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Earth Day photos reflecting our world’s beauty

100 photos to remind us of the beauty of the world we share

With Earth Day fast becoming just another commercial holiday — albeit one where most people still have to go to the work — mongabay is taking a visual approach to capture the beauty that surrounds us.

Here are around 120 photos I’ve taken at sites around the world, most of which were snapped in the past five years. The animals pictured are in their natural settings — no zoo or aquarium specimen are included. I’ve done my best to name most of the creatures pictured, although I haven’t been able to identify many of the insects.

These 120 shots represent but a small subset of the planet’s beautiful and important biomes and ecosystems, but I hope they serve as a reminder of what we need to protect for future generations.

For previous year’s posts about Earth Day, see Is Earth Day a waste of time? (2006) by me and No longer a fan of Earth Day (2008) by Jeremy Hance.

Scale-crested Pygmy-tyrant (Lophotriccus pileatus) captured during a bird banding survey in Las Cruces, Costa Rica. The pygmy-tyrant was released after banding.

Sunset in Roatan, Honduras

Sand dunes in Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

Red and green arrow poison frog (Dendrobates granuliferus) near Hacienda Baru in Costa Rica

Bird of paradise, Peru

Cactus in Deer Creek, Honduras

Sifaka lemur, Madagascar

Limestone tsingy, Madagascar

Pantanal sunset, Brazil

Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor), Peru

Sunrise over Maui

Anole (lizard) seen from the underside of a leaf in Las Cruces, Costa Rica

Monkey frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor), Peru

Black, orange, and light blue butterfly, Colombia

Transparent moth in Las Cruces, Costa Rica

Red sand beach in Maui

Creek flowing out of Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in Belize

Leaf-tailed gecko, Madagascar

Clear-winged Cithaerias pireta butterfly feeding on dung, Peru

Big Sur, Big Sur

Forest on the Pipiwai trail in Maui

Leaf in Kanyanchu rainforest, Uganda

Tad Fane, Laos

Red-tailed squirrel (Sciurus granatensis) feeding on a flower in Costa Rica

Cheetah, Kenya

Tad Lo waterfall, Laos

Meandering river in the lowlands of Gabon, Gabon

Baobabs, Madagascar

Multicolored leafhopper insect, Costa Rica

Young lowland gorilla, Gabon

Colorado River, Grand Canyon

Headshot of the colorful blue-headed tree agama, Uganda

Southern Tree Hyrax with baby, Kenya

Masked frog (Smilisca phaeota), Costa Rica

Young orangutan at Sepilok

Corteza Amarilla (Tabebuia ochracea), Costa Rica

Warthog running, Uganda

Mendenhall glacier, Alaska

White-footed lepilemur, Madagascar

Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Forest elephant heading toward the jungle in Loango National Park, Gabon

Parson’s chameleon, Madagascar

Young orangutan feeding while hanging from tree, Indonesia

Leaf-hopper insect in Suriname

Parson’s chameleon, Madagascar

Sunset seen from Brian’s Head, Utah

Mendenhall glacier, Alaska

Scarlet macaw, Peru

Red Leaf-monkey (Presbytis rubicunda) in Borneo

Uganda kob “kissing”, Uganda

Butterfly in Costa Rica

Spiny forest vegetation at sunset, Madagascar

Red-Eyed Tree Frog in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Mendenhall glacier, Alaska

Bird of paradise, Colombia

Comb crested forest lizard (Gonocephalus liogaster) in Malaysian Borneo

Palm trees at sunset in Maui

Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), Uganda

Silverback gorilla, Gabon

Grey crowned cranes “kissing”, Uganda

Gladiator tree frog, Costa Rica

Rainstorm approaching across the Mara savanna, Kenya

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