This Week's Most Frequently Viewed Images

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Preparatory sketch for plein air figures, Claude Monet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, Musee dOrsay
Preparatory sketch for plein air figures, Claude Monet, Musee d'Orsay, Paris.
Location: Musee dOrsay, Paris, France
Image ID: 35605  
Old man, Cairo, Egypt
Old man.
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Image ID: 00377  
Portrait of a young California sea lion underwater, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico, Zalophus californianus, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado)
Portrait of a young California sea lion underwater, Coronados Islands, Baja California, Mexico.
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 35888  
Waves break on the coral reef and wash ashore at Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France)
Waves break on the coral reef and wash ashore at Clipperton Island, aerial photo. Clipperton Island, a minor territory of France also known as Ile de la Passion, is a spectacular coral atoll in the eastern Pacific. By permit HC / 1485 / CAB (France).
Location: Clipperton Island, France
Image ID: 32925  
Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada, Eumetopias jubatus
Steller sea lions underwater, Norris Rocks, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Species: Steller sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus
Location: Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada
Image ID: 32663  
Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with Plexauridae sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae, Pseudanthias, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island
Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with Plexauridae sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji.
Species: Anthias, Dendronephthya soft coral, Gorgonian, Sea fan, Dendronephthya, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae, Pseudanthias
Location: Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island, Fiji
Image ID: 31321  
Stars trails above ancient bristlecone pine trees, in the White Mountains at an elevation of 10,000' above sea level.  These are some of the oldest trees in the world, reaching 4000 years in age, Pinus longaeva, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest
Stars trails above ancient bristlecone pine trees, in the White Mountains at an elevation of 10,000' above sea level. These are some of the oldest trees in the world, reaching 4000 years in age.
Species: Bristlecone pine, Pinus longaeva
Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, Inyo National Forest, California
Image ID: 27794  
Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible, Megaptera novaeangliae, San Diego, California
Humpback whale breaching, pectoral fin and rostrom visible.
Species: Humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 27958  
A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side.  This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey
A neonate gray whale calf, born just hours before, still exhbiting embryonic folds in the skin along its side. This baby gray whale was born in the cold waters of Big Sur, far to the north of the Mexican lagoons of Baja California where most gray whale births take place.
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California
Image ID: 01135  
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd century BC marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). The Nike of Samothrace, discovered in 1863, is estimated to have been created around 190 BC, Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd century BC marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory). The Nike of Samothrace, discovered in 1863, is estimated to have been created around 190 BC.
Location: Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
Image ID: 28102  
Horn shark, Heterodontus francisci, San Clemente Island
Horn shark.
Species: Horn shark, Heterodontus francisci
Location: San Clemente Island, California
Image ID: 01071  
California brown pelican in flight. The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status. In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus, La Jolla
California brown pelican in flight. The wingspan of the brown pelican is over 7 feet wide. The California race of the brown pelican holds endangered species status. In winter months, breeding adults assume a dramatic plumage.
Species: Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, Pelecanus occidentalis californicus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 28972  
Aerial photo of gray whale, swimming southbound on its annual migration to the calving lagoons in Mexico, Eschrichtius robustus, San Clemente, California
Aerial photo of gray whale, swimming southbound on its annual migration to the calving lagoons in Mexico.
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: San Clemente, California
Image ID: 29030  
Marsh pride of lions, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, Panthera leo
Marsh pride of lions, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.
Species: African lion, Panthera leo
Location: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Image ID: 29941  
Sun God is a strange artwork, the first in the Stuart Collection at University of California San Diego (UCSD).  Commissioned in 1983 and produced by Niki de Sainte Phalle, Sun God has become a landmark on the UCSD campus, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
Sun God is a strange artwork, the first in the Stuart Collection at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Commissioned in 1983 and produced by Niki de Sainte Phalle, Sun God has become a landmark on the UCSD campus.
Location: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
Image ID: 12838  
Royal Tern, La Jolla, Sterna maxima, Thalasseus maximus
Royal Tern, La Jolla.
Species: Royal tern, Sterna maxima, Thalasseus maximus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 30398  
Aerial Photo of Crown Point, San Diego
Aerial Photo of Crown Point, San Diego.
