers can compose an image that provides visual proof that there is beauty, often overlooked, in nearly everything."

Find the beauty in your everyday surroundings and share your photo in our Flickr pool.

Update: Photos from the book will also be on display at New York City's Steven Kasher Gallery through Nov. 23.

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