In pictures: 30 breathtaking nature and landscape views from 2021


Nature showing off its force, travel discoveries, the incredible world of wildlife… 2021 gave us countless fascinating moments to capture, as well as many reminders of the impact we have on the planet.

Check out some of the most remarkable nature and landscape photographs of 2021 in this selection of images.

Brazilian surfer Paulo Guido surfs on the Doce River in Governador Valadares, Brazil. January 2021Douglas Magno/AFP
Ed Jones/AFP
A view of traffic passing over a bridge above the frozen Han river in Seoul, South Korea. January 2021Ed Jones/AFP
Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo
A penguin swims in an enclosure housing for gentoo and chinstrap penguins at Mexico City’s Inbursa Aquarium, Mexico. January 2021Rebecca Blackwell/AP Photo
Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo
Plastic bottles and other garbage float in Potpecko lake near Priboj, in southwest Serbia. January 2021Darko Vojinovic/AP Photo
Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP Photo
Icicles form on a citrus tree from a sprinkler system used to protect the trees from the freezing temperatures in Edinburg, Texas, USA. February 15, 2021Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP Photo
Aris Messinis/AFP
An aerial view of Athens and the Acropolis hill after a heavy snowfall in the Greek capital. February 2021Aris Messinis/AFP
Angela Weiss/AFP
The Statue of Liberty is seen at sunset through the steel-wire suspension cables of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, USA. February 2021Angela Weiss/AFP
Fernando Vergara/AP Photo
Cracked mud stretches out across a vast area once covered by the waters of the Suesca lagoon, in Suesca, Colombia. February 2021Fernando Vergara/AP Photo
Mindaugas Kulbis/AP Photo
A couple walks along the snow-covered bank of the Neris River in Vilnius, Lithuania. February 2021Mindaugas Kulbis/AP Photo
Martin Meissner/AP Photo
People walk with their dogs in a snow-covered garden maze in Gelsenkirchen, Germany after extreme winter weather hit the north and west of the country. February 2021Martin Meissner/AP Photo
Salvatore Allegra/AP
Lava erupts from Mt. Etna as seen from the northeast side of the volcano, in the province of Catania, Sicily, southern Italy. March 2021Salvatore Allegra/AP
Marco Longari/AFP
A rows of boats used for harvesting salt in Lake Retba (Pink Lake) in Senegal. March 2021Marco Longari/AFP
Jeremie Richard/AFP
Sunday hikers look at the lava flowing from the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano some 40 km west of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik. March 21, 2021Jeremie Richard/AFP
Carl de Souza/AFP
The sun rises in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. March 2021Carl de Souza/AFP
Josh Edelson/AP Photo
Hikers view Fuego Volcano as it erupts from atop Acatenango summit in Acatenango, Guatemala, March 2021Josh Edelson/AP Photo
Natalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
An arial view of a train passing near salt lakes formed on the site of karst sinkholes at the flooded Kharlamovsky salt mine in Donetsk region, Ukraine. May 2021Natalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
The flower full moon rises behind the 444-440 BC Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, 70 km south of Athens. May 2021Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP
May 2021 - Yasin Akgul/AFP
Mucilage, a thick, viscous fluid produced by phytoplankton is visible in Turkey’s Marmara Sea. Experts warn the mucilage will occur more often because of global warmingMay 2021 – Yasin Akgul/AFP
Juni Kriswanto/AFP
People try to catch offerings thrown by Tengger tribe people off the summit of the active Mount Bromo volcano in Probolinggo, East Java province, Indonesia. June 2021Juni Kriswanto/AFP
Noel Celis/AFP
A bolt of lightning crosses the sky as people look at buildings displaying a light show related to the anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing, China. June 2021Noel Celis/AFP
Victor Caivano/AP Photo
Birds fly over a man taking photos of the exposed riverbed of the Old Parana River during a drought in Rosario, Argentina. July 2021Victor Caivano/AP Photo
Ethan Swope/AP Photo
A home is engulfed in flames as the Dixie fire rages south of Janesville in Northern California, USA. August, 2021Ethan Swope/AP Photo
Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP
Researcher Ninis Rosqvist at the peak of the southern summit of Kebnekaise in Sweden, as she uses equipment to take GPS measurements of the mountain’s height. August 2021Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP
Mauro Pimentel/AFP
An aerial view shows a deforested area of Amazonia rainforest in Labrea, Amazonas state, Brazil. September 2021Mauro Pimentel/AFP
Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
A house covered by ash from a volcano erupting on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands. October 2021Emilio Morenatti/AP Photo
Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
A man works at the Rhone Glacier partially covered with insulating foam to prevent it from melting due to global warming. Near Gletsch, Switzerland. October 2021Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo
The view on Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park near El Calafate, Argentina. November 2021Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo
Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo
Devi Bahadur Nepali, an experienced honey hunter climbs on a bamboo rope to harvest cliff honey in Dolakha, Nepal. November 2021Niranjan Shrestha/AP Photo
Matias Delacroix/AP Photo
An aerial view of a pier that sits in the dried bed lake of the Aculeo Lagoon in Paine, Chile. December 2021Matias Delacroix/AP Photo

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