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 30684  
Oak Alley Plantation and its famous shaded tunnel of  300-year-old southern live oak trees (Quercus virginiana).  The plantation is now designated as a National Historic Landmark, Quercus virginiana, Vacherie, Louisiana
Oak Alley Plantation and its famous shaded tunnel of 300-year-old southern live oak trees (Quercus virginiana). The plantation is now designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Species: Southern live oak, Quercus virginiana
Location: Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, Louisiana
Image ID: 31003  
California Sea Lion pup playing on top of its resting mother, La Jolla, California, Zalophus californianus
California Sea Lion pup playing on top of its resting mother, La Jolla, California.
Species: California sea lion, Zalophus californianus
Location: La Jolla, California
Image ID: 36580  
A great white shark swims at the surface with its dorsal fin above water, Carcharodon carcharias, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe)
A great white shark swims at the surface with its dorsal fin above water.
Species: Great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias
Location: Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe), Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 07692  
Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal.  This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features.  Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by self-similarity, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself.  Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves.  Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns.  The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set, Mandelbrot set
Detail within the Mandelbrot set fractal. This detail is found by zooming in on the overall Mandelbrot set image, finding edges and buds with interesting features. Fractals are complex geometric shapes that exhibit repeating patterns typified by self-similarity, or the tendency for the details of a shape to appear similar to the shape itself. Often these shapes resemble patterns occurring naturally in the physical world, such as spiraling leaves, seemingly random coastlines, erosion and liquid waves. Fractals are generated through surprisingly simple underlying mathematical expressions, producing subtle and surprising patterns. The basic iterative expression for the Mandelbrot set is z = z-squared + c, operating in the complex (real, imaginary) number set.
Species: Mandelbrot fractal, Mandelbrot set
Image ID: 10409  
A mature waterspout, seen extending from clouds above to the ocean surface.  A significant disturbance on the ocean is clearly visible, the waterspout has reached is maximum intensity.   Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, Great Isaac Island
A mature waterspout, seen extending from clouds above to the ocean surface. A significant disturbance on the ocean is clearly visible, the waterspout has reached is maximum intensity. Waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water.
Location: Great Isaac Island, Bahamas
Image ID: 10850  
Blue whale underwater, Baja California, Balaenoptera musculus
Blue whale underwater, Baja California.
Species: Blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus
Image ID: 05813  
Gray whale, neonate calf with embryonic folds visible, Eschrichtius robustus, Monterey, California
Gray whale, neonate calf with embryonic folds visible.
Species: Gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus
Location: Monterey, California
Image ID: 05773  
Fruit cluster blooms on a Joshua tree in spring, Yucca brevifolia, Joshua Tree National Park, California
Fruit cluster blooms on a Joshua tree in spring.
Species: Joshua tree, Yucca brevifolia
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Image ID: 11986  
Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae, Hermissenda crassicornis, Monterey, California
Nudibranch on calcareous coralline algae.
Species: Opalescent nudibranch, Hermissenda crassicornis
Location: Monterey, California
Image ID: 05284  
Jewel fairy basslet (female color form), also known as lyretail anthias, Pseudanthias squamipinnis, Egyptian Red Sea
Jewel fairy basslet (female color form), also known as lyretail anthias.
Species: Jewel fairy basslet, Pseudanthias squamipinnis
Location: Egyptian Red Sea
Image ID: 05225  
Great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda
Great barracuda.
Species: Great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda
Location: Bahamas
Image ID: 05213  
North Pacific Yellowtail, schooling, open ocean under drift kelp, Seriola lalandi
North Pacific Yellowtail, schooling, open ocean under drift kelp.
Species: North pacific yellowtail, Yellowtail, Kingfish, Seriola lalandi
Image ID: 05207  
Stonehenge, or what is officially known as the La Jolla Project, was the third piece in the Stuart Collection at University of California San Diego (UCSD).  Commissioned in 1984 and produced by Richard Fleishner, the granite blocks are spread on the lawn south of Galbraith Hall on Revelle College at UCSD, University of California, San Diego
Stonehenge, or what is officially known as the La Jolla Project, was the third piece in the Stuart Collection at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Commissioned in 1984 and produced by Richard Fleishner, the granite blocks are spread on the lawn south of Galbraith Hall on Revelle College at UCSD.
Location: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla
Image ID: 12846  
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