46 of the most amazing photographs of 2012

They will blow you away.


2012 has been a great year in it's own way. It may have been full of ups and downs, victories and losses, successes and disappointment (as with pretty much any year). But how ever you've found it. It's still been full of wondrous and wonder. Or something.

All of these photos came to light this year. Whether they have been found, released after years away from the public eye or just plain old taken, they all have one thing in common. They're kind of amazing.

So sit back and take it all in.

Alternatively you take them all in here in HD.

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1. A pod of sleeping sperm whales.

A pod of sleeping sperm whales.jpg

2. Aurora Australialis (Southern Lights) from space.

Aurora australis southern lights from space.jpg

3. Flight of the devil rays.

Flight of the devil rays.jpg

4. Galactic monsoon.

Galactic monsoon.jpg

5. A recently released picture of 9/11 taken by the only American man not on Earth that day.

The only american not on earth on sept 11.jpg

6. A sunset eclipse.

A sunset eclipse.jpg

7. Elephant meets sea lion.

An elephant meets a sea lion.jpg

8. 7 hours in one image.

7 hours in one image.jpg

9. Base jumping from Christ.

Base jumping in rio.jpg

10. Bora-Bora from space.

Bora bora from space.jpg

11. Chicago from a distance.

Chicago from afar.jpg

12. Monks being awesome.

Everybody was kung fu fighting.jpg

13. Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump from space.

Felix baumgartner jumps from space.jpg

14. First contact.

First contact.jpg

15. A cloud full of lightning.

A cloud illuminated by lightning.jpg

16. This Filipino couple didn't let flooding stop them.

For better or for worse.jpg

17. Patterns in dried out desert rivers.

Fractal patterns in dried out desert rivers.jpg

18. A desert oasis in Libya.

A desert oasis in libya.jpg

19. A recently unearthed photo of workers on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1914.

Hanging out on the brooklyn bridge  1914.jpg

20. One hot model shoot.

Hottest. kiss. ever..jpg

21. A recently found photo of the now demolished Metropolitan Opera House.

Inside the old metropolitan opera house.jpg

22. Living on the edge.

Living on the edge.jpg

23. Meditating monks at Pongour falls.

Meditating monks at pongour falls.jpg

24. Moth trails caught at night.

Moth trails at night.jpg

25.Mount Rainier casts a shadow.

Mount rainier casting a shadow on clouds.jpg

26. Now that's graffiti.

Now thats graffiti.jpg

27. One boat, 145 water-skiers.

One boat and 145 water skiers.jpg

28. The sun flares up in this enhanced colour photograph.

Our sun erupts.jpg

29. Putting the size of whales into perspective.

Putting the size of a whale in perspective.jpg

30. Salar De Uyuni after rain.

Salar de uyuni after some rain.jpg

31. Preparing to snow-mobile the Norway-Sweden border.

Snowmobiling the norway sweden border.jpg

32. A composite of hundreds of take-offs at Hannover Airport.

Striking artistry of multiple takeoffs at hannover airport.jpg

33. The amazing strength of ants.

The amazing strength of an ant.jpg

34. A found photo showing the true extent of the bombing of Dresden during WW2.

The bombing of dresden.jpg

35. The Chicago skyline. This time across Lake Michigan.

The chicago skyline from indiana.jpg

36. A honey-bee uses it's last sting.

The honeybees final sting.jpg

37. Walking the keel.

The keel walk.jpg

38. That's a lot of canoes and kayaks.

The largest raft of canoes and kayaks in the world.jpg

39. The most incredible Aurora of 2012.

The most incredible aurora of 2012.jpg

40. The sea-horse watch inspector.

A seahorse inspects a divers watch.jpg

41. The Perseids Meteor Shower.

The perseids meteor shower.jpg

42. The rollercoaster submerged by Hurricane Sandy.

The roller coaster submerged by hurricane sandy.jpg

43. The end of the world (otherwise known as Beachy Head).

Worlds edge but actually its just beachy head.jpg

44. Moon Bridge in Dahu Park, Taipei.

Moon bridge in dahu park  taipei.jpg

45. Pixel perfect people.

Pixel people perfection.jpg

46. The power of an orange.

The power of an orange.jpg

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