Even the "Hand of God" needs an occasional looking over when lightning strikes. And Japanese Macaques beat the icy weather with a dip in a hot spring. Hell and heaven have frozen over. A Polar Vortex has cloaked most of North America in ice, shattering decades-old temperature records. We hope you are safe and warm as you watch these dramatic images of a frozen cascade of the Niagara Falls, or a fountain turned to icicles.
Elsewhere, camels retrace the old trade route from China and happy Taiwanese lounge in hot springs. Enjoy all of this and more in this week's collection of dramatic images.
It's not over yet. Celebrate as Monarch butterflies make their annual migration from Alaska to Mexico. Gaze amazed at a gigantic Harvest Moon as it lights up the sky like a Chinese lantern.
There's more. Desert Roses aren't what Sting and Cheb Mami painted them to be. They're actually obese little plants that grow in the desert at Socotra, an island off the coast of Yemen.
What do North Korean soldiers do when they see South Korean compatriots across the border?
Follow the world's first deaf sailor on his gallant solo odyssey around the world. Ride a train over the Danube River. Watch Chinese circus artists teach monkeys to smile. Peek into volcano craters and climb snowy peaks.
With so much to see right here, why do you need a visa to travel the world?
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